Monday, September 16, 2013

Audio Book Review: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard

Release Date: 2/26/13 (Audio)
Author: Lars Guignard
Publisher: Fantastic Press
Provided By: Publisher via CBB Book Promotions
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If you love fantasy books for middle schoolers like the Percy Jackson series or young adult adventure books like Harry Potter, you’ll love this!

Introducing book 1 of the new kids’ adventure books from best-selling author Lars Guignard:

Zoe and Zak are lost in exotic India, where gods and magic still exist. Before they can find their way home, they just have to do one little thing…

…Save a mythical creature from an ancient evil that wants to rule the world.

When Zoe Guire goes along on her mom’s business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. An elephant god speaks to her from the bottom of a swimming pool… She and her classmate Zak get locked in a trunk and shipped off to a strange city near the foothills of the Himalayas… and a crazy snake charmer tells them they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature called the Ghost Leopard from an ancient evil that wants to take over the world.

As they travel deeper into the majestic mountains known as the Realm of the Gods, things get even weirder. If she and Zak want to make it back to their parents, they’re going to have to tap into powers they never knew existed.

Because if they don’t, things will never be the same for any of us ever again


Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His work can be seen on television screens across the globe in such cult classics as Beastmaster and Big Wolf on Campus. Lars's bestselling novel, Lethal Circuit, has been a TOP 100 Amazon Spy Thriller since its release. In addition to the Circuit series, Lars is the author of the children's adventure series, Ghost Leopard, and the paranormal mystery series, Brood. Ever since attending high school in the Indian Himalayas, Lars has been an avid backpacker and traveler. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest where he is busy completing the third Michael Chase thriller for release in 2013.

In Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe and Zak embark on an unintended adventure.  When their parents have to go to India on a business trip, Zoe and Zak go too.  Their parents get called away on an important task and while they’re away Zoe wants to find the perfect shot to win her photo contest.  While by the pool, Zoe and Zak overhear an interesting conversation a man (Rhinobutt) is having and that is where the quest for the Ghost Leopard begins. 

I think that most of the book was pretty good.  It was sort of like an elevator; it had its ups and downs.  It was packed with adventure and action.  It had funny moments like when Zak got elephant poop as a gift.  There was mystery and magic.  Everything you could want in a book for kids.

The voices for the audio book could have been changed up more. Sometimes it was confusing and it seemed like Zoe was talking when she wasn't. And the Rhino voice was a little weird.

I don’t suggest that younger kids read this story because it was a little on the violent side, but I would recommend it for older kids.  Overall, I enjoyed this book and think that it is worth reading.
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  1. Thanks so much for giving this one a try! And thanks for hosting a tour stop as well!

  2. Colton, thanks for listening and your review! Cheers, Lars

    1. Thanks for your comment. I liked your book!


  3. Wonderful article, thanks for putting this together! This is obviously one great post. Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have so provided here.

  4. Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard is a well written story that flows so easily and pulls you in as the adventure unfolds. I was captivated from the very beginning and found it hard to put the book down. I highly recommend picking up this story and I can’t wait to read the others in the series.



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