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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In An Appointment with Fear (Masterminds Incorporated) by Chad Lee Erway, when schoolboy Jesse is torn away from his old life, friends and his beloved detective agency, he believes life cannot get any worse. As he starts his new school in sleepy Wolverton, Jesse soon discovers that the school, teachers and local doctor are not what they seem. Soon, the line between his reality and his vivid nightmares becomes blurred, and uncovers Wolverton's gruesome history. The violence that descends as night falls must be stopped. Jesse is forced to reestablish the detective agency, Masterminds Incorporated, with his new friends and solve the mystery before they themselves are the next victims. The fearless young detectives race to solve the clues hidden inside an ancient book which is the only way they can track down and defeat their formidable enemy.
An Appointment with Fear (Masterminds Incorporated) by Chad Lee Erway has an intriguing and ingenious plot and caught my attention from the first chapter. I was catapulted from line to line as the story is fast paced and full of suspense and tension. The characters are diverse and unique and their dialogue is so authentic for teenagers. The antagonist was subtle in his villainy and this made him more sinister and evil. The author clearly has researched his subject as the detail in the story was superb. I also loved the author's technique of building a scene that was so believable it drew you into the world of Jesse and Masterminds Incorporated. The build up to the ending was explosive and nail-biting, a perfectly crafted piece of writing. I look forward to Book 2, Don’t Hold Your Breath, with eager anticipation.