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5 Stars Out Of 5
A Murder Mystery Adventure Thriller
June 15, 2014
Tim Shoemaker in his new book, "Code Of Silence" Book One in the Code of Silence Series published by Zondervan introduces us to Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy.
From the back cover: Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed. Remaining Silent Could Be Worse.
When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminalsÃ¢â¬âwho may also be copsÃ¢â¬âCooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall and a friend never receives justice.
Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous?
The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.
I am so glad I found Tim Shoemaker. What a fantastic author. Get ready for a page-turning, you won't be able to figure it out mystery thriller. This book is supposed to be written for young adults but I have news for you this book should also be read by the adults as well. This is good stuff. "Code Of Silence" has all the earmarks of a summer blockbuster movie is Hollywood ever comes to its senses and makes a movie of this book. Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy are wonderful characters and I am glad to know that there are more stories coming from Mr. Shoemaker showcasing them. Add in that all the characters are in deadly danger from practically the first word and continue to be so until the last few pages and you have a book that will keep you up late into the night flipping pages as fast as you can read. I recommend this book with enthusiasm.
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Cooper, Hiro and Gordy are best friends who like to spend afternoons after school at their favorite handout Frank-N-Stein's Restaurant. One evening they decided to play one more arcade game while their friend, mentor and owner Frank locks up. What happens next is the beginning of a nightmare. The three friends are trapped in the restaurant and witness the robbery and beating of Frank. When one of the robbers pulls and leaves the video that would incriminate them in the robbery, Cooper takes the opportunity to snatch it and escape. The others get away and Cooper is caught and his house keys taken and he is left with a threat to his family. He and his friends get away. They make a pact to keep what they know silent. They don't know who they can trust because the robbers were dressed in police uniforms. Unfortunately Cooper's backpack left at the scene put the cops and the criminals on his trail. His lies upon lies begin to catch up with him. It strains his relationship with his parents, his friends and with his relationship with God. This was one of those books that once you start you can't put it down. The messages about doing the right thing, friendship, loyalty, honesty, lies and telling the truth can be found all through the book. When I give my book talk about this book I'm going to ask my students up front if they believe it is ever okay to tell a lie and ask for examples. Then I will introduce this book because people need to realize that just because you think it is okay to lie, there are consequences for each lie you tell. This is a book I definitely recommend to my students and all adults who love to read a good mystery.
Cooper, his cousin Gordy, and friend Hiroko hang out at their favorite restaurant playing one last video game while the owner closes up. Just as the kids prepare to leave, two thugs break in and attack the owner, leaving him dying on the floor while they ransack the safe upstairs. From their hiding place, the kids hear everything, and barely escape alive. The last one out, Cooper leaves behind his backpack and comes face to face with one of the thieves who threatens to find him and kill him and his family.
Cooper refuses to report what they saw to the police because the thieves wore police uniform pants. What if he spills the beans to a crooked cop who then carries out the threat against his family? To protect himself and his loved ones, he persuades Gordy and Hiro to pledge a code of silence, refusing to tell anyone what they've seen and heard. But that means lying about where they were that night. The first lie leads to another, and then another. The presence of the backpack alerts police to the possibility of a witness and as they increase the pressure to find that witness, Cooper's lies come fast and thick. But his dishonesty builds a wall between him and his closest friends, as well as harming his relationship with his parents. How can he dig himself out of this hole, and help find the thieves before they find him?
Boys especially will love the spell-binding action and suspense of this novel, but there's plenty for girls to enjoy, too. Cooper's, Gordy's and Hiro's motivations are believable and the realistic consequences of their choices create plenty of opportunities for kids to think about the virtue of honesty and the results of excusing one small lie.