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Brock Ford: The Lost Treasure of Kilimanjaro
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ISBN-10:  B001MBV1F4 Type: 


Copyright:  Aug 1 2002

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A 12-year-old finds himself in the middle of an African safari mystery.

Brock Ford is a twelve-year-old with a huge imagination and a longing to explore. When he discovers that his uncle, Dirk Armstrong, is an anthropologist in Africa, his life takes an adventurous turn. Dirk persuades Brock’s parents to let him spend the summer in Kenya, and, with his dog Sparky in tow, Brock finds himself in the middle of Africa, learning about the Masai people and the native wildlife. However, Brock is soon caught up in a mystery involving a long-extinct tribe, the horrendous destruction of villages at night, and a search for the lost treasure of King Menelik. Brock, Dirk, and their Kikuyu guide Mikumbo set off on an expedition that leads them to the very center of Mount Kilimanjaro and a hidden world within.  

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The Dawson Springs (KY) Progress
In his latest book, The Lost Treasure of Kilimanjaro, William Overby takes his readers on an exciting adventure with young Brock Ford and his uncle Dirk Armstrong who is an anthropologist.

Twelve-year-old Brock and Uncle Dirk, along with their native guide, Mikumbo, travel to the wilds of Africa to search for a lost tribe and a lost treasure.

Overby's vivid descriptions of the African country along with his moving and imaginative accounts of encounters with giant spiders, secret passages, active volcanoes and unfriendly natives will keep young readers rapidly turning pages toward the final episodes of this exciting reading experience.

The book is a clean, wholesome, well-written and fast-moving adventure story. I recommend that parents encourage their children to read this recently-published book.

Mohr Reviews
A Children’s Book. I have to admit, when I was first asked to do a children’s book I was reluctant, visions of some variant colored eggs and ham, or yet another child that lives in a castle and has magic powers permeated my thoughts. Nevertheless, after checking out the description, I was so surprised by what I read, that I jumped at the chance, glad that I did not follow my first instinct.

A loving desire for adventure is generally something that we lose as we age, tending to forget all about the joy of many discoveries we make as children. In the novel, ‘The Lost Treasures of Kilimanjaro’, we are brought into the world of Brock Ford, a twelve-year-old boy, bright eyed and filled with the desire for new things. His desires, matched with the time period of the 1930’s with so many things happening in the world, and so many things left to be found is just a perfect time to be a boy filled with the wanderlust of adventure. Unfortunately, he finds himself stuck in the small town of Springfield. Having explored every nook and cranny of anything that holds even the slightest interest for him, he dreams of adventures that are to come someday, never imagining how soon those dreams are to be brought to fruition.

He hears his mother and father talking about a letter they have received from his Uncle Dirk, an anthropologist. However, to his surprise, his uncle is not some boring old foggy college professor, but actually goes on adventures in far away lands. In fact, as he is writing the letter, he is in Africa! Brock is so excited that he responds to the letter himself, and is stuck waiting an excruciatingly long month for a reply. But when it comes, not only is there a letter, but also a khaki hat and a hand carved souvenir. But the best part is that Dirk is coming to town for one day to lecture before going back to Africa, so he will finally get to meet him!

The day at last comes, and Brock is enthralled as Dirk tells him of the adventures that he has been experiencing. When the morning comes, Brock finds out not only is his uncle going back to Africa, but also that he is to accompany him! Feelings of homesickness leave as they arrive at the Dark Continent, and they journey into the heart of Mt. Kilimanjaro in search of the lost tribe of Kipktu.

I’m not going to give away any of the adventures that our intrepid explorers undertake, as I wish for any reader, young or old, to relish this fine piece of work. The story is told in first person from Brock’s perspective, and the author has the great gift to make you feel as if you are twelve yourself, and venturing into the heart of uncharted Africa, and seeing it all through the eyes of a child. The storytelling is so engaging I read the entire novel in one sitting, cover to cover, and it has bee a while since I was so inclined to do that with any book. Mr. Overby paints a wonderful picture of both the land and the characters in ways that is not overbearing or wordy and lose the attention of a child, while still keeping older readers enthralled to the end.

I would welcome a chance to read about where Brock and Uncle Dirk head off to on the next summer break, and the one after, and the one after that. I think this has the potential to develop into not only a great series of books, but also a ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ type of series where young readers can identify with Brock, and older ones with the uncle, and all not only learning something along the way, but having the time of their lives as the do. A tip of the fedora to Mr. Overby, I wish you the success that is due you with this story you have crafted. Now, where are we off to next? The Mummy’s Tomb you say? Well, let me get my airline ticket now, I’m ready when you are.

Copyright 2003 Rick Mohr, All Rights Reserved.

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Reader Reviews for "Brock Ford: The Lost Treasure of Kilimanjaro"

Reviewed by Doug Boren 1/5/2003
A book written for youngsters, this “kid” read it all at one sitting. I even put aside a horror/suspense novel written by the master that is currently a best seller to read it. This is a story full of the adventure of exotic lands and peoples, and the mysteries of lost tribes and treasures. Reminds me very much of the “Indiana Jones” stories. Mr. Overby has a real talent for writing, and I feel he will go far in his chosen genre.
Reviewed by Stacey Thompson 12/21/2002
This sounds like a wonderful story. The preview captivated me as much as Uncle Dirk's adventures captivated Brock! You present the curious mind of a young boy very well. I'm sure the book is a roller coaster ride of excitement that all ages can enjoy!
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 12/9/2002
It's wonderful to know about a book that is full of adventure and suspense, but clean enough to be enjoyed by all age groups, including teens! Great job, and from reading the preview, you have done and excellent job of holding the readers attention!
Reviewed by S Robinson 12/2/2002
I'm with Becky, the downloadable chapter was VERY well written, and this 35 year old was captivated. A great page turner! I love how the boy with the wanderlust finds geography difficult. Excellent.
Sven Robinson
Reviewed by Erin Elder 11/30/2002
Wow, Will!
This sounds great!! Exploration, Africa, mystery, suspense. You gotta love it!
Reviewed by Becky Solomon 11/17/2002
This is a great story for any age! I'm 55, and I couldn't put it down!
Reviewed by Linda Alexander 11/14/2002
Sounds like a great premise for an exciting adventure -- for young & old! My hat's off to those who can write for children & young adults.
Reviewed by Melody Ravert 11/14/2002
Sounds like a great adventure for the kids, young and old.
Reviewed by Susan Weekley/ author 11/14/2002
The Lost Treasure of Kilimanjaro has it all! A treasure hunt, a lost world, a mystery...what else would a reader of any age what? A must for any booklist!
Reviewed by Teresa Harrison 11/14/2002
This is well-written, and the voice is wonderful! Definitely a book my kids would enjoy.
Reviewed by Lori Paris 11/14/2002
This story sounds fascinating, I'm going to give it to my two teenagers to read!
Reviewed by J. Torgerson 11/14/2002
Sounds like a great story for a childrens book. Best of luck!
Reviewed by Kevin Yarbrough 11/14/2002
Sounds great. You should have been around before the harry potter fame, maybe you could of got some of it.

Reviewed by Marcyle Taliaferro 11/14/2002
Sounds great! Wish you'd been around years ago when I was trying to find interesting books for my 7th graders to read. Best success!
Marcyle Taliaferro
Reviewed by Kathy Bosworth 7/23/2002
I loved your first chapter! It made me want to read more. I think you have a great concept for your book. There is a huge audience for an adventure book aimed at the younger male readers. Good luck to you.
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 7/22/2002
As the mother of an almost eleven year old and already raised two other sons...I think you have a winner here! Good luck!

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