Review: Lost and Found by Jeff LaFerney
Title: Lost and Found
Author: Jeff LaFerney
Published: April 28, 2015
Genre: Mystery/ teens/ YA
Review: ebook provided by author to give an honest review.
In 1939, a sole Jewish smuggler immigrates to America to preserve a heritage Hitler hoped to erase. In 1944, two spies enter the United States on a mission to track down one man and a treasure of missing Spanish gold. In 2014, the immigrant’s son, his mind deteriorating from dementia, disappears, but not before he leaves his grandson clues, thrusting him into a mystery seventy-five years in the making. Blake Nolan and his girlfriend set out to unravel clues that could not only set secrets from history right again but also lead to two priceless treasures. With his grandfather’s life in the balance and suspects hot on Blake’s trail, will what was lost be found in time?
I received an ARC to give an honest review.
The prologue starts with a bit of back story that has some historical references.
Now I should say that not everything in this book is true, there is an author afterword in the end of the book that informs you of what was true and what was made up.
It isn't just filled with some historical information it also has a mystery that has to be solved. Blake is a young teenage boy who had to move with his mom to take care of his grandfather who has dementia. We also get back story as to who Blake's grandfather's father was which is very interesting. Blake's grandfather is sometimes coherent and other times not. He ends up giving Blake clues to something but Blake doesn't really understand. While dealing with this grandfather he is also being dealt a bad blow at his new school because he can not play basketball along with the school bully has him in his sights. When another student named Julia befriends him everything starts to work for Blake. Then the unthinkable happens Blake's grandfather goes missing and the town goes to searching for him while Blake and Julia try to solve the mystery by the clues that his grandfather left behind. Blake doesn't understand most of it but Julia is a smart one and she has figured out some clues. In the end we learn it is all about the gold and some people get gold fever a whole lot more than others.
You are taken on a ride of mystery and action and what the past has to do with the future!
The story line was great, the characters well written and you can understand a bit about how they acted and why. Now Julia was a different character for me as she was very into just making herself at home so to say. On part that bothered me was when she went to Blake's mothers computer and was typing in a password to start researching. Even though I understood why she was doing I felt as though it was a bit uncomfortable so to say. I kept having to wonder the whole time does she have a secret agenda.
Jeff LaFerney is currently a full-time language arts teacher where he lives in Davison, Michigan. After coaching basketball for most of his career, he decided to write books instead and took on his new hobby. Now he spends his free time reading, writing, and editing books. He and his beautiful wife have two young adult children. His Clay and Tanner Thomas series focuses on a father and son team who use parapsychological abilities to solve mysteries. Jumper is a time-travel science fiction adventure. Jeff also has a blog called The Red Pen where he usually infuses humor to share about himself or to give inspiration or writing tips.http://jefflaferney.blogspot.com/