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Fanss of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this sophisticated adventure series by the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.
After exposing the sinister underground society of students known as the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights' shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what's going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight.
©2013 Mark Frost (P)2013 Listening Library
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By Phillip on 03-21-15

Cliff Hanger. Unoriginal setting.

Cliff hangers are noxious. Tolkien's format is better. Frodo is stung by Shelob and is dead. A contemporary cliff hanger would end there. But Tolkien built the suspense as Sam tries to continue the quest and overhears orc soldiers talking. It end's with Frodo captured and Sam covertly infiltrating the enemy stronghold. It ends on hope. The reader is left with hopeful anticipation awaiting the next book. Alliance ends with almost complete defeat.

Secondly, the background is becoming overworked in contemporary novels: the majority of the world is clueless, the world world is in jeopardy and the bad guys are better organized, more persistent, and have greater numbers and resources. Frost's first book was better balanced with small assists from marginal characters like Nondo. Alliance draws too heavily on the strengths of the first book: character development and social interaction. An excellent narrator helps too.

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By Scott on 02-20-14

Eh...

Alliance was good, but it's like Mark gave us all the meat and no potatoes. Everything that happened was interesting, but hardly anything actually happened. You just learned a lot about the 5 and then the Knights. But it was also like he just wrote off everybody else from book one. I guess the best way to differentiate between book 1 and 2, is that while 1 dragged on at times, but it carried a lot of weight. While 2 was all excitement, but had no weight to it. I hope 3 is a happy medium.

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