Friday, October 23, 2009
out of time
time thriller trilogy: book 2
by Paul McCusker
Grand Rapids, MI : Zonderkidz, 2009
Once again Jeff and Elizabeth are caught in a time-tangle in their hometown of Fawlt Line. This time they aren't the ones who time travel (see Ripple Effect), King Arthur makes a flesh and blood appearance in an historical ruin Jeff's Uncle Malcolm had imported from England. Things get hectic when King Arthur, speaking only Latin, has a hard time communicating and gets put in the psychiatric ward of the local hospital. Jeff, Malcolm, Elizabeth and her dad (Latin translator) do everything they can to return Arthur to England all the while trying to figure out what his mission is. The hardest part is keeping him away from local authorities who might misinterpret his behavior, especially when he decides to unsheathe Excalibur! There is a man who may or may not be Merlin, and a man who may or may not be Mordred who complicate things further.
Though this is the second book in the trilogy, it can be read fine on its own. The author makes a couple of references to the teens adventure in the first book yet it doesn't really have any impact on the adventure with Arthur. I have the final book in the trilogy that I will be reading in the next few weeks so it will be interesting to see how they all tie together. So far an interesting and adventurous series, but nothing spectacular.