Grayson Hawkes's newly won job at Walt Disney World is full of secrets that will test his knowledge of trivia and storytelling. Racing against the clock to unravel the mystery of the man, myths, and fantasies behind the kingdom, can he protect the world he loves from those who seek to corrupt it? 272 pages, softcover from Deep River.
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Dr. Grayson Hawkes, better known as Hawk, has been chief creative architect for the Walt Disney Company for 18 months, since unlocking the key to the kingdom in the prequel to this book. His security staff is devoted to protecting Hawk and the Magic Kingdom from outsiders who have been trying to take control of the kingdom. Challenges are no stranger to Hawk, but mysterious events throughout the Magic Kingdom place Hawk in a dangerous position. Hawk has agreed to allow a prominent television crew with a well-known, award-winning, and very aggressive investigative reporter named Kate Young to produce a prime-time special about the chief creative architect. The timing couldn't be worse! The agreement is to allow the film crew and attractive Kate Young to follow him in his daily activities, but suddenly activities in the Magic Kingdom are far from normal! Along with the television crew watching his every move Hawk is presented with a new task, discovering the next set of clues to unlocking a greater knowledge in managing the Magic Kingdom. Imagineer, George Colmes has produced a set of Disney clues that Hawk needs to solve in order to unlock the ultimate secret in securing the management and future destiny of the Magic Kingdom. These clues place Hawk in compromising and dangerous situations that ultimately involve Kate Young, who questions every event with tenacity!
This sequel to The Key To The Kingdom is another work of impressive storytelling by author, Jeff Dixon. Attention to detail and a vast storehouse of knowledge regarding Walt Disney and the world of Disney are awe-inspiring elements used in creating this factual fiction accounting of events that take place in actual Disney World locations. There's no room for boredom in this fast-paced, thriller of events that take place throughout this suspense-filled book! Once again, I found myself running through the Disney World theme parks right alongside Hawk as he encountered one escapade after another. A huge fan of all things Disney, I enjoyed the heart-racing, page-turning events in this exciting book, and I can't wait for my next visit to Disney World.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only program at BookFun.org for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you to the author, Jeff Dixon and Fred St Laurent from BookFun.org for gifting me with a copy of this book.
WOW! I love this book as much as I did the first one, “The Key to the Kingdom.”
I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
This book is a roller coaster of action and intense looks at personal relationships. Grayson “Hawk” Hawks is launched on another adventure searching for clues placed by an old, personal friend of Walt Disney. Again we are treated to tons of Disney trivia and facts about Disney World.
All Disney movies have at least one villain. This book does too. They are not as easy to identify in book form as in the movies. Keep your eyes open and see if you can find them before Hawk does.
“We found a body floating face down in the water,” is a quote from chapter one in this second book of Jeff Dixon’s series based in Disney World. The above mentioned body is discovered in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The action starts in chapter one and continues all the way to the last page. This book is just a blast to read! It is very entertaining and will easily grab the reader’s attention from beginning to end. Grayson Hawkes has now been in charge of Disney World for 18 months. His job as a pastor at Celebration Community Church has been taken over by one of his close friends and staff members; however, he still preaches at one service every Sunday. The three members of his church staff are also now employed in some capacity at Disney World. He has agreed to a journalist and her crew following him around for a few days and interviewing him to give the world an inside look at his life and Disney. This is something he almost immediately regrets. The lead reporter, Kate, pushes her way into Hawk’s current mystery of spare animatronic robots showing up on various rides throughout the Disney Theme Parks. Hawk finds Kate attractive and interesting. He got burned by a woman during his last adventure that eventually gave him the key to the kingdom, so he is reluctant to trust Kate at first. Can he trust her not to share this mystery with the world? If made public knowledge, it would make it impossible to solve the current mystery. Who is putting these robots on the rides and how are they doing it? Can they solve the mystery before “the bad guys” hurt someone? Will they succeed in getting Hawk’s key to the kingdom? Who is behind this? I admire very much Jeff’s dedication to authenticity and extreme detail in everything Disney. I’ve visited Disney World several times and not noticed many of the things he points out while his main character is searching for clues. I can’t wait to search these things out on my next trip! Jeff is a fabulous storyteller! This is a fun, exciting and entertaining book, as well as series. I hope Jeff continues this series because as the author writes from a Walt Disney quote (though Disney is referring to his parks), “It will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
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Review 4 for Unlocking the Kingdom
A Magical Mystery
Date:May 21, 2013
This is the second book in the series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, it would probably make more sense if one read the first story Key to the Kingdom. Key to the Kingdom brings the reader up-to-date for this book. Unlocking the Kingdom will not disappoint Disney fans as it is again full of Disney trivia and places throughout the Magic Kingdom. Mystery and intrigue once again draw Hawkes and his gang into places that others have not been at Disney and solve yet another great puzzle that Jeff Dixon has so cleverly engineered in his books. For those who have never been to Disney World or Disneyland, it is not as easy to follow because we have no idea of what that magical place is about. Perhaps a layout map would help those of us who are not familiar with Disney. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
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Review 5 for Unlocking the Kingdom
Another Good Read
Date:May 20, 2013
Location:Lebanon County, PA
Hawk now has the key to the kingdom and has surrounded himself with friends he knows and trusts as Warriors of the Kingdom. This book's happenings occur 18 months after the ones in "The Key to the Kingdom", so some changes have already been made at Disney World. This book opens with animatronic characters showing up at unusual places in the park. A man wearing a Jimmy Carter mask, the crew from "Total Access" turning up here and there, all add to Hawk's puzzle. Which Warrior is a traitor and is sabotaging his plans? I enjoyed this story and am hoping that I get to read the next book in the series. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
I've been a huge Disney fan since the first time my parents introduced me to Disneyland. My first experience and even my more recent time in the park still possesses that magic I had when I was younger, only know I share a greater appreciation for the dreams of Walt Disney. He set out to create a place where kids and their parents could escape the ordinary world and escape into a world of make believe and this is just what I believe he accomplished.
In the second novel by Jeff Dixon, Unlocking the Kingdom is a fantasy fiction book based on the dreams of Walt Disney turning over the "key to the kingdom" to someone who would see his dreams and attempt to continue to fulfill them within the Magic Kingdom based in Florida. He created a master plan along with three of his most trusted Imagineers to some day find someone suitable to pass along control to managing the park and resort properties. Grayson Hawkes was that man. We learn more about how he came to possess the "key to the kingdom" in his first novel, The Key to the Kingdom, and in this one, the mystery begins to unfold once again.
Grayson Hawkes is still a part time preacher in his local church, Celebration Community Church, but now with time, notoriety and fame have pushed him into the media spotlight. Being a private man with a past he doesn't want to share with the world, he has been able to maintain that level of privacy until the day he meets with Total Access, an investigative television show, whose goal is to find out how a preacher at a local church is now suddenly the control interest in the Magic Kingdom. The one thing Grayson Hawkes didn't plan on was trouble within the park by those that want him to resign and to turn over the key to the kingdom to them. It begins by finding pirate figures from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride now in four different attractions just as the park is open for business. All Grayson can figure out, is someone with access into the park could be the only one responsible for these pranks. But its about to get personal when Grayson is confronted and attacked in the Hall of Presidents attraction by a man wearing a Jimmy Carter mask. He warns Grayson that if he doesn't relinquish control of the property and the key things will get much, much worse.
On top of all this is the ever inquisitive investigative reporter, Kate Young from Total Access who will be spending the next week shadowing him with her film crew in hopes of giving her television audience the total access to Grayson Hawkes. In the midst of all of this a new mystery begins with the second task Grayson must deal with, finding the next set of clues from the second Imagineer, George Colmes to unlocking a greater piece of Disney help from Walt Disney, himself to help Grayson continue in his efforts to manage the Magic Kingdom.
I received Unlocking the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon compliments of Deep River Books and Bring It On Communications for my honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is such an amazing series, Keys to the Kingdom, and my own disappointment is these novels are based in the Magic Kingdom in Florida and thus, I can't visit to check out some of the interesting trivia and Disney facts that Jeff blends into this amazing series. I didn't realize that there was a Mickey Mouse on the golf ball in the Soaring attraction and that Michael Eisner was the person who hit the ball that appears destined to hit the passengers on the attraction. The mystery that Grayson must uncover is truly remarkable and gives readers insight into the world of Walt Disney and the people he employed in his goal to make Disney theme parks a truly magical experience. If you love Disney and a great mystery, then you will LOVE this novel. If you haven't picked up the first one, The Key to the Kingdom, I would suggest you start there first and then venture into this one. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and plan on keeping this one on my personal library shelf.
This is the second book in Jeff Dixon’s keys to Disney World books, and like the first, this one involves a treasure hunt concocted by an Imagineer to ensure the future of Disney World and all it stands for. It opens after Hawk has been the Chief Creative Architect, or boss, of Disney World for 18 months. Suddenly, pranks are being played at the park by a crew who seem to know their way around the park and how it operates. Then the threat is made. The bad guys demand that Hawk hand over the key to the kingdom and all the silver bars from the first book. They want his power and control of the company-or else worse things will happen. What if someone could disable safety features on a ride filled with people? What if no one is safe at Disney World?
The only way to stop the villains is to complete the second quest. Hawk and an investigative reporter prowl the park searching for clues, solving riddles, and being attacked by the bad guys. It was a fun, suspenseful, adventure story with likeable characters. The pace was fast, full of action, leading to a heart-stopping last 50 pages.
I liked the way the author was able to demonstrate Hawk’s sincere faith as an integral part of his character, making a Christian witness when appropriate without preaching. You have to like an ordinary guy who crawls through cemeteries in a thunderstorm, climbs out on a limb of a 90 foot tree, and hops on moving trains in search for some unknown “treasure” for the sake of keeping Disney World and Walt Disney’s dreams safe. Lots of Disney trivia and questions about the trivia at the end of the book.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.