I've been wanting to add non-programming content to my blog a little while now, and now I have something to do so with. It's a little late since I finished the series a few weeks ago, but I wanted to do a short review of the Michael Vey series of books by Richard Paul Evans.
I originally learned about the series when Mr. Evans did an interview with Glenn Beck years ago when he was releasing the first book, Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25. I purchased the book, read a few of the beginning parts, and then I put it on my bookshelf. I didn't dislike the book, but it was a little slow in the beginning and I just had quite a bit going on at the time in real life and couldn't dedicate the time to read it.
Then in January of this year (2019 as I'm writing this), I decided to start listening to audio books while I'm driving since I spend an hour each way to and from work. I actually started out with a different series, which I might review as well, but when I finished it I decided to start the Michael Vey series again.
Like the first time when I was reading the physical book, the beginning was a little slow, but eventually, it picked up the pace and never slowed down. I'm not going to spoil anything from the books because I really enjoyed the story and would like you to as well.
There are many emotions throughout the story from anger to happiness, sadness, and sorrow to satisfaction. A sad moment occurred around the middle of the series and I got quite teary eyed. Other times I wanted to slap the main character for falling into the psychological traps of the villain.
I did learn quite a bit from the books though and have found myself using that knowledge in day-to-day conversations. There's a very satisfying feeling when that happens.
Overall, I consider this one of my favorite book series and my only sadness is that it's over. I highly recommend reading the books or listening to the audiobooks. The audiobooks themselves were very well done. I would be very happy if this was made into a TV series since there's too much to fit into a movie series.
You can purchase the books from Amazon or the audiobooks from Audible (of course, from other retailers as well).