Reviews for Gedden’s Armor:
—Melissa Willis with “thechristianmanifesto” writes:
Fourteen year old Michael Gedden was having a weird Friday. From seeing a yellow truck at the bus stop (which no one else saw), to a threatening text message from a complete stranger, Michael’s day seemed to be about as bizarre as it could get. As it turned out, as crazy as his day seemed, it was nothing compared to his adventure at St. Louis’ City Museum that night. After several hours of fun exploring, Michael and his best friend Samantha, find themselves, along with two strangers, in a twisted game of hide and seek with a demon possessed security guard. The rules to the game are simple, make it through the night alive and win. In this battle of good versus evil, with their lives at stake, they have only one weapon—prayer.
I’m not sure Bazow could have picked a more perfect setting for Gedden’s Armor. From the caves to the stairs, this real life museum is the place for this story to unfold. Bazow does a nice job of taking this wonderful environment and using it for his story. With a good balance of intrigue and creepiness, he keeps the story interesting and a bit unsettled. It’s a great choice of location and well used throughout the book.
Bazow did include some surprising twists in the book. I loved the story of Michael’s brother. That was a great piece of background information and is good for both kids and their parents to read. The ending also had a nice little turn which I could see used in future books.
According to the publisher’s site, the book’s audience is 12-17. I think kids as young as ten could probably enjoy it. While it has some tense moments, I would not object to my eleven year old reading it (nor would I have seen a problem with him reading it last year).
Gedden’s Armor is a good book. The setting is excellent and for the most part, the plot is well developed. I enjoyed these characters and feel like we’ll be seeing them again in future books.
—Josh Olds with The Christian Critic writes:
Someone—or something—is out to get Michael Gedden. The 14 year old has had a weird day, and the church trip to St. Louis City Museum will either be a break from the weirdness…or a continuation. From a mysterious bus that nearly runs him over that nobody else notices to an IM from a mysterious stranger, Michael isn’t quite sure what to make of what’s going on.
He meets up with his best friend Samantha and the two go off to explore this unique and interactive museum. At first, the museum seemed too good to be true. From caves, a circus, a gigantic ball pit…what kind of museum is this? As it turns out, Bazow based this museum directly on the St. Louis City Museum, which makes me want to visit this place if I ever get out to see the Gateway of the West. But something that may make me stay away? Bazow’s depiction of demon-possessed security guard Victor Boone.
Michael and Sam find themselves unwitting players in Boone’s sadistic game. The rules are simple: survive until dawn. Michael and Sam must do what they can to survive, and use the only power they have—the power of prayer.
With a great location-based plot and interesting characters, it will appeal to kids mostly under the age of 14. That’s just my opinion. Probably my favorite part of the book was what turned out to be a brief aside regarding an incident in Michael’s past.
Gedden’s Armor tells an interesting story set in a great-location and the plot, is solid overall.
–Rick Shelton, Founder/Senior Pastor- Life Church, St. Louis:
“Teens today desperately need something that is captivating yet good for the soul. Something that can compete with the fast pace, fast action their minds are accustomed to yet filled with a belief system of the one true God. That is why I feel Tom Bazow has a passion and a calling from God to reach our youth through exciting fictional stories like, Gedden’s Armor.”
Reviews for Quest for God’s Hidden Creatures: The Legacy of the Doors:
–Julie Failla Earhart, Armchair Interviews:
Parker Finnegan has been having a weird dream for several nights in a row. Now it’s time for his dad, Troy, to explain the significance of the dream. Readers travel back when Troy was Parker’s age and the wild, incredible journey he was forced to go on and the insightful things Troy learns about the world and, more important, about himself.
Troy meets Zeke, a Tree Traveler, who is on a secret mission to teach Troy and his sister, Elizabeth, how their actions have repercussions long afterward. Zeke first appears as a rainbow-hued fish but is able to transform into whatever creature is most beneficial in transporting the children to the different parts of God’s world that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Zeke takes the kids to meet the Denizens of the Dirt, the Gillmen, the Clan of the Clouds and Zeke’s own Tree Traveler society.
The story is actually a flashback framed a dream. For adults, this would never work, but for children it’s ideal. One of the things that I like about Quest for God’s Hidden Creatures: The Legacy of the Doors is the way the chapters are divided. A middle-school reader will have no difficulty in following the format and each chapter ending will encourage young readers to continually move forward. Another thing I like about Quest is that adults can read it younger children and teach them the things that Troy learns the hard way.
The imaginative storytelling and description added up to one of several fun evenings away from the television set, video games, and whatnot. The illustrations are simple and captivating line drawings that add an extra depth to the story that will help parents
explain to younger children the meanings of Troy and Elizabeth’s adventures.