The Secret Of Sinbad’s Cave by Brydie Walker Bain
The Secret Of Sinbad’s Cave is interesting, but it suffers from occasional clunky-ness.
The Secret Of Sinbad’s Cave is an adventure book about a group of boys and girls on a quest to recover an old treasure belonging to the notorious Sinbad the Sailor. Unfortunately for the young ones, a woman called Drake is also on a quest to seize the treasure for herself. Leading an army of evil men, they swoop down on the area, willing to risk everything to get their hands on the fabled prize.
The youngsters, armed with the knowledge of history, local terrain, and with the help an elderly man, believe they will find the treasure where others have failed. On the other hand, Drake and her cohorts, who also possess a good grasp of the area’s geography, are armed with deadly weapons and not afraid to kill anyone who cross their way. With both parties determined to find the treasure first, a bloody showdown is imminent in the peaceful mountains of New Zealand.
The Secret Of Sinbad’s Cave reminds me of old-school adventure tales – the kind H Rider Haggard and Enid Blyton used to write. Also, the book is set in New Zealand, with a good mix of Maori customs and exotic locations, which make it unique.
My only gripe with this book is the unrealistic dialogue and occasional scene-leaps designed just to move the story along. For example, we have the main protagonists inviting their friends on a dangerous adventure and the friends agreed enthusiastically without a line of doubt, worry, or hesitation. For a first time meeting, that was too quick and unrealistic.
Also, the dialogue can be a bit impractical at times. We have Barnaby, one of the protagonists, dishing out compliments to Nat like a father to a daughter. I mean, boys I know don’t repeat stuff like, “You are the smartest girl I’ve met, Nat… And the bravest. You’ll figure it out.” to a girl, except they are looking for a date. Dialogue like these and many more jarred me out of what was a good story experience.
Overall, the book is interesting, but it suffers from occasional clunky-ness. If you can get past these tiny distractions, you’ll have a blast reading The Secret Of Sinbad’s Cave.
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