Title: Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God (Jake Atlas #2)
Author: Rob Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Older Children/middle grade fiction, Action, Adventure
Book format: Paperback
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Description: Jake Atlas and his family are on the run.  They’re on a mission to stop the mysterious People of the Snake from hiding the secret to the history of humankind.
But the international police are chasing Jake and his family through the jungles of Honduras – one of the most dangerous places in the world.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  I loved the first book in the Jake Atlas series and this second novel doesn’t disappoint! After their first adventure in Egypt Jake and his sister Pan are being trained to become treasure hunters as the whole family search for more clues to the secrets of the emerald tablets. It’s not long before the family find themselves heading to Honduras, not only to find an ancient relic but to save a friend’s life.

I’ve been eagerly waiting for the second book of Jake Atlas after reading the first book early last year. I was gripped from the first pages and couldn’t stop reading this until the end. The action begins from the first page with Jake and his twin sister Pan (short for Pandora) exploring an ancient tomb. Having found out in the previous book the truth about their parents lives, the twelve-year-old twins are now being trained to become proper treasure hunters. This time the adventure they go on takes place in Honduras as they search for another ancient relic. This second book has all the great fun of the first, an action packed adventure filled with dangers and lots of humour too.

Although the book could be read as a stand alone it really is better to read this after the first book in the series, ‘Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake’. The first book sets up all the characters and you learn why Jake has such problems with his parents which is a big part of the entire story in this novel. You also learn exactly who and what the mysterious People of the Snake are up to and why the tablets are so important to find. This second novel does a good job of explaining key things though which was good as I’d forgotten some things since reading the first book last year.

The best way to describe the Jake Atlas series is to call it a children’s version of Indiana Jones mixed with high-tech gadgets. The whole book is just filled with such exciting action that there’s never a slow moment in the story. Despite being set in Honduras and based on the Aztec civilisation, which I don’t know too much about, the story was never hard to follow. Every description of the place and every moment was written so well that I could really see it in my mind, I felt like I was watching an action movie. What I really enjoyed more than anything about this book though isn’t the action but the humour that happens throughout the tale. The way the family talk, or argue, over things was funny and really made this a much more fun novel to read.

There’s nothing upsetting or offensive in this novel aimed at pre-teens. Although the characters are mentioned to be cursing or swearing you never read the actual words. There’s a lot of action but nothing gruesome or too scary either, just a lot of fun and fast-pace action happening. The ending is one I really loved, especially what happens between Jake and his mum. It was a great ending to the novel but also hints at the next in the series which I can’t wait to read!

I’d recommend this book to anyone of any age to read. Although obviously aimed at pre-teens, I’ve really enjoyed this as an adult too and I think anyone who enjoys action adventure stories will love this book. I’d also recommend reading the first book in the series to really enjoy this one even more!

-Review first appeared online April 2018 – now republished here.

Read review of book 1 – Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by clicking here

Read review of book 3 – Jake Atlas and the Quest for the Crystal Mountain by clicking here.

Have you read Jake Atlas or any other action adventure novels?  What are your favourite action stories?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂