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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Key to the Kingdom (Book Review)

Key to the Kingdom book cover
Grayson Hawkes learns how imaginative and elaborate Walt Disney World is when he accepts an invitation one sunny day from a trusted friend landing him in a world he never knew existed. Innocently driven by curiosity he finds himself immersed in a heroic adventure. Barely escaping a late night encounter, he finds himself desperately trying to solve a mysterious disappearance while trying to stay ahead of those who are chasing him. Hawkes quickly realizes that unraveling the clues is essential if he is to discover the truth. He navigates through the kingdom where knowledge of seemingly unimportant Disney facts and some divine help are the only way he can discover the lock that can be opened by an ancient key. His world becomes even more complicated when he is captivated by a mysterious woman, causing him to make a series of choices that takes his faith to the brink. Each step is fueled with heart pounding intensity carrying him deeper into a thrill ride of secrecy. Within the walls of Walt Disney World is more mystery than one imagination can contain. Here Disney Trivia is not a game; and the ancient key is the only way out!

When I received my review copy of The Key to the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon, I had just finished reading a heavy non-fiction title.  I was eager to dive into this book, and it didn't disappoint me at all!

I don't read a lot of mystery novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  As Grayson "Hawk" Hawkes found clues, solved puzzles, and tried to elude the people chasing him, I was increasingly drawn into the book.  The Disney World setting made it even more fun for me; I enjoyed trying to picture the locations Hawk visited, even trying to remember enough detail to solve the puzzles before he did.  The surprise ending was indeed a surprise for me, and while the ending is satisfying, the author left room for a sequel, if he chooses to write one.

I appreciate that the main character is a pastor who applies his Christian values to every action.  This is not to say that he is perfect.  I also appreciate that The Key to the Kingdom is free of profanity and other offensive content.  My 13-year-old asked if he could read it next, and I have no hesitation giving it to him.

I have only one complaint about this book:  It makes me want to go to Disney World as soon as possible! :)

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this review are my own.  This post contains an affiliate link, which is clearly identified.  If you click through my link and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Thanks for contributing to my Disney vacation fund! :)

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