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Pyramid Scheme (Matterhorn the Brave Series #3) [Paperback]

By Mike Hamel (Author)
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Matterhorn and his friends are saved from certain death at the hands of wraiths and transported to the Valley of the Kings by a mysterious stranger named Elok. After a terrifying night in a booby-trapped tomb, they are taken across the Nile to meet Kyl; a royal from First Realm. Kyl and Elok have tracked heretics from First Realm to Egypt, but they have arrived too late to keep them from murdering of King Tut. The king's death is only the beginning of the heretics' elaborate plan to control the future by changing the past. They are rewriting history, putting themselves into positions of power without being detected. The Travelers agree to help find Tut[s killers before they can murder the queen and take over the most powerful kingdom on Earth! The heretic's trail winds from the City of the Dead to the courts of Pharaoh's Palace. It draws the Travelers into the secret tunnels beneath Karnak Temple, where they witness the treason of Sebek, the High Priest of Amun-Ra. Eventually, it pulls them down the Nile to the Great Pyramid at Giza, where the heretic leader Carik is stockpiling gold. Along the way, the Travelers lose their most important possession to a pickpocket and almost lose their lives to assassins and wraiths, not to mention cobras and crocodiles! Undaunted by the constant danger, Matterhorn the Brave, Aaron the Baron, Princess Jewel, Nate the Great, and Sara the naiad manage to stay one step ahead of disaster, yet always remain one step behind the heretics. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

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Matterhorn the Brave is an exciting new juvenile fiction series about four young children who are recruited to keep an eye on the portals of earth that connect all realms of space and time.

In Pyramid Scheme, book three of the"Matterhorn the Brave" series, Matterhorn and his friends are saved from certain death and transported to the Valley of the Kings by a mysterious stranger named Elok. He and a companion named Kyl have tracked heretics from First realm to Egypt. The heretics have begun their conquest of Earth by rewriting history-starting with the murder of King Tut

The Travelers follow the heretics from the City of the Dead to the courts of Pharaoh's Palace. The trail winds through the secret tunnels beneath Karnak Temple and down the Nile to the Great Pyramid.

The trip almost becomes a one-way journey when the Travelers's Cube is stolen in broad daylight and assassins attack in the middle of the knight.

Matterhorn, the baron, Jewel, Nate, and Sara manage to stay one step ahead of disaster, but always one step behind the heretics.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: AMG Publishers
Pages   182
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.67" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 20, 2007
Publisher   AMG Publishers
Age  9-12
Series  Matterhorn The Brave  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  0899578357  
ISBN13  9780899578354  

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MIKE HAMEL is a seasoned storyteller who has honed his skills by telling tales to his four children. He is the author of several books and magazine articles. Mike and his wife, Susan, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their children are now fully grown, and their two grandchildren will soon be old enough for stories of their own.

Mike Hamel currently resides in Colorado Springs Colorado Sp.

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The worst-written book I've ever read!  Oct 30, 2008
I chose to read Mike Hamel's Matterhorn the Brave novel called Pyramid Scheme because I was looking for a new science fiction book for 5th graders. I had not read the preceding volumes in this series, but was (barely) able to figure out the essentials of the saga and the characters. Unfortunately, this is the worst-written book I've ever read! The language was forced, reminding me of how those 5th graders use descriptive language...great for them, but for an adult writer, embarrassingly stilted and artificial. I think it's essential for the author of a series of books to start each volume with a review of past events sufficient to allow a reader to pick up any book in the series at will. Mr. Hamel barely managed to do this; I expected more background at the start of this volume. In my opinion, the best children's books are appealing to adults, too. Mr. Hamel may be able to entertain his juvenile readers, but I think they deserve a better quality piece of writing than this book can offer them.
Excellent reader......  Oct 30, 2008
An excellent installment to the series. My son originally received #1 for his 9th birthday. He was so excited reading it, that I purchased the rest of the series. He would tell me about what he read, it peaked my interest so much that I had to read them. Have read all 6 and would highly recommend it. Would be excellent to read aloud to younger children or just together time. I hope Mike Hamel is not finished with this series.
Exciting Juvenile Fantasy  Aug 4, 2007
"Pyramid Scheme is the third book in the Matterhorn the Brave Series. Mike Hamel continues to stir the imagination of his young readers with exploits, risks, inspiration, and information.

Matterhorn, the Baron, Jewel, and Nate are on another exciting mission in time-travel and history. Saved from near death by a stranger named Elok they are taken to the Valley of the Kings. They are called on to confront the heretics, an evil group set on rewriting history. The first attempt of the heretics is the murder of King Tut.

The young quartet soon find themselves in an adventure that takes them to the pyramids of Egypt, the City of the Dead, the courts of Pharaoh's Palace, the secret tunnels beneath Karnak Temple and down the Nile to the Great Pyramid.

Hamel has the remarkable gift of being able to transport the reader into another time convincing them of the possibility of time-travel situations, alternate realities, traveler's cubes, time maps, and magical swords.

Mike is a natural story teller. He understands his young audience, and has amazing insight into the past, the present and the future. His creative imagination and flare for description draw the reader into the story whether it is in the pyramids of Egypt, the computer capabilities of today, or the "time-files" of the future.

I particularly enjoyed the visual images created by some of his descriptive phrases: "The tale of her disgrace would make its way through the market faster than water through gills", or "The supporting pillars were tattooed with hieroglyphics as high up as he could see," and "The bloke's been busier than a centipede in a shoe store..."

"Pyramid Scheme" and the Matterhorn the Brave series provide young readers with the opportunity to stretch their mind by using their imagination, to vicariously connect with the realms of space and time. Mike Hamel is a master story teller.


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