Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Review: Gladius and the Bartlett Trial by J.A. Paul

 When fifteen year-old Gladius Oldmont is thrust from his peaceful home into the dangerous Longwood Forest he finds himself pitted against a tyrant who has been terrorizing the lands in search of answers to an ancient secret that could unlock absolute power.

From the shadows of Longwood Forest to the Hills of the Moon, Gladius must survive encounters with a near extinct scimitar cat, an ornery dragon, a horde of death bats and a tumultuous underground river which leads to a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels. Along the way, he makes new acquaintances and discovers the true meaning of friendship, including Elle; a girl who captivates his heart.

Can Gladius and friends solve the riddle of the ancient secret before the evil Mulhurt does? If they can, will they be able to do anything about it?

Gladius and the Bartlett Trial is a fun and engaging story that kids, teenagers, and adults will love.  It's full of action right from the get-go and hardly lets you take a breath.  That's a good thing, especially for kids who may tend to get bored quickly with reading, this book should keep them entranced.

The characters are intriguing.  Gladius is a wonderful young hero that grows in maturity as the story progresses.  Elle is the strong female there to keep him in line with her witty repartee.  I absolutely loved the death bats!  They talk and acted just like the stereotypical mob gangster; it was hysterical!

This book is a great adventure  The world J.A. Paul has invented is ripe for many more stories, and they will be forthcoming.  So, grab a copy of Gladius and the Bartlett Trial and get started!  Also, check my next post out, I interviewed the author, he has some great comments!

*Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review.

I give this book 4 Bookworms.

Paperback:  296 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (April 14, 2011)
ISBN-10:  14610085573
ISBN-13:  978-1461008552

Format:  Ebook
File Size:  453 kb

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful review Maria! It always feels good to hear that someone had fun with and enjoyed the world of Gladius and friends.

    And thank you for the opportunity for the interview. It's an honor to do for someone who runs such an awesome book review website for all the readers out there. I know I have enjoyed your reviews for a long time now, and I was happy to have you read/review my book. Thank You!