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Author and graphic designer Ian Somers lives in Dublin. His first book about the adventures of Ross Bentley, Million Dollar Gift, was published in 2012.
Ross Bentley has learned to harness his supernatural gifts but as he is drawn ever further into a web of deceit and corruption he realises he must get out. So he disappears and turns his back on the 'Guild' in order to escape his past. In this the third fast-paced adventure in the 'secret' series by Ian Somers, a friend calls in a favour of Ross supposedly for one last task. But all is not as it seems and Ross must choose which side to fight on. Will he turn his back on the Guild forever? Or will he fight to save the Guild members who have kept so much from him? **Some of our readers were lucky enough to review the first in the Ross Bentley series, The Million Dollar Gift. Here's a taster...'I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a well written story with a bit of romance, comedy and magic mixed in' Read more reviews here.
March 2013 Book of the Month A sequel to the hugely popular Million Dollar Gift. A search for a missing child and the dangers it uncovers takes Ross Bentley to the darkest place he's ever been. He must face danger and great grief and learn to harness his powers to face down his greatest nemesis yet. This is non-stop adrenalin-pumping action and not to be missed. A Piece of Passion by Ian’s editor Helen: This year I've been editing The Hidden Gift, the follow up to Million Dollar Gift and the second book about the adventures of Ross Bentley by YA author Ian Somers. I LOVE his books! They're about Ross, a teenager with supernatural powers and a smart mouth who's learning about his gift - and about the worldwide network of 'gifted' people, both benign and dangerous, that he encounters. They're real page turners; Ian has created a richly-imagined world where people with special powers walk among us. The books have great characters, fast-paced plots, romance, adventure and they pack an emotional punch. I really enjoy working with Ian and learning about his characters, their powers and the twists and turns of the plots. He's created such a convincing alternative world and such compelling characters that I can't wait to find out what happens to them next. The Hidden Gift is out in March and I can’t wait for people to read it! ....................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Hidden Gift you might like to view the thoughts of a small number of 12+ year olds who put themselves forward to review the prequel to The Hidden Gift...'An action-packed page-turner that will have you gripped from the beginning all the way though ‘till the very end'. Click here to see them all.
February 2013 Debut of the Month Ross Bentley has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. But when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest to find people with superhuman skills, he can't let the chance go by. But when his name gets out through leaked YouTube videos, his world is turned upside down for he has attracted the attentions of others who have the gift, and not all of them are happy about his arrival on the scene. ------------------------------------------------ In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Million Dolar Gift a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title...'An action-packed page-turner that will have you gripped from the beginning all the way though ‘till the very end' Scroll down to read their reviews...
Book three in in the Ross Bentley series Ross has spent the past twelve months in hiding in the west coast of Ireland. He has turned his back on the Guild and his gifts. In trying to escape his past and the dangers brought with his gifts, Ross has spiralled into a world of anxiety and depression and, with Cathy leaving for Paris, Ross is completely alone. Suddenly an unexpected visitor arrives. Hunter has come to call in his favour. Through loneliness and a sense of debt, Ross agrees to join Hunter for one day only. What first appears to be a simple task becomes so much more. Ross is dragged back into the world of the gifted where a supernatural war is about to break loose. Ross must choose which side to fight on. Will he turn his back on the Guild forever? Or will he fight to save the Guild members who have kept so much from him? Praise for Million Dollar Gift: `fast-paced, riveting and insightful... a highly recommended gripping read' Fallenstarstories.blogspot.com
Ross Bentley has powerful supernatural gifts: he can bend matter with only his thoughts, and predict the future with amazing accuracy. But this doesn't stop him feeling alone and miserable when he's cut off from family and friends, stuck in a remote farmhouse with Hunter, the Guild-member tasked with protecting and training him. Suddenly the monotony is broken - Hunter is summoned by the Guild. A gifted child has been kidnapped. Hunter needs to track her down, and he has no choice but to take Ross with him. The search for the missing child, and the dangers it uncovers, take Ross to the darkest place he's ever been. He must face danger and great grief and learn to harness his powers to face down his greatest nemesis yet ...
Ross Bentley is a skateboarding slacker, who has hardly any real friends, communicates with his father by grunting and hates his job in the local supermarket. Ross also has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. That all changes when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest in which the organisers have challenged anyone to prove they have a superhuman skill. Any applicant who is successful will receive one million dollars prize money. Ross can't let this opportunity go by and enters the contest. He stuns the organisers by passing every test and wins the prize money. All does not go according to plan though; Ross's identity was supposed to be kept secret but when his test videos are leaked onto the internet he becomes a sensation. Within twenty four hours the entire world knows his name and what he can do. But fame is not all he has to deal with. He has attracted the attentions of others who have the gift, and not all of them are happy about his arrival on the scene.
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