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
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 8-18
Series: Quest for Truth

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Returning home from his first year at space academy, Oliver finds that his parents have been kidnapped. He and his siblings must rescue them and thwart the plans of the evil Society of bel, in the first of five books about the Wikk family which weaves the future into an adventure of archeology and mystery.

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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

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  1. 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!
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    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.
  3. Illinois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love this book--and the series!
    May 7, 2013
    IChooseJoy
    Illinois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Taken is a fiction book written for preteens and young teens and is first in The Quest for Truth series of five books. My two oldest sons and I just finished reading it and can't wait for the next book to come out in May! "Taken" is published by P&R Publishing and Focus on the Family, and I thank them for sending us a copy so we could review it for you here.

    The story is set in the future and is an interplanetary adventure, which surely added to the excitement for both the boys and me. It had the feel of Star Trek or Star Wars, except with a major focus on a family. At the beginning of the story the four kids' parents are kidnapped, so Oliver, Tiffany, Austin, and Mason have to fly their spaceship to another planet to try to discover some clues to help them. While there, the younger boys encounter a group of people who try to hold them prisoner. The whole book is full of suspense. My son said he didn't even want to read anything else until the next Quest for Truth book (Risk) comes out-but, sorry, you can't stop reading for 3 months!

    God isn't mentioned in the book, but the focus of the parents' archaeological searching is to find the secrets of the beginning of life. One of the characters says that he feels that "Someone" has been guiding him. So, I expect that their Quest for Truth will lead them to the truth of God!

    I would definitely recommend this book to preteens and young teens (and their parents). :)
  4. Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 8, 2013
    Cluckers
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book kept me on edge. I just couldn't put the book down. All the excitement, action, and adventure. Kids will love this. There are so many cliff hangers. I love reading it over and over again. Thank you so much Brock Eastmen for writing this awesome book!
  5. Deep River, ON
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Page Turner!
    January 7, 2012
    StinaRose
    Deep River, ON
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is very hard to put down! Each chapter is filled with danger, adventure and excitement. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next, and if the kids were going to get out of the situations that they were in. Taken is an exciting start to the Quest for Truth series. I'm excited to read the rest of the books in this series as they come out. I just have to find out how the whole thing is going to end.

    I highly recommend this book to young adults who enjoy futuristic novels.

    (I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)
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