The Dopple Ganger Chronicles: The First Escape (Book One)

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles: The First Escape (Book One)

G. P. Taylor

This is the first book in a series (I believe at the moment there are currently two others).  It’s about the adventures and rescues performed by the Dopple twins and their friend Eric Ganger.  The three are orphans who are  tossed into a sea of bad luck and even worse authority figures, though in the end they manage to save  the day (and one another).

The book is half-traditional novel, half-graphic novel.  I was so excited to read it.  However, it quickly left me feeling pretty disappointed.  Firstly, the writing isn’t very good and the beginning of the novel felt awkward and unedited.  The art of the graphic novel parts was elementary and finally, there is a whole section in the center of the story revolving around a  magician had-been that seemed completely out of place and useless to the plot.  It might come back in future installments as something important, but for this book, I just didn’t understand the point of including it.

The only things I liked about this book were: the cover and the feel of the pages.  They are printed on thick card stock, which I really enjoyed.  I managed to read through this volume over several days, but I won’t be picking up any of the others in the series.  Stay away from this one–it was a killer!

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