- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Darkwater Books; 2 edition (9 Oct. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909072095
- ISBN-13: 978-1909072091
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Joshua Files 4: Dark Parallel: Volume 4 Paperback – 9 Oct 2014
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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, a best-selling series of young adult books which was translated into 17 foreign languages.
M.G. is also the author of GEMINI FORCE ONE, a trilogy of action-adventure novels for young adults created with Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson and funded initially via a hugely popular Kickstarter campaign. As M.G. Reyes she has authored EMANCIPATED, a series for older teenagers.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is told in first person form and sometimes as a blog (this does not make it a good choice to read out loud but that was my fault). Josh is a special boy who has been genetically altered so that he can read some ancient codices that give information about how to prevent a world catastrophe in 2012, as predicted by the Mayans. He is able to time travel using an ancient artifact and some people think he is a time travelling hero called Arcadio. Mix into this a sect who genetically modified him and that can also time travel to destroy the codices and a teenage romantic interest with a Mexican girl called Ixchel and you get some idea of the story.
The romantic bits are funny to me but my children are not old enough yet to appreciate how funny they are and turn their noses up at those bits. The combination of science and cultures is excellent but it helps that I have a Spanish connection and we have a local Capoiera Club, otherwise I would be even more confused about what was going on. It is exciting and it captures the children's imagination. They are always trying to guess what will happen next and that is the most important thing. It is a book where they keep asking for more.
P.S. In my advice I would read them in order because if you don't, it gives things away and its a bit confusing because it is based on a complex plan.
If not, then please read the review, but note that I have not read the first 3 books, and if it sounds your cup of tea you should go and get book 1 first and work through!
The author was born in Mexico and then moved, as a child, to Germany and then the UK. According to her bio, her formative years were spent watching Dr Who and Blakes 7. So, you can clearly see the DNA for this book. A combination of time-travelling and Mayan history.
The story is told in the first person, and the eponymous narrator, Joshua, is an engaging companion. There is a good mixture of pace in the book - some thrilling action sequences, but also a fair degree of teen romance (be warned if this is off-putting to you!). The plot is intricately constructed, as it plays with the concept of time travel, paradoxes and parallel time streams. I enjoyed this, as I like books to make me work a bit!
A good book for anyone who enjoyed previous Joshua Files stuff, or who likes Doctor Who or the like.
Also, I must point out that this book does not contain excessive; or any nyan cat!
Another must read and not just for kids
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book itself was interesting and mysterious. I would recommend it as a gift or to read it on lazy afternoons.Published on 28 May 2014 by bibi aujeemuddee