Stranger and Stranger,
This review is from: Bayou Dogs (Haunting of Derek Stone) (Paperback)
Derek's life keeps getting stranger and stranger. For a boy who likes plain facts and doesn't like make believe or fantasy, his life has turned upside down. In Book One, City of the Dead, Derek is in a train wreck; he survives but believes his brother and father are lost. Then a number of weeks later his brother turns up, and it is his brother, but he is changed. The dead are coming back and they are waging a war between darkness and light. And darkness seems to be winning. For some reason the dead that have come back keep looking for and finding Derek. They believe he has knowledge about how to open the rift between the two worlds.
In this instalment, Derek and his 'Brother" are chased all over the French quarter of New Orleans. They are aided by an old musician, and their father reappears and enters the battle to help them. He gives them clues that lead them to Bayou Malpierre, a place that haunts Derek because he almost drowned there a few years earlier. The story in this segment progresses well - more enemies from the land of the dead manage to cross over. Abby Donner, another survivor from the train crash, wakes from her coma and Derek finds her and seeks any information she can remember. Yet again it leaves us with a cliff-hanger and eagerly waiting to start book three.
I stated in my first review that I believed the books could be marketed to teens or an adult audience by being combined into one longer volume. This second book further convinced me of the fact. Tony Abbot is the author of over 70 books for readers both young and young at heart. He is most known for his Secrets of Droon series and his bestselling novels Kringle and Firegirl.
The Haunting of Derek Stone:
City of the Dead
The Red House
The Ghost Road