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The Prometheus Project: Douglas E. Richards

This science-fiction mystery series certainly keeps you turning the pages. It had me hooked by page two of the first book. The stars of the books are a brother sister duo who find themselves in some sticky situations that require a lot of team work and serious problem solving . The books kind of remind me of the Magic Tree House series, only a little more grown up. The Prometheus Project books are simple, intelligent, fast reads that even a reluctant reader should have no problems getting into.

The author, Douglas E. Richards, is a biotechnology executive who has degrees in both genetic engineering and business. So when I tell you that the series is based around scientists who have stumbled across an Alien city … you will probably not be so surprised. Here is a quick list of what you can expect to get from the series: mystery, adventure, action, suspense, team work, determination, problem solving, scientific facts, aliens and their well imagined city, no sibling rivalry, and last but not least, some humor. I recommend giving this book a whirl!

The Prometheus Project: Trapped

by Douglas E. Richards

Reading level:
Ages 9-13

Paperback: Trapped: 140 pages

Publisher: Trapped: Dna Press (February 2005)

Publishers Synopsis: Ryan and Regan Resnick are certain they have just moved to the most boring place on Earth. But when they discover their parents are part of an ultra-secret project called Prometheus they are plunged into a nonstop adventure: one that will be the ultimate test of their wit, courage, and determination.

Soon the children are under attack and facing hostile alien worlds, alien technology, and unimaginable dangers at every turn. Now, with their mother facing certain death, they must race to solve a seemingly impossible mystery to have any hope of saving her. But if they save their mom, they will have no way to save themselves …

The Prometheus Project: Captured

by Douglas E. Richards

Reading level:
Ages 9-13

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Dna Press (July 19, 2007)

Publisher’s Synopsis: Included in The California Department of Education’s Recommended Literature for Science and Math and in Missouri State University’s Best New Books to Engage Students in Math and Science This fast-paced, science fiction adventure is a stand-alone sequel to The Prometheus Project: Trapped. Along with their scientist parents, the brother-sister duo of Ryan and Regan continue their exploration of a fantastic alien city built deep underground. When the city is captured by a ruthless alien—with unknown capabilities and diabolical plans—and his band of mercenaries, the adult members of the team are taken hostage, and the siblings remain the team’s only hope. To save the adults, Ryan and Regan must outwit the brilliant alien and his well-trained force, free the prisoners, and thwart a seemingly unstoppable invasion. Crammed with cliffhangers, nonstop action, and unexpected twists and turns, this novel introduces scientific topics—sound and hearing, ultrasonic sound, experimental methodologies, flashpowder, human memory, and superconductivity—to children while engaging their imaginations.

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  • I wish I had such books when I was a kid, I used to read Jules Verve a lot, which opened my appetite for reading much more, so it’s great that you encourage kids to read from an early age.

    August 12, 2010

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