Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1   -     By: Brock Eastman
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P & R Publishing / 2011 / Paperback

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Join the Wikk siblings as they race through space to save their parents who have been kidnapped by the sinister Captain Vedrik. Their only hope is their parents Archeos e-journal which contains clues that point the kids to their parents next mission-an archeological dig to find remnants of an ancient human civilization. They must rely on Oliver's academy training to fly their ship but problems arise when twins Mason and Austin unexpectedly meet a secret race of people called the Blue People.
The Quest for Truth series follows the four Wikk kids in their desperate race to find the mysterious planet Ursprung and stop the Ubel renegades from misusing its long-lost secrets. Ancient cities, treacherous villains, high-tech gadgets, the Phoenix--encounter all these and more on this futuristic, interplanetary adventure.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1596382457
ISBN-13: 9781596382459
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Ages: 8-18
Series: Quest for Truth

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Jump into hyper flight with the four Wikk children! When their parents are kidnapped by Übel renegades, it’s up to Oliver and his siblings to unlock the clues and fly to their rescue.

Author Bio

Brock Eastman works in business communications with Compassion International. He previously worked for Thriving Family Magazine and at Focus on the Family, where he produced the Adventures in Odyssey series and wrote for the Imagination Station series. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Climb aboard the Phoenix and join the Wikk kids for a galaxy-load of mystery and adventure in Brock Eastman's Taken. This teen science fiction novel set in the far-off future opens the Quest for Truth series by Focus on the Family. In it, four children must fly solo for the first time and begin a search for answers about the history of humankind.

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wikk is on break from the Federation Academy when he witnesses his parents' kidnapping by a secret organization. The Wikks are archaeologists, and their latest discovery may reveal clues to the location of mankind's origins, a mysterious place called Ursprung. To protect his siblings, Oliver must fly the Phoenix off-planet and figure out how to locate his parents.

From here, the adventure takes off in epic style. Oliver, his sister Tiffany, and twins Austin and Mason, travel to the planet Jahr des Eises to look for Mr. OÂ’Farrell, their parents' sponsor. While Oliver and Tiffany search, Austin and Mason get into trouble on the Phoenix with a curious blue boy. The four must choose whom to trust while they remain courageous without their parents. Oliver questions his parents' recent secrecy with him, and Austin and Mason must learn to work together, as is written in Proverbs 17:17. Though God seems to be forgotten in this futuristic world, the Wikks are beginning to realize that someone is out there, watching over them.

Taken lures readers in with its intrigue, action, and sci-fi wackiness, but because it is the first book in the series, it has little time to develop the major plot points it introduces. The teen characters are believable in their uncertainties and their abilities. I would recommend it for readers ages twelve to twenty who love science fiction and a good story. Alexandra Mellen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

"Don't even touch this book unless you plan to read it at once. Taken wastes no time thrusting its readers headlong into the beginning of what promises to be an epic saga. Exploding with mystery and high-stakes adventure, this book is masterfully crafted to awaken even the most stubborn of imaginations. And yet, perhaps the most impressive feat is Mr. Eastman's ability to punctuate all of it with a deep and powerful message of faith. A job well done."
Seventeen year old Oliver Wikk returns home from the Academy and finds his life turned upside down. His parents are keeping a secret…a secret that the dark soldiers of Ubel are willing to kill for. In his debut novel Taken, B.D. Eastman has touched off the fuse of a swift and explosive adventure. Readers will follow Oliver, his sister Tiffany, and his younger twin brothers Mason and Austin into mysterious ruins, eerie catacombs, and a creepy castle that defies imagination. One part Swiss Family Robinson, one part Indiana Jones, Taken is a riveting tale of just how far mankind is willing to go…for the ultimate prize.
My buddy Brock Eastman has a winner here! Take fascinating characters, put them on a fantastical adventure, and tell the story at a must-read-the-next-page pace, and you’ve got Taken – the first volume of his forthcoming five-book series entitled The Quest for Truth. Oh, and parents, don’t forget his solid emphasis on Christian principles the whole time too. Tell you what…get this book for your kids, and they’ll enjoy it so much that I’ll bet you’ll end up reading it too! Way to go Brock!
"Sit back and let Brock take you on an exciting journey to the far reaches of the galaxy that explores the meaning of family and friends"
I have four kids who crave exciting books. By exciting I don't only mean non-stop-page-turning action and adventure, but also amazing locations, imaginative inventions, and wild creatures. The Quest for Truth has it all. This series will keep your kids attention and introduce them to the truth and hope we all seek. A must for any family's bookshelf.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Story Filled With Adventure, Intrigue, and Family
    March 8, 2015
    K Willetts
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In the very first chapter of Taken, Mr. Eastman skillfully introduces his readers to the Wikk siblings and launches them into their perilous and intriguing quest. In this first book of The Quest For Truth series, I quickly became fast friends with Oliver, Tiffany, Mason, Austin, and their allies. The book flies from adventure to adventure, but Mr. Eastman also nicely balances the action with unraveling the mystery of who captured the Wikk parents and why. Read this book carefully, for (hint, hint!) many of the details in this book will be important later on! Set far in the future, the world is now a federation of planets spanning many galaxies. Seventeen year old Oliver flies his familys spaceship, the Phoenix, to transport himself and his siblings to the next clues for their quest. The siblings are also frequently helped by imaginative technology, tools, and devices (this is where the glossary in the back of the book comes in handy for readers). Though action-packed, Taken is very clean. The Wikk kids have their squabbles as most siblings will, and they make mistakes, but they also begin to mature and learn to work as a team. Overall, Taken is an exciting beginning to four ordinary kids extraordinary Quest.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hail #TQ4T!
    January 3, 2015
    JoshMan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This (along with the other books in the series) is a very moral, yet action-packed book. This is a must-read for teens having an appetite for teen sci-fi. Taken (along with the other books) are framed on a Christian worldview, and I'm glad God used Brock Eastman to write this series, The Quest for Truth. Watch the stores for book 4, "Tangle", coming out here in March 2015.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    great
    November 5, 2014
    bens mom
    My 12 year old son loves this series, he is rereading them again now.
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic!
    November 7, 2013
    Nfamily
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Loved them. Can't wait for the next books in the series!
  5. Summerfield, FL
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 29, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Wikk family lives in a futuristic time and world, where the past is the key to the future. As archaeologists, the Wikk parents are constantly on one adventure after another. With their eldest son in the Academy, and the three younger children at school, they prepare to go on a dig that will expose the truth of their origins. But just as the plan is falling into place, a man in black, Captain Vedrick, interferes with the family's departure. Taken hostage by a man involved with a sinister group that has more money and resources save the Republic they are a part of, the Wikk parents have no choice but to order their son to escape with the younger children.

    At seventeen, Oliver firmly believe that he is a man. When his parents are kidnapped by a wicked man and his band of soldiers, Oliver has no choice but to take charge of the family. Completely confident that he can handle his twin brothers and a sister two years his junior, Oliver sits behind the controls of the newly refurbished ship - the Phoenix. Things go awry from the very beginning. Never having actually flown a ship before, but with a year's training at the Academy under his belt, he outmaneuvers the solders to escape. But time is running out, and the longer they take figuring out the clues, the less likely they are to find and rescue their parents. Will the children be able to climb every hurdle thrown at them? Or will they fall to the same fate as their parents; capture and then disappearance into thin air?

    I was somewhat skeptical coming into this book. Despite all the good reviews, how attention catching can young adult fiction really be? Either I'm a kid at heart or Eastman is just that good. I loved every moment of this book; the story, the characters, the made up weapons and technology, just everything. The writing was imaginative, creative and absolutely believable. This story is not just for kids, it is for adults of any age.

    This book was provided by P&R Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
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