This is a very good book.. great story line.. easy to read.. the story flows nicely and I'd tell anyone to read dale mayer books they will hook you just like they have me... I'm counting down till the new ones...... happy reading xx
Four teenagers stumble on a toxic waste spill but nobody takes them seriously because they come from a home for troubled youngsters....
This great young adult adventure starts slowly with the teens distrustful of one another and authority. Gemma Stone, keen to be a photgrapher, uses her digital camera to snap some men clearing up the nearby creek, wearing waders and protective gloves. She and her pal Mistie are sneaking out of their halfway house at night when they are chased by two large men and Mistie vanishes. They are in a rural area of Oxford, a town in Oregon, so there are not many places she could have gone. John and Doris, their guardians at the halfway house, are thrown off track by the arrival of two men claiming to be from the Environmental Protection Agency in Portland, but the teens instinctively distrust them and scramble out and search for Mistie. She is found drugged and tied - but why?
With Mistie in hospital, Gem and two boys, Mark and techie Reid, are each kidnapped and struggle out of difficult situations; Mark almost drowns having to swim a creek while handcuffed and ankle-bound, Gem escaping from a car at a gas station and running into a crowd of adults who - unexpectedly to her - protect her and call for police aid. The police suddenly have to take these supposed juvenile delinquents seriously, but the three teens have by now bonded together and prove better than anyone at figuring out what is going on and why.
Dale Mayer has also written 'Dangerous Designs' about a rebellious girl who finds a spellbound pencil, which may encourage readers to switch between fantasy and contemporary fiction. I preferred GEM STONE, partly because I liked the characters better.