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Operation Red Jericho

Operation Red Jericho

by Joshua Mowll Illustrated by Julek Heller, Benjamin Mowll, Niroot Puttapipat

A sister and brother's search for their missing parents uncovers a mysterious secret society in an action-filled sea-and-land saga centered in 1920s Shanghai.

For Joshua Mowll, it was the surprise of a lifetime. There, among the archives inherited from his great-aunt Rebecca MacKenzie, was a 1920s journal recounting the thrilling and dangerous adventures of fifteen-year-old Rebecca and her younger brother, Doug, in the wake of their parents' mysterious disappearance in the deserts of China. Now carefully re-created in a lavish volume — complete with cloth binding and a journal-style elastic clasp — the siblings' tale begins aboard the Expedient, their uncle's enigmatic research ship, and moves at a breathless pace through the streets of Shanghai and on to a terrifying island fortress.

Along the way, Doug and Becca encounter an ancient order of Chinese mercenaries, a brutal pirate warlord, a feisty Texan heiress, and a stolen cache of a volatile explosive called zoridium. By their saga's end, the intrepid duo has exposed a murderous plot involving their parents and uncovered a high-minded secret society hidden from the world for hundreds of years.

Interspersed are such "archival" elements as:

— elaborate diagrams and maps
— vintage photos and illustrations
— documents with stamps, seals, and watermarks
— four full-color gatefolds, the largest a six-page foldout
— extensive appendices and notes

Painstakingly researched and packed with authentic detail, Operation Red Jericho is the first of three nonstop-action tales of intrigue by first-time author Joshua Mowll — historical fiction at its finest.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Historical Fiction, Mystery and Suspense

About the Author and Illustrators

Joshua Mowll
Julek Heller
Benjamin Mowll
Niroot Puttapipat

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