Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kathy Reviews: Oracle - Sunken Earth by C. W. Trisef

ASIN #: B0053ZJU8U
File Size: 435 KB
Page Count: 203
Copyright: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Trisef Book LLC; 2nd Edition

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Fall, current day, Atlantic Ocean. Another hurricane tears through the Bahamas, headed for Florida. Among the wreckage: a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat, one survivor (Ret Cooper) and a spherical object of curious design (the Oracle).

Ret Cooper is a simple young man with mysterious origins, unique physical features, and no memory of his past. His new family and friends discover he is truly extraordinary, with supernatural powers and strange scars on the palms of his hands. But what is his destiny?

The Oracle is the key to Earth's unity and full potential, too perfect to be man-made. Legend claims it can unleash limitless power when filled with Mother Nature's six, pure, original elements. But where are the elements? And which of our planet's ancient secrets will be explained in the process of locating them?

The first book from new author C. W. Trisef will have you cheering for Ret as he travels a submerged road, discovers a lost city, climbs an electrifying mountain, and begins to unravel the mystery of the Oracle ... all during his first year of high school.

Kathy's Review:

Definitely meant for teens or tweens, Oracle: Sunken Earth uses humorous characters and bumbling bad guys to further the plot. It's a familiar tale - at least I feel like it is - boy with elemental powers has to navigate high school landscape as well as discover a huge secret to saving the planet. Ret, the protagonist, seems clueless about most of what is going on, including a girl with an obvious crush on him, and the weird stuff that happens when the marks on his hands start glowing. I think young people will like this book and the eventual series, but I had a hard time getting into it. I felt like in some places the humor fell flat, the characters' names were too forced, and there seemed to be a need to cram some 8th grade vocab words in as many places as possible. I think the author did a nice job of establishing Ret's character, his mysterious past, and the eccentricities of his friend's father and kajillionaire mad scientist Ben Coy, who will hopefully be back in the next installment. The table is set for finding the other elements, too, so if you make it through this book, you'll probably want to read on! Pass it along to a young person in your life and see what they think.


  1. Hi Kathy, I really enjoyed "Oracle - Sunken Earth". One thing you forgot to mention in your review was the creative tie-in to all of the unexplained world mysteries (bermuda triangle, city of atlantis, bimini road). The author has a really informative website ( that explains more about each of those mysteries. It appears that each of the books in CW's Oracle series will involve different world mysteries. I just bought book 2 in the series "Oracle - Fire Island" and it looks like the world mysteries in this book are the nazca lines, machu picchu, and easter island. I'm not very familiar with these places, so I can't wait to start reading book 2. Anyway, I think this is really cool stuff, good writing, very creative. I highly recommend the Oracle books!

  2. I absolutely LOVED this book! Even though I kept hearing people rave about it, I was a little skeptical but gave it a go and was NOT disappointed. It's such a refreshing read -- good, clean adventure with deep characters, great humor, a unique writing style, and plenty of chances to learn. What I enjoyed most were the profound life-lessons and universal truths that C.W. so beautifully weaved into the plot -- themes, motifs, and morals that no doubt remain unnoticed by simple-minded readers. I already ordered my copy of the second book and can't wait to start reading it!!!


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