Sunday, May 26, 2013

Unlocking The Kingdom

Title:  Unlocking the Kingdom
Author:  Jeff Dixon
Pages:  294
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Deep River Books
                “We found a body floating face down in the water,” is a quote from chapter one in this second book of Jeff Dixon’s series based in Disney World.  The above mentioned body is discovered in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  The action starts in chapter one and continues all the way to the last page.  This book is just a blast to read!  It is very entertaining and will easily grab the reader’s attention from beginning to end.
                Grayson Hawkes has now been in charge of Disney World for 18 months.  His job as a pastor at Celebration Community Church has been taken over by one of his close friends and staff members; however, he still preaches at one service every Sunday.  The three members of his church staff are also now employed in some capacity at Disney World.  He has agreed to a journalist and her crew following him around for a few days and interviewing him to give the world an inside look at his life and Disney.  This is something he almost immediately regrets.  The lead reporter, Kate, pushes her way into Hawk’s current mystery of spare animatronic robots showing up on various rides throughout the Disney Theme Parks.  Hawk finds Kate attractive and interesting.  He got burned by a woman during his last adventure that eventually gave him the key to the kingdom, so he is reluctant to trust Kate at first.  Can he trust her not to share this mystery with the world?  If made public knowledge, it would make it impossible to solve the current mystery.  Who is putting these robots on the rides and how are they doing it?  Can they solve the mystery before “the bad guys” hurt someone?  Will they succeed in getting Hawk’s key to the kingdom?  Who is behind this?
                I admire very much Jeff’s dedication to authenticity and extreme detail in everything Disney.  I’ve visited Disney World several times and not noticed many of the things he points out while his main character is searching for clues.  I can’t wait to search these things out on my next trip!  Jeff is a fabulous storyteller!  This is a fun, exciting and entertaining book, as well as series.  I hope Jeff continues this series because as the author writes from a Walt Disney quote (though Disney is referring to his parks), “It will never be completed.  It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
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