[Brady]: We are two months in to the Reading Regatta! I am back from vacation, which is why I let Obvious post last week.
[Auntie Obvious]: I have some news. About the scoring.
[Auntie Obvious]: Remember when I told you I accidentally counted too many points for those two books? I actually didn’t, because I was including the *prior* week’s books in my total. So I’ve actually never made a mistake. I thought I made a mistake, but I was wrong. So it cancels out! And my point total is now 2,200 – including putting back the points I erased by mistake.
[Brady]: Isn’t thinking you made a mistake a mistake?
[Auntie Obvious]: No! The two wrongs make a right!
[Brady]: That’s not the saying.
[Auntie Obvious]: Agree to disagree.
[Brady]: Who totally fell for the fake Andor poster on the Internet?
[Auntie Obvious]: Good grief. I make one teeeeensy little slipup, and you never let me forget it.
[Brady]: It was five minutes ago.
[Auntie Obvious]: So aaaaaaaanyway, what did you read this week?
[Auntie Obvious]: Is this another one of your “suspense” things?
[Auntie Obvious]: OK, so you still have 2,960.
[Brady]: I started a couple of books, but I didn’t finish, because I was on vacation. And I didn’t even read the Point Break selections
[Auntie Obvious]: Well, I wasn’t on vacation, so I read three Rowing books: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, The Christmas Pig, and The Ickabog. Thanks for loaning me those last two.
[Auntie Obvious]: My selection is SO SAD, you should definitely not read it without a WHOLE BOX OF KLEENEX NEARBY. It is sadder than Bambi, and sadder than Old Yeller. It’s Auntie Kimberly Runs Out of Coffee.
[Brady]: Old Yeller wasn’t very sad.
[Auntie Obvious]: Dude, what’s wrong with you???
[Brady]: How did he get rabies? The owners were too irresponsible to give him a shot. You should definitely watch Avengers: Endgame instead.
[Auntie Obvious]: Maybe they didn’t have rabies shots for dogs back then.
[Brady]: Everything in that movie was old and cheesey and needs to get in the 21st century.
[Auntie Obvious]: OK, time to sign off. SAY THE THING.
He is the Bearer of the Zipper. He is the Crusader of the Coats. No tank top is safe. Its Hoodie Man! But every hero has to have a nemesis and his is Winter Gear Girl who betrayed him and made his other enemy, Stinky Tank top, more powerful.
They framed Hoodie Man for it and he and his friends, Sweater Man and Jill Monsoon were sent to jail. But they escaped and they teamed up with Windbreaker to get information about taking away Stinky Tank Top’s new powers. They found a scientist at Economics Land who filled them in about how stinky Tank top became so powerful. Let’s just say the detergent didn’t work. As we left Hoodie Man 5, they had found a cure, a way to destroy Stinky Tank Top. But when they tried to use it, the Grim Reaper kidnapped Hoodie Man and sent him to the Dirt Mines.
When Hoodie Man woke up, he found himself with a pick axe in front of a mine opening with a sign that read, “All dirt miners enter here.” Hoodie Man thought, “This is not good at all!”
On with our story.
When Hoodie Man entered the dark mine, a man with a mustache and beard said, “Hello, prisoner 9999. Welcome to our humble corporation. Here we mine for dirt. It may sound like this institution is pointless but it is not. You will be serving here for the rest of your life. If you are wondering, I am Sergeant Grump. Now carry on into the mine!”
Hoodie Man walked in and drew his pick axe. He said, “Hello, is anybody there?” He walked down one tunnel and saw a pair of gleaming bright yellow eyes. ……..suspense………..
Hoodie Man saw a snake coiled up. He knew what it was instantly; a boa constrictor! It began to slither toward him, He tried to dodge it, but it head butted him back into one of the passage ways into the cave. Hoodie knew that his friends would have handled this problem better, so he really missed them, especially right now! The snake slithered toward him, and opened its mouth with teeth shinning with venom dripping. Suddenly, someone kicked the snake away! But Who?
The person started running away and Hoodie Man yelled, “Stop! Why are you running away?” Hoodie Man ran too! He banged his pick axe against a stalactite which fell down on the boa constrictor. Just then, the cave started rumbling and began to collapse. Hoodie man ran down another tunnel and waited there until rocks stopped falling. He heard a voice say, “What were you thinking? You could have gotten us killed.” Hoodie man knew that voice.
Hoodie Man said, “Surprised, Winter Gear Girl?” She replied, “No, not at all.” Hoodie asked, “Why are you here?” She said, “I got sent here for impersonating Scarfskin. How about you?” He said, “I was Messing with elderberry juice and Grim Reaper snatched me up.” Winter Gear Girl said, “Now we are both in trouble with Sergeant Crump. We ruined the mine.” They heard on a speaker, “All dirt miners return to your dormitories for bed time. Hoodie Man said, “I can’t believe they gave me this mess of a hoodie for a mining suit. I can’t sleep in this.”
So, Hoodie Man walked over to the lost and found bin. He could not find his old hoodie, but found a new one. Then he tried to find the dormitories, but did find one room with a door open, so he went in. He saw a shining black star sitting in a tank with water that was glowing. “Why would that be?”, he thought. He snuck in to get a closer look, as he got closer, he noticed that Sergeant Grump was now standing behind him. “Oops,” said Hoodie Man as he started breathing faster! Sergeant Grump said, “I see you found the Reaper’s Star; would you like to know what it is?”
Meanwhile, at Stinky Tank Top’s castle, one of his heralds is interrogating Wind Breaker who is sitting in an electric chair. The interrogator says, “Where is Hoodie Man?” Wind Breaker says, “I don’t know.” The interrogator zaps him! “Ouch,” Windbreaker yells. The interrogator says, “Don’t be silly, we know he was fighting Stinky Tank Top when he vanished into thin air.” Wind Breaker said, “I don’t know, I really don’t know!” “What a shame I have to zap you again,” said the interrogator. Another of Stinky Tank Top’s heralds walks in and says, “Winter Gear Girl has notified us of Hoodie Man’s location.” The interrogator says, “Should I send a squad?” The herald says, “I think Stinky Tank Top would like to finish this himself.”
The interrogator walks out of the room leaving the zapper on! Wind Breaker, gets another jolt and says, “You will never win!”
The Masked Fleecer, Sweater Guy, and Jill Monsoon walked into the room where Wind Breaker was being held. Jill Monsoon took out a hair clip which she used to free Wind Breaker from the electric chair. Wind Breaker says, “Thank You.” Sweater Guy asks, “What is our next move?” The Masked Fleecer says, “Find Hoodie Man, release him, and defeat Stinky Tank top once and for all.”
Back at the Mining Institute, Sergeant Grump says, “Two decades ago, what you see before you almost wiped out the universe. The Reaper’s Star, alongside its host, Caution Prime, together wiped out the Booksailors and stole their library cards. Recently, it was brought to our possession by Caution Prime because long term use of the radioactive star caused impact to his body. The Star needs a host in order to survive. We think with the right host, it could do a lot of good, like curing many diseases and could prevent wars by altering realities so that they never happen. It could also solve world hunger. And one last thing, you have not been mining dirt this whole time, you have been mining Uranium, which is the only thing with a radioactive signature that matches the Reaper’s Star. Hoodie Man asks what the liquid is. “It is water with radiation, combined with some essence of the Star.” Without Sergeant Grump noticing, Hoodie Man filled a small vial with the liquid. “Well, it was nice talking to you, Sergeant Grump. I had better head back to my dormitory.” Hoodie Man thinks he may be able use the liquid so that he can alter reality and escape. He returned to his room to assemble a device to hold the Star’s liquid so that it does not harm his body.
Stinky Tank Top is sitting on his throne and realizes that Hoodie Man disappeared in the attempt to use elderberry juice, one of the most powerful substances in the world. Stinky goes to the Elderphants temple and asks them, “Please bestow upon me the Elderberry juice.” The Elderphants say, “No, you are not worthy.” Stinky tells the Elderphants, “Do you not think that the most powerful person in the world is capable of handling the most powerful substance in the world?” The Elderphants replied, “Elderberry juice is not the most powerful substance in the world.” Stinky asks, “Then what is?” The Elderphants say, “The Reaper’s Star but you are too cowardly to possess it or elderberry juice.” Stinky gets angry and spontaneously combusts the Elderphants temple. But in the ruins, Stinky finds the Nemeses Portal, which Hoodie Man had used before to find Stinky. “I can get you now, Hoodie Man!”
Stinky goes through the Nemeses Portal and arrives at the Mining Institute. At the same time, Hoodie Man’s friends also figure out that he is at the Mining Institute and arrive at the same time as Stinky Tank Top.
In the meantime, Winter Gear Girl has confronted Hoodie Man and said, “Give me the Reaper’s Star serum or else.” Hoodie Man says, “No! This could do good things but you just want to give it to Stinky Tank Top so he can rule the world and you can be his commander-in-chief.” Hoodie Man has constructed a devise that is in the shape of a card to honor the Booksailors. The card in now capable of transporting and altering reality. He uses the transport function to quickly get behand winter Gear girls and punch her. Hoodie Man says, “We are not quite even yet, but that punch helped!” Winter Gear Girls grabs her pick axe to strike Hoodie Man, but he uses the card to alter reality and the pick axe turns to dust. Hoodie Man says, “Well, now we are getting close to even.” Winter Gear Girl says, “Well this was fun but now my master is here,” just as Stinky Tank Top enters the room. Hoodie Man runs out of the room and his friends see him. Wind Breaker says, “I see you have a new hoodie.” Hoodie Man says, “I see you have the same old jacket.” Wind Breaker says, “You know me so well.”
Hoodie Man takes his friends to the room with the Reaper’s Star and says, “We have to protect it or else Stinky Tank Top will steal it and control the world.” Masked Fleecer says, “That sounds pretty bad.” Stinky Tank Top and Winter Gear Girl appear behind him in the room where the Reaper’s Star is. Stinky Tank Top says, “Hand it over, right now.” Hoodie Man tries to punch Stinky, but Stinky grabs his arm and flings him at the tank with the Reaper’s Star. The tank breaks and the Star flies toward Stinky and land on him; then a voice comes from the Star and says, “You are weak, Stinky Tank Top.” Stinky was frightened and said, “No, I am not, well maybe a little bit” The Star says, “You come in greed, Stinky and in search of Power.” Stinky said, “So what.” The Reaper’s Star says, “Here is where your story ends. There will be no more of you. Your greed, selfishness, thirst for power, and lack of compassion is over. Goodbye Stinky Tank Top. Welcome to oblivion!” Suddenly Stinky Tank Top begins to turn black and gets bigger and bigger. “Oh no, says Hoodie Man, He is going to explode.” Hoodie Man uses the Unisailor card to transport everyone else, except Winter Gear Girl, to a new dimension where they will be safe, he hopes. KABOOM, the end of Stinky Tank Top.
What happens to Winter Gear Girl? Where is the Reaper’s Star? In what dimension did our heroes wind up in?
Epilogue: Hoodie Man and the others had passed out when the teleported. He wakes up and sees a sign “Welcome to London”. He is thankful that they arrived in civilization. Then he hears a strange sound. “Vvrrroooommmm” “That sounds like an engine,” he thought. “Maybe we can catch a ride to the nearest hotel.” A high-pitched voice says, Hello friend, can I help you.” Hoodie Man looks over and the voice is coming from………..suspense….….
Hello There, Book Sailors! Auntie Obvious here checking in on my lunch hour with a Reading Regatta update! You might not know this, but I have an actual job that does NOT involve doing all of Brady’s bidding. Who knew? Anyway, Boss Book Sailor texted me his new point total and his Point Break selection and told me to post this week’s update. I am DEFINITELY asking for AT LEAST a 10% pay raise.
So anyway, Brady finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (600 points), Gravity Falls: Lost Legends (60 points) and last week’s Point Break selections (200 points). So if my math is right – and Brady will FOR SURE double-check me on this – his point total is now 2,960. I finished Adam Christopher: Shadow of the Sith, which was really, really, awesome! Highly recommended! I now have a total of 1,200 points. Brady is reading Shadow of the Sith now, so we will compare notes next week!
Prologue: Ten years earlier. Piggy stares out the window at the PigTech Building. A monkey wearing an eye patch greets him and says, “Its time. Today is the big day.” Piggy says, “You should be proud of yourself, Tim. You deserve this.” Piggy walks away out of Tim’s sight and opens a chamber where Piggy walks in and grabs a small vial and a needle plunger, and says aloud but to himself (he thought), “Twenty years of work has all led up to this moment.” A monkey standing behind Piggy speaks, “And that is where it ends too!” Piggy says, “Tim deserves this and I am sorry it wasn’t you.” The monkey says, “Tim Grey is driven by pride and this knowledge will drive him insane.” Piggy says, “That is exactly where you have gone, my friend, you are the insane one!” Piggy and the monkey begin to fight!…………….Our story now moves ten years ahead in time, to the present.
It was an early Saturday morning. Alex bounces out of bed because today is a very special day! Nanas greets Alex by telling him, “Happy Monkey Day, Alex.” Monkey Day was a celebration to honor the day that the monkeys took over earth. Alex replies, “You too, uncle Nanas.” Alex goes into the living room and his I-phone buzzes and caller ID indicates it is from his sister, Nartha, but Alex sent the call to voice mail. Just then, there is a knock at the door, Alex says, “Come in.” It is Piggy, who says, “I hope you don’t mind my private jet in your driveway. I am here to see you, Alex, and I want to give you a Monkey Day present.” Nanas comes in and says, “I know what you are thinking, Piggy, but it is not going to happen. Alex won’t let it.” But Piggy says to Alex, “Are you ready to be Power Monkey again?”
Alex says, “I don’t know.” But Piggy takes Alex out to his jet and gives him a box. Alex opens it and sees a vial of green liquid. Piggy says, “This is for you, Alex, and it increases speed, strength, and intelligence. I call it the Immortal Genius Project. It is the most valuable substance in the world. And, I have your next mission.” Alex’s eyes divert from the vial in his hand to Piggy, who says, “There have been attacks in Paris, France, by a group called the War Hogs and we want you to stop them. And, we think you will need this….” Piggy pulls out another package and Alex instantly knows what it is. A new utility belt to replace the one taken by Nartha. Alex gives the green serum back to Piggy but proudly puts on the new utility belt.
Alex and Piggy go to Paris in Piggy’s jet and they find the War Hogs. He says, “Bonjour, the last time I checked, you guys were law breakers so you have to come with me.” The War Hogs do not move! Alex says, “I guess you want to do this the hard way.” Alex quickly dodges a punch from a War Hog and sees another one with an axe coming at him. “This is the last time I will “axe” you nicely to drop the axe.”, says Alex. The War Hog drops the axe, but looks up and watches a pig in a robot suit drop down from a building. The pig says, “Greetings, I am Oobie Doobie Pig Man and I am here to get the Immortal Genius serum. I come not as a friend, but as your enemy!”
Alex jumps on the top of the Robot suit and pulls out a component saying, “This looks important.” Oobie says, “Oh, no! That affects my left hand, so it’s a good thing I am right-handed.” Piggy runs over to the plane to protect the serum, but Oobie shoots a laser at Piggy’s jet and destroys it. Alex pulls a diamond bladed knife out of his new utility belt and when Oobie tries to punch Alex, our hero grabs Oobie’s large metallic arm and sticks the knife through it. Oobie can’t fight anymore until he can get his suit repaired. At this point, a monkey with an eye patch walks over to the damaged plane and says to Piggy, who is whimpering on the ground, “I want the serum, now. Ten years ago, you said I deserved the serum, why did you keep it from me?” He then kicks Piggy, hard, knocking him a few yards. The vial fell out of Piggy’s pocket and the attacker picks it up and says to Piggy, “Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?” The attacker then walks away. In the mean-time, Alex has tied up the War Hogs and Oobie and then goes to check on his friend, Piggy. “He took the serum,” said Piggy, with a stutter in his voice. Alex asks, “Who took the serum?” Piggy says, “my former personal body guard, who was once your uncle’s best friend, Tim Grey.”
Tim Grey steps into his laboratory and says to his lab assistant, “Roll out the medical bed.” Tim Grey lies down on the bed, the assistant puts metal restrains on his arms and legs, puts the serum into the needle plunger, and sticks it into Tim’s right arm, and Tim says, “Here goes nothing!” He feels a burning sensation start in his right arm, but soon moves to his head where it pains him the most; and he passes out. In his unconscious mind he sees Piggy telling him, “Tim, you deserve this.” Suddenly the lab assistant notices that Tim’s vital signs are dropping. Tim sees another memory of Piggy giving the vial to another monkey and tells him to keep it safe. The burning sensation has now traveled to his toes and he hears a whisper in the back of his head, “Get rid of the Power Monkey, he stole what was rightfully yours!” Tim mumbles, “Yes, I understand.” The whisperer continues, “You are better than him, you are the Immortal Genius!” Tim mumbles, “I am.” The Immortal Genius awakes and quickly breaks the metal restraints and says to the assistant, “Get every War Hog you can find and send them after Power Monkey! We must destroy him!”
It was the day of Oobie Doobie Pig Man’s trial and the police had chained him to a chair in the courtroom. Alex was present at the trial. The judge said, ‘You are charged with damaging Paris while running around in a robot suit. How do you plead?” Oobie says, “Not guilty,…….of that!” Oobie looks toward the door and the Immortal Genius kicks it in and storms into the courtroom. Alex jumps from his seat and the Immortal Genius says, “If it isn’t Power Monkey.” Alex says, “If it isn’t the man who is about to get arrested!” Immortal Genius said, “Don’t you know who I am?” Alex replies, “Not in the slightest!” The Immortal Genius picks up a chair from the galley and throws it at Alex and it hits him hard! “What makes Piggy think you are better than me?”, said Immortal Genius. Alex says, “Oh, maybe because I don’t knock down doors and throw chairs at people or monkeys. And also, the fact that I am not insane.”
Immortal Genius says, “You are a pathetic little monkey, Power Monkey, and you will not stand in my way of glory!” He then throws a match into the room and starts a fire and grabs Oobie and runs out of the court room. But Immortal Genius blocks the main courtroom door. Alex realizes that he must find an emergency exit so he goes to the stairwell but the door has also been blocked. He then heads for the elevator and tells the other courtroom guests to follow him so they can be saved. But, the doors to the elevator are stuck!………..suspense….
Alex tried to pry open the doors but they were really stuck hard. He saw a flag pole standing nearby and decided to use it to open the doors. Just as he gets the door open, he notices that it is a Costa Rica flag and says, “Costa Rica saves me again! The monkeys all crowd in the elevator and, Power Monkey closes the door and they start down. At the next floor, the doors start opening and there stands a War Hog. Power Monkey and the War Hog stare at each other and the War Hog says, “Hey I know you. You are the monkey the boss man wanted us to find. Power Monkey quickly closes the elevator doors. As the door closed, one of the other monkeys, who was the judge, pushes the open-door button and says, “that wasn’t polite, let him in.” Power Monkey closes the door again.
They find the emergency exit and escape the burning building. Alex sees the Immortal Genius and Oobie getting in a black convertible and runs after them. He jumps onto the back of the car and punches through the back window. Oobie says, “Oh no. Not again!” Power Monkey says, “Miss Me?” Power Monkey reached over and grabbed the steering and the car crashed on a bridge. Immortal Genius said, “Look what you made me do.” Then the Immortal Genius and Oobie jump from the car and Immortal Genius picks up a small car and throws it at Power Monkey. “Whaaattt!” said Power Monkey, “That guy is strong!” Then Oobie throws a bomb onto the bridge and Power Monkey has to hold on to a railing to keep from falling a long way down into the water. As he is barely hanging on, his Utility belt slips off and falls into the water below. Alex says, “Oh man, I go through so many of those.” When he climbs back on to the damaged bridge, he sees that Immortal Genius and Oobie are gone.
Alex returns to his house and Nanas comes over. Nanas explained that “The man who attacked you and freed Oobie was poisoned from the use of a serum called Immortal Genius developed at PigTech. I tried to stop Piggy from giving the serum to him and I thought I had succeeded until I saw him today. His name was Tim Grey, but he now calls himself Immortal Genius” Alex says, “I can’t defeat him, he is too strong.” Nanas says, “You have to find a way!” Alex yells, ‘No!” Then Nanas says, “You can leave behind the life of a hero, but you can never say you didn’t have a choice to fight or hide.”
Meanwhile at the Immortal Genius’s lair, Oobie goes on the police website and looks up how many criminals have been apprehended since Alex became Power Monkey. He finds that 70% more criminals have been brought to justice, now that Power Monkey is helping the police. However, every day since Tim Grey became the Immortal Genius, fewer and fewer criminals are being caught. Oobie now realizes that Immortal Genius is only looking out for himself and wants power. Oobie knew about a weak point of the serum which could make the molecules of the serum explode and be the end of the Immortal Genius. He knew he had to tell Alex, but first, Oobie goes to his outdoor lab and starts making a concoction that will trigger the molecule’s explosive reaction. Immortal Genius walks up behind Oobie and says, “What are you doing?” ……….suspense…….
Oobie says, “The right thing!” The Immortal Genius says, “You aren’t siding with that little brat of a monkey, are you?” Oobie says, “His name is Alex, and you are the brat!” Immortal Genius says, “That wasn’t wise.” The two begin to fight, but Oobie is no match for the strength of Immortal Genius, so he grabs the serum antidote, which is an electric blue color, and runs into the woods. He stops at the edge of a cliff and takes a small drone out of his pocket and programs it to go to Alex’s house. Oobie adds the antidote to the drone and records a voice message telling Alex the purpose of the antidote. Just as the drone lifts off, the Immortal Genius arrives and grabs Oobie by his tie and says, “Tell me where the antidote is and what it can do to me.” Oobie says, “I’ll never tell.” Oobie cuts his tie, slips away from Immortal Genius, and throws himself off the cliff. Immortal Genius says out loud, “What a pointless sacrifice.” I will still win!”
Meanwhile, at Alex’s house, Alex finally listens to voice mail from Nartha. She says, “Hey Alex, we have a lot to talk about. I understand you might not want to listen to this, but this is in no way a truce and we will still fight. However, maybe you are not as bad as I thought you were. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Monkey Day. Look under your bed, I left a present for you.” Alex looks under his bed and there is the old Utility Belt that Nartha had stolen from him. He puts the Utility Belt on and says, “Time to be Power Monkey again. At that time, Oobie’s glossy black drone flies into Power Monkey’s yard. He retrieves the antidote and listens to the recording. Oobies voice says, “It may feel like you are out of hope right now, but if you are looking for some hope, here it is. I call it the Anti-Genius antidote. You have to find a way to get the antidote into Immortal Genius’s body. If you can, it will destroy him. I am sure Piggy will figure that out. Do not give up! You can do anything you set your mind to. I am sorry I worked with Immortal Genius, but now I want to help you.
Piggy rounded up a bunch of weapons to deliver the antidote, but he thought the most effective would be a smoke bomb filled with the antidote that Immortal Genius would breathe in. Power Monkey goes to Immortal Genius’s lair and sneaks in. When he finds Immortal Genius in his laboratory, and he says, “Here I am.” Immortal Genius says, “Ah, if it isn’t Power Monkey, the Crusader of the Crescent Moon. Let this be the last battle. Immortal Genius quickly picks up Power Monkey and pins him to the ground and ties him up and straps him to a missile. “You were no match for me!” Power Monkey says, “True, but I do not give up hope. I leaned that from a wise man named Oobie.” Alex then releases the smoke bomb. The Immortal Genius tried to run away but breaths in the antidote. Alex hears the Immortal Genius yell, “No, what have you done to me.” Then the antidote works, Immortal Genius explodes, and Alex cuts the ropes binding him to the rocket and walks away.
After Alex returns home, Nanas and him watch a fireworks show. Nanas says, “What are you going to do now?” Alex says, I will go on the path of a hero!”
Epilogue: Nartha is walking around the ruins of a large spaceship with the letter “CRSC” on it. She sees something gleaming in the rubble, She picks it up and sees that it is a glossy black star. She puts it in her bag and says, “Huh, nifty find.”
[Auntie Obvious]: Technically, it’s five weeks, but this is the 6th update. This is what you pay me the big bucks for!
[Brady]: I don’t recall paying you any bucks – or me having any
[Auntie Obvious]: It was a joke.
[Brady]: Oh, one of your cheesey ones. What are your point totals? I heard there were some discrepancies in your point total.
[Auntie Obvious]: Mistakes were made.
[Brady]: Tell me about what you did.
[Auntie Obvious]: What? Did I say that I made a mistake? No. I said MISTAKES WERE MADE. The mistakes made themselves.
[Brady]: I recall hearing that you gave yourself the amount of points that you would get for a Rowing book for TWO CRUISING BOOKS.
[Auntie Obvious]: Unfortunately, your sources are correct. My correct total from last week was actually 700 instead of 1,000. And this week, I finished Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which is 250 points, so I have a total of 950.
[Brady]: I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – third time, thank you for asking. So I have 2,100 points. And I’m excited to be starting Shadow of the Sith, by Adam Christopher.
[Auntie Obvious]: I’m starting that one, too! Suuuuuuper excited!
It is midnight with a full moon. Two officers are talking inside the Central America Asylum for Dangerous Animals (CAADA). The first officer says, “You have no idea what you are doing letting this prisoner run free.” The second officer replies, “He has already served five years in here, so it is time to let him go.”
The officers go down to the solitary confinement level, to cell number 4, and slides open the small window and says, “Prisoner 2258, you have been pardoned and are free to go.” Hangy says, “Good! This place smells like rotten eggs.” The first officer says, “Now go before he changes his mind!”
Hangy walks out of the building and across the street he sees a lamp post with a sign attached. The sign reads, “SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY – Become an Astronaut – Become a hero to the world. Apply at the Costa Rica Space Center (CRSC). No experience required. Bring no weapons.”
The next day at the Costa Rica Space Center, a small monkey stands by the entrance, next to a frog. The monkey says, “Hi, I am Wingy, what is your name?” The frog replies, “I am Smorgas, are you here to be an astronaut too?” Wingy says, “Yeah, but I already have some experience in flying from the military, so at least I have a chance.” Smorgas says, “You are lucky. I come from the field of science. I am a biologist and geneticist, specializing is unidentified creatures, but I do not believe in space aliens. I think that is too much.”
Wingy and Smorgas walked toward the entrance to the CRSC, and looked at the line of applicants ahead of them. Wingy and Smorgas went inside, and several applicants came back out and almost all of them were sobbing.
Wingy said, “Wow, we are doomed, it must be hard.”
Just then a loudspeaker voice boomed, “Attention. Hangy, Wingy, Smorgas, and Renna, report to the testing room.” Wingy and Smorgus walked in and followed directions to the testing room. They went in and saw two other monkeys walk in. Then the door closed behind them and it was completely dark!
The loud speaker voice said, “This final test will be very dangerous and will find out if the four of you can work as a team. Now, you have to face the Destroyer.” When the light came back on, the three monkeys and the frog saw a large robot with gleaming red eyes. Suddenly, Renna pulls out a steak knife ad throws it at the robot’s foot and it topples over.
Renna said, “its just silverware, not a weapon.” Hangy said, “Great job, but who are you?”
“Obviously, the smartest one here! My name is Renna. Remember it!” Smorgas said, “if you guys will pin down the robot, I can disable it and reprogram it.” Renna looked a little angry and said, “I am not a guy, thank you very much.” “Oops, sorry” said Smorgas. Then Wingy said, “if you can re-program it, I can drive it.” And Hangy said, “I’ll pin it down.”
Hangy leapt onto the robot and pinned it down and Smorgas quickly reprograms it to obey Wingy’s orders. As a test, Wingy said, “Robot, run into that wall at full speed!” The robot jumps up and runs into the wall and makes a big hole. The loudspeaker voice says, “You four are the first ones to pass the teamwork test. Congratulations, you are now astronauts and will be the crew on Primate One.”
The Primate One – Part 2 (Alpha Python)
Meanwhile, it is near midnight and several people are crowded around a console at the CRSC hanger. An assistant says: “Check-ups on the Primate ships 1-5 are complete, Dr. Wining. The person in charge says, “Did you lock down the hanger?” The assistant looked guilty and replied, “Oh no, Dr. Wining, I forgot!” Just then a grenade flies into the hanger and Dr. Wining yells, “Get down!” The grenade explodes and smoke filled the room! Dr. Wining and his assistant opened their eyes and saw a coiled up snake in the middle of all the damage and fire.
Dr. Wining brushes himself off and says, “Alpha Python, we meet again!” The snake replies, “You have failed, Wining! These ships do not belong to you anymore.” At that, Dr. Wining got up and ran toward the snake, but he hears Alpha Python say, “Pathetic! Say hello to more of my amigos.” Dr. wingy looks over and three more snakes slithered into the hanger and got into Primates 5, 4, and 3. The assistant sees them and runs to the door and seals it so that more snakes cannot get in.
Dr. Winging said, “Alpha Python, you are not going anywhere. I alone have the keys needed to start the Primate ships.” But Alpha Python laughs and says, “Oh, you mean these keys. I found them on the floor after you dove away from the grenade blast.” Dr. Winning can only watch as the snake slithers up the boarding ramp to Primate 2 with the keys held by his tail.
The Primates 2,3,4 and five take off. Dr. Wining and his assistant are left with only Primate 1.
Two weeks later a group gathers at the damaged hanger. Wingy says, “Dr. Wining, so that is why you need us. But what is that sound?” They all look over at Renna who is loudly chewing her gum. Renna says, “You lost me when you were doing check-ups of the primate 1 ship. I got bored” Wingy said, “Renna, did you hear the part about us launching today?” Renna now interested says, “What, we are launching?” Hangy jumps in, “Finally some excitement from this day!” But Smorgas looking unhappy says, “Dr. Wining said, , I am not sure I trust you.”
“Nonsense” Dr. Wining replied, “ Hey, do you guys want to see your space suits?”
The group goes over to a wall with space suits hanging on hooks. Wingy, Hangy, Renna and Smorgas all begin to try on helmets. But Smorgas struggles to put on his helmet and says, “Can you guys see any thing out of your helmet?” They all laugh and Hangy says, “Smorgas, you have it on backwards!”
The four team members put on their space suits and head for the space ship. As they walk, they hear Dr. Wining’s voice in their helmet speakers saying, “Your mission will be challenging. You will need to attack the snake mothership and come back Primate ships 2,3,4, along with Primate 1 and sabotage Primate 5 to explode. You can find them because there is a tracking device on all of them. Do not stop fighting until you have won. I am counting on you to bring down the snakes once and for all!”
The Primate 1 blasts off into space with the four new astronauts on board. Smorgas says, “Did you notice that Dr. Wining did not give us any special weapons; so I made some substitutions. Since I am 100% smarter that Dr. Wining, you can trust my weapons will not be faulty like this space ship.” But Wingy disagrees and says, “I think she is a beauty.”
Smorgas ignores him and says, “That reminds me, Wingy here is your gift. I made you some weaponized drones that you can control from a wrist gauntlet. They will all fit on your belt.” Renna, I am giving you a knife with a holographic blade that will extend with a just a flick of your wrist and go where-ever you want it to with 100% accuracy. And Hangy, I am giving you a kinetic energy suit that will reflect back any punch or force that strikes you.”
After a while, our heroes see the snake mother ship coming into view, above their ship.
Wingy said, “Renna and Hangy use jet packs and spacewalk to fight the snakes on the Mothership. Smorgas and I will stay and guard primate 1.” Renna and Hangy exit Primate 1 and space walk to outside the mothership.
Renna says, “The sign on this door reads, Access Denied. But not for long.” She throws her knife at the door handle and the door flies open. The room is filled with snakes! Hangy says, “Doesn’t look like they want to play nice.” Renna replies, “Agreed.” A snake slithers toward Hangy and bites him on the arm, but on his new kinetic suit. There were not any holes! The snake looks surprised and says,“So you are the thugs the CRSC sent to take back our ships.”
Hangy said, “Ok snake, who is your leader?” The snake says, “His name is……………..”
Meanwhile, Wingy and Smorgas are still back on Primate 1. The entry door quietly opens and a snake slithers inside. …………suspense………..
Back in the mother ship, Hangy and Renna confront the snakes. Renna yells, “Spit it out! What is his name?” Hangy quietly asks again, “If you won’t tell me your leaders name, I will have to ask one of your friends over there and I won’t be half as nice!” The snake gives up and says, “OK, his name is Alpha Python! But you will never guess where he is.” Renna, still angry asks, “Where is he?” But there was no answer.
However, back on Primate 1, the snake is sneaking up behind Wingy and Smorgas, and speaks, “Hello, amigos. Do you want to dance?” And they hear a loud “HHIIIIISSSSSSS.”
The Primate One – Part 3 (The Mothership)
Back in Primate 1, Wingy and Smorgas are confronted by a large snake. Wingy says, “Who are you?” The snake replies with a hiss, “Your doom!” Smorgas said, “maybe not! I was just thinking the same thing.” Wingy glances at his wrist controlled drones and yells, “Drones attack!” Immediately, the drones fly into Alpha Python’s face, but he easily smashes one with his tail and then swats away the rest. The large snake says, “I am Alpha Python and, too bad, I have seen this technology before. Amigos, capture them.” Suddenly five other snakes show up and spring on Wingy and Smorgas and wrap and coil around them! They then take them back to the mothership.
Back at the snake’s mothership Renna and Hangy are still in the room where they interrogated the snakes. Renna tells Hangy, “If I can get to the main console of the mother ship, I can sabotage it with my knife so it will crash after we get off. We can then get back to Primate 1 where Wingy and Smorgas are. Then we can get out of here.”
Hangy said, ”I like it.”
Snake 1 says, “You think you can get on our mother ship without getting my attention”
Renna throws her knife at the snake and knocks it out and says, “Sweet dreams.” Then Renna and Hangy make it to the console room but they find Wingy and Smorgas tied up to chairs and Alpha Python emerges. Alpha Python then holds up a bomb and attaches it to Wingy’s chair.
The big snake says, “Time is ticking!” Hangy says, “You may have a bomb, but we have a plan that your two brain cells can’t handle.” Renna says, “Yep, you snakes have tiny brains.” Alpha Python grins and says, “No smaller than yours, I presume.” While the two are mocking each other, Hangy runs to the chair and yells back, “Renna, pass me your knife.” Quickly Renna throws the knife to Hangy and he slices off the chair leg with the bomb attached. He throws it at the control panel for the mother ship. KABOOM!!
Alpha Python yells, “You idiots. Now we will all die!” The mothership spins out of control and crash lands on a deserted planet VH31. When the smoke clears, Wingy, Smorgas, Renna, and Hangy stumble out of the wreckage of the space ship. They see Alpha Python slithering slowly around the wreckage along with a few of his snake amigos. Wingy says, “Let’s see if the Primate 1 survived the crash. It was in the mother ship’s hanger.” They find the hanger, but the engines on the Primate 1 are damaged. Hangy says, “The Primate 1 isn’t going anywhere.” As Smorgas stares at the wreckage of a CRSC space ship he says, “You guys won’t believe what I found.”
Wingy calls out to Alpha Python and says, “If we all work together maybe we can find a way off this rock.” Alpha Python realizes Wingy is right and says, “OK.” Then Renna stares at the big snake and says, “OK, but I still think snakes have tiny brains.” Changing the subject, Wingy says, “Do think there is any food in that wreckage?” Alpha Python Good idea, let’s go see for ourselves if there is any food there.” And, they all begin to comb through the wreckage. Soon Hangy says, “I think I found some food,” Before the group can go over to see what Hangy found,
Wingy calls out, “Wait, everyone come here. I think I found the jackpot!” When Hangy gets there, he says, “What, a fully functional long range hologram projector!” Alpha Python says, “Do you want to know why we hate the CRSC so much? Just replay the last message.” Wingy starts the projector and Dr. Wining’s image appears. Dr. Wining begins to speak, “Technology is a marvel. Whoever has it, has power! That is what I want. Unfortunately, the best technology is in the hands of the snakes (no pun intended, ha, ha) and they only use it for goody two shoes reasons. Pathetic! I want it and I will get it at all costs. ………..suspense………..
FLASH-BACK to two weeks earlier
A grenade lands and Alpha Python yells, “Get Down!” As the dust settles, Alpha Python opens his eyes and sees Dr. Wining and realizes that Wining must have thrown the grenade and the CRSC was there to attack Alpha Python and his amigos. Alpha Python slithers toward Dr. Wining who says,“Pathetic.” Then Dr. Wining knocked out Alpha Python and steals Primate 1 and he takes off for parts unknown.
The Primate One – Part 4 Back to the present time: (The Traitor)
Back at the CRSC (Costa Rica Space Center) space ship on a deserted planet Alpha python explains what really happened and the group now knows that Dr. Wining had knocked out Alpha Python and stolen Primate 1. But they did not know where he went. Hangy says, “Alpha Python, that’s horrible!” Alpha Python replies, “The past is the past and we can’t change that.” Then Wingy says, “OK, let’s take down the CRSC, once and for all.” Renna says, “I hate to remind you guys but we are still stranded here.” Meanwhile, Smorgas is looking at the hologram projector, and says, “Then we ask for help.” Alpha Python says, “I have some amigos out there who would be willing to help us.” And Wingy agrees saying, “Then let’s do it, whatever it takes.”
Meanwhile back at CRSC headquarters, an assistant to Dr. wining says, “There is a message that we have intercepted from the missing ship.” Dr. Wining says, “Play it, now!”
Wingy’s Image appears on a hologram screen and Dr. Wining hears him say, “Friends of Alpha Python. We are stranded on the deserted planet VH38 and we need your help, so that we can take down the vain and corrupt CRSC once and for all.” Dr. Wining screams, “FIND THEM, NOW!”
Back on the small planet VH38, Alpha Python’s friends arrive to help. They bring tools to fix Primate 1 space ship.
One of Alpha Python’s amigos says, “Glad we are of assistance” Alpha Python says, “Thank you all. The CRSC won’t last much longer. Oh, Wingy, I want to show you something.” Alpha Python takes Wingy to a nearby cave. When there, Alpha Python says, “Us snakes stashed something away for safe keeping. We have the Primates 2,3,4 and 5 here and they are in working condition. We can use them for a fleet with a new mothership. We can rebuild Primate 1 into a mothership. with parts from our mothership.”
Suddenly, the cave rumbles! A grenade drops. There is one word painted on it….CRSC! Wingy notices that the grenade has a slow fuse. Wingy says to Alpha Python, “You fly Primate 2 out of here and I’ll fly Primate three. We can attach Primates 4 and take it with us before it blows. We will leave Primate 5 to blow-up.”
They quickly fly the four Primate ships out of the cave. Then…….KABOOM!
In the Meantime, the amigos have been converting Primate 1 into a mother ship, using parts of the original. The Mother ship will also be named Primate 1.
Suddenly a CRSC ship appears. The cabin door opens and Dr. Wining walks out and says, “I want Hangy!” Hangy says, “Come and get me.” Dr. Wining says, “I knew you would be part of this rebellion! It is hard to believe that you would betray us again after only five years in solitary confinement.” Hangy said, “That didn’t crush my spirit, you can’t either.” Dr. Wining replies, “And why is that?” Then Hangy points to the sky and says, “Because we have….THEM!” Just then Primates 2,3,4, and 5 fly out of the cave!
Dr. Wining yells, “Impossible!” Just then,Alpha Python slithers out of Primate 2 and says, “Anything is possible, Wining.” Shocked, Dr. Wining says, “You!” Alpha Python says, “Did you miss me?” Then Renna laughs, “ I guess the CRSC has tiny brains.” As Dr. Wining puts his hands up, a bomb shoots out of the CRSC ship. Dr. Wining laughs and says, “The population crusher, Snake Tech. I believe it is your design, Alpha Python.” Hangy says, Now I don’t know who to trust anymore.” Dr. Wining counts down, “Three-Two-one.” Then….. KABOOM, the bomb explodes somewhere in the distance and rubble goes flying up into the sky.
Dr. Wining says, “That’s my que!” and takes off in the CRSC space ship.
Turning to the group, Alpha Python asks, “How is our mother ship coming along. We don’t have much time.” They see rubble flying toward them and Wingy yells, “RUN! Get in one of the Primate ships while there is still time.” Renna yells, “Yeah, but not much. So get moving slowpokes.” Just then, a piece of rubble shoots down and destroys Primate 5.
Wingy says, “Oh no. Amigo, how much longer is that mother ship going to take?” The amigo replies, “Not much longer.” Another piece of rubble destroys Primate 4.
Amigo says, “I am almost……………..” Before he can finish, the primate 3 gets destroyed! Almost……….” He starts but then, Primate 2 gets destroyed. “DONE, let’s get out of here.” Everyone jumps into Primate 1, the mothership, which is the only one left, and it takes off.
As they depart, Hangy says, “I have to tell you all something. I knew about the CRSC, being the way it is. I was always on the snake’s side and I thought I could steal Primate and give it back to them. But then I realized that you guys were good and that you needed to know that the CRSC was bad. So, I stole a hologram projector from Dr. Wining and left it in the ruins of the CRSC ship for you to find.” Wingy said, “What? You knew all along?“ Hangy said, “ I betrayed the CRSC before. I guess it is time to do it again.”
The Primate One – Part 5 (The spy)
Meanwhile, on Primate 1, the new mothership, the team is planning their next move. Dr. Wining has destroyed the other primate space ships and the team is going after him to try to bring down the CRSC. Smorgas says, “Lets hit the CRSC where it really hurts. Its head base.” Alpha Python asks, “On what planet?” …………………..suspense……….
“Earth!” says Wingy. “We are coming up on Costa Rica.” Renna says, “Its good to be back.” As the approach CRSC headquarters, Alpha Python says, “I want to blow the doors straight off the building.” Hangy said, “Be my guest.” KABOOM! The team gets out of the Primate 1 mothership and heads for the open doorway. When they step inside they see………….A robot with gleaming eyes! Wingy says, “Impossible. I destroyed that thing.” Smorgas says, “You might still have control of it.” Looking at the robot, Wingy says, “Robot, Power down.” But it keeps coming and kicks Wingy back out of the doorway. Smorgas says, “I guess we will have to use the brute force tactic.” Renna says, “Allow me.” She throws her knife at the robot but it catches the knife and throws it back at her. Wingy walks back through the doorway and says, “Is it just me or is it smarter than it was last time?”
They hear Dr. Wining say, “Definitely!” Hangy says, “It’s you!” Dr, Wining grins and says, “It is stronger, and faster, and, as I just said, more intelligent. And, there is no reprogram button. So, you are stuck.” Wingy looks arouns and asks, “I know, but where is Renna?”
Renna has found the CRSC arsenal and says, “ Wow, this place is huge.” She walks over to a shelf with a sign: GRENADES. Renna grabs a leather bag from the shelf and stuffs grenades inside the bag. Then she puts on a CRSC uniform, and walks out undetected. As she is walking away, a scientist sees Renna in a uniform with the name tag WENDY. He asks, “Hey Wendy, did you hear that they are putting on a full scale search for the crew of Primate 1? The rumor is that they teamed up with Alpha Python.” Renna just smiles and keeps walking.
Meanwhile, Wingy and Dr. Wining are facing off. Dr. Wining says, “This is the end, Wingy.” And the robot runs forward Wingy, but suddenly stops. They all hear a beeping. Then, KABOOM! And, the robot is blown to smithereens and the explosion knocks down the team and Dr. Wining. Renna walks toward them and says, “The CRSC is weak and you are weak too, Wingy. I was always meant to be the one in control. My brother stole all of the thunder. But no more. My brother was always the favorite child, but no one cared about me. You have all been lied to. I have fooled you all. My name isn’t Renna.” She pulls off her blond wig to reveal greasy black hair and says, “It is time I introduced myself properly. The name is Nartha! Nice to meet you.”
Wingy and Dr. Wining yell at the same time: “WWWHHHAAATTT!!!”
Then, Nartha begins to throw more grenades into each part of the CSRS headquarters and they can all hear her maniacal laughter. Dr. Wining and the rest of the CRSC staff flee to their own mothership and our heroes run to the Primate 1. Wingy hears Nartha yell, “Wingy, wherever you go, I will always find you. Afterall, I am the first universal booksailor.”
The Primate 1 lifts off and picks up speed.
Meantime, on the CRSC mothership, Dr. Wining is angry because Primate 1 brought Nartha to CSRC headquarters. He plots a course to intercept and destroy Primate 1 and its crew. Dr. Wining says “We lost our base to those maniacs and now our entire staff is cramped up in the mothership. They may be our biggest enemy yet. We must destroy them so that CRSC can flourish again.”
Over on Primate 1, Smorgas says, “Where do we go now?” Wingy replies, “Wherever we go, the CRSC will find us.” Hangy said, “I am still thinking about what Nartha said, that she will be able to find us wherever we go. Maybe she is the one we should be afraid of?” Smorgas says, “I may understand now. It is a rough theory, but the most likely one we have. Nartha mentioned the booksailors. Right? I know who they are, or they were. Myth says that each booksailor has received a magic purple library card that can be used to bend reality, to time travel, and visit their favorite books. Unfortunately, an Artificial Intelligence called Caution Prime wiped out the booksailors and stole their magic purple library cards. But a couple of weeks ago, a scientist by the name of Piggy, founder and CEO of Pigtech and an honorary member of the breakfast league, invented what he called the Unisailor Card. This new card allows you to travel through time and space and theoretically into different dimensions. It is reported that one of the two Unisailor cards was stolen and maybe Nartha took it.”
Just then, on Primate 1, a hologram begins to play.
Dr. Wining image appears and says, “My ship is currently in front of yours. This message is just in case you have any last words. I would like to hear them.” Alpha Python says, “I recommend you should say yours!” Dr. Wining’s hologram says, “Do you think you have a chance of defeating me. I smashed your entire snake tech empire like a piece of glass.” Alpha Python replies, “That is why you will lose. Your tactics are too brutal and brutality never wins a fight in the end. It is won by brave men and women who know what is right; unlike you Wining!” Dr. Wining’s hologram says, “I may not know what is right, but I do know what is wrong; the fact that you are still alive. Goodbye!” The hologram ends.
Back on the CRSC mothership, Dr. Wining orders, “I want every missile we have fired at the Primate 1.” The mothership fires at Primate 1, but, unknown to Dr, Wining, Wingy has made Primate 1 bulletproof. The missiles bounce off Primate 1 and head back towards the mothership.
Suddenly Dr. Wining appears again on the hologram and is yelling, “What are you doing?” Wingy smiles and says, ‘We are the crew of Primate 1, Goodbye Dr. Wining!” And those were the last words that Dr. Wining and the CRSC staff ever heard as their own missiles hit their mothership.
Back on Primate 1, Wingy says, “We did it! But where is Nartha?” Hangy said, “Let’s not think about her for now. We accomplished our goal and defeated the CRSC.” Alpha Python says, “What do we do now?” Smorgas replies, “Lay low, I guess. Costa Rica is a beautiful place so we could go there, now that CRSC is gone.” Hangy spoke up, “I know some nice people who live in Costa Rica. “ Wingy added, “I don’t need to make new friends, I have you guys.” And Alpha Python said, “I think I will like like Costa Rica.” Wingy said, “So, Costa Rica it is, then.”
Two months later, the four friends, Wingy, Smorgas, Hangy, and Alpha Python are all living together on Primate 1. They hear a knock on the door.
Wingy said, “Come in.” A hooded monkey walks in and says, “I heard what you did with the CRSC. The world needs people like you. I suppose you have heard about Dr. Piggy’s Unisailor invention? “ Smorgas replies, “Yes we have.” The monkey continues, “Dr. Piggy entrusted me with the other Unisailor card and I want to use it to build a team of heroes around the Universe.” The Monkey takes off his hood and says, “My name is Alex. I go by Power Monkey!”
Wingy says, I am Wingy and these are my friends. If the Universe, or other dimensions, need help, they can have it. Who are we? The Unisailors!”
Geoff the Ghost 2: Finding Pumpkin made its way to YouTube on July 2nd!!! It is gaining popularity quickly, and I, Brady the Book Sailor, want to say thank you to the fans for helping Geoff the Ghost 2 happen!
Geoff the Ghost 2 tells the story of an evil ghost named Old Man Goazer taking over GhostCorp. But after Goazer tells the company that the previous CEO, Jack “Pumkin” O’Lantern, had died – Geoff does not believe it and journeys to Uranus to rescue the CEO, with help from many new friends! This took a lot of work, and I hope you all like it!
[Brady]: Wow, Book Sailors, we’re back with more Point Break Selections and the latest tally for the Reading Regatta. How many points do you have, Auntie Obvs.?
[Auntie Obvious]: I regret to inform our fellow Book Sailors that you and the MommyLorian sabotaged my reading efforts this week, so I have zero new points!
[Obvs.]: You guys gave me that 3D Baby Yoda puzzle, which was super adorbs, but also really, really, hard. So I did not finish any books this week! I’m still at 1,000 points.
[Brady]: That’s totally your own fault that it took you forever to finish the puzzle. I finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at the airport on the way home from vacation, and I’m halfway through Prisoner of Azkaban, putting me at a total of 2,100. Unfortunately, I didn’t read my own Point Break Selections last week, so no extra points for that!
[Obvs.] I’m partway through reading Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which tells the story of how Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus met! And then I’m super excited to read Shadow of the Sith by Adam Christopher, which just came out!
Hey, Book Sailors! Auntie Obvious here. When Brady started writing the original Power Monkey stories, he was just a little tyke who rode around in a car seat singing along to his favorite song: Mah Na Mah Na from Sesame Street. (OK, it’s still a pretty cool song). Now that he’s older, wiser, and allowed to ride car-seat free with “Rock You Like a Hurricane” blaring, he’s decided to revamp the entire Power Monkey series, starting with this first installment. You’ll meet some of your favorite sidekicks and villains – and a new hero, Alex, who has some weaknesses (he’s afraid of heights) and who is a good person – who doesn’t always make good decisions. We hope you like it!
We live in a reality where millions of years ago a meteorite wiped out the dinosaurs and many other forms of life. Let me tell you a story where the meteor does not hit that long ago, but hits in the present day and humans are wiped out. Monkeys are the second smartest animals on the planet and when humans were gone, over time monkeys began to show their potential. After thousands of years, they learned to speak human languages and to read and write; and in time, they developed opposable thumbs. They became superior creatures to the humans. So, let’s take a look at the future monkey civilization, and a hero, Power Monkey.
Alex and his sister Nartha are playing by a waterfall and Nartha dares Alex to get close and swing out over the falls on a vine and then jump the last few feet to the other side. She has already made the leap. But Alex does not make it and falls! Fortunately, he grabs a tree limb, but he can’t get back up by himself. Nartha at first laughs at Alex, but then she reaches down and helps him up. But from then on, Alex is afraid of heights.
Two years later, Alex is getting bullied a lot on the street. They sometimes beat him up and even steal his money. One day, Alex sees someone else getting beat up, but instead of helping, he just walks past. He instantly regrets it and takes out his old Super-Monkey Halloween costume and decides to fight the bullies and other crimes. But the first thing he needs to do is to work out to get stronger and faster, so Alex works out every day. Nartha is noticing that Alex is getting stronger and more confident. Alex and his siblings, live with their uncle Nanas in their tree house and all of them are noticing the change in Alex. After about two months of training, one day Alex sees two bullies picking on someone and decides to step in. One of the bullies says, “Who do you think you are, Super Monkey?” Alex says, “Nope, you can just call me Power Monkey!” He then punches the first bully so hard, they both run away. He picks up the victim’s wallet and hands it back to him. Alex sees that someone is watching him.
Dr. Piggy, the CEO of PigTech, was watching and was impressed with Alex’s courage. Dr. Piggy, offers him a job. Piggy explains that a large number of monkeys have been going missing, and many of the citizens are frightened, so the public needs a hero. Piggy said they would talk some more at the PigTech Expo in two weeks. Piggy hands Alex five VIP badges so his entire family could come. As he was leaving, Dr. piggy said, “Hey kid, lose the suit.” Alex says, But, but,…” Piggy says, “Lose the Halloween costume. You don’t need it.”
Alex and his siblings, Nartha, Crystal, and George, go to the expo with their uncle Nanas and Piggy announces the new Unisailor card which can teleport people anywhere. He says that there are only two copies of the card and that the age of the booksailors is upon us again with these new cards. After the announcement, Nartha says, “Excuse me, I have to use the restroom.” And she disappears. Nanas yells, “Nartha, the restrooms aren’t that way.” Crystal says, “She can’t hear you.” A few minutes later, a smoke bomb drops and a voice recording plays and says: “Thank you Dr. Piggy. Now that I have a Unisailor card, The age of the booksailors is over and mine has just begun. Everyone who stands in my way will feel the wrath of me, The Predator.” As the smoke clears, Nartha returns and says, “What did I miss.”
After the one Unisailor card was stolen, Dr. Piggy, decides to give Alex the remaining Unisailor card and a new utility belt and bananarang. He asks, “Alex, would you come up to my office on the tenth floor and I will explain how the card, and the utility belt work and show you how to throw a bananarang.” Alex flinches, and says, “Can’t we just do this on the ground floor?” Piggy looks at him oddly, but agrees. Piggy then tells Alex, “Evidently, the Predator has put a spy in PigTech and I would like you to find out who the spy is and where the Predator’s lair is, and return the missing Unisailor card. There is a tracking device in both Unisailor cards, but the missing one has been inactive since it disappeared. If it is started again, you should be able to find it.”
Alex decides to search PigTech files and finds a list of all employees hired who still work there. He learns that only one employee helped Piggy set up the expo and transported the two Unisailor cards. His name was Shelton Doom, and he was known to be a bit skittish around Dr. Piggy. Alex locates Shelton Doom’s computer and finds that he had been sending emails outside the company and also mailed a small package to “Secret Keeper” which must be a code name. Alex now knows Shelton Doom is the spy, but not the identity of Secret Keeper.
Alex notices there is an address for Shelton in New York and decides to check that out. He gets a plane ticket to New York and when he arrives, he gives the address to the cab-driver. “I know this place, said the Cab-driver, it is very famous. After a while in the cab, Alex steps out at the Empire State Building. I thought it would be smaller, said Alex. The address was for a room on the top floor just below the observation deck. Alex knocks on the room door but no one answers. He notices a note that reads; “if you need to see Shelton, I am up on the observation deck. Alex goes to the observation deck but doesn’t see anyone. He wonders out loud, “I wonder where he is?” A voice says, “Behind you, dirty Monkey scum.” ………suspense…………
Alex turns around and sees Shelton Doom and they begin to fight. Alex shoved a chair into Shelton but Shelton picks up the chair and throws it at Alex, who says, “Is that all you got?” In the meantime, Shelton runs toward Alex, but Alex avoids him and asks, “Who is the Predator?” Shelton says, “You will never find out. The Predator never reveals anything to his prey.” Alex says, “What makes the Predator think I am his Prey?” When he gets close enough, Shelton suddenly kicks Alex, but Alex gets right back up and says, “Tell me who the Predator is right now.” Shelton says, “Maybe you should ask him yourself!” Alex throws his bananarang at Shelton but misses, and thinks, “I should have practiced that more.” But Shelton picks it up and throws it back at Alex and does not miss. Alex can’t duck in time and he is knocked unconscious. At that time two guards of the Empire state Building show up and while one tries to help Alex, the other tells Shelton to raise his hands and to tell them the name and location of any of his accomplices. Shelton says, “I have one accomplice and his name is the Predator and his current location is right behind you.” The policeman barely has time to see the masked intruder before he is knocked unconscious by a punch. The other officer stands up to help, but is hit with a grappling hook from the Predator, who reels him in and ties him up. The Predator says to Shelton, “Pick up the monkey and bring him to the lair, I may have some use for him!”
When Alex wakes up, he cannot see and realizes that he has a sack over his head. The Predator comes into the room along with Shelton. The Predator tells Shelton to remove the hood. Now Alex can see that he is in a cell. The masked figure says, “Power Monkey, I am the Predator, or you may also know me as the Secret Keeper, and you are my prisoner.” Then the Predator and Shelton leave the cell and the room. Now Shelton is strong, but not very smart. He has left Alex’s utility belt on him and Alex is able to use a small knife to cut the rope around his hands, and then picks the lock with a paper clip and leaves the cell. Alex sees all of the other missing citizens in cells and is about to pick those locks too when the Predator comes back in and says “Alex, you will not spoil my plan”. “Did the Predator just call me Alex?”, thought Alex.
Then he realizes that the Predator is really Nartha. He is shocked, and lets that sink in, and Shelton takes advantage and overpowers Alex and ties him up again, but this time removes his utility belt and gives it to Nartha along with his bananarang. The Predator then had Shelton herd all of the other prisoners into a large plane. After Shelton secures the prisoners on the plane, the Predator tells him to tie Alex to a pole hanging over the edge of a cliff. The Predator removes her mask and reveals that she is Nartha to both Alex and Shelton. Nartha says, “one move Alex, and Shelton will cut the rope and you will fall. You are not still afraid of heights, are you? Eh, Eh, Eh.” Alex says, “It’s good to see you too, Nartha, loving sister!”
Nartha goes to the plane and begins to take-off with the prisoners and the Unisailor card.
Alex sees the plane taking-off and gets very angry, just when Shelton cuts the rope. Fortunately, our hero grabs a vine. Not a good place for a guy who is afraid of heights. But Alex doesn’t look down, but begins swinging on the vine. He finds he enjoys it. He swings in bigger and bigger arcs until he is over the top of the cliff and times his swing so that he flies about fifty feet in the air and let’s go of the vine……………………suspense…………………….
He flies toward the open cargo door of the plane just as it passes by. He makes it!
He works his way to the cockpit and says to Nartha, “I am sorry I don’t have a ticket, but could I get some peanuts. Nartha is startled and says, “Only paying customers get peanuts.” Alex grabs Nartha and pulls her back out of the pilot’s seat and they begin to fight. Alex pushed Nartha back into the passenger area. Alex jumps in the pilot’s seat but then remembers, “I can’t fly a plane!” Nartha shouts, “It’s a good thing it is on auto-pilot.” Nartha grabs Alex by the shirt collar and pulls him out of pilot’s seat. Nartha realizes that Alex is hesitant to really fight her, so she takes advantage. She pulls a taser gun out of the utility belt and zaps Alex. While Alex subdued, Nartha checks the auto pilot and then begins to pull Alex toward the open cargo door.
She pulls near the cargo door and tries to throw him out. Alex comes to and realized that Nartha intends to throw him out of the plane. He is able to muster enough strength to grab a seat and hold on tight. But now Alex is ready to fight! Alex stands up and sees some bottles on the beverage cart and throws them at her, which startles Nartha and gives Alex the time to punch Nartha. Nartha yells, “Alex, that tickled, don’t you know you are not supposed to hit a girl?” Alex says, “It’s OK when the girl punches you first and tries to throw you out of the airplane.“ But before Alex can hit her again, Nartha shoots him with the Taser gun again and Alex falls to the floor. Nartha stands over Alex and says, “You almost ruined my plan, but now you will be my favorite part of it. I am going to have this plane fly into the capital of Costa Rica and crash there. But of course, I will have parachuted out to a waiting car. With the Unisailor card, I will be unstoppable.”
With that, Nartha puts on her parachute and jumps out of the plane.
Alex notices that there are enough parachutes for him and all of the prisoners. He told them to get ready to jump but he wants to try to change the auto-pilot so the plane just crashes into the ocean, not in San Jose. Alex checks the auto-pilot and realizes he can change the course and he turns the plane away from Costa Rica. Alex throws out several life-rafts and he and the passengers jump from the plane. As they are floating down, they see the plane crash into the ocean.
When they are all safely in the life-boats, Alex calls Dr. Piggy and gives him their location. Soon a power boat arrives on the scene and takes them all to Costa Rica.
Where is Nartha? What is her plan?
A pig walks into a comic book store. He looks at a comic book titled, “Power Monkey – Rise of the banana. Based on a true story.” The clerk says, “Mr. Pigman, would you be interested in that comic book?” Pigman says, “Please call me Oobie.”