Book Review: Flaming net

Max Murphy is a fourteen year old boy that just wants to be in his Boston home playing video games and eating pizza. His parents are archaeologists that are absolutely obsessed with the ancient Maya. When they go to a sacred pyramid, the Temple of Ix Chel, they suddenly disappear. Max is sent to his uncle Ted's house in Central America for an unknown reason. Max learns that his uncle's banana business has to deal with a lot more than just bananas. He is smuggling ancient Maya artifacts. There are five Jaguar Stones that are sacred stones of Middleworld, the Mayan name for the world of men, that can give humans powers of living gods, and Ted had two of them. Suddenly, everything turns even worse, because a Spanish aristocrat wants to kill Max. Max runs into the jungle one night because someone was trying to steal a Jaguar Stone and he meets a modern Maya girl named Lola. She knows her way through the rainforests of San Xavier and will help him rescue his parents and save the world from the evil Lords of Death. Even with the Jaguar Stones, can they do it?

The Jaguar Stones: Middleworld was a simply awesome read. It took a while to read because of the length, but it was definitely worth it. The characters had amazing personalities that were very realistic and well thought out. Because of the wonderful description of setting, I was able to view the whole book like a movie while reading it. The ending of the story leaves you hanging and wanting more right away! This book is so different than any book I've read because of all the Maya information put into it. I definitely look forward to reading the next two books in the series!

There is some human sacrifice mentionings and minor violence.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  KMeng, June 2007

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