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A Raucous Time (Celtic Cousins' Adventures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Hughes , Laura Wright LaRoche , Mervyn Walker
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Indiana Jones meets the Da Vinci Code" – as one reviewer has commented!
Wren's discovered an ancient diary; he's convinced that it's the key to a legendary treasure trove. All he has to do is persuade cousin Rhyllann that this isn't a geeky flight of fantasy, escape the protection of DI Crombie of the Metropolitan Police and outwit a sinister cult known as "The Brotherhood". What can go wrong? …
“But the treasure is guarded. He who wishes to enter the secret chamber must first ensure he knows of the Celtic rites and mysteries. No other hand is permitted to touch Caliburn, sacred sword of the Celtic Nations.” From the diary of Joan, Princess of Wales by marriage; natural daughter of King John of England (year of our lord 1216).
Bonus Free Feature: Short Story "Through the Wrong Door", a complementary episode to "A Ripple in Time" is included at the end of this ebook.
The Celtic Cousins' Adventures – time after time after time.

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    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 666 KB
    • Print Length: 255 pages
    • Publisher: Talon; 010114 edition (31 Dec. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0062SDMV8
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,708 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Julia Hughes is the London born author of The Celtic Cousins' Adventures: "A Raucous Time", "A Ripple in Time" and "An Explosive Time" are all available on Amazon. Her two Griffin Riders' Chronicles are also available on Amazon: "The Griffin Cryer" and "The Griffin's Boy".

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved it. Storytelling at its best! 8 July 2012
    By Beeza68
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    There are certain ingredients a story needs to make it better than just good. If any author can gather these ingredients and blend them seamlessly together, then they are always on to a winner.

    For me, this is my first step into the world created by author Julia Hughes, a world that revolves around two teenage boys - Wren, the geeky brainbox and his cousin Rhyllann, a pilot wannabe and Wren's best friend. Add to this, Crombie, the copper and oft self-appointed social worker, the lost treasure (a treasure that includes the fabled sword of Arthurian legend - Excalibur) of King John, and a gang of villains who will stop at nothing - including murder - to retrieve said treasure and you have a story that takes all of those ingredients, lovingly mixes them together and creates a wonderful story.

    Most authors would have been very happy with the fact they had created a `wonderful' story. But no. Not this author. If ever writing a novel can be compared to creating a meal, then Ms. Hughes grabbed all those correct ingredients and then, when no-one was looking, slipped in an extra, secret one that a lot of other stories lack, and created something very special. That special ingredient is - for want of a better word - love. Love of the story, love of her characters. Love of her ART. Because that's what storytelling is. It's an art and Julia Hughes is one hell of an artist!

    This is a story that defies genre. It cannot be labelled as simply an adventure story, or a teen angst story, a thriller or a comedy. It is all of these and more. It made me laugh out loud; it made me turn pages (well push buttons - on kindle) at speed to see what came next.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hair-raising exploits from the Celtic Cousins 1 Oct. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A Raucous Time

    A Raucous Time is the breathless tale of two dare-devil cousins, Rhyllann and Wren, who are pursued by ruthless criminals in a series of incredible adventures, aided (and abetted) by Detective Inspector Crombie and the police force.

    King John's treasure is the original source of all the trouble (lost in 1216 in a terrible disaster). Rhyllann and Wren should be in school but instead they are involved in all manner of hair-raising exploits. There is double-dealing, police corruption, a mysterious note in code, a terrifying near collision, a stolen aeroplane, pistols, electric shocks, even the Sword in the Stone... We suffer with the heroic Rhyllann as he tries to look after his younger cousin Wren, a cherubic blue eyed blond haired boy with distinctly Machiavellian tendencies. Despite an injured leg and a shocking lack of food, Wren manages some pretty amazing feats by sheer genius and willpower while Rhyllann develops into a flying action hero.

    Your heart will race during the nail-biting finale in the secret chamber where a final discovery is made. Mysterious twists at the end of the story leave you in no doubt that the Celtic Cousins will be back for further thrilling adventures. Make sure you join them!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Cathy
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I enjoyed reading A Raucous Time. It's an adventure - mystery - thriller - historical novel with a fast paced plot, some unexpected twists and turns and several engaging characters.
    I particularly enjoyed the characterisation of Rhyllann and Wren, the two Celtic Cousins of the title. They are very different individuals but their relationship is very close and this is explored throughout the book. They share an overwhelming sense of loyalty to each other and this carries them through the challenges they have to overcome as the story unfolds.
    However, the star of the novel must be Detective Inspector Crombie. This character's development and the intricacies of his relationship with Rhyllann and Wren is the backbone of the book. Taciturn, down-to-earth, idiosyncratic and courageous he joins the ranks of all the good fiction detectives as he aids and obstructs the Celtic Cousins in pursuit of their goals.
    A Raucous Time is an enjoyable, light, escapist novel which would be absolutely ideal for chilly, winter evenings when you just want to get lost in a book.
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    I love fast roller-coaster rides that zip me constantly up, then down and around until, by the end of the ride, I am delightfully exhausted. This is the kind of emotional experience that I had during my read of A RAUCOUS TIME. The rich dialogues and descriptive rhetoric is not only dynamic and witty; it is masterful for I often became less a reader, feeling invited by the author to become a participant in the story itself.
    At stake in this adventure thriller is the fabled treasure trove of King John, worth an unimaginable amount and lost for almost 1,000 years. When I read the initial synopsis I did wonder, `How can the author weave a believable tale around a historically-based mystery when the 2 protagonists are merely kids?' I got my answer: brilliantly! Rhyllan is the older cousin and appears to be the fearless one who is in charge during many death-defying schemes. Ms. Hughes, though, ingeniously tweaks her script so that the younger Wren merely appears to be geeky and in need of protection. In truth, he is the puppeteer, a multi-gifted mastermind with a touch of mystical powers. Adding a marvelous bit of flavor to the tale is a clever, though slovenly-looking, DI named Crombie. He endeared himself to me during an extraordinary rescue scene that takes place on railroad tracks.
    A RAUCOUS TIME is a brilliant tale that evokes a blend of those heart-stopping adventure scenes performed by Indiana Jones; the delightful, mystical antics of Merlin-The-Magician; and, the bumbling yet fearless investigative prowess of a TV character named Columbo. Though the tale is rife with danger, I often found myself dabbing tears of laughter from my eyes. It is difficult to continue reading with wet glasses.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pure fantasy
    A Raucous Time is an easy way to pass a few hours. 2 teenage cousins have loads of adventures looking for buried treasure. Read more
    Published 4 hours ago by Elaine Tomasso
    2.0 out of 5 stars I will continue reading but no matter how good the tale
    I have just read page 1. Couldn't believe my eyes. Apparently the Wash (east of England) is served by the Atlantic Ocean (west of England). Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Jean
    3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
    Okay if you're a teenager but a bit amateurish. Still read it all through in one sitting though. A few more years writing will improve the good plots.
    Published 8 months ago by Mai Kellow
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    good read
    Published 10 months ago by Joan Skidmore
    1.0 out of 5 stars Storm reading
    I tried, i really did but felt like trying to walk in jam . . It can be done but why would you - its the same with this book, i only persevered as it was stormy weather outside &... Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good adventure
    Apart from the geography issues I had with the book, I enjoyed the story. Very much aimed at teens, though I'm an adult and enjoyed the story. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by Mrs W
    5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly enjoyable
    This started off as a police investigation and two runaway teenagers, then it turned into an Indiana Jones type story. Amazing.
    Published 19 months ago by Fren
    4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD YOUNG ADULTS TALE
    Quite entertaining and well constructed the policeman is believable, a good treasure hunt story. Quite entertaining I found the younger cousin a bit unbelievable.
    Published on 11 Jun. 2013 by tamarajorina
    5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed book
    Julia Hughes is one of my favourite authors and having read the other books in this series A Ripple in Time and An Explosive Time I was very much looking forward to reading... Read more
    Published on 27 May 2013 by C. Plunkett
    5.0 out of 5 stars When the youth sets its mind...
    ...anything can happen. Rhyllan and Wren are teenage Welsh cousins in London, abandoned by their parents. Read more
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