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A conflict with someone from his parent's past forces Ian to mature quickly. Before the story reaches its resolution, Ian understands his father's motivations and receives a lesson in responsibility. He also experiences the adventure of a lifetime. "Isle Royale" was a fun read with an unexpected supernatural twist.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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The book was not well-marked as one meant for teens and young adults, but it became clear that was the target audience for the book when the two teenagers became the focus of much of the action. There is also an underlying message threading throughout the book that teaches that duty and dedication that seems to be well suited for that audience.
The story itself started out well but towards the latter half of the book began to drag. The night that the gangsters invade the island and lighthouse compound especially seems never-ending as there are cross country treks, boat races, gun fights, beatings, and bad weather piling on one after another. After awhile it becomes rather tedious, and I found myself wishing they'd just get it over with. Beyond all that there is no way these people could have taken multiple dunkings into Lake Superior in November and continued to function. Hypothermia was mentioned in passing once, but it seems that even though soaked to the skin and shivering you can still hike across country for an hour or more during a horrible storm and live to tell of it.
There was a huge continuity error that haunted me through most of the book. The main action occurred in 1924 and it was stated several times that the lighthouse keeper's son, Ian, was 16 years old. Yet his mother was receiving love letters from LeBeck while he was on the French front in World War I in 1918 asking her to wait for him so they could marry. By my arithmetic, Ian should have already been 10 years old in 1918 and his parents long married by then. But their best friend LeBeck didn't know the two were already married and had a child? Had they been out of contact for over a decade yet he was still expecting her to be waiting for him? I was half expecting a reveal at the end that Ian was actually LeBeck's child, but it never went there. Since so much space was taken up with LeBeck's letters from France during the war it seemed to be an important story point yet only served to muddy the timeline and relationship of the three characters.
In short, the target teen/young adult audience may like this book for the action and adventure and the teen heroes. Older audiences probably would enjoy it for the historical aspects of the story, but find it dragging by mid-book.
Despite all the history, the story itself is one of adventure complete with murder and gore. The unlikely heroes of the story are two teenagers and a bunch of old men. This thriller is a bit hard to believe but the historical facts seem to be accurate. If you're a World War I buff or want to learn more about "Isle Royale," this is the book for you.
I'm not sure "Living in a lighthouse can be murder" really quite fits, that seems like a tagline for more of a mystery book rather than an adventure, but the story is interesting and I liked the characters. The plot is slow at first but picks up fairly quickly with the real action coming at the very very end. I wasn't sure I was going to like Sally, but she turned out to be okay. I really enjoyed the fact that the setting was Lake Superior, that definitely made the story more interesting.
I'd say this book could be good for teenagers and adults alike.
Reposted from Goodreads.com
One night a stranger arrives at the lighthouse and the adventure begins. Jean LeBeck was once a great friend of both of Ian's parents, and was once in love with Collene, but now, embittered by his experiences in World War I, he has turned to rum-running.
The book is a fun, fast, read full of phantoms, mysteries, old pirates and young adventure with a delicious feel for life on a Great Lake island and the life of lightkeepers. As I was reading the book it reminded me of my youth and some of the wonderful Disney-type adventure stories. Suitable for Young Adults but lots of fun for grown-ups, too.