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Review: Saving Earth has some temporal problems in latest Daniel X book

It's hard enough to believe aliens have been living among us, but who would expect that they have been on Earth before us? In Daniel X: Demons and Druids, by James Patterson and Adam Sadler, you'll travel back in time to one of the earliest alien encounters. The third book in the Daniel X series, Demons and Druids chronicles the Earth's current defender. Daniel X is a typical alien hunter: strong, courageous and a quick thinker.

But he also has a godlike power to create and destroy. Daniel was orphaned by the worst alien on Earth (known to ETs as "Terra Firma"), the Prayer, and the task of defending Earth passed into Daniel's hands. Going down "the List," he must stop aliens who intend to abuse Earth's resources for their own purposes. This time, it's Phosphorus Beta, third most dangerous extraterrestrial on Terra Firma. Daniel and his friends travel back in time to England in the Middle Ages to battle Phosphorous Beta, a being of pure flame who is responsible for some of history's biggest fires.

Patterson does an excellent job of explaining the two previous books to a new reader, slowly releasing details of Daniel's past. For the seasoned Daniel X fan, it doesn't disrupt the storyline.

Daniel X: Demons and Druids feels like it should be a graphic novel. (There is a video game based on the series.) Like an old-style comic, its plotline can feel corny. Daniel is ridiculously powerful, so it is unrealistic when he fails to stop the bad guy; it just seems like stretching out the book. The romance in this action novel can be heavy-handed and stops the flow. Daniel's time traveling should be a highlight, yet the experience is dull and far too short. Thank goodness summer is almost over; you won't have to put Daniel X: Demons and Druids on "the List" of must summer reading.

William Harvey is entering 9th grade in the IB Program at King High School.

Daniel X: Demons and Druids

By James Patterson and Adam Sadler

Little, Brown, 241 pages, $16.99

Review: Saving Earth has some temporal problems in latest Daniel X book 08/14/10 [Last modified: Saturday, August 14, 2010 4:30am]
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