Passages Volume 1: The Marus Manuscripts is a summary of three books in one volume:
Wade Mullins is a pretty smart schoolkid in the 1940's just post WWII. He and his best friend Bobby are fascinated by airplanes, bombers, and bombs. Bobby's cousin Lee has just sent him some drawings that are top secret, as they are related to the creation of the atomic bomb. Through a series of events Wade ends up with the drawings and is attempting to burn them when he is transported from his basement in Odyssey to Marus. Interestingly in many ways, Marus is quite technologically advanced, using solar for everything - but it has led them to begin to worship the sun instead of the Unseen One.
Wade is quickly taken as a "guest" of Tyran and Tyran's top sidekick, Dr. Liszt. He shares with Dr. Liszt the atomic bomb drawings and the information is quickly used for evil and not for good. Also, the flu Wade had before arriving in Marus has far-reaching consequences....
This is a retelling of the story of Noah, but at times I wondered if Hitler was in there somehow (Tyran was awfully similar in his attempts to take over the world). All in all, I am still enjoying the author's take on Biblical stories through the lens of Odyssey.
Darien’s Rise:It's the summer of 1958 and Kyle and his sister Anna couldn't be more bored. They are staying for a month this summer with their grandparents in Odyssey and are looking for a little adventure. Their uncle tells them of an old house in the woods and they decide to find it. When they do, what first appears a decaying, abandoned house actually is a portal to another world - the world of Marus, where kings and generals and swords are the norm. Soon both Anna & Kyle discover their calling - she the 'voice' and he the 'protector'; and their lives, both in Marus and Odyssey, will never be the same.
This retelling of the story of David, Saul, and Samuel was wonderfully done, and I love the author's take on Biblical stories through the lens of Odyssey. In the few books I've read so far, they have done a great job of depicting the truth while telling an interesting and poignant story. I highly recommend this series, both for children and adults.
Annison’s Risk:It is the 1920's and 'Dreamy Madina', or Maddy as she is known, has come with her family to America from Russia to escape the Russian Revolution. She now lives in Odyssey and often has dreams of a fairy tale princess who asks for her help. She loves to read and has many fanciful ideas. While playing hide and seek with a neighbor boy she is transported to a palace in Marus - where she sees the princess from her dreams. She can only jump into this real life fairy tale with her whole heart, and she just might learn something - and help save the kingdom.
This retelling of the story of Esther was wonderfully done, and I am really enjoying the author's take on Biblical stories through the lens of Odyssey. In the few books I've read so far, they have done a great job of depicting the truth while telling an interesting and poignant story.
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