Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Ancient Tripod of Peace

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.

Good book for both Young Adults and grown-ups too. Interesting if you are interested in ancient artifacts. I definitely felt this was of the Fantasy genre more than calling it a mystery although I don’t think that would keep either type of reader from enjoying it.
Because I had a few interruptions as I read this book, I really thought it would feel disjunct. Actually I felt that way at the beginning of the book. However, as I got into the book, to my surprise it did seem as if I could pick it up and feel as if no time had passed. That definitely says something for the storyline. I did have trouble learning the characters at first. I had it in my mind that Lexi was supposed to be the main character and I kept waiting for that to happen. As the story picked up, the characters became more visible to me and the story moved along. An enjoyable read on a little different subject which is always nice.

***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


Lexi hadn’t met any vegan guys her age, only girls. “Want to join me and Anita later?”

“Sure. I’ll try it out,” Trevor agreed.

“We only have a day to find our code for this topic,” Gil said. “Let’s focus on the project. I don’t want to start out locked in with something weak.”

The three read the project description again. Lexi felt clueless. She asked the others how to begin.

Gil said the topic related well to his social science fair project the year before on secret codes in writing.

Lexi rolled her eyes. From the way Gil told it, the project was designed for him. Full of yourself maybe?

Trevor said he spent part of a summer in Greece the year before when his father ran workshops there. There, he’d learned about ancient Greek history. Lexi didn’t mind as much when Trevor made it sound like his experiences aligned with the project. Unlike Gil’s, Trevor’s voice soothed her.

Trevor and Gil both stared at her expectantly. She blushed, first believing they were checking her out. But she soon realized they wanted to hear her special connection to the project topic.

“My grandmother usually teaches history here, too. She gave the opening talk at assembly. Oh, and my granddad’s an actor. He used to be a professional and acted in lots of Shakespeare. They can give me pointers,” Lexi said. My grandparents? That’s my “in” on the project? I’m such a loser. She was determined to not be the weakest link in the group.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:  Kalen Cap will be awarding a $40 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. (see below)
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.

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  1. Thank you for the thoughtful review and for hosting the novel on the tour today. I hope your readers enjoy the excerpt.

  2. So very sorry to have had the incorrect GiveAway
    Such a great book and a nice gift too

    Hope someone wins the GC and I, of course, hope you have great luck with your book. -kathy

  3. I've enjoyed following the tour for The Ancient Tripod of Peace and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Thanks for hosting. I hope that I really win. This looks like a fun book. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. Thank you for the supportive comments. Happy reading everyone.


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