Synopses & Reviews
Brian Falkner delivers in this sci-fi thriller with a Da Vinci Code
It begins with a book.
The most boring book in the world. A book so boring no one could ever read it—the perfect place to hide a dangerous secret.
When best friends Luke and Tommy volunteer to help move books from their library's basement to higher ground during a quick-rising flood, they discover the only surviving copy of the world's most boring book: Leonardo's River, lost for over a hundred years. Mysteriously connected to Leonardo da Vinci, the book is worth millions, so Luke and Tommy return that night to steal it. Unfortunately, they're not the only ones with that plan. . . .
Brian Falkner, author of The Assault, Brain Jack, and The Tomorrow Code, weaves another page-turning thriller full of heart-pounding action--this time, with a secret from Leonardo da Vinci that could determine the fate of history.
Hand this to a reluctant boy reader or any reader who loves action and mystery.
"Falkner delivers a thriller that melds humor, danger and history. . . . The result is an entertaining mystery with plenty of enjoyable twists and turns." —Publishers Weekly
"[The Project] reads like an action movie, with plenty of chases, explosions, and by-a-hair escapes." —School Library Journal
"Falkner delivers a thriller that melds humor, danger, and history. Luke, a 15-year-old New Zealand native transplanted to Iowa because of his father's teaching job, finds himself researching 'the most boring book in the world' for an assignment. By an amazing coincidence, the only copy of that book, Leonardo's River, turns up the next day when Luke and his best friend Tommy help save the university library from flooding. The boys decide to sneak in and grab the book an eccentric millionaire is willing to pay two million dollars for it and are chased by mysterious men when they abscond with it. Their research leads to the discovery of lost writings of Da Vinci, complete with the true meaning of the Vitruvian man. They also end up in further danger as they uncover a Nazi conspiracy that could change the fate of the world. Falkner (Brain Jack) mixes some goofy concepts into this otherwise straightforward story, but he sells them well and doesn't let them feel forced. The result is an entertaining mystery with plenty of enjoyable twists and turns. Ages 12 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
BRIAN FALKNER attended a three-month writing residency at the University of Iowa's International Writing Program in 2008. He arrived in Iowa City not long after devastating floods had ravaged the region. His experience there became the inspiration for The Project.
To learn more about Brian and his books, visit brianfalkner.com.