Three stones with infinite power, an ancient civilization, a sinister invisible force and a vast subterranean city within the Arctic Circle. Zeke Waters is a twelve year boy with a great imagination, but even he has trouble believing this lot. But to survive, he will have to believe. And in believing, he will find out who he really is. When Zeke discovers a pod containing three primordial stones, he unlocks a dark secret. Sarah and Isaac Waters know what their son has found, and the danger that threatens. The family flees the north coast of Australia for the icy peaks of Svalbard to confront their past. But there are others who desire the stones, and will win them at any cost. Fusing fast paced action with captivating characters, The Secret of the Stones takes the reader on a journey across the world and beyond. It is a science fiction novel with a twist. A story about growing up. A timeless tale of reluctant heroes, dark forces and the unwavering love that binds a family together.
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PAUL BIRD is a freelance writer who lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and four children, a savage cat, and a small army of assorted insects. His first book, One Mad Rooster, a collection of adventure stories for children, was published in 2007. He was brought up and educated in Newcastle, Australia, where he studied medicine and began his specialist training as a physician. When he is not writing, he works as a Rheumatologist, caring for people suffering from arthritis and joint diseases.From Kirkus Reviews:
In this debut sci-fi novel, a young Australian boy and his family become embroiled in a galactic war when he and his siblings discover mystical stones. While on vacation in Byron Bay, Australia, 12-year-old Zeke Waters finds an innocuous-looking pod that contains three small, powerful rocks. After he and his younger siblings “bond” with the stones, they set off a series of interstellar events—effectively revealing the location of alien refugees, the Argos, who came to Earth to escape the evil Pravus and their merciless soldiers, the Ciphers. Zeke eventually makes a shocking discovery, and he and his family flee to New Vanaheim, a secret city where the alien refugee cultures continue to survive. The story takes off...with an early chase sequence: Ciphers pursue the divided family, who are in turn protected by alien warriors. When Zeke reaches New Vanaheim, he meets some other preteens; the author spends a relatively short time on their relationships but generates an instant sense of friendship and community. Overall... the story is a consistently engaging one, full of action and aliens, and many readers will likely hope for a sequel. An exciting... sci-fi adventure.
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