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Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite
Rick Bryant, an electronics wizard, gives up the corporate grind and establishes a small research company in Florida, developing sophisticated buoy sensor packages and advanced imaging software. His two precocious daughters discover an old sword on a deserted island that eventually leads them to buried Spanish treasure. Rick gets involved with the local sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Agency, where his advanced gadgets help to break up a major drug smuggling ring.
The Bryant Family Chronicles is packed with continuous action and the reader is quickly swept up with Rick and his wild adventures to corner the drug smugglers. There are enough speedboat chases, flying drones, even a yellow submarine the smugglers are using, to keep the reader interested. His two daughters offer an amusing diversion and insight into teenager life. There is minimal characterization and story depth in this book, but young readers will not find this a problem, being more interested in following the adventures that are unfolding. Although entertaining, for a serious reader, many of the underlying plot assumptions and the variety of super gadgets that Rick employs are hardly credible.
As an adventure writer for young readers, Eddie Hughes has much to offer. His easy style is entertaining and diverting, ideally suited for a teen audience.