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The Golden Flute
The Adventures of Lilli and Zane #1 of 12 projected
Catherine Lanigan

Cedar Fort, Inc.
June 12, 2012 / ISBN 978-1462110230
Science Fiction/ Fantasy, & Magic/ Children's 12+


Reviewed by Beth E. McKenzie

Fourteen year-old Lilli Mitchell is the daughter of Arlette and JC, two very successful ancient artifact hunters. She lives next door to Zane, who she has known since they were babies, and his eight-year old brother Teddy. Arlette was accidentally killed by the henchmen of a rival antiquities collector, the Russian Zorav, after she sent Lilli an enigmatic golden flute for her birthday (FedEx-three days to Houston) "found" somewhere in Egypt. Zorav is trying to bring about the end of the world as we know it by finding particular artifacts that will call forth Atlantis from its hidden place. The flute that makes no sound is an essential part of the transformation and Arlette understands its role and the significance of notable gemstones going missing throughout the world.

"Arlette understands" is the proper phrasing because while she is dead on the plane of this Earth she is has moved on to the next plane and is in contact with JC and Lilli through their dreams, to Lilli's confusion and delight, and JC's confusion and grief. Lilli listens to her mother and with childlike desperation and trust she and the brothers travel across Europe to not only save the planet but also each other. Many metaphysical subjects are brought together in this story: Atlantis, Ley Lines, Stonehenge, clairaudience, messages from the dead, chakras, mind control, and hopefully it will lead young adults to read about these subjects and the legends associated with the places described. As noted by Teddy, much of the information is freely available on the Internet, and I believe that greater knowledge will only add to the enjoyment from future books in this series.

The author describes this book as "Romancing the Stone for young adults" and I can see it. Kathleen Turner could easily be Arlette sneaking through the rough streets of Egypt and glowingly in Atlantis. I can also see Michael Douglas as JC, but not like the adventurer Jack Colton. JC is more like Mr. Douglas was in "A Perfect Murder", busy and distant, then turning feral when it comes time to fight for what he cares about. There is definitely romance in the air as the popular Zane notices that the younger Teddy is star-struck by Lilli and wonders why he never thought about her that way before. Hopefully he will have a few more chances to answer that question!

Reviewer's Notes:
The screenplay for the movie, "Romancing the Stone" was written by Diane Thomas (1946-1985). In the movie, the female protagonist, Joan Wilder, is a romance novelist and at least for a short time during the screening you are led to believe that what you have seen is just another one of Joan's imaginative works of fiction. The 1984 edition of the screenplay novelization is by Catharine Lanigan and published under the pen name Joan Wilder.

Amazon Links for Romancing the Stone:
Book || Movie with Sequel, Jewel of the Nile || A Perfect Murder

Reviewed 2012