I guess this book has been written with a YA audience in mind but despite my sixty plus years I loved the book. This is a fast moving mystery with an interesting collection of characters. The central character is a 15 year old boy but his father and his father's assorted employees / friends plus the villains make this an entertaining read for all ages. Despite growing up barely ever seeing his father, the son is sent to stay with him for six months when the mother's work takes her abroad. He is surprised to find his father lives on an amazing boat in the Bahamas. He is also obviously wealthy and has a decidedly unusual lifestyle. I could relate to the boy's 15 year old thoughts about girls and family but the book far transcends a typical coming of age story and is an action packed mystery full of suspense and twists. While their is plenty of action there is also quite a bit of humor which made me chuckle. At the heart of the plot is ..... Whoops I mustn't spoil the plot. Suffice to say it is a fascinating mystery at the heart of the story and the boy's family has many secrets. I eagerly await the next book in the series.
This is the best young teen book I picked up in ages. It does not feel 'mass-produced' according to a recipe, like a lot of them. It is genuinely interesting and different, a seamless blend of adventure and comedy. Yet it is gripping you at every twist. There is a century-old mystery, a journey of self-discovery, a quirky cast of characters that never behave as you expect them, friendship and romantic frustrations. Plus, the narrator, fifteen-year old Noah Larsson, does not act like a superhero. He comes across as warm and honest, and that contributes to making the story more real, an adventure any of us could 'accidentally' end up living.
Awesome reading for people like myself that wand to escape in a remote land, where there is plenty of adventure, beautifully crafted by excellent writings and plenty of colors. I strongly recommend this reading
A very well written story full of adventure, humour, wit, and action. A page-turner and exciting book with unique characters, places and turns of events. It would definitely deserve to be made into a movie.
The Twelfth Ring captured my attention almost instantly. It is a well written with a pervasive, witty, dry sense of humor I enjoyed a great deal. I consider it a mysterious, thriller-suspense novel that would take you to the next level of reading experience. It includes a great set of characters, with interesting personalities -- all extremely well-drawn characters in this book. The pacing was just right for me.
I hate spoiling stories, all I can say is that, there are many unexpected twists. I would recommend starting the book when you have a generous amount of time as every page of this book will make you turn to the next one. I read it in one day.
I love how Sam Clarke cleverly wrote the book. And I'd like to commend the author for resolving most of the unknowns, wrapping up the story, while at the same time paving the path for the follow-on book.
If you are looking for a fresh, unique novel with bizarre twists all throughout the story, you should definitely give this book a try! I highly recommend it.
Although this book is aimed at a YA audience, I can safely say that adult readers will love it too. I was immediately drawn in by Sam Clarke's easy-going writing style and dry, witty humour. The characters in this story are multi-faceted and very real. While there is plenty of action, it's the characters who really drive the book forward. The plot is fascinating, surprising and really well researched. I can't wait for the next instalment!