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N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an action-packed adventure that will captivate fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones with lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure.

For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.

Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

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"Wilson (the 100 Cupboards books) launches the Ashtown Burials series with this wildly imaginative and action-packed thrill ride. Their father dead and their mother in a coma, Cyrus and Antigone Smith are being raised by their older brother, Dan, while running (and living in) a dilapidated motel. Then the enigmatic Billy Skelton shows up: the elderly man barely has time to induct Cyrus and Antigone into the mysterious Order of Brendan and designate them as his heirs before he's killed. After Dan is kidnapped and the motel is destroyed, the siblings have nowhere to go but Ashtown, the clandestine home of the ancient order. There, they learn about their family's shadowy history and must prove their worth to the society of adventurers and explorers whose past members have included the likes of Amelia Earhart. Additionally, Cyrus and Antigone battle traitors and subterranean creatures while struggling to keep an ancient artifact away from an immortal madman. Wilson balances these hyperbolic plot elements with measured prose and smart dialogue, while combining pulp sensibilities, cinematic pacing, and fully developed characters readers will gladly follow down the rabbit hole. Ages 8 — 12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 8, 2011:

"Wilson (the 100 Cupboards books) launches the Ashtown Burials series with this wildly imaginative and action-packed thrill ride...Wilson balances these hyperbolic plot elements with measured prose and smart dialogue, while combining pulp sensibilities, cinematic pacing, and fully developed characters readers will gladly follow down the rabbit hole."

Synopsis:

N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an action-packed adventure that will captivate fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones with lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure.

For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.

Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

About the Author

N. D. WILSON lives in Idaho with his wife and their five young explorers. For more information, please visit ndwilson.com.

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Rainbow Explorer, July 7, 2013 (view all comments by Rainbow Explorer)
Having read thousands of young adult books, I can easily state this is the worst one I've ever read. This author appears to be attempting to "one up" Stephen King's desire to rain down as many nightmare scenarios upon the reading public, as possible. The central and more peripheral characters in this books undergo a constant, steady stream of ever more violent, torturous, and dark experiences - far beyond what any human could even begin to endure, let alone middle school aged kids (who are the target audience). To say this author relishes gratuitous violence would be a major understatement. He appears to have the soul of his character "Dr. Phoenix", himself, from the way he treats every one of the characters within this book.

There's no redeeming social or emotional value to this story. The characters cannot clearly trust anyone, throughout nearly all of the book, and are treated as stupid, incompetent bumblers, without any reasonable sense of good judgment, until the end (where they are portrayed as true super-heroes who can accomplish anything and everything, simultaneously, no less)! The author appears to have very little genuine respect, understanding, or compassion for humans of any age, by the way he has his characters treat each other.

The two kids who are the central characters learn there is no one who has ever told them the truth about much of anything and they constantly beat up on each other, both physically and verbally, throughout the story. They, along with each of the other characters, are repeatedly physically and psychologically harmed, on a grand scale, several times per chapter, while simultaneously being deprived of food, drink, sleep, and protection from the elements. They are never permitted any reasonable time or assistance in healing from any form of injury, which stretches any level of credibility to the book.

The concepts of comfort, joy, beauty, security, and peace are entirely withheld, while nearly every dark theme imaginable is thrown into the poisonous plot. The hidden snake that is given to protect one of the characters only does so a couple of brief times and is entirely missing from the story, during the final third of the book. Overt racism is present and death is glorified, in every possible way.

On the whole, it's a vile creation which combines nearly every one of the negative elements of a dozen of the most destructive "blow 'em up nonstop" Hollywood trash films. As far as I'm concerned, it has no redeeming value for either kids or adults to read. It's likely to provoke nightmares and breed dark cynicism in those already prone to such challenges. I don't believe our society needs anymore of either of those negatives showered upon it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375864391
Author:
Wilson, Nathan D
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Author:
Wilson, N. D.
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Series:
Ashtown Burials
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
34 x 14.4 x 8.1 in 17.5 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Product details 496 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780375864391 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wilson (the 100 Cupboards books) launches the Ashtown Burials series with this wildly imaginative and action-packed thrill ride. Their father dead and their mother in a coma, Cyrus and Antigone Smith are being raised by their older brother, Dan, while running (and living in) a dilapidated motel. Then the enigmatic Billy Skelton shows up: the elderly man barely has time to induct Cyrus and Antigone into the mysterious Order of Brendan and designate them as his heirs before he's killed. After Dan is kidnapped and the motel is destroyed, the siblings have nowhere to go but Ashtown, the clandestine home of the ancient order. There, they learn about their family's shadowy history and must prove their worth to the society of adventurers and explorers whose past members have included the likes of Amelia Earhart. Additionally, Cyrus and Antigone battle traitors and subterranean creatures while struggling to keep an ancient artifact away from an immortal madman. Wilson balances these hyperbolic plot elements with measured prose and smart dialogue, while combining pulp sensibilities, cinematic pacing, and fully developed characters readers will gladly follow down the rabbit hole. Ages 8 — 12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 8, 2011:

"Wilson (the 100 Cupboards books) launches the Ashtown Burials series with this wildly imaginative and action-packed thrill ride...Wilson balances these hyperbolic plot elements with measured prose and smart dialogue, while combining pulp sensibilities, cinematic pacing, and fully developed characters readers will gladly follow down the rabbit hole."

"Synopsis" by , N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an action-packed adventure that will captivate fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones with lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure.

For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.

Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

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