The Eye of Midnight
Soon after they settle in, Grandpa receives a cryptic telegram and promptly whisks the cousins off to New York City so that he can meet an unknown courier and collect a very important package. Before he can do so, however, Grandpa vanishes without a trace.
When the cousins stumble upon Nura, a tenacious girl from Turkey, she promises to help them track down the parcel and rescue Colonel Battersea. But with cold-blooded gangsters and a secret society of assassins all clamoring for the same mysterious object, the children soon find themselves in a desperate struggle just to escape the city’s dark streets alive.
Within the first few pages, I was transported back to my childhood of reading such tales as The Eye of Midnight under a veil of sheets lit by the steady beam of my flashlight long past my bedtime. Parents will absolutely enjoy the nostalgia Brumbach’s work will surely inspire, while children will enjoy the daring tale of twelve year old cousins racing across New York to unravel a mystery and save their grandfather, the mysterious Colonel Battersea.
The story reads like an adventure with Indiana Jones and his grandchildren on a crazy journey to save the world from the dreaded influence of the Hashashin and the Old Man of the Mountain. The result is pure magic and a must read for any child who loves a good action packed mystery.
I particularly enjoyed the dynamic setting of New York City in 1929. The author’s apt descriptions and attention to detail brought the era alive. The story unfolds at a steady pace, driving the reader to turn just one more page and finish one more chapter. The story culminates in an explosive ending that will satisfy the reader’s questions, but it will leave them wanting more as the author creates a brilliant set up for the next installment of the Battersea adventures.
The Eye of Midnight is an adventurous tale, sure to inspire a love for reading in any child. It’s the kind of story that created a passion for books within me when I was very young—a passion that has never left me.