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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Review: “The Key to the Kingdom”

By Jeff Dixon
272 Pages (Paperback)
Date Published: December 1, 2010
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!
Jeff Dixon was raised in Florida and has always been fascinated with the man Walt Disney and the theme park he created. Dixon feels that any guest who would take the time to look would discover a story that will never be completed. It is against this canvas that Dixon paints this mystery, adventure, and thriller. The epic drama carries the reader across the state of Florida to discover details that most people have missed. Each discovery and revelation will have the reader wondering if they are reading fact or fiction. In a quickening pace, the characters find themselves on a collision course with an unthinkable outcome! Fans of Walt Disney will love the history and tourists will find a travel guide that takes them on a trip most guests never get to take.
Visit the Key to the Kingdom website to learn more!
I didn’t know what to expect with this book nor did I know much about it other than that it is a fictional Disney World book. It is a book that grabbed me though from the beginning and kept me reading.  Grayson Hawkes is a pastor in Celebration, FL, who after meeting with an old friend, who happens to be one of Walt Disney’s original Imagineers, he begins a quest.  His friend gives him a “key to the kingdom” and tells him to use it.  Grayson is of course confused but intrigued.  Grayson heads to Hollywood Studios to try to solve the puzzle and from there it is one mystery after another.  After some disappearances and danger of being following, Grayson continues his journey.
The book actually reminds me of “The DaVinci Code” in the sense that a man is one a quest to solve a puzzle and a woman joins him.  He has to be careful, hide, seek the help of others, and has numerous clues to chase down and solve.  The end was not what I expected, but in a good way!
What really made this book great to read was the fact that we will be heading off to Disney World this month and it got me even more excited about the trip.  I will say though you could appreciate the book even if you have never been to Disney World as it tells a great story and is descriptive.  I love though that the bulk of the journey takes place in Magic Kingdom, which is my favorite of the Disney parks!  Also, while this book is a Fictional Novel, there are some parts true and with Disney you never know how much more of it is true, since Disney is so magical to begin with!
BUY ITYou can find The Key To The Kingdom at your local bookstore or check it out on Amazon.  You can also find the book at Barnes & Noble.

Mama’s Money Savers Disclosure: This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by the publisher for this review. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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