Publisher Create Space
Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever by John Carter
Eli Arnold headed to Florida for a quiet summer vacation. Sixth grade behind, he and his older brother, Brady, were ready for some fun. Little does Eli know, however, that he was chosen millennia ago to save the world. Manipulated by unknown forces, Eli is plunged into a centuries old battle between the Keepers and the Order of Disorder. Botched alien abductions, lost civilizations, and “blood-thirsty” mummies (that’s Eli’s story and he’s sticking with it) are just a few of the many dangerous situations in which Eli finds himself. The action is non-stop as he travels time and the globe in an attempt to recover the powerful Keys to Forever, find his brother, and get home. (from Amazon)
When I started this book, I wondered right away why I was reading it, as it was not particularly aimed at an adult audience, but I was drawn in to the story and latched on to the characters fairly quickly. This is a rip-roaring adventure with a lot of humour and ironic wit, where the hero seems to be adept at everything, martial arts, foreign languages, Egyptology, time travel, Inca history, and lots more. He is such an exaggerated character that he is really funny and manages to take everything in his stride including alien abductions. My favourite aside of Eli’s was;
‘Frankly, the thought of standing in the middle of the Peruvian forest facing a giant black jaguar was not one of the things that went through my mind when I bought the fireworks.’ very funny in context.
The use of language is good and the story flows from one scrape to the next with just a bit of time travel in between. Eli’s introspection can be a bit confusing at times as some of it is totally unrelated to what is happening in the story, but it might just be my old fashioned idea that needs everything to be relevant. This does not spoil the plot, but you need a ‘tongue in cheek’ attitude to enjoy the comic aspects of the story.
I love the way the scene changed all the time and kept me reading to find out what came next. No problem in recommending this as a good read.