Zeke Hailey

The Dust Devil stirred. A slit of a mouth opened and a tongue of dry sand coughed out primeval syllables.
“New Master calls me Caliban.”
The new Master? That had to be Magma.
“What’s your real name?”
It didn’t answer.
“What are you?”
“Something forgotten….”

How far would you go to find your missing father? For Zeke Hailey, a teenager living in the 23rd century, even Mars is not too far. Zeke’s dad is one of the Mariners, a mysterious elite of psychics, who’s vanished on a secret mission.

So Zeke, an ordinary boy, bluffs his way into the psychic school on Mars. Mind-reading teachers and psychokinetic bullies are the least of his worries. A ruthless archaeologist is seeking the Infinity Trap, lair to an evil as old as the Universe. When an alien language is downloaded into Zeke’s brain, he alone understands the apocalyptic danger about to be unleashed.

Not only must Zeke rescue his friends, but humanity itself. But first he must survive a planet filled with demons, outlaws, androids, and quicksands. As the odds stack against him, will Zeke make the ultimate sacrifice- his father?

Reviews

To read the British Fantasy Society’s review click here.

A blogger’s review…

The Infinity Trap is what happens when Ender’s Game, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Grange Hill are popped in a Tardis and shaken about a bit to create a wonderful, gripping could-be-the-end-of-the-world tale for those reluctant boy readers. With strange languages, bots and prophecies, The Infinity Trap is the story of Zeke, who has cheated on his entrance exam in order to get himself to Chasm, an elite off-world school for psychics, where he hopes to pick up the trace of his missing father. But something more sinister than the usual school bullying is going on at Chasm and when the school’s youngest student, Pin-mei, is kidnapped, Zeke must abandon his quest and set out to find the creature who took his friend. After all, the future of the universe could be at stake. But in a school where everyone has a psychic skill, it’s a tall order. Terrific dialogue, some wonderful technology and edge-of-your-seat plotting, makes The Infinity Trap the perfect book to drag middle graders and younger teens away from the screen and into reading.”

Taken from author and bloggist Lee Murray’s blog site.

A reader’s review

Bought this for my 11 year old daughter. She cannot put it down. Anything that catches a child’s imagination is a good thing in my view! The characters are brilliant, the plot is well structured, the setting believable. Ian Douglas writes from the heart and captures the angst and uncertainty of a teen caught up in a situation too big for them. My daughter loved the book, I adored it, even my 14 year old son has prised himself away from the games console to read a few chapters. It’s fair to say we’re hooked!”

Taken from the Amazon reviews here.

This book was a real delight. Why? Chiefly it had great pace and the story naturally unfolded with the ease of Mars’ red sand through your fingertips. The writer peppered the book with science (which I can only assume is real or so cleverly made up) but not once does it slow down its break-neck speed. The writer has a really good vision of life on mars as well as all his characters. Zeke is likable, curious enough to get into trouble, but not a “bad boy”. At one stage, it did feel like it slipped into Harry Potter territory while the school and teachers were being introduced, but luckily (for me anyway) it stopped short using the familiar territory to help set the scene, but then went off in its own direction. While aimed at children and YA, the mystery is very engaging and the twists and turns work well to throw you off the scent. The story is self-contained​, but there’s enough hints and loose ends ready to drag you into the next book.

Taken from Amazon reviews here