Book Review: The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black by Eden Unger Bowditch

Title: The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black

Author: Eden Unger Bowditch

Series: The Young Inventors Guild Book 2

Publisher: Bancroft Press

Release Date: September 24, 2013


Book Summary:  It has been mere days since the brilliant children of the Young Inventors Guild escaped from the clutches of the horrible Komar Romak.

They’ve escaped with their lovely and caring schoolteacher, Miss Brett; with their long-absent parents; and with their bizarre captors, protectors, or both–the mysterious men in black. And now they travel by train, destined for parts unknown.

But a note torn from the hand of a dead man in a New York tunnel guarantees that safety is an illusion. When the children’s world is blown apart, life will never be the same again.

Soon, the children–Jasper and little Lucy Modest, from London, England; Wallace Banneker, from New York, United States; Noah Canto-Sagas, from Toronto, Canada; and Faye Vigyanveta, from Delhi, India–find themselves in the ancient Italian village of Solemano, deep in a mystery that spans centuries. As they inch toward the truth of the men in black and the secrets they keep, one terrible fact remains:

Komar Romak is still out there. He’s still after them, for reasons they can’t even begin to imagine.

And he knows exactly where they are . . .

If you enjoy science, and a clean adventure, this is a great book. I think preteens could really get into this series. I haven’t read book 1, so I found parts of this book confusing, but that just means I need to find book 1 to read now. 
There is so much potential hidden in this book, but quite frankly, everything is a mystery. I love a good mystery, but usually someone knows something. In this book, it seems no one knows anything, except the Mysterious Men In Black – who are mysterious, so even that becomes a mystery. The author does a beautiful job at describing imagery, and you can really picture exactly what the different homes the children find themselves in, look like. 
I’ve recently been told this book has been optioned for a movie by Two Ton Films as well, and to be honest, I think it will be one of those rare occasions where the movie may be better than the book. I think it will be able to flow better through the story plot, instead of focusing so much on description. 
Rating: 3.5 stars A good book
Content: Clean
Source: Julia Drake PR