KIDNAP Book Review
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire Book 1
BY Sally Ann Melia
I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?
Thirteen-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do – into the Dome.
Thirteen-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy – at the heart of the Dome.
Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?
It is my pleasure to provide a review of KIDNAP: Book 1 of the Guy Erma and the Some of Empire Series.
I have to sing praises for this fantastic cover. This is actually what attracted me to the book. I’ve often said, and heard by many others, that without an eye-catching cover, you could have written the next New York Time’s best-seller, but it very well could go unnoticed.
I opened KIDNAP and was immediately dropped in to the apparent battle for Mezzatorra and the loss of the poison pills. By the end of the Prologue, I was vowing revenge on Captain Karl’s behalf. I was in for the long haul. The action is very immediate and the story moves very fluidly and I am very glad to hear that this is only book one of three.
I felt an immediate draw to Teodor. I realize birth brings many privileges, but he seemed to be in the hands of puppets. I was feeling quite sorry for Guy for his desire to join the Dome Elite since I saw from the beginning that his dreams would bring him to the dark underworld of the Freyne, something for which he is ill prepared.
Ms. Melia has a great aptitude for writing Sci-Fi and this is a very appealing book that should be well received by a younger YA audience.
I definitely recommend KIDNAP by Sally Ann Melia and give four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee to KIDNAP.
©April 19, 2015
The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.
In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.
In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.