I recently received the book “Celtic Run” by Sean Vogel to review. Included with the book was a wonderful surprise: The inside cover was signed by Mr. Vogel, it said “May each adventure lead to treasure.” There was also an email from Mr. Vogel that explained to visit the website www.seanvogel.com for images of places from the book. But make sure to visit the website after you read the book if you don't want the story to be spoiled because the pictures and Fact or Fake captions are spoilers!
While in Ireland for a class trip, Jake finds a piece of treasure from the Spanish Armada. Jake sees this adventure as a chance to find treasure so he can buy back a piece of his life that he and his father enjoyed before the accident. He teams up with his class bully, Zach; his best friend, Julie; and the girl he will find himself to love, Maggie. The four find themselves chasing clues across the Dingle Peninsula, desperate to find the 400-year-old treasure.
While on the chase, they encounter fights with thugs who are also after the treasure. Zach and Jake grow to be friends. Jake continuously finds ways to concoct “ingenious devices” to get them out of tough situations.
“Romance, danger, intrigue, and personality clashes between peers-all make Celtic Run a vivid coming-of-age novel, drawing direct connections between life's changes, opportunities, strife, and the process of maturity. Teens--and many an adult--will find Celtic Run a vivid, memorable adventure story. ”
--Diane Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book review
Diane put it perfectly.
A warning for readers, there is violence in this novel, I suggest no one under 13 years of age should read “Celtic Run. ”