Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review: The Devil's Sword by Douglas E. Richards

The Devil's Sword by Douglas E. Richards
Book Description: A fencing tournament turns deadly! Can three young fencers thwart a plan to bring America to its knees? Kevin, Rachel,and Ben are young fencers eager to compete in an upcoming tournament at Nellis Air Force Base. But when they arrive,they become unwilling pawns in a twisted plan to steal the ultimate weapon. A plan that somehow revolves around the tournament. Now, battling for their very survival, they must find a way to stop the two brilliant arms dealers behind it all. But the arms dealers hold all the cards. And far more is at stake than just their lives . . .Given sword fighting's irresistible appeal to kids, America's Olympic success, and blockbuster films with extensive sword fighting (Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc) fencing is one of the fastest growing sports in America. The Devil's Sword is a gripping thriller set against the highly unique and fascinating backdrop of this ancient sport."Crisp, innovative,and intelligent. Should be at the top of your reading list." --Larry Cox, book critic, King Features syndicate
About the Author: Douglas is the author of a critically acclaimed middle-grade science fiction series listed as "recommended literature" by the California Department of Education, and has written extensively for National Geographic KIDS and American Fencing magazines. His son is an avid fencer, and he has been to tournaments on military bases, which is what gave him the idea for this novel.
Here's What I think: I must preface my review of this book with this: I was not aware that this book was classified as Young Adult (in fact it is intended for ages 9-12) until after I finished the book and was looking for the information to put together my post. I say this because my first thought of the book was that it was overly descriptive and explanatory of things I think most adults would know (like providing an almost dictionary definition of words like mercenaries or giving very specific description of the typical fencing garb). However, when you consider that it was intended younger readers, it makes more sense. Although the story gets off to a rather slow start, as the pieces of this "wrong place, right time" story much be set into place, it picks up speed quickly and takes you on an action packed adventure. I think this book would make a great gift for the tween reader in your life, not to mention a few moms too!

Disclaimer: Although I did receive a copy of the this title for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post. These are my real and honest opinions.

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