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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books UK; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407116118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407116112
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M.G. (Maria Guadalupe) Harris was born in Mexico City and grew up in Manchester, England.

As a teenager, during regular visits to her father in Mexico, M.G. became fascinated by Mayan archaeology. She made several trips to Mayan ruins in Yucatan and Chiapas and one such trip gave her the seed of the idea of what would later become The Joshua Files.

M.G. studied biochemistry at St Catherine's College and St Cross College, Oxford University. M.G. spent several years working in research laboratories before setting up her own internet company. A skiing accident in 2004 forced M.G. to spend many weeks recuperating from surgery.

The first title in The Joshua Files, 'Invisible City' was the UK's fastest-selling children's fiction debut for 2008. The series went on to sell in 17 languages.

Her new adventure series, GEMINI FORCE ONE was originally devised and developed by Gerry Anderson (creator of THUNDERBIRDS, CAPTAIN SCARLET, TERRAHAWKS) before his death and completed by M.G. with the approval of the Estate of Gerry Anderson, led by his son Jamie.

M.G. lives in Oxford with her husband and their two daughters.

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About the Author

M.G. (Maria Guadalupe) Harris was born in Mexico City but moved to England as a young child. Before becoming a writer, M.G. worked as a scientist and ran an Internet business. On regular visits back to Mexico, M.G. became fascinated by Mayan archaeology and made several trips to Mayan ruins in Yucatan and Chiapas. One such trip planted the seed of the idea for The Joshua Files. While recovering from a skiing accident that resulted in a broken leg, M.G. began writing Invisible City, the first book in the Joshua Files series, on a laptop next to the bed. M.G. is also the author of GERRY ANDERSON’S GEMINI FORCE ONE. She writes for young adults as M.G. Reyes. When not wandering around the exotic settings for her novels, like Mexico, Brazil and the Swiss mountains, M.G. and family live on a quiet street in Oxford www.mgharris.net --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 17 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
Wow,

i am a major fan of all things Harry Potter, Alex Rider and Percy Jackson but this book (and it's sequels) puts those to shame!!!!!!!(tho i still love them!)
i absolutely loved this book it has a major storyline and has absolutely amazing settings, characters and dilemmas.!!!!!!!!
Anyway enough about what i thought you shouldn't be reading this you should be reading the book so buy it!!!!!!!

By Beth x
aged 12
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Alison Muir on 4 Feb. 2008
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I won't enter into the debate comparing the Joshua Files to the Bourne movies - the key point is that this book is an absolutely brilliant read in its own right. Actionwise, it starts strong, builds, and then takes off with the kind of page turning intensity which makes you want to skip meals and read all night. 'Read page 37', instructs the back cover - believe me, on page 37 we're barely into second gear; it's good, but it gets a whole lot better.

I'll repeat the observations of other reviewers here and comment that all this action is deftly balanced with an exceptionally strong characterisation. The result is that it isn't just exciting to accompany Josh on his adventures - we actually understand him and care what happens to him all the way through. My eleven year old daughter, not a pure action or sci fi fan, is riveted by the power of the emotional story.

Another perfect balance is achieved in the level of challenge the book presents to the reader. Of course there's the code woven into the book, and the prizes offered on the book's website for cracking that. Beyond this there are enough ideas and information thoughout to spark the curiosity of the most active mind. It's easy to find the Author's website and begin one's own fascinating exploration of Mayan mysteries. At the same time the writing style is so direct and accessible, that even a reluctant reader can just relax and enjoy the simple thrill of the story.

Finally, I have to mention the slip cover. It's not often one gets a 'wow!' reaction just from walking around holding a book. Honestly, go and look at one in a shop. Buy one now, for yourself or your kids, and be the envy of all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
Last Joshua had heard from his father, he was in Mexico searching for an ancient codex believed to contain key information regarding the 2012 Mayan Prophecy foretelling the end of the world.

Now, his father has been reported dead in a mysterious plane crash. Believing his father's death was probably not an accident, Joshua flies across the Atlantic to investigate. There he runs into unknown relatives, shady American intelligence agents, a secret society, and a living Mayan city.

Who can Josh trust? What really happened to his father? Will he get home alive?

INVISIBLE CITY is a great action-packed adventure. The background information for the book is presented well. The characters are well-developed., and the plot is superbly spun by the author. The mystery is intense and keeps readers on their toes.

Those who like fantasy, adventure, science fiction, history, and mystery will all enjoy reading this book.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wajid Hussain on 27 Nov. 2011
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This book is really good. If you like adventure with a touch of history this is the one for you. It takes a while to start up but you need to believe in it. If you like this other stories that are adventure/action with histiry in it are: Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles. These are both extremely interesting. This book is a book with something for everything: hint of romance, humour and lots of action. I highly recommend it for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stacey on 27 April 2010
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Well what can i say? Nothing wrong with this book,it is a gripping thriller that will keep you wondering whats next from start to finish! Absolutely amazing have never read a better book than the Joshua Files Trilogy. Must buy for all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 27 April 2010
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This book really is one of the highlights of my extensive book collection and is part of one of the best sets of books I have ever read. In the last year of having the book I have read it around 4 times and not got bored reading it once. The storyline in gripping and the twists in the plot always make you want to read on more and more. The book is a brilliant read for people of all ages and lots of readers will like it and many will also give it 5 stars. In the most probable circumstance that you enjoy this book you will probably like to read the next in the series Ice Shock (The Joshua Files #2)and following thatZero Moment (The Joshua Files #3)

I hope you enjoy the book
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JustNathan on 4 Feb. 2008
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The comparison of Joshua Garcia's quest for the Ix Codex in "Invisible City" with the harebrain antics of Jason Bourne is invidious. Joshua is a character you can really identify with. The storyline twists and soars with every imaginative episode, landing Joshua in new and unpredicted danger.

We're drawn into the mysterious life of the Maya people, their ancient wisdom and the `long count' calendar that predicts doom for the Earth in December 2012. This knowledge is codified in four books, one of which, the `Ix Codex', is missing. Something unknown links Joshua and his father to its fate. Joshua heads to Mexico to find the cause of his father's death and is drawn inexorably into a chase where he is both hunter and hunted, pursued by undercover agents, people desperate enough to kill to find the Ix secret.

The moral undercurrent of this fable is undoubtedly the coming of age of 13-year old Joshua. He searches for the Ix Codex but also for the meaning of his life and the dream that haunts him. His aching struggles with unfamiliar feelings are portrayed in a manner that gives the reader insight into the inner turmoil of a boy undergoing the transition towards adulthood. Joshua yearns to prove his father's death was no accident, and then to complete his appointed task. He shows constant loyalty towards his friends and mother - his thoughts expressed through postings to his blog. Ultimately, he is driven by his passions, loyalties and grief to take on every challenge he faces.

Whilst the book is ostensibly aimed at teenage readers, I found it captivating, with scenes and emotions described in almost sensory detail. The central player is well-characterised, deeply drawn and utterly believable. I was there with every rake and plunge of this roller-coaster adventure.

I can't wait for the next book in "the Joshua Files" - when's it being published?
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