The story of Jet Black continues, and more of the mystery unfolds as Jet and his friends prepare to rescue the remaining children held at Miracle Manor, by the sinister Dr. Drexler. More clues come together to reveal a larger picture as Drexler's plans come to light, piece by insidious piece. Grandpa's story is continued, which further sheds light on the history of Nebulous and the Key holders who came before Jethro Black. The Enigma of Serenity further unfolds, and as Fig embarks upon this new world, opportunities are discovered for expanded perception and insight, not only into the past, present, and possible future, but perhaps into the very nature of mankind's existence. Insidious is the second release in the young adult science fiction series...Jet Black.
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This is pretty darn good story, and it flies along at a nice fast pace. I'm not exactly sure how to rate children's stories, whether based on my own image of what a children story should be (I don't really have a clear idea of that, I never read books of this nature when I was a kid), or compared to the historical, theological, or generally more adult themed books I normally read. Neither seem very fair, so I went with what I think it deserves for what it is: 4 stars for good, clean, fun.
Jet's story continues, there are more children being kidnapped, hence, more children to rescue. With the help of his friends, Balance (an alien computer), and some cool tech inherited from his grandfather, he does just that.
Meanwhile his father - long believed dead - has gone to Balance's home world to recover from some old injuries, and check things out in the hopes of bringing his family as well. There are the obvious themes of good and evil throughout the book, but there is a lot of Christian analogy in the scenes that take place on Balance's planet. It's rather pretty well done, not very subtle, though it might go over the heads of younger children. We also get more back story for Balance and Serenity and their relationship.
Our villain, Dr. Drexler suffers from Evil Overlord syndrome, he can't stop monologuing, sees his enemies as puny weaklings, and hires idiot minions.
The production quality is fairly average, there are a couple places where the narrator whispers, and the overall sound of his voice changed a bit, but on the whole, it's consistent. Every word is easily understood. No music.
The writing is rather of the sensational style, which works pretty well for a children's story, and Ray Greenley amplifies it. I'm still not sure how I feel about his narration. His voices for minor characters get a little repetitive, though I never lost track of who was talking. He does a good job keeping all the characters distinct, but a couple of his voices are on the weird side.
All in all, I'm still up for finishing the series.
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TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult, but great for adults too. Modern day Fantasy My 16 year old son loved it and so did I.
PROFANITY AND SEX: None, appropriate for all ages.
NARRATOR: Wow. Top notch. The narrator really brings this book to life. Ray Greenley is amazing, you never get confused as to who is speaking, each voice is rich and distinct.
OVERALL: Book number two of the series. My son and I have both listened to it, and have laughed at references to the “deseret bee” (you have to be from Utah), and the tree of life. My son has begged me to leave this review, and to get the next book in the series. Absolutely recommend this book. I can’t wait to find out what happens to this young hero. What happens when his mother finds that her husband isn’t dead? Will all the kids have gloves?
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