By Joe O’Neill
Series: Red Hand Adventures (Book 3)
372 pages – ages 9+
Published by Black Ship Publishing on April 14th, 2015
Synopsis- From Goodreads: “In the catacombs of Kathmandu, a young boy learns the ancient ways of Nepal and the Red Hand legend. In the cities of Morocco, an underground resistance of street boys and outcasts gives support to three young friends who must rely on their wits and courage as they are hunted across the Sahara. Their British friend, Margaret,risks everything to save her wrongly imprisoned father. With the help of her French schoolmates, Margaret defies authority in search of justice. Meanwhile, Tariq learns of the Red Hand from Melbourne Jack as he explains the importance of his journey to North Africa. And, a new enemy is discovered in the dark jungles of Ceylon as the courageous Foster Crowe is determined to balance the scales. As the winds of war sweep across Morocco, the infamous Caid prepares to declare himself as supreme dictator. Morocco’s only hope is our treasured ragtag group of resistance fighters from Rebels of the Kasbah, who are scattered all across the country. A battle of good against evil will echo through eternity.”
What I Thought- THis is the third book in the Red Hand Adventure series (check out my reviews of the other books HERE and HERE). I’ve always enjoyed this series because of the characters and setting but the third book is my favorite so far. Wow. Just “Wow”. This was amazing. Mr. O’Neill really knows how to draw you in. He quickly restates what has happened in the first two books of the series to bring the reader “up to speed.” Then he throws a wrench into the heroes’ well-thought out plan, and that keeps the reader from putting the book down! There is a ton of unrest in this book with all the characters wondering what is happening to the others, some thinking the others are dead. The book is full of action, and close encounters. The setting is described well. It makes you feel like you are there in the Middle East. There are some fantasy elements, in the fact that gypsies can curse others, predict the future, etc. In a whole it just shows the superstitious-ness that the Moroccans had at that time period. The story jumps from characters’ points of view, and you overall learn back-stories while the story goes on. Although some of the storyline is tied up at the end – there is enough to make the reader want another book in the series. Fortunately for us, there will be another book which will be published in April of 2016, titled “Thieves of the Black Sea.”
Want to know more? Check out the official Red Hand Adventure website HERE.