The Forgotten Secret
by Scott Clements ★★★★★
In this follow up to Gasparilla’s Treasure, Trip, Josh, and Sarah team up with mysterious adventurer Juan Gonzalez on a quest to unite The Triumvirate, a legendary trio of mystical items that when brought together, will give the holder unimaginable power.
Having already found one of the items, Trip and his friends embark on a new quest to find El León Sagrado de Fuerza, The Sacred Lion of Strength.
Trip’s efforts to stay one step ahead of evil forces that plan on using El León Sagrado de Fuerza to control mankind lead him on an adventure across multiple states—a race that challenges him to uncover the mysteries of “The Forgotten Secret.”
This is another great story from Scott Clements.
The tale picks up a few months after Gasparilla’s Treasure, and Trip, Josh and Sarah have been riding on the wave of their discovery.
Then, along comes the very rich, Juan Gonzalez, a lifelong treasure hunter searching for the elusive El León Sagrado de Fuerza, The Sacred Lion of Strength. It seems that the piece of old map that the kids found in their last adventure is the missing piece in his quest. After some convincing, the kids team up with Gonzalez and embark on a journey to find and solve the final clues to the missing relic. There are plenty of twists, one which I expected, and another that I didn’t.
Throw into the mix a forgetful grandfather, a daring escape and a Goonies reference, and you have a fun ride. After witnessing my own parent, who in recent years succumbed to the terrible grip of dementia, Trip’s grandfather definitely endeared himself to me. It bought a slight tear to my eye, as it was so nice that Scott gave him one more adventure.
Josh’s wit and goofy nature shone again, and he was my favourite character, as with the first book. The hunt for The Sacred Lion of Strength leads the gang from their home to some great settings, including Washington D.C. If you want to know how it pans out, and how it ends, you’ll need to grab a copy and read the book yourself.
My Bottom Line: Another great adventure. I definitely recommend this book, as with all other Scott Clements books that I’ve read.
Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.
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