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P & R Publishing Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1

Join the Wikk siblings as they race through space to save their parents who have been kidnapped by the sinister Captain Vedrik. Their only hope is their parents Archeos e-journal which contains clues that point the kids to their parents next mission-an archeological dig to find remnants of an ancient human civilization. They must rely on Oliver's academy training to fly their ship but problems arise when twins Mason and Austin unexpectedly meet a secret race of people called the Blue People.

The Quest for Truth series follows the four Wikk kids in their desperate race to find the mysterious planet Ursprung and stop the Ubel renegades from misusing its long-lost secrets. Ancient cities, treacherous villains, high-tech gadgets, the Phoenix--encounter all these and more on this futuristic, interplanetary adventure.
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Review 1 for Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1
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Fantastic!

Date:November 7, 2013
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Nfamily
Age:Under 18
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Loved them. Can't wait for the next books in the series!
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Review 2 for Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1
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Date:July 29, 2013
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debwilson
Age:18-24
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The Wikk family lives in a futuristic time and world, where the past is the key to the future. As archaeologists, the Wikk parents are constantly on one adventure after another. With their eldest son in the Academy, and the three younger children at school, they prepare to go on a dig that will expose the truth of their origins. But just as the plan is falling into place, a man in black, Captain Vedrick, interferes with the family's departure. Taken hostage by a man involved with a sinister group that has more money and resources save the Republic they are a part of, the Wikk parents have no choice but to order their son to escape with the younger children.
At seventeen, Oliver firmly believe that he is a man. When his parents are kidnapped by a wicked man and his band of soldiers, Oliver has no choice but to take charge of the family. Completely confident that he can handle his twin brothers and a sister two years his junior, Oliver sits behind the controls of the newly refurbished ship - the Phoenix. Things go awry from the very beginning. Never having actually flown a ship before, but with a year's training at the Academy under his belt, he outmaneuvers the solders to escape. But time is running out, and the longer they take figuring out the clues, the less likely they are to find and rescue their parents. Will the children be able to climb every hurdle thrown at them? Or will they fall to the same fate as their parents; capture and then disappearance into thin air?
I was somewhat skeptical coming into this book. Despite all the good reviews, how attention catching can young adult fiction really be? Either I'm a kid at heart or Eastman is just that good. I loved every moment of this book; the story, the characters, the made up weapons and technology, just everything. The writing was imaginative, creative and absolutely believable. This story is not just for kids, it is for adults of any age.
This book was provided by P&R Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Review 3 for Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1
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Love this book--and the series!

Date:May 7, 2013
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IChooseJoy
Location:Illinois
Age:35-44
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Taken is a fiction book written for preteens and young teens and is first in The Quest for Truth series of five books. My two oldest sons and I just finished reading it and can’t wait for the next book to come out in May! ”Taken” is published by P&R Publishing and Focus on the Family, and I thank them for sending us a copy so we could review it for you here.
The story is set in the future and is an interplanetary adventure, which surely added to the excitement for both the boys and me. It had the feel of Star Trek or Star Wars, except with a major focus on a family. At the beginning of the story the four kids’ parents are kidnapped, so Oliver, Tiffany, Austin, and Mason have to fly their spaceship to another planet to try to discover some clues to help them. While there, the younger boys encounter a group of people who try to hold them prisoner. The whole book is full of suspense. My son said he didn’t even want to read anything else until the next Quest for Truth book (Risk) comes out–but, sorry, you can’t stop reading for 3 months!
God isn’t mentioned in the book, but the focus of the parents’ archaeological searching is to find the secrets of the beginning of life. One of the characters says that he feels that “Someone” has been guiding him. So, I expect that their Quest for Truth will lead them to the truth of God!
I would definitely recommend this book to preteens and young teens (and their parents). :)
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Review 4 for Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1
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Date:January 8, 2013
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This book kept me on edge. I just couldn't put the book down. All the excitement, action, and adventure. Kids will love this. There are so many cliff hangers. I love reading it over and over again. Thank you so much Brock Eastmen for writing this awesome book!
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Review 5 for Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1
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Page Turner!

Date:January 7, 2012
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StinaRose
Location:Deep River, ON
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This book is very hard to put down! Each chapter is filled with danger, adventure and excitement. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next, and if the kids were going to get out of the situations that they were in. Taken is an exciting start to the Quest for Truth series. I'm excited to read the rest of the books in this series as they come out. I just have to find out how the whole thing is going to end.
I highly recommend this book to young adults who enjoy futuristic novels.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)
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Review 6 for Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1
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Coolest Book Ever!

Date:November 12, 2011
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Jguy47
Location:FortCollins, CO
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I thought that Taken was a great book. How their parents get taken, and how Oliver Wikk keeps blaming himself for what happened. then they go to Ursprung where an Eises comes and freezes the planet (minus the cities protected by a dome) every 3 years! Then someone "dies". The people responsible (Austin & Mason Wikk) get scared when the tribe of blue people (Blauwe Mensen) come and take them. Meanwhile Oliver and Tiffany have an adventure of their own.
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Review 7 for Taken, The Quest For Truth Series #1
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Grips and pulls you into its fast-paced adventure!

Date:September 7, 2011
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Bob Hayton
Location:St. Paul, MN
Age:25-34
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From the very first page, Brock Eastman’s new book "Taken", grips and pulls the reader into its fast-paced, adventure tale. "Taken" is the start of P & R Publishing’s “The Quest for Truth” series, and focuses on a group of four children (Oliver – 17, Tiffany – 15, and the twins Mason and Austin – 11) whose parents (the Wikks) are archeologist-explorers. Their parents get captured by a secret society called the Ubel, and the children are forced to embark on their parents’ planned space voyage without them.
They soon discover that the world as they know it is not as it seems. Their parents have found an ancient book from Ursprung, the humans’ home planet which has been lost for centuries. And on the edge of the galaxy, they learn that the Federation may not merit their allegiance after all. With their world crumbling around them, the Wikk children resolve to take on their parents’ quest for truth, in hopes of finding and rescuing their parents.
The quest takes them to a forsaken planet on the edge of the galaxy where they meet their parents’ benefactor and try to outfit their ship. While on this planet, the twins stumble upon a mysterious blue people and are taken captive. I won’t give away too much more of the plot, except to say that by the end of this first book, you’ll be hooked. I can’t wait for the next installment of “The Quest for Truth”, to find out what happens to the Wikk children as their exciting quest continues.
The book is written for younger readers, upper elementary age through high school, but parents are sure to enjoy it as well. The siblings fight with one another and have to learn to trust each other, living for the common good, instead of their own desires. The plot is intricate and unexpected, and the world that is created is entirely believable and yet unlike anything else I’ve read. It is not a dark or evil story and is safe for all readers.
“The truth” which is sought has to do with “eternal life” and the book sounds a lot like the Bible, but this is no simplistic allegory or anything. It is a well-written adventure tale with a fascinating science fiction world that is sure to enthrall readers. I expect the series will ultimately have a moral lesson to be learned which can be drawn out by conscientious parents; but if you’re worried about the potential for a cheesy Christian production that overdoes the Christian themes to the detriment of the story, then I’m with you. And this book is nothing of the sort. I expect this series will draw a faithful following of readers who fall in love with the futuristic world that Brock Eastman has created. If you pick up this book, I’m sure you won’t regret it.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by P & R Publishing. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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