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  • Perfect Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Moonpepper Press; 1 edition (24 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098920720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989207201
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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R. Christopher Kobb lives in North Aurora, Illinois, with his daughter. He is an avid writer and artist.

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By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2013
Format: Perfect Paperback
Some books just take you by surprise. I must admit that the cover of this book grabbed my attention and the description of the book was compelling. But neither prepared me for the magical adventure that this story would be, and let's hope it is just the beginning of a much longer tale. The story is similar to N.D. Wilson's 100 Cupboards in both style and substance. It is a very fun story filled with twists and turns that will surprise even the most veteran readers. It will also be an excellent read for the intended audience of pre-teens and young adults.

Jack Boomershine is a young inventor, a scientist a young man focused on the mind and the future. But a series of strange events pull him into a world he did not even know existed and is well beyond anything his science can explain. It all begins with some strange text messages, and while on a field trip in the cliffs of Brighton Jack is led to a mysterious stone. This person of science must learn to find his way in a world of magic, mystery, telepathy and more. He will encounter an ancient evil and more. He goes on this adventure with his best friend Chase and soon finds new friends along the way.

This book was an excellent read. It had a number of dark illustrations that added to the story and will be of special interest to younger readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Fun Fantasy for Middle graders 4 Jun. 2013
By Maxine McLister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When 12-year-old Jack Boomershine finds a geode lined with purple crystals, it sets off a series of events which will take him and his best friend, Chase, into a world of magic, both light and dark. Turns out this is no ordinary stone but perhaps the only fyrelock in existence invented and lost a thousand years ago. Now Jack's parents are under a dark spell and the only one that can save them is the Warlocke, a person who may or may not exist.

This was a fun fantasy tale for middle graders. Jack and Chase are likeable as are most of the good characters and the evil characters are evil enough to be interesting without being too scary for the younger reader. I also liked the short chapters which may keep the reluctant reader from abandoning the book.

This may be a book aimed at middle graders but, for those of you who are like me, way past the target audience, don't let that stop you from reading it. There's enough adventure, twists and turns, evil doers doing evil and bad poetry spouted by a prophetic witch to keep even us oldsters entertained.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love This Book! 8 Jun. 2013
By Shelly Hammond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is just plain old fun to read and I was honored to be provided an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. It's adventurous, mysterious, and well written. The author did a great job with it and I was surprised to learn it was a first novel! Now I hope that got your attention a little bit, at least enough to get you to read on. Hey, it's early as I couldn't sleep so I'm not so much eye catching and witty yet. Just be glad you can't see me and I'm only trying to get your attention to the review via font, otherwise I'm quite sure my far too early morning appearance would resemble Medusa closely enough I really could turn the living into stone and I'm not so sure I want to test the theory. Anyway, on with the review.

This story is about a 12 year old inventor named Jack Boomershine. He finds a stone that happens to be called Fyrelocke. This stone, however, turns out to be far more than it appears and leads to a great many adventures, mysteries, and mayhem. As per my usual, I refuse to give the book away because you need to go read it but I don't think any of that gave anything away. I'll give you just a little bit more, but not much! You need to get it! There is a really cool fortune teller in the book called Madam Puffin who may or may not be, I'm not telling, more than she appears and I love her. She is awesome. This book also had a great best friend angle between Jack and his pal Chase. Every 12 year old should have a best friend so it was a great thing to read about. You'll also meet a handful of creatures that are so much fun to read about. The book is fast paced from the very beginning, it is filled with twists and turns you just don't see coming at all until they are smacking you right in the face, and the action just keeps right on coming!

The author writes extremely well and it really doesn't matter if you are 12 or 79, this book was fun to read (and technically I'm not 12 or 79 so I should really have typed "if you are between the ages of 12 and 79" but that's still incorrect because you might like it if you are 11 or 80 so um, I guess it's best said that it's fun to read at every age). There are illustrations throughout the book which are a really splendid touch. They are really well done and it's so nice to get a glimpse at what the characters might look like. I really love the writing style of the author and I think that if you are still reading this right now and haven't read the book, you should do so right now! It's really very good and it's so much fun to read. In many ways it takes you back to being a kid again and there is nothing wrong with that!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Adventure 29 May 2013
By rhonda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Perfect Paperback

Fyrelocke twists and turns and when you have figured out where it's going, you realize you were wrong. It has magic both good and dark. Lots of different creatures I would not like to run into. Some just gross. It is adventure into a world or town that is built with magic and can't be seen by human eyes.

The plot is good and keeps you reading to figure out where or who is the prophecy is speaking about. Jack on a school field trip is sent some weird texts. To go away from his class and back deeper in the cave. Jack follows the weird light and picks up a glowing rock. Then he falls into water and then more weird stuff happens to him.

The characters are interesting. Three of the main characters are 12 years olds. You are never sure who to trust and who is lying.

Jack Boomershine is 12 years old inventor. Jack is smart and he uses his knowledge to best a very powerful wizard and other dark magic users who try and control him. His best friend is Chase. Chase wants to be a banker when he grows up. He reads newspapers and follows the market. They are both different from others in their school.

On their way home from school they read a sign that's says, "Fortunes read today" So they go in and Jack has his fortune told. They realize something is different and runaway from their.

From their things keep happening to Jack and Chase. It is fast paced story that is entertaining to read. I hope their are going to be more books featuring Jack and friends.

It is aimed at middle school kids but others will enjoy it to. I did.
I was given this book to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
publication: May 24th 2013 by Moonpepper Press 264 pages ISBN-10: 098920720X
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I Need More! 27 May 2013
By PattyLouise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
R. Christopher Kobb

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Jack finds a rock that unleashes a series of unbelievable events. The rock is powerful and Jack begins a very magical unbelievable journey with his best friend Chase.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Oh me...oh my...such a fun an adventurous book this was! Jack...a rather serious adventurer...inventor extraordinaire and his best friend Chase...a sort of a finance kind of guy...are caught up in the plight of this stone...this magical purple glowing stone.
Simply put...the stone sort of calls to Jack as he is on a field trip and he pockets it. And from that point Jack's normal life is normal no more.

Oh how I love a magical fantasy...and that is exactly what this is...there are chilling bad guys...the Cankrots...who put a spell on Jack's "real" parents...and there are the "good" guys...Vidalia and Pesky and Madame Puffin and Trygg...the character who looks like a bunny. Madame Puffin is under a spell to speak mostly in rhyme. There is a gremlin who looks like a mouse to humans...and so many more...I would love to reveal them all to you but I want this story to provide you with as much fun and nail biting angst as I had while I was lost in reading Fyrelocke! Quite a yummy book! Oh...but wait...let me tease you with just one more character...the baddest bad guy ever...the Wargothe! So old he can't keep his body together. He needs Jack...our hero Jack Boomershine...to fulfill the prophecy!

What I loved about this book...

OMG...I loved Jack and Chase...they didn't have any friends besides each other. That will appeal to so many young readers. I loved Jack's inventions and how Chase was going to manage him when Jack's inventions made them rich and famous. I loved that Jack's bedroom was filled with gadgets and Chase's looked like the office of a finance person.
I loved the short chapters. I loved that Madam Puffin spoke in rhyme. I loved the Cankrots creepy evilness.

The creepy illustrations helped to make the characters in Fyrelocke even more real.

Memorable events in this book...

There were quite a few, actually...Madame Puffin speaking in rhyme, Trygg speaking in Jack's head, Jack flying in the Stratovarious...these were some of my favorite ones.

Final thoughts...

Readers...both young and old...who enjoy magical fantasy books...will love this one. It has both good magic and dark magic which only makes this tale amazingly exiting. Short exciting chapters, fun illustrations and a quest made this reading experience magical for me. I can only hope that there will be a Book Two soon...really soon!

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley via Amazon and zap...onto my Kindle!
A magical and wonderful adventure 21 Aug. 2013
By J.C. Wing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Perfect Paperback
This book starts off with a beautiful dedication. "To all those who see the beauty beneath, those who still believe in magic, and those who can squint and spot what the world lacks. To dreamers everywhere." I include it here in my review because it is the perfect beginning to this incredibly entertaining and imaginative tale and kicks off a wonderful and truly engaging ride.

Jack Boomershine is a twelve year old inventor who receives a strange text while on a field trip with his class. Presumably, this message is from Jack's best friend, Chase, although the wording sounds very unlike Chase who is less imaginative and more logical, and the sender is blocked which seems a bit complex for a child who is not computer minded. Stumped, Jack participates in the field trip, quickly realizing that the message he received seems to pertain to the cave in which the class has been taken as words from the text flash in his mind. He comes to the conclusion that Chase could not have sent the message, although he has no idea who could have done so. Following the directions he is given, he finds a smooth pool of water and within that pool, a rock that emanates an unnatural purple glow. Once Jack has this rock in his hands, the course of his life, and the lives of those closest to him, begin to drastically change direction.

This story is filled with the most creative names. Jack and Chase attend the Flipper P. Bumbling School and befriend a group of people who introduce themselves as Madame Puffin, Pescipalius and Vidalia. The author has also included a handful of original art work within the pages of his book. My only complaint about this is that there weren't more of them.

Fyrelock is 266 pages long, the story broken into 100 short chapters that are perfect bite sized pieces. Kobb's prose, however, is flowing and holds enough humor and energy to keep a reader completely engaged. I found that the shorter chapters, instead of allowing me to stop and resume reading again later, only encouraged me to keep going. This was a difficult book to put down and, while listed as a book for kids twelve and up, I believe this story will captivate audiences both younger and older, (and in some cases, much older) than twelve. Humor, action, adventure, magic and mystery...This tale was truly mesmerizing and loads of fun.

There was so much about this book that I enjoyed, but one thing that stood out for me was that Kobb has written a fantasy tale that requires little if any suspension of disbelief. Jack is an intelligent child who uses realistic, if not incredibly creative means to get himself out of unusual circumstances. He is a character that other children will be able to relate to. The tale is wonderfully fanciful and whimsical, but Jack is down to earth and real and very, very likeable.

I hope that this is only the first of a series of books from this artistic author. R. Christopher Kobb has delivered a tight, well-written and incredibly enjoyable tale and I can't wait for his next installment.
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