Across The Sea

Rated 3.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Francis Bright, a twelve-year-old boy living in sixteenth century England, is stolen away by the notorious Brotherhood of Blood and taken aboard a ship bound for the high seas. With the Royal Navy and the Spanish Armada fast on his trail, Francis discovers that he is the key to unlocking the biggest mystery of all – a nine thousand-year-old riddle named Atlantis. More

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About Eric Marier

I live in Ontario, Canada and I still miss the TV shows Lost and Twin Peaks.

You can email me anytime at ericmarier at gmail dot com, or follow me on Twitter @ericmarier. I read and answer all correspondence and I'd love to hear from you.

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Review by: Ben Woodard on July 07, 2011 :
My wife and I both read this book, and we were amazed to see the quality of the writing and depth of the story. We enjoyed it more that many paperback books we recently bought. Good work Eric! How about a sequel?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sue Owen on May 03, 2011 :
I simply loved this book. It was easy to follow, the characters were adorable, and I fell in love with Lily almost immediately. She was so much like me (not really) that I think the author was watching my childhood unfold (I only wish!).

Francis was unfaltering in his quest to find his brother. I loved the reunion…oops hope that doesn’t give too much away. He is exactly what a boy hero should be and his adventures are exactly like adventures should be. I loved being taken along with him and rooting for him as he got himself into trouble and back out again.

I have to say, there were a couple of places that I kind of got lost in the story and had to read back a bit to figure out where someone came in or what happened. I think, though, that was my own fault for wanting to read faster to find out what happened next rather than a fault of the author’s narrative. This whole book was so much fun to read I found myself putting it down to just think about it a while. Wonder how in the world he, or usually she, would get themselves out of that mess. It was fun to try to figure it out, then go back to the book to see what really happened.

I like the way the author kept us in the era of pirates and kept us in the world of Spain and England. It was fun to imagine those times and he kept the pictures vivid in my mind so I felt I was part of that whole mess and helping them get to the end. I’m really bad at following war stories and I’m afraid this was no exception. I kept getting the two teams mixed up and kept having to go back to check to see who was who. The author was great at not really denoting them as good guys and bad guys which made it that much harder for me to keep track.

The writing style was easy to read, fun to follow and hard to put down. He writes simply without a lot of ‘adult’ words and for that I would recommend it for your young readers. I’m definitely recommending it to my grandson. He’ll love it.

Generally, this was a great book and one well worth reading. You will have great fun with Lily especially. I just adored her and hope to see her in future books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Darcia Helle on July 10, 2010 :
Competing pirates, the Treasure of Atlantis, and average kids who become heroes make this book an adventure most young adults (and old adults!) will enjoy. The story is engaging and the characters fun and unique. The only negative for me was that I didn't feel the dialogue style fit the time period (1587). What I loved about it is there is a boy and a girl hero, so this book will appeal equally to both.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lana Voynich on July 01, 2010 :
This book isn't the kind of book I normally read but it quickly drew me in. The first third of the book kept me very interested and curious about what would happen next. After that, I grew slightly bored and tired with all of the fight scenes. I'm sure they were necessary, but I (personally) found them a bit tedious. The scenes were well-written and I suspect would really captivate the reader's attention if this were the type of book they normally read.

I had a hard time keeping all of the captains and boats straight in my head. That's probably a shortcoming on my own part and not on the author's. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a YA historical novel, with perhaps a bit of fantasy?

I look forward to reading more of Mr. Marier's work.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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