Sunday Jun 17, 2007

Rebel Island rocks!

I recently finished Rick Riordan's Rebel Island, and it was terrific. I've written before about my admiration for Riordan's Tres Navarre series of Texas detective novels, and this one lives up to his high standards. I really enjoy when an author pays homage to another author's work by recycling one of her plots, but in a new and entertaining way. Actually, Riordan does a mashup of two famous works, Agatha Christie's novel And Then There Were None, and John Huston's film Key Largo. Both use the device of a group of people stranded at an isolated island hotel, who suddenly realize that there is a cold-blooded killer among them. Key Largo adds a violent hurricane into the mix.

In Rebel Island the island is off the Texas coast, beyond cell phone range, and a lot of the guests are hiding guilty secrets. Between a murderer on the loose and hurricane-driven waves washing over the island, will anybody live to see the dawn?

I got my hands on an advance copy, but the regular edition will be published August 28. Plenty of time for you to read the first six books in the series before you set sail for Rebel Island.

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