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'The Chronicles of Egg: Blue Sea Burning' by Geoff Rodkey: great end to trilogy

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The Chronicles of Egg: Blue Sea Burning by Geoff Rodkey

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"The Chronicles of Egg" series by Geoff Rodkey began with "Deadweather and Sunrise" and is now ending with "Blue Sea Burning." As with each of the books in the trilogy, Rodkey manages to infuse this one with as much high energy as a pit-bull puppy. The story, like a puppy, leaps from adventure to adventure with Egg, the protagonist, pausing only long enough to plan out his next move.

It's impressive that the story never loses momentum. Egg and his friends face danger from the first pages. The first sentence in the story is, "Burn Healy's pirate ship was sinking. And we were on it." Egg continues his narration to explain that there was a bigger problem -- warships waiting to blow them out of the water. And as bad as that situation was, there was yet another problem, one even bigger (and more immediate than the first two). The crew on their ship wanted to kill them.

Luckily, as we learned in the second book, Burn Healy, the infamous pirate, is also Egg's uncle. He is an impressive character -- filled with a less-than-moral past, he nonetheless becomes a source of support to Egg.

The story continues with plenty of pirates, gold, hidden treasure, and death around every corner (and at every turn of the page). There are people to be saved, people to be vanquished, and through it all -- lots and lots of hard work.

The book is totally unbelievable, and yet totally wonderful. Egg and his group are determined to do the right thing, even when it seems impossible. Even when no one (not even his uncle) will help them. There are twists and turns aplenty and the delicious combination of humor, crazy characters and ridiculous situations will keep readers turning the pages until the perfect ending.

Well, it's not really an ending. Rodkey cleverly ties up the adventures neatly (and to the great satisfaction of the reader), but leaves enough of the ribbon hanging untied for the reader to create his or her own future for the characters. It's perfect.

What's also perfect are the new redesigned covers -- a huge improvement over the first cover.

Please note: This review is based on the advance reader's copy provided by Putnam for review purposes.

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