Publishing Date: September 2013
Publisher Description: Join Bobby and his best friend Jinx as they avoid school bullies, a suspected assassin, and meta-human henchmen alike to unravel the many mysteries of the Academy – the ancient and enigmatic monastery in Tibet where kids with extraordinary potential are sent to study. But is the Academy truly what it claims to be?
Review: Covert art is way lame. Is this a coloring book or “See Jane Run”?
Bobby is gullible. To wit he is a negative foul mouthed little turd. But who can blame him. His parents were killed and he has been kidnapped to a Tibetan castle to develop his latent powers to utilize the energies that surround us. Hence the last name Ether.
As the story begins Bobby is whisked away by the beautiful Cassandra whom tells him half-truths and outright omissions as to why these creeps are chasing them. Bobby subsequently escapes and runs right into the creeps who take him away while he watches his parents in a car accident. Once at this school with other children, Bobby makes some friends, some enemies and begins to realize his potential. The strange thin about Bobby is that he believes all the bad people that surround him until it is patently obvious that what he once thought were bad people (Cassandra), are only trying to help him. During his tenure at the academy, Chief Benson Eagle Heart (BAHAHAHA!) shadows and protects him. But dumb Bobby thinks he is an assassin even when Chief Mighty Soaring Eagle fights off an attacking bear. Fug me.
This was well written and the characters fairly entertaining. It just seemed to fall a little flat. Perhaps the character attachment was lacking due to Bobby’s negative whining for much of the novel. The Only characters that played well throughout the novel were Master Jong and Jinx. Master Jong exhibits compassion even in the face of evil and stands resolute to do that which embodies Truth. Jinx is fun as he plays the super smart kid that is self-deprecating at the same time.
The next novel would really have to embody a formative plot coupled with a fast pace in order to build any sense of the characters as viable. The stop and go action of this novel and the ruminative inner dialogue of Bobby really slowed the whole ride down. One major glitch was Bobby’s apparent self-healing and bracing of the bookcase collapse. Why was his evident power only displayed once or twice?
Still, this gets close to 3 stars as it was an engaging read.