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Dr. Mark J. Handwerker loves to blow up stuff! As a science teacher for more than 25 years, he has enjoyed revealing the secrets of nature to his students by repeating experiments done by the greatest scientists of the past in his classroom. He is the author of eight science texts, and has mentored dozens of educators in "the art of teaching science." He is also an author of science fiction and hopes to share those works with young readers everywhere. Since the days of the first great science fiction author, Jules Verne, science fiction writers have not only given the general reading audience decades of entertainment, they have succeeded in inspiring professional scientists to make the impossible possible. Dr. Handwerker believes that nothing is impossible.
Timothy P. Callahan
on Aug. 15, 2011 :
At one point I was counting all the cliche's, then I stopped when I realized I probably wasn't the target audience for this story. 12 year old boys who aren't very well read in Science Fiction are.
This is a pure escapism story from start to finish. In no real world would the government trust these kids to do what they did. In no real world would they be able to escape. In no real world would they be alive past the first twenty pages. Luckily the enemies they fight are pretty much dimwits, aren't very good at fighting and are easily tricked.
The story did move fast, lots of action and some humor so I did enjoy that. Some characters stood out, others didn't, and I did enjoy Fester. In fact, I'd love to read a story from Fester's POV, that would have been a lot of fun.
(reviewed long after purchase)