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Patrick Carman

Author of The Dark Hills Divide

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About the Author

Author Patrick Carman was born in Salem, Oregon on February 27, 1966. He received a degree in economics from Willamette University. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked in advertising, game design, and technology. He is the author of The Land of Elyon series, the Atherton series, and show more Skeleton Creek. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Patrick Carman

The Dark Hills Divide (2005) 2,544 copies
The Black Circle (2009) 2,212 copies
Beyond the Valley of Thorns (2005) 1,678 copies
The Tenth City (2006) 1,261 copies
Skeleton Creek (2009) 815 copies
Into the Mist (2007) 608 copies
The House of Power (2007) 608 copies
Stargazer (2008) 599 copies
Floors (2011) 489 copies
Ghost in the Machine (2009) 399 copies
Thirteen Days to Midnight (2010) 373 copies
Pulse (2013) 290 copies
Rivers of Fire (1984) 261 copies
Trackers (2010) 258 copies
Dark Eden (2011) 201 copies
The Raven (2011) 199 copies
The Dark Planet (2009) 146 copies
Shantorian (2011) 130 copies
3 Below (2012) 117 copies
Tremor (Pulse) (2014) 117 copies
Saving Mr. Nibbles (2008) 78 copies
Quake (Pulse) (2015) 76 copies
Eve of Destruction (2012) 47 copies
Omega Rising (2016) 43 copies
Mr. Gedrick and Me (2017) 34 copies
Haunted Hike (2008) 31 copies
The 39 Clues Set (Books: 1 - 5) (2011) — Author — 19 copies
Fizzopolis #2: Floozombies! (2016) 13 copies
Phantom File (2012) 10 copies
Fizzopolis #3: Snoodles! (2017) 10 copies
The Walnut Cup (2009) 9 copies
Skeleton Creek Set (2009) 8 copies
Towervale (2019) 6 copies
Pulsation T1 (2015) 5 copies
Mission Launch (2016) 1 copy
Sisin Içine Dogru (2015) 1 copy
Onuncu Kent (2006) 1 copy

Associated Works

Guys Read: Thriller (2011) — Contributor — 328 copies
Who Done It? (2013) — Contributor — 135 copies


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(4.5 / 5)

Five books in, I’m starting to feel like every time I’m ready to read the next book, I should re-read all the ones before it again to remember the important details. I know some of that is my own memory problems, but there’s just so much happening over the course of these books. It’s hard to keep up with who might be bad, who definitely is bad, and who seemed to be good but double-crossed someone else. Little hints that aren’t followed-up on right away get lost in the greater story. The fact that this bothers me probably means that I’m enjoying the series, though, and I am. I just may have to start taking notes about what’s going on.

Somehow I knew that when, in my review for the previous book, I said that a future book might give me a different look at the Holts than the family of meatheads they’ve been portrayed as so far, it would end up happening soon, and I was right. Though really, it’s only the eldest son, Hamilton Holt who has a bit of character development here. I thought it was weird that after receiving actionable intel, he takes part in some kind of family capture-the-flag game before telling his dad that they need to get moving. Makes little sense. I also didn't really get how the black circle was a big enough deal in the book to be put in the title. But overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing the series.
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Kristi_D | 39 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |
A straightforward fantasy adventure with talking animals, danger and a long awaited quest. Alexa Daley has lived her whole life inside the stone walls that surround Bridewell and all she has ever longed for is to find a way outside. When her friend and the constructor of the walls, Thomas Warvold dies, Alexa is thrust into the middle of a long planned uprising and must solve the puzzles the Warvold family left behind in order to save the day.

This was nothing new in the fantasy adventure genre but enjoyable all the same. There is low angst, a big quest and a mysterious saboteur to be found. The mystery saboteur was a bit obvious now Elephant Worship = Sebastian with a character named Ganesh it wasn't exactly hard but I can't remember if I ever made the connection when I read these as a kid. On the other hand I felt like a certified genius upon reread so win. I liked Alexa, she's a daring, headstrong and a reader - so it's really hard not to. The other characters played pretty small parts really but I liked Yipes and the other animals and Alexa's father and Grayson. I enjoyed the details of the quest - like the tunnels and the Jocastas - etched images on gemstones.

There's a little bit of violence but it's all pretty tame - perfect for younger readers. 4 stars.
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funstm | 30 other reviews | Jun 21, 2023 |
This was fast paced and action packed and it was wickedly good. Unlike Alex Rider it's not overly sad and unlike Cherub - I like the main characters. As a reader, I relate to Amy but I love Dan's way of looking at things. They're a great team. Nellie, the au pair, is hilarious. She's laid back and loyal and can speak a seemingly million different languages. The rest of the Cahill family kind of suck, but what's an adventure story without a villain? Or ten? The plot is riveting - the mix of fiction and history is fascinating and I'm flying through the series. They're not particularly long - but then this kind of book never is - or at least never feels like it is. I can't wait to read the rest. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

Partnership with Hamilton Holt! Didn't see that coming. But it made sense and it was nice that they worked together - and that he didn't turn out to be a jerk at the end of the book like Ian did. Not enough Nellie in this one and noooooooo, don't let her be traitor. I still have so many questions - can't wait to get some answers.
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funstm | 39 other reviews | Feb 14, 2023 |



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