Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel
MB Publishing, LLC
Celtic Run is a young adult/youth novel by Sean Vogel. The action begins on the flight over to Ireland where Jake is sitting in the seat behind his nemesis, the bully Zach, and Zach’s girlfriend who also happens to be the girl Jake has a major crush on. The three of them are on an exchange program. Julie and Zach are whisked away to a wealthy home while Jake is taken home to the modest and financially struggling home of the O’Connell’s. Before he even arrives Jake leaps into the ocean to save a little girl and by chance finds a box containing a clue to a mysterious treasure.
Celtic Run is full of action. There are kidnappings, car chases, fights and rugby games. The problem I had is that the action is only broken by Jake mooning over his crush on Julie. There is little in the way of character development. In many ways it reminds me of the Enid Blyghton books in which the characters of each of the children is well established and unchangeable. The only people who see any movement are the people who wander into the books to create the adventure.
The book is well written, and those who prefer action over character will like it a lot. The action plot moves along well. It really doesn’t matter how improbable the whole thing is because Sean Vogel pulls you into the action and doesn’t give you time to think that this is really unlikely.
I have mixed feelings about this book, but will recommend it for readers who value action above everything.