A Conspiracy Revealed (Hunter's League)

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Seventeen-year-old Matthew Hunter must track down the man at the center of an evil conspiracy--and the person responsible for his parents' deaths--before he finds his way to the queen, in a fantasy thriller set in nineteenth-century England. Original.

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Grade 7 Up–Flying mechanical stone gargoyles that shoot projectiles! Mysterious mummies with even more mysterious powers! Conspiracy and death in 19th-century England! Matt Hunter's father, Lord Brockton, responded to the murder of his wife by growing more and more erratic and unreliable, leaving the 17-year-old to more or less raise himself. Still, Matt is willing to believe that his father may not have been completely insane, especially after he witnesses the flying stone gargoyles kill the man and destroy an entire building. Now he must try to figure out what secrets his father had uncovered. Fortunately, he has help from his friends: wealthy and well-educated lordling Paul, streetwise thief Gabriel, pretty and pushy Emma (daughter of the chief of Scotland Yard), and Jaijo, son of an expert in Egyptian antiquities. Odom offers up a mishmash of genres, moves it along at a breathless pace, and leaves readers dangling off a cliff with an ending that is nothing of the sort. His style tends more to the "tell, don't show" school, and in the end it's hard to care about any of these characters, which is really disappointing, because there's something very appealing about the notion of mechanical stone gargoyles in 19th-century England.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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