Review: The Great Mogul Diamond

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles
The Great Mogul Diamon

by G.P. Taylor

I received this book from Tyndale back in May and when I received it I opened the package and happily flipped through the pages.  At the time I was with a few friends, one of which saw the book and asked if he could see it.  I handed it over to him and he was instantly mesmerized by the format of the book; there were comics interwoven throughout the book and the pictures were eye catching.  He asked if he could read it and I said, “Sure, but you’ll have to tell me what you think about the story so I can review about it.”  And he agreed.

Fast forward two months…and my friend expressed his loss of interest in the book.  He had actually misplaced it.  It took another month for him to find and return the book to me.  Once I had it back I read it in less than two days.  Lesson learned;  I need to read the book first, review it, and then lend it out.  Live and learn! 😀

The story encompasses a mystery.  When a mysterious blackmail note arrives at the Elliott house, Muzz and her adopted daughters, Sadie and Saskia, need to discover what the note means as well as find out who sent it.  To do that they find themselves traveling to France.  As they travel new clues are revealed and new twists develop.  With the help of Erik, a fellow orphan, and private eye Dorcas Potts, the mystery is solved.

My friend lost interest in this book because the story did not hold his interest.  For me the book was interesting enough but it wasn’t a story I was drawn too.  Part of the reason was the mix between reading the comic format and traditional.  Having to switch between the two hindered me more than it assisted me.  The reason, well, I think it’s because I’m not a huge fan of comic books.  A few times I was tempted to bypass the comics and get on with the story but I soon learned that the comics were part of the story and if I skipped them I would miss out on crucial information needed to understand the story.

As I was reading this is book  I noticed that it referenced past events quite frequently.  This lead me to look at the book in more detail and it was then I saw the #3 on the spine.  Yes, there were two previous books written and their story touched this book’s story.  And although my interest was intrigued by these past tales, it didn’t hinder the story I was currently reading about.  The author did a good job of using those references to enhance the story by giving the reader an insight to the motives of the characters involved in this new story.  When reading about past events the reader was given a brief explanation concerning those events which makes this a book that can be enjoyed as a stand alone; but I’m sure reading it in order would make for a more pleasant read.

This book was written for the younger audience, probably between the ages of 9-13.  Due to the unique format this book will draw the attention of the reader, however, if the reader isn’t interested in comics then they might lose interest in the story.  The flip side can be said about those who enjoy comic books but aren’t huge fans of traditional reading.  If your child is not a reader, this could be the book that draws them into reading because the layout will capture their attention and the drawings will pull them in.

A personal side note:  I love the smell of books and tend to open them up and sniff..pure heaven.  For those who aren’t book sniffers this may seem weird but for me it enhances the pleasure of holding a good ol’ fashioned printed book.  That being said, this book smelled awful and a few times I would forget that and take a sniff – ugh!  Oh well, just wanted to share that information in case you are a sniffer like me! 😉

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher Tyndale House PublishersI was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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