From New York Times bestselling author G.P. Taylor comes another
action-packed mystery in The Dopple Ganger Chronicles. The
Great Mogul Diamond continues the saga of the once-orphaned
children, twins Sadie and Saskia Dopple and Erik Ganger. Circumstances
are looking up for a change until Muzz Elliot, renowned author
and the twins' adoptive mother, receives an ominous letter involving
The whirlwind adventure begins when Sadie, Saskia, and Muzz Elliot
board a train bound for France. It doesn't take long for the twins
to realize that they are in the midst of a menacing plot complete
with crimes, kidnapping, and perhaps even murder. Even more troubling
is the fact that these calamities seem to mirror the very same
events played out in Muzz Elliot's popular mystery novels. Meanwhile,
Erik Ganger and detective Dorcas Potts race against time to find
Muzz and the twins but end up running into some unexpected trouble.
When they all finally meet up again, they must risk facing prison
and even sacrificing their own lives by stealing the Great Mogul
Diamond in return for Sadie's life.
The Great Mogul Diamond is non-stop action from the
very start. Having not read the first two books, my children and
I were a little confused at first and had to backtrack a few times.
About halfway through, we became quite familiar with the story
and the characters and were able to enjoy the book more.
My children and I enjoyed the variety of illustrations throughout
this very attractive hardback novel. I thought the black and white
drawings and black and white photo-like illustrations added to
the dark mood of the book. Some of the pages in the book were even
black with white text--very cool! Though we really aren't huge
fans of Manga, the comic strips mingled throughout did add visual
interest. Because of this feature, I wouldn't recommend this as
a read-aloud. I think it would definitely appeal to middle-grade
readers, especially boys, and would be a perfect pleasure-reading
I liked the subtlety of the Christ figure character interwoven
throughout the pages and the importance of his role in the lives
of Erik and the twins. Though this Christ figure and "his angel" are
given different names in the book, I think readers will be able
to detect the symbolism and apply the implied truths to their own
lives. That's the beauty of fiction!
If you have reluctant readers or children who like graphic novels,
this is definitely the perfect book! Be sure to check out the website
for details about the first two books and to watch an exciting
trailer featuring all three.