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Jack Staples and the Ring of Time by [Batterson, Mark, Clark, Joel N.]
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Length: 242 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Eleven-year-old Jack's ordinary life is upended when mysterious creatures attack his hometown and he is whisked into a fantastical adventure filled with danger at every turn.

Jack learns that most live in a shadow of the world, their vision blinded by invisible scales that have covered human eyes since the beginning of time. But the Awakened experience the world as it truly is, where war rages between good and evil—and Jack is at the heart of it. The Awakened are searching for The Child of Prophesy who will both save the world and destroy it. When Jack joins in their epic battle he must learn to trust his friends and face his fears if he is to make his life count.

Mark Batterson is lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. He is a national speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, All In, and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.

Joel N. Clark is the author of Awake - the book you can watch, and co-founder of Atlas District Pictures and Switchvert, a production house located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clark has written and directed multiple documentaries, commercials, and short films. He and his wife, Megan, and their daughter, Juno, reside in Washington, DC.

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Mark Batterson is lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. He is a national speaker and the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Circle Maker," "All In," and "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day."
Joel N. Clark is the author of "Awake - the book you can watch," and co-founder of Atlas District Pictures and Switchvert, a production house located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clark has written and directed multiple documentaries, commercials, and short films. He and his wife, Megan, and their daughter, Juno, reside in Washington, DC.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2534 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (Sept. 1 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N3FPEGY
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ccc4f54) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd34b58) out of 5 stars Filled with danger and mystery - A thrilling read!!!! Sept. 13 2014
By Jason Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wild ride that is best started early in the evening and with hot tea mixed with honey. Early because your kids will not let you stop with just one chapter and hot tea with honey for your voice because they won't let you stop after the second, third and fourth either. "Please dad, one more chapter" and "It's still early" will be phrases you become very familiar with as Clark and Batterson are experts at the cliff hanger. To be honest, my kids didn't need to beg, I too thoroughly enjoyed the ride and can't wait for the next installment!

From the first page to the last this book will fascinate and expand the imagination - enjoy.

Note - my kids were 11 (boy) and 13 (girl) when I read it to them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd34bac) out of 5 stars great read Aug. 27 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was one of the privileged few to get an advance manuscript to read. I could not put it down and would highly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys fast paced adventure. This is a must have for your young teen or anybody else that loves reading. I am waiting with eager anticipation for the next installment. Joel Clark is an accomplished story teller whether it is round the fire or a movie or here on paper
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd34fe4) out of 5 stars Fully engaging tale left me needing a breather Sept. 13 2014
By Of Books and Boys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After finishing Mark Batterson's excellent book on prayer, The Circle Maker, and recommending it to everyone who would listen, I was thrilled for the chance through Story Cartel to read and review a children's book co-written by Batterson and Joel N. Clark.

From the very outset of the story, the reader is sucked into intense action. Jack Staples is at a circus performance where a young girl walks a tightrope above pouncing lions. When the tightrope breaks and the girl falls to the ground, pandemonium breaks out and eventually the tent catches fire. Jack is miraculously saved by one of the lions (who gave his life, in the fire, to save Jack) and is revealed to be "The Child of Prophecy."

My son and I couldn't read the sentences fast enough. The action moved from event to event with such rapidity that we could barely keep up with the frantic pace of the story. The intensity swept us along like we were on a raging river going over rapids. Still, I felt the pace was just a bit too frantic. I found myself thinking the book needed some comic relief to offset the intensity of action. The characters are well-drawn (including a feisty young girl named Alexia who becomes somewhat of a "wild thing" when her parents die and the curiously-interesting Mrs. Dumphreys, who spouts wisdom and guidance in colorful phrases like "Perseverance and Stupidity may attend the same ball, but Wisdom only dances with one.") and the plot coherent, but the pacing is just too extreme. Moreover, at times it is difficult to keep track of what is going on and where it is all leading. The story shifts back and forth among the characters with the initials of each character presented to clarify which one is the focus at the moment. The tale is fanciful and feels like an elaborate analogy (something intended to be along the lines of Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia). It is clearly a battle of good versus evil and the characters fall in line with the Christian understanding of this battle (with a Satan character, The Assassin, and a God figure, The Author). Alexia and Jack are both proclaimed to be children of prophecy, with an unusual twist that foretells one destroying The Awakened and one saving The Awakened, though we do not discover who is responsible for either the destruction or salvation. I liked the image of The Awakened as individuals who have had scales removed from their eyes to see more clearly a multi-dimensional world for which time limits the perspective.

As the pace continued, never letting up, I felt sure we were headed for the final showdown and the resolution of the many questions stirred in the tale. Sadly, this is just the first installment. We eagerly await the next installment, entitled Jack Staples and the City of Shadows. While I do hope they secure many readers for this interesting tale, I think the rest of the books would benefit from some breathing room for the reader and a bit less frantic pacing. Yes, it was a page-turning book (which is a good thing), but just a bit over-the-top. Still, I couldn't help but give it 5 stars. The stories will definitely interest young boys, and girls will likely identify with the strong character of Alexia. There is certainly good fodder for discussion after reading such a tale. Overall, I was quite impressed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccd53c0) out of 5 stars this series puts them all together masterfully with a good pace. The book feels like a wild ride ... Sept. 5 2014
By Andrew Boddorff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What an intriguing story. With some classic elements from fantasy and other young adult series mixed with the always interesting theme of time, this series puts them all together masterfully with a good pace. The book feels like a wild ride that ends with even more excitement and mystery, leaving the reader hungry for the next two installments of the series.

As a reader of many fantasy books, I thought this introductory work into the genre added a fresh take without falling into the often formulaic routines that books of this ilk often succumb. As the novel progress, you realize the richness of the world and that the first book is exactly that, an introduction. There is a lot more to come and I would suggest getting in now!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccd54a4) out of 5 stars There’s not a better climber around Nov. 13 2014
By Joshua Olds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
QUICK HIT – In this new YA fantasy Chosen One tale, Batterson and Clark flounder a bit in their setup, but finish with a solid story that combines a Christian mythos with whimsical characters and a journey toward discovering that the world is not always as we see it.

Jack Staples. Ordinary boy. Or so he’s been led to believe. But after an odd series of events that should have killed him, Jack discovers that he’s some sort of Child of Prophecy. No time to dwell on that, though, because dark forces want him dead and the only thing to do now is run. Run and hope that he can make some sense of it all.

Alexia Dreager. Not so ordinary girl. Parents died when she was young and she’s been fending for herself ever since. There’s not a better climber around, which is why she ended up in the circus. But when her life intertwines with Jack’s, the fragile stability in her life is shattered and nothing will ever be the same.

There are other characters—Arthur Greaves (the sort-of tagalong who serves as Jack’s Neville Longbottom) and Mrs. Dumphry (the ancient mentor who is an enigma wrapped in mystery) chief among them—but this is really Jack and Alexia’s story. The two discover that they were predicted in prophecy. One to bring destruction; one to bring salvation. Or, at least that’s how some interpret it. All that’s really known is that they are important to the Awakened and important to the Author.

I’ll admit that I very nearly gave up on this book. I have a standing policy to give a book fifty pages and if I’m not excited about it, it goes to the bottom of the to-read pile to wait for a second try. Sometimes it’s simply that I’m not in the mood for a certain genre, other times it’s the writing. Fifty pages into Jack Staples and the Ring of Time, I still hadn’t been sucked it. The pacing was haphazard, the plot’s rationale unexplained, and I as a reader was as confused as Jack and Alexia about who they were and what was going on.

A few days later when I came back to the novel, I read a bit more closely and gave it a bit more time. I feel that the sense of convolution and confusion is somewhat intentional, meant to create an aura of mystery that is slowly explained throughout the book. There’s eventually a payoff with some answers, but it comes rather far into the novel—longer than I was initially willing to give it. But I pushed on and, as Jack and Alexia received their answers, so did I.

Batterson and Clark have created this grand backdrop of a story where the biblical story meets modern myth. In this mythos, people are born with scales on their eyes. They can see, but they can’t really see what truly is. Those that have shook off their scales are called the Awakened and for centuries they have fought against the forces of the dark evil known as the Assassin.

Once the story gains it’s bearings, it picks up its pace and doesn’t let the reader go until the very last page, a page you hang on to because you want more. The characters are clever, the thematic elements are standard and simple (but exceptionally suited to the target YA audience), and the storyline—once it sorts itself out by mid-book—is fun and engaging. Despite a slow beginning, I’m glad I stuck with this one…and I’m along for the ride wherever it goes.