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Book Review and Trailer: Metatron: The Angel Has Risen by Laurence St. John

Metatron: The Angel Has Risen (Metatron Series Book 1)
By Laurence St. John
Publisher: Imajin Books
Published: Apr. 23, 2012

Amazon Synopsis:

Harry Potter, step aside—a new hero has emerged! 

Twelve-year-old Tyler Thompson has a secret: he's not a "normal" boy. After his father's tragic death, Tyler finds himself in one predicament after another, until one day he and his faithful dog Maxx fall into a cesspool of mysterious green goop. 

When his grandfather bestows him with an object not from this earth, Tyler soon discovers he has strange powers. Unfortunately, so does the sinister Dr. Payne. 

Together with his best friend Lukas, who also has a special ability, and Maxx, Tyler embarks on a journey to put an end to Dr. Payne’s evil scheme to control the world's children. To do so, Tyler must make a life-altering choice—one that could change the world. 

You think angels don’t exist? Think again! 

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My Thoughts:

Tyler Thompson can’t stop thinking about the day he saw his father get killed right in front of him. If he hadn’t thrown that ball, his dad would still be alive. Since then, he’s constantly getting in trouble.

But the worst of his trouble started the day his babysitter made him walk to the store to buy her a Dr. Burple. On the way to the store he sees two men dumping some green liquid into the town cesspool and he accidentally falls in.  When his old dog Maxx starts barking, the men start chasing them and Tyler has to swim through the green goop to get away.

After that Tyler starts to notice differences in both himself and Maxx. Tyler doesn’t feel winded as easily and Maxx seems younger. Tyler is able to do things he couldn’t do before! He’s actually coordinated! Still getting in trouble, his mom’s fiancĂ© Sean takes him and Lukas his friend to work with him when they both get suspended.

That’s where a series of twists and turns in the story begin and have Tyler dealing with a bully, a message from a grandfather that may still be alive, and a sinister plot to overtake the world. It’s up to Tyler to figure out what to do.

I think there were lots of lessons that could be learned by youth reading this novel. Two of them that stuck out for me were 1) if you want to be treated as a responsible person, you have to behave responsibly. (Tyler didn’t want a babysitter but kept getting into trouble). 2) Be honest all the time if you want to be believed. (Tyler didn’t like it when his mother believed Rebekka instead of him.)

The rapid pace of this novel will keep the attention of almost any middle-grader. This book is full of action and fun. Tyler embodies the typical pre-teen and the issues they face growing up.

Although the target audience for Metatron: The Angel Has Risen is middle-grade, I have to say that I enjoyed it thoroughly. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an easy read in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. I gave this book a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Laurence currently lives in Northwood Ohio with his wife of 24 years, Julie. His son Joe is married to Cari and they have three daughters, Kendall, Sadie and Harper. His daughter Jan is married to Andrew and they have a son Eli and a daughter Evelyn. Laurence currently holds the position of Administrations Manager at Precision Strip, Inc. in Perrysburg Ohio, where he works full time. He continually writes in his spare time; weekends and after work, and is endlessly inspired by his five grandkids Kendall, Elijah, Sadie, Evelyn and Harper.

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