Wednesday, 27 June 2012
8+: Amazon Adventure and South Sea Adventure - Willard Price
Release Date: 26/04/12
'It's a lost world out there'. Hal and Roger Hunt sink deep into danger when a specimen-collecting trip takes them into the lost world of the South Seas. But the deep-sea trawl has a hidden agenda - a top secret mission for Professor Stuyvesant, and his scientific experiments in Pearl Lagoon...
OK, confession time, I’m a huge Willard Price fan and having read the books originally 25 years ago couldn’t wait to embark on the adventures with the Hunt boys, Hal and Roger again when I heard of Random House rereleasing eight of them. However when they arrived I was hit with a sudden worry, what would I do if they weren’t as good as I remembered? I’d have ruined some fond childhood memories and of course would resent my choice to go through them again after all this time. Whilst on a reread now they are in places quite dated (such as prices achieved for their finds,) they still took me away on a wonderful adventure with characters that I have extremely fond memories of (for example Roger’s ability to get into mischief.) In addition to this I found them nigh impossible to put down when begun (and found that I read them front to back in one session) which when added to the solid prose, cracking character interaction alongside a villain to challenge them, felt that it was a revisit well worth the time. All in, if you have a young male about the house who is reluctant to pick up a title, leave some of these around the house, you’ll find that they’re soon devoured.