Thursday, February 18, 2010

Review: Double Eagle by Sneed B. Collard III

Peachtree Publishers

Released: April 1, 2009

Hardcover:256 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1561454808

Recommended for: adventure lovers

Teaser quote:
"That night we returned to the fort armed with our new sand sifter, two buckets, Kyle's Coleman lantern, and some wooden stakes to mark out our grids.(pg 112)

My rating: 4.5 /5

My thoughts:
Mike always spends the summers with his Dad, a biologist. This year he joins him at the marine lab on an island just off the coast of Alabama. Mike and Kyle, son of a maintenance worker, quickly become friends, hanging out while their Dad's work. Talk of a salvage ship searching for golden coins & an old fort nearby provide the perfect summer adventure.The boys discover a unique gold coin, search for more & come across many dangerous situations.

I loved the way Sneed sets up the story, he gives the reader everything they need. The prologue provides the reader with a background into the Skink, the ship that went missing back in 1862 that the fortune hunters are searching for. The majority of the story takes place in 1973 and finishes with an update in late 2009.  The main characters, Mike and Kyle, are typical boys looking for something to do. I think the only difference between 1973 and now is that they didn't have access to cell phones, the Internet, gaming systems. To keep themselves amused, they created their own fun! An exciting story filled with twists and turns. Be prepared for a little history lesson too, as Sneed seamlessly weaves it into his story.

Although catagorized as ages 9-12, this is a fantastic adventure story for all ages to enjoy. I think what makes it work for the teen + reader is that most, if not all, can relate to treasure hunting...who didn't go off in search of treasure when they were younger? You know you've read a great book when you finish the last page, take a deep breath, close the book deeling satisfied. I highly receommend this book for anyone looking to go on a mini-adventure. I'm definately keeping this for my son as I know in a couple years he's going to love reading this too!


  1. I have seen this one on a couple blogs now and both reviews have been very favorable! Looks like one i need to look for!

  2. Sounds like a cool book. Great review!

  3. ALoha!! *waving*

    I really like your review on this one!!!=) Hmmm, I have a sister who is 16 who might enjoy this one!!=)

    Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Great review!!! I adored this book as well and can't wait to read more by Sneed! I am posting my interview with him tomorrow and just loved how he answered the questions! Sounds like a pretty cool guy!