"A MARVELOUS JOURNEY WORTH TAKING."
"The Darziods' Stone" by Richard Smith is not only one of the best young adventure novels I've read in some time, but it is one of the best adventure novels in general that I've read in a while."
"This is an adventure that reminded me of the mystery books I used to read in high school (long ago, but not so long really) Famous Five anyone?"
"This book is a wild ride of suspense and treasure hunting."
If you like the Tunnels Series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams then take a look at this...
A special stone hidden in a quiet cove in Cornwall more than 200 years ago, is the object of a desperate search by two opposing factions. When Harry and his school friends discover a code whilst holidaying in the cove, they assume it will lead them to hidden treasure. But dark forces, with seemingly supernatural powers, are working against them. The teenagers soon find themselves caught up in a deadly battle, and will be lucky to escape with their lives, let alone get their hands on the treasure.
"I recommend this book to young adults and anyone who loves a good mystery and adventure with a touch of history and sci-fi."
-Rita - Onlinebookclub.org
Richard Smith’s motto: Never give up; it can happen. And his first book, Time Trap, is proof of that.
And now. I'm pleased to reveal his new book, The Darziods' Stone, which took seven years to complete, including a couple of years of inactivity, when he struggled with the plot. It's aimed at a teenage readership, but enjoyed by a wide age range and twice the length of Time Trap.
Born in London, the youngest of three children, Richard has loved writing stories since he was nine; and regularly got top marks for his essays at school – where his favorite subject was English. After leaving school, he worked in a succession of dead-end jobs. None brought him as much satisfaction as writing - which he kept up, with his mother’s constant encouragement. Richard credits his father, a taxi driver, who enjoyed writing as a hobby, for his talent with words.
Researching and writing Time Trap took many years of hard work – which Richard describes as a labor of love. One of his proudest moments came when he returned to his junior school to read extracts of the story to 9-year-old pupils, who loved it. He polished up the MS, self-published in 2012, and created the Time Trap Trail for young readers to follow and convinced both the British Museum and the Museum of Childhood to stock the book.