What a fantastic story! As said before, shades of the great Enid Blyton here - like Enid? You'll love this book! It also cleverly shows how mobile phones and the internet don't alter the danger much - clever ways round always being able to phone the police! I loved the character development, and after a few pages I became attached to them. Really good, and I also hope for several sequels! Mind you, you've a long way to go to catch up with Enid Blyton! A great story in its own right and suitable for all ages.
Obviously all these types of books have a strong nod to Enid Blyton and also Helen Moss who seems to have picked up the baton but thankfully devoid of Blyton's prejudices. This book was a good read with the usual strong female lead. Lou and David were well rounded characters - the other two being merely supporting ones. It didn't deviate from the usual smugglers/children adventures and didn't have the detection theme of Helen Moss stories but it was well written and didn't cost nearly as much-recommended and will read more.
I bought this book as I was browsing through Amazon and I like to read new authors. Smugglers at Whistling Sands is a roller coaster of a novel, in the style of Enid Blyton's famous five series. It is just as good, in my opinion. I also know Abersoch very well so enjoyed the "local" aspects of the story. The author cleverly keeps you captivated at the end of each chapter, willing you; in fact imploring you to carry on reading. It is incredibly hard to put down. For a first book by the author in this series I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes adventure stories. Children will enjoy the adventure, the bravery and the mystery. Adults alike will enjoy the excellent writing and the gripping storyline as well as the enchanting characters.
A really well-written book, past paced with excellent characterisation. It has echoes of Enid Blyton's holiday adventures, certainly, but is still wholly original. And just as Blyton was famous for her sequels, so please let's have a follow-up!
Wonderful book ! Everything you could want from a children's story. Adventure, intrigue, suspense, wonderful characters, and a descriptive text that draws the reader into the story. I have to say, I enjoyed reading this book as much as those written by Arthur Ransome or Enid Blyton, and that's not something I say lightly. Come on George, please give us another adventure for Lou and the gang.
What a wonderful read. Fast paced, emotional, dangerous and exciting, this book quickly makes you care for the characters immediately without being patronising. This book brings back memories of the greatest storyteller, Enid Blyton, in modern times, without ruining the tension with modern technology. Highly recommended. Please, please, please, can we have a sequel soon?