In this cross-over of genre for the author, she has introduced two characters – twins Levi and Jason, whose skills give them a mental telepathic communication link, and a sensing of precious minerals—gems or metals.
As college age scholars of geology, they are in New Zealand to explore the Coromandel area for its old gold stores. Meeting – unintentionally – two most unsavoury characters, each in different but linked circumstances, initiates a stream of events of excitement, fear, thrills and chills. Criminals both, working together, are thwarted by the boys’ skills. When their booty is turned in to the police by the twins, the criminals determine to find the twins and learn how they managed to find their stashed booty.
While out of town and of the reach of the criminals, they follow the sounds of something precious calling to them, and find an underground chamber with a deep lake spreading across its floor. With the cave piled around with gemstones and gold in the rough, the boys are ecstatic – until the hoard’s guardian arises from the lakes’ depths – a Tāniwha, for whom the chamber is home and the hoard is treasure.
He allows the boys a few of the gemstones – which talk together and to him – to ensure he will learn if they tell anyone of his cave and contents. Those three gems are to become life-savers for Levi in yet another encounter with the two crooks who kidnap him and lock him in a country shed.
What they want him for, how he escapes, how the boys face the local police who have been seeking them, how Levi overcomes his shyness and timidity … you will be riveted to the book to read.
An Evernight Teen publication, 2013
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