Thursday, 10 May 2012

The Treasure of the Carpathian Den by Don Cambou

Author: Don Cambou
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services 
Pages: 355 KB/134 pages 
Genre: YA/Children's/Action & Adventure 
Source: Provided by the author for review consideration.
Reviewed by: Lyuba

4 out of 5

Description from Amazon: 
Lew thought his nightmare was over. Far from it. In this, the second novel of the MOG POG Saga, he, Grandpa, Suzanne, and Brickhouse find themselves in the mountains of Romania battling legendary beings of very bloodthirsty persuasions. Good thing his fighting skills, intellect, and purity of spirit haven’t abandoned him. Neither have the MOG POG werebears. He’ll need all the help he can get, to keep himself and his friends alive. 

The whole gang from the first novel is back, along with many more unforgettable characters: the good, the bad, and the unspeakably evil. Lew has plenty of trials ahead of him. He’ll have to learn the ghastly price of jealousy, and he’ll have to survive a descent into madness, if the forces intent on destroying the natural world are to be defeated.

There’s treasure in the Carpathian Mountains, all right. But like nearly everything else in the MOG POG Saga, it just might not be what it seems.
“The Treasure of the Carpathian Den” is the second novel by Don Cambou, who for a dozen years Executive Produced “Modern Marvels” for the History Channel. It follows his first novel, “The Crystal Point of the MOG POGs.” Although it’s written for Middle Grade readers, few lovers of the fantasy genre will be able to resist the action packed, page turning, nail biting, ecological adventure Cambou has created. He is busy at work on the third novel of the MOG POG Saga, “Beyond the Temple of the Great Serpent.”


Don Cambou delivers yet again! I eagerly awaited the next book in his The MOG POG Saga, and I wasn't disappointed. 

Lew made me like him even more from the first pages, from "I added four inches, which pushed me to an acceptable height for any boy my age: five feet. I was almost twelve, and now I looked, well, almost twelve." As someone who had her brother be a "shortie" up until he hit 16 or so, I could relate to Lew's frustrations over his height (even if in a second-hand way). 

The tension is continuing to build, and just because Lew defeated the bad guys in The Crystal Point of the Mog Pogs, it doesn't mean that he can go back to his regular life now. He has more adventures coming for him that he could have ever imagined, along with some new friends. He is still just a kid thought, and I loved how Mr. Cambou was able to show Lew as a kid, mature for his age, but still a kid who needs help from the grown ups. And the grown ups in the book did not treat him well... like a kid, but instead took his suggestions, opinions and wishes into account. After all, he IS the Crystal Point. It is refreshing to see characters that still have to rely on each other, regardless of their age differences, and being parents, or grandparents, or grandchildren. 

The only thing I wished for was for Mr. Cambou to slow down a little, to give other characters a chance to develop. I understand that it's his writing style, and while I absolutely love it, I don't know anything more about Brickhouse or Suzanne than I knew at the end of the first book. While Lew got to grow and change, hey just stayed there at the same spot I left them in The Crystal Point of the Mog Pogs. Events happened so fast that I didn't get much chance to get to know them. In fact, I think I know more about Dragomir and the Count than about Lew's two good friends. 

I REALLY liked the new "bad guy", she made me chuckle more than once. Not only that, but there was a lot more to her than I expected, and I want to know what she will be up to in the next book(s). Is she really that "unspeakably evil"? I want to know!

Recommended For: 
Overall, I was impressed yet again, and I would recommend this book to anyone who is the fan of Percy Jackson's books. The MOG POG saga offers not only a great adventure with likable characters and lots of action, but also brings the environmental issues to the attention in a non-boring and memorable way. 

~ Lyuba

Disclaimer: A copy of this ebook was provided to me by the author. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.

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