Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book Review: 'Keys to Atlantis' by Sally Copus

Florida author Sally Copus has a career rich in imaginative and successful ventures - as a businesswoman in the field of Direct Marketing, as a co-founder of a very successful national database marketing company in the Dallas, Texas area, and now she lives in Florida where she devotes her time to reading and, fortunately for us, to writing young adult fantasy adventures for the middle grade readers.

Sally’s initial series of publications focus on a trilogy she calls ‘The Odyssey of Jon Sinclair’ and at the end of her prior Book 1 adventure she winningly shares the overall concept of the series: ‘The Odyssey of Jon Sinclair trilogy is a coming of age story of a twenty-first century boy orphaned at age four by the mysterious, fatal plane crash of his parents. He lives on a suburban farm in the Midwest with his semiretired grandparents— his grandmother, a nurse and his grandfather, a former NASA astrophysicist who still does consulting when NASA needs his expertise. Jon is an ordinary boy living an extraordinary life that enables him to travel back in time in a space-time ship. Like most boys his age, Jon just wants to know his true identity. “Who am I?” he wonders; “and what is expected of me?” His parents’ true identity seems to be enshrouded in the mysteries that surround the space-time ship, Carousel. Come travel with Jon Sinclair to places from the far reaches of the past— 1200AD, to the distant future of the 24th century, as he searches for answers to this and many other questions that arise surrounding his not so ordinary life.’ That covers the trilogy to date with of course Book 3 to arrive soon (we hope).

While it is recommended to read the first book of the trilogy BLACKHEART’S LEGACY – first, the synopsis provided ‘catches us up’ if this is our first exposure to Sally’s amazing world: ‘In the second book of The Odyssey of Jon Sinclair trilogy, Jon and his grandfather Alistair are desperate to return to the twenty-first century. Their space-time ship, however, lacks the antimatter that will enable them to travel forward in time. Realizing that Atlantis holds the information they need, they follow the instructions contained in a letter left by Captain BlackHeart and travel to Crete in the hopes that he can help them in their quest. Their search soon leads them to Alexandria, Egypt, where Jon faces a harrowing encounter with Horus, the god of the underworld. As BlackHeart copes with desperate challenges of his own, Jon makes a discovery that could be the key to all of their answers—if they can make it to Atlantis! Will Jon and the others ever find their way to Atlantis? And even if they do, will it hold the antimatter they so desperately need to get back home?’

In addition to stimulating her readers’ minds with superb writing style and content, Sally also tosses in historical information that makes learning a joy. Entertainment, escape, and learning fill the pages of this very well written book. Grady Harp, December 15

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.