I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Wicked Passage by N.M. Singel
Length: 7 hours
Series: A Blake Wyatt Adventure #1
Genres: Action, Adventure, Middle Grade, Time Travel
Published by by author Pages: 306
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
Narrator: Michael Rahhal
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Thirteen year old Blake Wyatt dug his bloodied fingers into the splintered railing of the ancient ship, struggling for footing in the violent storm. He wants desperately to wake from this nightmare...but he isn't sleeping. The mutiny is real and the great Christopher Columbus is about to be murdered-Dagonblud's latest victim in his quest to erase the world's history by stealing its past, with control of the future as his ultimate reward.
It's up to Blake, the youngest in his family of sapphire travelers, to master his incredible new powers so he can sneak through time, find, and destroy the Tolucan leader. But Dagonblud has other plans.
Will Blake ever see his family again? or will Dagonblud eliminate the last sapphire traveler standing between him and world supremacy? Strap yourself in to see how a bizarre assignment from a substitute teacher quickly turns deadly in this epic thrill-ride through time. The only thing that is certain is that Blake's life, and the world around him, will never be the same.
First Thoughts: The narrator really makes this book great! The story was good, but the narrator was awesome!
Young Blake Wyatt finds out one day that he is the last of the Sapphire travelers. He is soon thrusted into danger when he opens an old book and it sends him into the past and onto Christopher Columbus’s ship. Columbus is in a bit of trouble because one of his men is trying to mutany, as he is a part of the Dagonblud. They want to erase history, and Blake is the only one who can help save it.
If Blake is to save history it’s going to take more than just him, good thing he has his uncle Leopold and his sister.
The Wicked Passage is packed up of action and adventure that any young person looking for a good read would love. Though at times I can see that it might get a little confusing, so I would say this one is best for older Middle Grade readers.
Blake is one of those characters who is not a person you would see as a hero. When his substitute teacher informs him that he is a Sapphire traveler and the only hope for history, I don’t blame Blake for thinking he was a bit crazy. Even when he lands on Christopher Columbus’s ship it was still hard for him to believe what was happening. Blake is only thirteen, he doesn’t think he has what it takes to save history, but he realizes he has to try. He must help save his sister who has been taken by the Dagonblud. Blake is a likable character and he really does grow on you as the book progresses.
I really enjoyed the story and the concept of someone trying to erase history in order to control the world and make his own kingdom. For those who don’t think history is important, this could make them think a little. If history wasn’t there we wouldn’t be here. I think both girls and boys could enjoy this novel, but I really believe that boys would love it since the main character is a boy.
It has a great moral to the story type ending about determination. Blake learned not to give up when things were going bad and to have determination to help reach his goal. I haven’t seen anything about a second book but since it says it’s a Blake Wyatt Adventure I have high hopes that the author will be doing another one.
If you have a young reader who is really into action/adventure books then you might want to check this one out.
Some are great narrators and then some are storytellers. Michael Rahhal is a storyteller and he was awesome. Although I really liked the concept of this novel, I don’t think I would have liked it as much if it wasn’t for this narrators great performance. The way he did the voices for each character was just great, even when he was just doing narration of the story he still captivated you, but it was his voices that were just great.
There has only been one other narrator that I have listened two that made a story so fun as Michael did and that is Jim Dale.