Metatron: The Angel Has Risenby Laurence St. John Published 23 Apr 2012
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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!
"A wild wish fulfillment juvenile romp that should be great fun for 12 year olds of any age." —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling fantasy author
"Young readers will find a kinship with Tyler as he meets his challenges head-on. Kudos to Laurence St. John for creating an intriguing premise with Metatron: The Angel Has Risen." —Kelly Komm, award-winning author of Sacrifice and Survival
"Metatron explores every boy's dream—make that every PERSON'S dream—of being special, of making a difference, of finding meaning in a crazy world." —Paula Paul, author of the Alexandra Gladstone Series
"Metatron: The Angel Has Risen is a brilliant first novel by Laurence St. John, a new talent to watch." —Jeff Rivera, bestselling author of Forever My Lady
"Metatron: The Angel Has Risen" Reviews
The bane of all youth, having no say in your life; the feeling of not belonging, not smart enough, being too vulnerable, bullied at school; top that off with the ultimate horror of a bullying babysitter, especially when you are 12 years old, and you have much of the life of Tyler Thompson. Add to that the loss of his father a few years earlier and a new "incoming" step-dad in the mix and you have most of the picture.
Life to a twelve-year-old is one immense hurdle, so many changes and conflicts. Many escape to their game systems or computers to play in a fantasy world, but what happens when your life becomes a living video game? Laurence St. John deals with this bewildering age deftly by doing just that, and the result is insightful yet adventurous. Suspending Tyler in the world as we know it and twisting it into a sci-fi adventure complete with mad scientists, an evil "I-want-to-rule-the-world" genius, and surprising superpowers, I found this book to be so real in its characters in the beginning and so surreal later in the book. Yet life lessons are learned, understanding comes to this family, and Tyler's self-confidence glows.
I, a grandmother, thoroughly enjoyed this romp, and I am sure this book will be welcomed and enjoyed by any school-age reader. For myself, it brought back my school years and my dreams of escape; my escape was comic books, and had this been written before game-systems, I'm sure Metatron would have been a comic book hero. Metatron has promised readers more adventures to come and lessons to learn. I think youngsters of all ages will be looking forward to the next adventure. Excellent debut.
I really enjoyed this book. I would love to read the next book. This book was a very fun time for me. I enjoyed stepping out of my normal life to jump right into this one when I read it. Tyler Thompson is a great character for me. Tyler is trying to fit into his world and it gets crazy from there. I think it would be a good book to read with your kids. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Such a fun story. I wish I had gotten to it sooner but life has been hectic. This story was definitely worth taking a break for and I'm so glad I did.
Of course I loved the book!
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 fiancé 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.
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A really good story for All Ages
This book is a about a boy named Taylor. As all young boys he play videogames and is a pro to get in trouble. One day he and his dog see something that the shouln't and Taylor is not only in troble but in Danger...
You are going to follow him when he's trying to get out of the danger but because hi's a troublemaker it isn't so easy to any adult to listen. Until the day he got help from someone he actually never will be on his side. His Steph-dad.
I said that the book could be read by any ages and maybe you as an adult is hesitating. Don't do that, because there is underlaying things that grown up will noticed and younger not. There's thing in it that actually with no doubt could happen in any labs, there's people you meet that not is what you first thing. An excellent gift for christmas, but to not disappoint the one who gets it buy the second book at the same time. This is a book you absolutly can read as a stand alone book but I know you will keep reading. I haven't been aible to read the second yet but it's in my library just waiting for me.