Book Review: The Delphi Deception by Chris Everheart

September 30, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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About the Book:

  • The Delphi Deceptionthe delphi deception
  • by Chris Everheart
  • Series: The Delphi Trilogy #2
  • Category: Fantasy / YA
  • Pages: 298
  • Publication: October 1, 2013
  • Publisher: Yellow Rocket Media
  • Received From: Yellow Rocket Media
  • Rating: 4/5
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First Sentence: My head is pounding, my right knee aches, and my armpits burn.

Synopsis:

A desperate teen, a dangerous alliance, an ancient foe. The gripping Delphi Trilogy continues with Book II, THE DELPHI DECEPTION, plunging you deeper into a dark world of conspiracy and danger.

After ten years in hiding 17-year-old Zach made the mistake of returning to his wealthy hometown. He slammed head-on into the conspiracy that killed his parents, drove a childhood friend to suicide, and exploits other teens to fulfill an ancient agenda of greed. Zach should have run. But he stayed, and now the consequences are burying him.

His blind pursuit of the town’s deepest secrets has left him injured and terrified. The answers he’s gotten about his true identity are more disturbing than he could have imagined. And his first love, Ashley, is in more danger than ever.

Desperate to save Ashley, Zach is deterred by the mysterious man he thought was his ally. Forced to team with Ashley’s ambitious sister who’s willing to help—for a price—he enters an alliance fraught with deception and betrayal.

As the League of Delphi’s vicious new security chief closes in on him, Zach is propelled back into the jaws of danger by a cryptic command from beyond this world. Will his misguided mission save Ashley? Or will it get them both killed?

Interview with Chris Everheart:

Thank you so much for doing this interview for My Seryniti.

So glad to be with you, Nova. You and other bloggers have been really generous helping me promote “The League of Delphi” and now “The Delphi Deception.” I really appreciate your support.

Nova – How did The League of Delphi start for you? Image, Idea, Dream?

The Delphi Trilogy grew in my mind from the fertile soil of my wife’s obsession with secret societies and my love of ancient history. “The League of Delphi” was the beginning of a journey into that dark world, with 17-year-old Zach and his terrifying experience returning “home” to a place he hoped would be great but turned out to be dark and dangerous.

Nova – Did you have any growing pains with The League of Delphi?

A funny thing about the original story concept was my idea of “What if the secret society isn’t bad?” I thought I could just turn the whole dark conspiracy angle on its head. But I couldn’t quite work that out in an interesting way and realized that what we really want is a “good guy” battling that darker conspiracy, to see what he goes through and how the revelations change and drive him. So it’s a dark and dangerous society that Zach battles.

Also, Book I: “The League of Delphi” went through many revisions, the last of which was changing the whole narrative from third-person, past tense to first-person, present tense. That was way more work than I thought it would be, but it made the book so much more readable and exciting. Also, the short story prequel “The Shadow of Delphi” and now Book II: “The Delphi Deception” flow a lot better and are more compelling because we’re inside Zach’s head, now instead of watching him do things in the past.

Nova – The League of Delphi ends very suddenly! Was that your plan?

Yes. I LOVE cliffhangers! That’s probably obvious the way my chapters run too. I was a reluctant reader as a kid and I love that drop-off at the end that is so tantalizing that I can’t resist finding out what’s next.

I used to love watching the old-time serials on midnight TV – Flash Gordon, Tarzan, etc. Also “The League of Delphi” was always meant to be Book I of a trilogy. There’s so much more story to tell that I couldn’t fit into a 300-page book. Book II: “The Delphi Deception” picks up the very next morning and the story keeps running Zach ragged!

Nova – Did you know straight away that this was going to be a trilogy?

Yes, but the weird thing as I look back is that I conceived this as a trilogy but I didn’t outline it as a trilogy. So, when it was time to sit down and write “The Delphi Deception” I had to go back and find places to plug in plot points and keep the story consistent and intriguing. Luckily, the mystery left a lot of openings for more intrigue.

Nova – Do you have a message you try to convey when writing a story?

I write mostly for young readers and I always try to do two things with my stories: 1) Throw the reader into a compelling story that moves fast and keeps them turning the pages; 2) Give them permission to explore their inner lives as the characters in the book explore the outer world. I really believe that story is about us and our development, and a kid reading a book is developing their inner life so they can deal better with the outer world.

Nova – What can we look forward to in book two, The Delphi Deception?

More action, more excitement, more mystery. In “The Delphi Deception” some questions are answered and some new, bigger ones are opened up. There is a surprising revelation toward the end of the book that was a shock even to me! Book I ended gravely for Ashley and Book II ends gravely for Zach. He never should have come back to Arcanville and now he’s facing the worst consequences.

Nova – Without spoilers, if someone doesn’t know about your books, how would you describe them?

The Delphi Trilogy books can be described as: Dark, mysterious, compelling, page-turning.

Nova – What are you reading right now?

“The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd, a really cool YA retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau. A non-fiction book about remote ancient history. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield about getting creative work accomplished.

Nova – Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would name as influences?

John Steinbeck for sure. Even as a reluctant reader I’ve always found that I can just fall into one of his books. I like Charles Dickens too. More modern influences: John Grisham’s thrillers; Clive Cussler’s action/adventures; Anthony Horowitz and Rick Riordan write YA books that the 14 year old boy inside me loves.

Nova – What do you do when you’re not writing?

I visit libraries and schools to talk about books, reading, and my love of learning. I partner in our publishing company Yellow Rocket Media, which is a LOT of work. For recreation, I live in the mountains and love to go hiking, backpacking, and kayaking.

Nova – Have you always wanted to be an author?

NO! Believe it or not, I never thought of myself as a serious writer. I had a lot of trouble reading as a kid and still have some difficulty with books. So writing one? Nah! I studied studio art from junior high school through college – all hands-on, non-text-heavy stuff. Later, I really wanted to go to film school, but by then I didn’t have the time or money. So I decided to take some of the ideas I was saving for the movies I would someday make and turn them into books. At the time, it was a creative outlet that fit my schedule. I found to my surprise that I loved it, so I kept doing it.

Nova – What is your writing style? Do you create outlines for your writing or do you just sit and type away?

I started writing a couple of books but couldn’t finish one until I learned to outline. I would start typing out my idea then I would “run out of road” and wouldn’t know what to do next. Now I outline because it gives me a rough map to follow. The map is not the territory though, so always be prepared for surprises along the way. Also, some stories (especially short stories) resist outlining, so I have to be willing to just jump in cold and see where it all goes.

Nova – How did you get starting writing for young adults?

I was in a fifth or sixth revision/submission cycle for an adult political thriller manuscript that I wrote when a children’s book editor gave me the opportunity to write for a middle-grade audience. I found it very easy to access my young mind and tell stories to it. So I started taking my ideas and asking, “How would a young person act or react in this situation?” That’s where The Delphi Trilogy came from.

Nova – Do you prefer writing for the YA genre?

Yes. It suits my reluctant reader tendencies. The chapters and books can be shorter and the demand for minutia is not as great.

Nova – What would you tell other “reluctant readers” to help them enjoy reading more?

Read what interests you. Don’t let anyone tell you “That’s not real reading.” The most frustrating thing to me as a young reluctant reader was to find something I was really curious about only to be told by an adult or peer, “You shouldn’t be reading that. Read this instead.” Well, if that doesn’t grab my curiosity, I’m not likely to put in the effort it takes me to read it. So grab what you want to read, take your time, and ask for help understanding what you don’t get. In the long run, reading is for you – and no one can take away the opportunities it gives you. So, keep trying!

Nova – Do you write using a computer or the old fashioned pen to paper?

COMPUTER! My God, have you ever seen pictures of a typewritten manuscript – or an even older one? I once saw a photo of one of Mark Twain’s manuscript, handwritten, with all the marks and write-ins and notes. There’s NO WAY I could have written like that. Also, years ago, I heard Joesph Wambaugh say that the computer made him a better writer because he could easily go back and fix things he never would have with a typewritten manuscript. I’m grateful for the technology available to me – otherwise I’d probably be performing a Delphi Trilogy puppet show at state fairs instead of writing books.

Nova – Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what’s on your playlist!?

I have a massive collection of classical music that I often put on the headphones. Anything else, the voice of the music interrupts the writer’s voice in my head.

Nova – Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I like reality food shows – Chopped, The Great Food Truck Race, etc. My wife teases me by asking, “Do people naturally cook better when they’re yelling at each other?”

Nova – What is your favorite word?

Just yesterday, I was reintroduced to the word torpor and it’s ringing pleasantly in my head – until it starts driving me crazy. Then I’ll have to find a new favorite word.

Nova – What is your least favorite word?

The word fractal annoys me. Don’t know why. Not even sure what it means.

Nova – Do you talk to your characters?

Sometimes in my head, I have conversations with them or I replay dialog that’s shown up on the page. I love that the characters in books can kind of take over and speak with their own voices. In that way, I’m conversing with them.

Nova – What sound do you love?

Wind chimes always make me sigh contentedly.

Nova – What sound do you hate?

Any noise my car makes that it shouldn’t.

Nova – What’s your favorite time of year?

Used to be spring till I married a fall-lover. Now I like fall best.

Nova – Best vacation spot ever…

I live in the mountains now. Stay-cation is good for me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to indulge my curiosity!

It’s a pleasure. I love talking about this stuff. Books are meant to be read. The ideas and feelings they evoke are so important to us as people. Hope we can do it again. And anyone who wants to talk books/stories/ideas with me – especially about kids’ reading and reluctant readers, please contact me at ChrisEverheart.com.

My Thoughts:

I have to say after reading book one and it ending on SUCH a cliff hanger I knew that I had to get my hands onto this book asap. I was very excited when Chris told me it was ready to go!

This is definitely a YA book and as such the positive and the negative (for me) are the same. There is SO much going on! But being a YA book and a lover of that intensity being ratcheted up I can see why Chris Everheart just keeps that pace moving. I mean it literally felt like I was reading 100 miles per hour and I was still being left behind! I wanted to read faster and faster to know what was going to happen next! But there was just so much going on that at some point you need a breather, something to help you understand what is going on with all this drama and of course the why of it!

That said, I love how Chris was able to dive right back into this. I felt like the two books could easily be read back to back without a break, they are that seamless. And if you’ve read and enjoyed book one, The League of Delphi, then you’re going to enjoy this. The twists are still there, the intensity, and of course our favorite characters, although Ashley is having some issues! It’s so hard not to get into what is going on without spoilers, so I’ll leave it at this… If you enjoy fast, fun, ya books these are definitely for you!

Chris Everheart:

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