This story is a time travel novel and follows Havall 16. There are the Havalls, who pretty much have everything they want and need, and the Havenots, who do not really have anything. Tommy is getting ready to go public with his company until something strange starts to happen. A message from the future regarding his new business and how it will affect not only him, but everyone else as well. Will he stop the future? Will he listen to what is being told to him?
The Buccaneers of St Frederick Island by Linda Maria Frank is a fun and humorous tale about a group of young, aspiring detectives who are determined to solve their mystery. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I found it to be highly entertaining. Not only did it have mystery and intrigue but I found it to be much more witty than I expected it would be. I loved the attention to detail in the book. It was things like the authors note at the start that really made this book all the more enjoyable.
As an introduction to the author this was definitely a good book to start with. I will definitely be looking into more of her work in the future!
“….one night last summer at our club house which is just a shack on the beach, we decided to form our own little PI group, that’s Private Investigator. We voted on and accepted our official title, Buccaneers of St.Besillius. Look. You can’t beat our creativity in naming the group. We even researched St. BS. She’s the patron saint of mimes.
As we gathered around the fire, we wrote up a charter including the following:
✔ Each member is sworn to secrecy, under pain of… what? Oh, I don’t know.
✔ All clues are to be shared by everyone.
✔ All communications would be done using our code names. Mine is Sprocket.
✔ Our meeting place would be the old fishing shack on the beach.
We made a list of our code names.
Lily code name Sprocket, all around smarty, leader, that’s me.
Ryan: code name Bletch, general genius.
Frank: code name Wingnut, mechanical genius, and a bit dippy.
Leon: code name Snap Shackle, math genius, can put two and two together.
Amalie: code name Ratchet, electronic surveillance, or just plain snoop, meaning she can use a camera.
And so, the story begins.”
The Buccaneer’s of St. Frederick’s Island by Linda Maria Frank is a book aimed at younger readers- and is a bit of a swashbuckling kids adventure story. There is crime, friendship, history, Catholic school, nuns, priests, drama, danger, mystery, and fun.
We join the young private-eyes as they endeavour to track down who stole the money from the church, that was meant to go to charity. Add some humour, banter, and just a little mayhem- and you get a fun read.
Thank you, Linda Maria Frank!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
Havall 16 by A.J. Ullman is a fast paced dystopian novel that easily keeps the pages turning. The whole concept of this book I found to be unique and intriguing. This author really knows how to create such a fascinating story and I really feel like you are taken on a journey anytime you pick up one of his books. I was drawn in immediately with this book – probably even from the moment I read the description – and I had to find out what was going to happen. This is a book I would certainly recommend and I am looking forward to what is next from this author.
Havall 16 by A.J. Ullman
I must admit that I was a bit leary to delve into this book as it really isn’t my cup of tea but I took
the plunge and decided to try. I kept an open mind and I was pleasantly surprised. I found that the author had some unique and refreshing ideas and not as morbid as I was kind of expecting. I found that although sci-fi to be in ways realistic and scarily thought provoking.
I found that the character really came to life and I could feel as though I was right in the drama.
read the book as it wasn’t as scare provoking as I thought more thought provoking. I would definitely read more from this author.
This is a story of a future which only the rich will enjoy and the lengths that people will go to stop it, it starts quoting an experiment by a russion scientist where a pair of rats are let loose in a labyrinth, followed by a cat, the results of which are the most robust rat sacrifices the weaker one so the cat will go for it first and then make it’s escape, however, the cat kills the robust one nad then proceeds to eat both, therefore, only the cat is the winner and in this future there are two factions, the Havall’s (the cats) and the Havenot’s (the rats), one side has everything and one side has almost nothing, but someone has gone back to change this and so the chase begins, but Tommy Canada and Havall 16 are the rats and someone else is the ca.
Tommy and his partner and best friend Win Gault own a company which they are about to take public and tell the world about their discoveries and what it could mean for them, but on April first, he does a wonderful thing for a coworker and treats himself to clocking out early and a stop off at a favourite watering hole. While he is there he and another friend have a discussion about a scientific breakthrough in health care involving nanobots, his friends response is that “We’re not made to live forever” and provokes an interesting train of thought in Tommy, but when he has to swerve to avoid a collision which nearly kills him and he faces the choice of whether to help, leave or kill a mortally injured racoon, he decides to leave it, but this is just the foreshadowing of a future choice.
The next morning, he is back at the helical shaped office and about to have a meeting with Win about the IPO when his chief of security informs him that there is a virus in the computing system and seeing as it isn’t connected to the internet, she has no idea where it has come from or what it will do, so Tommy asks her to find out and report her findings to him, there is no need to worry Win until there is more information. When he gets to Win’s office, they talk about the upcoming IPO and the party that will go along with it, then they talk about the budget and how one area in particular was using ten times more resources than allocated, but his worry was blown off as a typo, the kind of which never happens, so he heads home after a full day of meetings, where his girlfriend is waiting for him, they talk all the time, but don’t see each other in person as much, so after a bit of wine and some food, for them and his two cats, they reminisce and then have a night of passion.
When he goes for a shower the next morning, he finds some writing on the mirror, but when he asks her if she did it, the answer is no and so it is a mystery, a frustrating one, but one that has to be put on the backburner for now. At work, he has another meeting about the virus, another of the tech team has been drafted in to help, but there is nothing else further to report and the rest of the day involved the usual day to day running of the business and this is the same routine, except everyday the message on the mirror changed until on the eighth day someone came through it, a woman and the news she was bringing was one which would change his life forever. She tells him of the future in which his company becomes the most successful in the world, but that it has come at the cost of those who cannot afford it and she has come back to stop this from happening and convince Tommy to help her persuade Win that it is the right thing to do, but that does not go as planned because they find out that the Havalls have a plan to stop them.
Will they be able to stop the future from happening, or will their plans be terminated before they can even start? Will there be fatal consequences to their actions, or will everyone live happily ever after? The only way to find out is to read along their adventure and find out what the future has in store.
Reviewed by @roxsannel
….“a future where some have it all, and most have not.”
Havall 16 by A.J. Ullman is a thought-provoking sci-fi, time travel adventure that held my attention from the moment I read the blurb. The story is really well developed with a very original and creative plot, fully realised and complex characters- with a lot of attention to detail which really made this story come to life. It was like watching a movie, the descriptions so vivid that I could ‘see’ everything play out before my eyes. In saying that, this would definitely make a brilliant movie or TV series.
Havall 16 lives in a future where a small percentage of the population have everything- the Havalls; but the majority of the population have very little at all, the Havenots. A technological breakthrough paved the way for immortality, amongst other things- but things are not as rosy as one would expect such a future to be. Havall 16 has travelled back in time to try to right the wrongs before they begin. But how do you convince someone to give up immense fame and fortune, even if it is in the best interests of humanity. What transpires makes for an engrossing read.
Thank you, A.J. Ullman!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
Havall 16 by A.J. Ullman is a Sci Fi adventure story. It is a fast-paced dystopian tale that AJ has skilfully woven into a cleverly crafted and intriguing storyline. His writing is so realistic that it draws you in. It is a story that will have you thinking. It will have you asking questions on what we do in the here and now and how it will affect things in the future. It is interesting to read AJ’s work as he puts his whole self, his heart and his soul into his stories. He never settles for anything and he doesn’t settle on just one genre so you never know what to expect.
What would you do if the future comes knocking? Would you heed the message and give up everything you have dreamed of and more?
I am intrigued to see where AJ takes us next.
Reviewed by @jennadb
What a fascinating dystopian sci fi adventure! I truly have become a fan of Ullman and his point of view. Fascinating social analysis, filled with moments for personal introspection as you moved through the pages of this fictional tale. This book moves fast and causes you to think. This will be one I will absolutely read again soon to make sure I didn’t miss any brilliance.
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