Dr. Grayson Hawkes, better known as Hawk, has been chief creative architect for the Walt Disney Company for 18 months, since unlocking the key to the kingdom in the prequel to this book. His security staff is devoted to protecting Hawk and the Magic Kingdom from outsiders who have been trying to take control of the kingdom. Challenges are no stranger to Hawk, but mysterious events throughout the Magic Kingdom place Hawk in a dangerous position. Hawk has agreed to allow a prominent television crew with a well-known, award-winning, and very aggressive investigative reporter named Kate Young to produce a prime-time special about the chief creative architect. The timing couldn't be worse! The agreement is to allow the film crew and attractive Kate Young to follow him in his daily activities, but suddenly activities in the Magic Kingdom are far from normal! Along with the television crew watching his every move Hawk is presented with a new task, discovering the next set of clues to unlocking a greater knowledge in managing the Magic Kingdom. Imagineer, George Colmes has produced a set of Disney clues that Hawk needs to solve in order to unlock the ultimate secret in securing the management and future destiny of the Magic Kingdom. These clues place Hawk in compromising and dangerous situations that ultimately involve Kate Young, who questions every event with tenacity!
This sequel to The Key To The Kingdom is another work of impressive storytelling by author, Jeff Dixon. Attention to detail and a vast storehouse of knowledge regarding Walt Disney and the world of Disney are awe-inspiring elements used in creating this factual fiction accounting of events that take place in actual Disney World locations. There's no room for boredom in this fast-paced, thriller of events that take place throughout this suspense-filled book! Once again, I found myself running through the Disney World theme parks right alongside Hawk as he encountered one escapade after another. A huge fan of all things Disney, I enjoyed the heart-racing, page-turning events in this exciting book, and I can't wait for my next visit to Disney World.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only program at BookFun.org for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you to the author, Jeff Dixon and Fred St Laurent from BookFun.org for gifting me with a copy of this book.
WOW! I love this book as much as I did the first one, "The Key to the Kingdom."
I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
This book is a roller coaster of action and intense looks at personal relationships. Grayson "Hawk" Hawks is launched on another adventure searching for clues placed by an old, personal friend of Walt Disney. Again we are treated to tons of Disney trivia and facts about Disney World.
All Disney movies have at least one villain. This book does too. They are not as easy to identify in book form as in the movies. Keep your eyes open and see if you can find them before Hawk does.
"We found a body floating face down in the water," is a quote from chapter one in this second book of Jeff Dixon's series based in Disney World. The above mentioned body is discovered in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The action starts in chapter one and continues all the way to the last page. This book is just a blast to read! It is very entertaining and will easily grab the reader's attention from beginning to end.
Grayson Hawkes has now been in charge of Disney World for 18 months. His job as a pastor at Celebration Community Church has been taken over by one of his close friends and staff members; however, he still preaches at one service every Sunday. The three members of his church staff are also now employed in some capacity at Disney World. He has agreed to a journalist and her crew following him around for a few days and interviewing him to give the world an inside look at his life and Disney. This is something he almost immediately regrets. The lead reporter, Kate, pushes her way into Hawk's current mystery of spare animatronic robots showing up on various rides throughout the Disney Theme Parks. Hawk finds Kate attractive and interesting. He got burned by a woman during his last adventure that eventually gave him the key to the kingdom, so he is reluctant to trust Kate at first. Can he trust her not to share this mystery with the world? If made public knowledge, it would make it impossible to solve the current mystery. Who is putting these robots on the rides and how are they doing it? Can they solve the mystery before "the bad guys" hurt someone? Will they succeed in getting Hawk's key to the kingdom? Who is behind this?
I admire very much Jeff's dedication to authenticity and extreme detail in everything Disney. I've visited Disney World several times and not noticed many of the things he points out while his main character is searching for clues. I can't wait to search these things out on my next trip! Jeff is a fabulous storyteller! This is a fun, exciting and entertaining book, as well as series. I hope Jeff continues this series because as the author writes from a Walt Disney quote (though Disney is referring to his parks), "It will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
This is the second book in the series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, it would probably make more sense if one read the first story Key to the Kingdom. Key to the Kingdom brings the reader up-to-date for this book. Unlocking the Kingdom will not disappoint Disney fans as it is again full of Disney trivia and places throughout the Magic Kingdom. Mystery and intrigue once again draw Hawkes and his gang into places that others have not been at Disney and solve yet another great puzzle that Jeff Dixon has so cleverly engineered in his books. For those who have never been to Disney World or Disneyland, it is not as easy to follow because we have no idea of what that magical place is about. Perhaps a layout map would help those of us who are not familiar with Disney.
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Hawk now has the key to the kingdom and has surrounded himself with friends he knows and trusts as Warriors of the Kingdom. This book's happenings occur 18 months after the ones in "The Key to the Kingdom", so some changes have already been made at Disney World. This book opens with animatronic characters showing up at unusual places in the park. A man wearing a Jimmy Carter mask, the crew from "Total Access" turning up here and there, all add to Hawk's puzzle. Which Warrior is a traitor and is sabotaging his plans? I enjoyed this story and am hoping that I get to read the next book in the series.
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