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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Series: Dopple Ganger Chronicles
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Every page has something visual to go along with the story. The artists do a great job illustrating the struggles of Sadie, Saskia, and Erik. By switching to illustrated panels, the action of the story becomes more exciting. For example, Erik and Dorcas Potts, a private investigator, become involved in a high speed car chase through the Alps. The intensity of that scene is better when it's seen than read. Unfortunately, switching between comic book and mystery novel can be confusing at times, with some details getting lost during transition.
Shortly after the mysterious phone call, Muzz Elliot takes the identical twins on a vacation to Cannes, France. But as soon as they board the train, strange crimes begin to occur that mimic scenes from one of Muzz Elliot's books. Their friends Dorcas Potts and Erik Ganger chase after them, but a gang of thieves don't want Dorcas and Erik to reach Cannes in time to help Muzz Elliot and the twins.
Sadie and Saskia attended the same school as Erik, which is how they know each other. They have a tendency to get themselves into trouble, usually a result of their own snooping. Erik Ganger is a former thief who has sworn to never steal again, but the Great Mogul Diamond presents a temptation to him. Dorcas Potts is not afraid of danger, especially if it involves helping her friends. She has a courageous heart but sometimes she takes too many risks.
The Great Mogul Diamond is a good mystery and adventure story. It is quick and easy to read and it thrills until the end. Kids in grades 5 and up will definitely enjoy it, even if they struggle with reading. I don't think G.P. Taylor's done with this series yet, so we can expect to see the sleuthing twins again in the future. Jared Hammond, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com