GENRE: Young Adult Mystery
SERIES: Teen Thief Catchers (Book 1)
About the Book
Teens Lexi and Gil face relic-thieving secret societies.
Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. But her dad’s job is jeopardized when relics are stolen from his museum, changing her priorities. And she finds her new teachers’ eerie dislike of her troubling.
His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.
With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. Lexi’s inquiries and Gil’s codes capture their teachers’ attention. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. Caught in these societies’ crossfire as thieves wield an instrument of astounding power, Gil and Lexi are in danger.
The Ancient Tripod of Peace is the first book in novelist Kalen Cap’s Teen Thief-Catchers Series. If you like stories with artifact treasures, fighting secret societies, and spirited protagonists, you’ll enjoy this novel.
Read an Excerpt
“Mom knows one of my high school teachers, called him an odd duck. Said she worked on a fundraiser for his bird sanctuary.”
Brandon spewed the protein shake across the counter.
“Dude! That was classic! What gives?” Gil couldn’t help snickering, although his brother looked like he might be truly sick.
“Ah. Nothing. Went up my nose is all.” Brandon grabbed a dish towel and wiped up the mess. “So, you said this bird sanctuary guy is your teacher? What’s his name?”
“Some old guy named Saffron.”
“Nick Saffron is not old.”
“If you say so. He’s at least in his fifties, older than Dad. You know him?”
“I know him to see him. He’s gotta be the only Saffron at the gym,” Brandon said. “Listen, I need some shut eye. Are you going to walk Cyclops this morning or should I?”
Blind in one eye, their dog Cyclops was originally Brandon’s responsibility. But, when Brandon left for college, Gil cared for the doberman mix. A handful at 105 pounds, Cyclops was one of the biggest dogs in the neighborhood.
“I’ll walk Cy.” In many ways, the dog had been Gil’s best friend the past year.
“Thanks. I’ll catch some Z’s. Later.” Brandon left the kitchen while wiping his face with his hands. He quickly reappeared, stepping back into the kitchen. “I wouldn’t tell Saffron about my being your brother and him knowing me from the gym.” Without further explanation, Brandon left again.
“Okay,” Gil answered. He shook his head. Why does he care about that?
I was very impressed with the mystery/suspense element of this book. I also liked how the characters were allowed to make mistakes and learn from them in a way that wasn’t intrusive to the story. The character development was well paced.
I was concerned that the history behind the artifacts and legends was a bit too advanced for teenagers but the evolution of their understanding became a great plotline for the story itself.
Although the book was intentionally geared to the young adult reader, as an “old” adult, I enjoyed it as well.
About the Author
Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences.
Set among the Lake Erie Islands, “TheAncient Tripod of Peace” is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, “Tangled Ties to a Manatee,” was published in 2012.
Kalen Cap will be awarding a $40 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
Follow the Tour
This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to bookmark this first stop so that you can locate future stops on the tour.
May 14: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
May 14: Andi’s Young Adult Books
May 21: Lauren is Reading
May 28: Kimmi Love
May 28: Just Books
June 4: Treasure Hunting for a Good Time
June 4: Bookaholic
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Kalen Cap for this first stop on his tour. Please come back again all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.