The Ancient Tripod of Peace by Kalen Cap
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Teens Lexi and Gil face relic-thieving secret societies.
Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. But her dad’s job is jeopardized when relics are stolen from his museum, changing her priorities. And she finds her new teachers’ eerie dislike of her troubling.
His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.
With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. Lexi’s inquiries and Gil’s codes capture their teachers’ attention. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. Caught in these societies’ crossfire as thieves wield an instrument of astounding power, Gil and Lexi are in danger.
The Ancient Tripod of Peace is the first book in novelist Kalen Cap’s Teen Thief-Catchers Series. If you like stories with artifact treasures, fighting secret societies, and spirited protagonists, you’ll enjoy this novel.
Read an excerpt from The Ancient Tripod of Peace:
Brandon flicked on the light switch. The yellow bulb provided a muted view of the dusty, windowless room.
A box with shiny tape near the entrance looked new. It contained three metal pieces, each about thirty inches in length, that he needed. He unboxed the items, each unevenly notched and appended with short metal lengths, and set them by the door. He found the only large piece, a tripod seat, already unboxed in the back of the room. The museum board had pulled the tripod seat from the prior evening’s exhibit opening on the main floor.
Though he’d received a text confirming arrangements as planned, Brandon grew worried two remaining pieces were displayed upstairs after all. He wouldn’t risk triggering the security system in the main exhibition hall to retrieve them if they there. Breaking into the warehouse was already too far beyond his comfort zone.
The room’s dust taking its toll, Brandon sneezed. He frowned, worried a sprayed dripping might get him caught by some high tech analysis like those used in crime television shows. It’d be my luck to be caught by snot.
Or sweat. Tears of perspiration streamed down his cheek. Brandon checked the room again. Curation opportunity? What a joke!
Sue Ballentine, who hired him for the job, had called it a “curation opportunity.” Though Brandon knew selling steroids was illegal, stealing objects from a museum was a more aggressive crime. But he needed the money to finish paying his supplier.
Brandon knew not to cross his steroid supplier in Detroit.
About Kalen Cap:
Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences. Set among the Lake Erie Islands, “TheAncient Tripod of Peace” is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, “Tangled Ties to a Manatee,” was published in 2012.
Kalen Cap will be awarding a $40 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Rating: 4 starts
Date read: 5/20/18
This was a pretty interesting read. I really enjoy mysteries that involve history and ancient relics and generally unknown historical facts, and this included all of them! It had a great pace with plenty of action.
The characters were a little difficult to keep straight at first, as they were all introduced one after another after another, but eventually I did get them. I really enjoyed that each of the characters did have something that made them unique – Gil’s brain, Lexi’s bubbliness, Trevor’s… pureness, I guess. By the end of the book, I really found myself hoping for the best for all of them.
The only thing that I really didn’t get about this book was the code – both the deciphering and why it was necessary. I’ve only ever learned the very basics of computer programming, so that whole part where Gil was looking for a code, I had no idea what was happening. I also know nothing about the Argonauts, and it wasn’t explained well enough for me to get it.
Lastly I do have to say that as a vegan, I am so happy to see vegans being the majority of the main characters. However, I do have to say that most of us aren’t quite like those represented in this book. Yes, we are happy to meet fellow vegans. Yes, we are happy to talk to you about it if you ask. Yes, quite a lot of us chose this lifestyle due to our love of animals. Yes, we get excited and truly appreciate when you are willing to try or especially cook vegan food for us. No, we do not all shove it in your face. No, we don’t hate all humans. No, we don’t think you’re a monster for eating meat. Honestly, if your lifestyle makes you happy and healthy, then I am happy for you.