Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rex - Blog Tour

Rex has been released!
Join Cody B. Stewart, Adam Rocke, and Mark Rogers on an unforgettable modern day dinosaur adventure!


When eleven-year-old TJ finds a weird looking egg in the Florida Everglades after a tropical storm rips through, naturally he takes it home for identification. It could be the egg of a mutant duck or something, which would be awesome. Problem is, the egg doesn’t look like it came from a mallard, even a mutated one—it’s too big and heavy and…strange. So he hides it away in his closet and continues on with his life as usual, doing his best to ignore the creepy men constantly banging at his front door and the significant rise in military helicopter sightings in his typically quiet neighborhood.

Then one day he comes home from school and it’s as though a hand grenade has gone off inside his bedroom. Suddenly, TJ knows he’s dealing with something a little more interesting—and a little more deadly—than a duck.

Rex is a novel for middle grade readers packed with action, adventure, and friendship. TJ not only experiences a great and terrifying escapade, he learns about love, sacrifice, and how to be a secret agent.

TJ is a lonely kid. His mother works two jobs and his dad left a long time ago. He spends most of his time with Sam, his best friend. Though when she's home with her family, TJ tinkers and dreams of having a pet -- a friend that's always there for him. TJ's a relatable kid, though a little heavy on the science fiction fueled imagination. Readers will understand his loneliness and his need for companionship. They'll sympathize with his predicament and immediately form a connection with his character.

When TJ finds the dinosaur egg, his dreams of having a pet and experiencing a fantastical situation come to fruition. But TJ's daydreams would never have pitted them up against the US Army, a mad scientist, and a commander who wants to use dinosaurs as weapons. Okay, maybe.

As soon as Rex hatches, TJ falls in love with his new friend. It doesn't even bother him that he destroys and/or eats absolutely everything. All TJ knows is that he must keep Rex safe from the men in black humvees and helicopters. I think the best part of the book was reading about how TJ formed his own connection with Rex. It was incredibly entertaining to witness a young boy try to tame a dinosaur, while keeping him hidden.

The connection I felt to the dinosaur was the most surprising. I think readers with a soft heart for pets will get that same feeling. Though it seems impossible, readers will want TJ to find a way to save Rex.

The plot begins with TJ's discovery of the egg and the hatching of Rex. The book gains a high level of suspense as the military tries to find him while keeping the community in the dark. TJ goes to great lengths to keep Rex from being found, but when he takes him to school disguised as a robot the result is nothing short of chaos. The action and adventure will keep middle grade readers intrigued and entertained as they join TJ's mission to keep Rex out of the hands of the government. Though the book can be a little frightening at times, I think middle graders will enjoy Rex, resulting in the dream of having a pet dinosaur of their own.

Rating: 3.5/5 Cups

Meet the Authors

Cody B. Stewart

Cody B. Stewart was born in the Adirondacks, in Upstate New York. His love of stories began in those mountains as he vanquished trolls, fought in the American Revolution and discovered his latent mutant powers. Stories have continued to consume his life, but he now plucks them out of his head and puts them down on paper in the form of novels and comic books. He left the Adirondacks to grow into a man, did so, and has since returned with a wonderfully supportive wife and two sons.

Adam Rocke

Adam Rocke Slutsky never met an adventure he didn’t love. From swimming with great white sharks without a cage, to jumping out of a plane without a parachute, Adam’s adrenaline junkie tendencies play a major role in his writing. Throw in a secondary degree in CryptoZoology and it’s anyone’s guess where Adam’s literary travels will take him.

Mark Rogers

Mark’s career as a travel journalist has brought him to 56 countries and counting. These trips have fed his imagination while at the same time provided authentic experiences and sensory detail that find their way into his novels and screenplays. Mark’s won multiple awards for his travel writing, including an award for his Hurricane Ivan coverage in Jamaica. His work regularly appears in USA Today and other media outlets. Mark lives in Baja California with his Sinaloa-born wife, Sophy, where they recently built a rock house overlooking the sea.

We hope you love the book as much as we do!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing REX!!! H has eaten his way into our hearts too.