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Alchemy The summer of was a golden time in America From California where gymnast Mary Lou Retton was winning Olympic gold to Cape Cod where explorer Barry Clifford was discovering pirate gold the nat

  • Title: Alchemy
  • Author: MikeWood
  • ISBN: 9781439253823
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • The summer of 1984 was a golden time in America From California, where gymnast Mary Lou Retton was winning Olympic gold, to Cape Cod, where explorer Barry Clifford was discovering pirate gold, the nation seemed obsessed with the precious metal But for 15 year old Al, that obsession hits a little too close to home when he finds a code filled notebook belonging to his missThe summer of 1984 was a golden time in America From California, where gymnast Mary Lou Retton was winning Olympic gold, to Cape Cod, where explorer Barry Clifford was discovering pirate gold, the nation seemed obsessed with the precious metal But for 15 year old Al, that obsession hits a little too close to home when he finds a code filled notebook belonging to his missing father that may contain the ancient formula for turning lead to gold Convinced that his father s sudden disappearance is connected to his secret experiments in alchemy, Al sets out to find the truth He enlists the help of Cammie, a beautiful girl staying for the summer while her marine biologist father tracks a wayward manatee, and together they begin unraveling the mystery But the closer they get to an answer, the closer they grow to each other, and as the end of summer draws nearer, Al wonders if they can break the code without breaking his heart.

    Alchemy Coffee and Bake House Alchemy Coffee first opened in late March with a square foot shop in Lawrence, Kansas specializing in pour overs a manual pour technique for brewing fresh ground beans. Alchemy The start of Western alchemy may generally be traced to ancient and Hellenistic Egypt, where the city of Alexandria was a center of alchemical knowledge, and retained its pre eminence through most of the Greek and Roman periods Here, elements of technology, religion, mythology, and Hellenistic philosophy, each with their own much longer histories, combined to form the earliest known records The Alchemy Web Site LEVITY Over megabytes online of information on alchemy in all its facets Divided into over sections and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over images, over complete alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy. Alchemy Restaurant Bar Award Winning Best Brisbane Alchemy Restaurant and Bar is an unique Australian dining experience Located in a stunning position on the Brisbane River, the venue has an atmosphere of relaxed elegance inspired by the exquisite cuisine and spectacular views. Home Alchemy Gothic Official Site Alchemy Limelight Which stars are accessorising with Alchemy Find out who has been pictured wearing Alchemy jewellery and apparel, where our artwork has Alchemy Restaurant Tavern Alchemy is a low key, comfortable, pub style restaurant on the North end of th Ave in Park Slope We feature a small, creative menu, with an outstanding selection of tap beer, wine, cocktails. Alchemy Lights Wall Sconces, Vanity Lights, Ceiling Alchemy Lights has been crafting superior custom lighting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since Our high quality wall sconces, vanity lights, ceiling lights, post lights, pendants, lampshades and mirrors are individually handcrafted from sheets of copper, tin, stainless steel, brass and aluminum into unique works of art Every light fixture is meticulously designed to enhance the atmosphere of Alchemy , Alchemy Home Alchemy consulting Nidhi Kush Shah is an experienced and passionate Keynote Speaker, Writer, Facilitator and Coach specializing in Executive Personal Branding, Communication Skills and Business Networking. Acoustic Alchemy Welcome For nearly years, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straightahead jazz to

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    1. Rafa Lombardino on said:

      This book was a nice little surprise! I got in touch with author Mike Wood through the Kindle page on Facebook by chance and soon saw that he had self-published his first novel. I'm all for supporting independent writers and, upon reading his book's description, I decided to give it a try. It looked fun, it was about the 1980s, I grew up in the 1980s, so it just jumped to the top of my "What to read next" queue.I have to say I really can't remember reading a fiction book with a story so compelli [...]

    2. Kristi, A Book Fanatic on said:

      The premise got me -- anybody who grew up in the 80's will love this bookThis was a wonderful coming-of-age tale about a fatherless boy who is figuring out his place in life. The author did a great job making the reader root for Al during this story. This book would be great to develop into a movie!! I would recommend this book to anyone that was ever a child or has a heart :)

    3. Al on said:

      In his bio on , Wood indicates he had many rejections from agents and publishers, "claiming the book was great, but too hard to market." After reading "Alchemy," I understand why. It isn't a mystery, although there is a mystery to be solved. It has a protagonist who is the perfect age for a Young Adult novel and I daresay many in this demographic would relate to much of the story - possibly (hopefully) even learn from it. However, some parents might feel that parts of the book aren't suitable fo [...]

    4. Cathy Speight on said:

      The author of this book states in his end 'Credits' that he 'doesn’t honestly like writing'. And yet, he persisted for 346 very long, tedious pages it seems. He also pays tribute to his editor's keen eye for detail. Really? Hmm‘I had just went…’‘Why don’t you where your shoes?’‘Must of called in sick’‘By dinner time, I had made up my mind to just peddle over there…’‘I might get a peak at the upstairs’Aaargh!…to quote just a few from the appallingly long list. There [...]

    5. John Condron on said:

      This is a "very good," but not "great" YA novel. I loved the first 38-and-a-half chapters, which is pretty good for a 40 chapter book from a first time author. The characters were engaging and likeable, the story was fast-paced and plausible, and the FIRST ending was very satisfying.Though I hate cliches, I have to say "I couldn't put it down." I was emotionally engaged with the characters to the point where I had to stop reading several times because I couldn't see through my tears, or because [...]

    6. Kathleen on said:

      This debut novel by author Mike Wood was a fun summer read and a very cool trip down the 1980s memory lane for me. The story is set in the summer of 1984 in Cape Cod, MA, and is told in the 1st person narrative by 15 year old Al Newman. During this coming of age summer, Al struggles with the unanswered disappearance of his father, and he is determined to find out what happened to him. Along comes a pretty teenage girl, Cammie, who along with her marine biologist father have tracked a wayward man [...]

    7. John on said:

      This was an excellent book. The author did an AMAZING job of capturing how it feels to be an early teenage boy really took me back 35 years. The characters are well developed and multidimensional. The book moves along at an excellent pace, and even when the story completely changes gears, the transition is smooth. There is an emotional depth to this story that is quite amazing, especially for a first-time author. Lastly, this book has an excellent message, and yet it avoids getting "preachy". Hi [...]

    8. Joanna Teodosio on said:

      First offI need to apologize to author Mike WoodI started this book last fall and just finished it this August--all due to the fact that I had misplaced my Kindle!! Had I NOT misplaced it, it would have been finished much sooner! This was a great coming-of-age story that I really enjoyed. The multi-layered story is pretty compelling and the characters are enjoyable and entertaining. It is known that authors tend to draw from their own experiences when they write much of this book reflects on Mik [...]

    9. Chelsea on said:

      More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.Okay. Let me begin by copying and pasting the description of this book. According to , Alchemy is about how, "The summer of 1984 was a golden time in America. From California, where gymnast Mary Lou Retton was winning Olympic gold, to Cape Cod, where explorer Barry Clifford was discovering pirate gold, the nation seemed obsessed with the precious metal. But for 15-year old Al, that obsession hits a little too close to home when he finds [...]

    10. V.S. Williams on said:

      Alchemy is the coming-of-age story of one Albert Einstein (yes, 'Enstein') Newman, who's engaging narrative steers us through the events of one memorable summer in 1980's Cape Cod.School's out, the sun's blazing and his two best friends are up for some high jinx but Al's summer plans make a sudden sharp turn when he runs into gorgeous, (relatively) sophisticated and out-of-his-league Cammie, who is visiting the area with her Marine Biologist father as they track a wandering manatee named 'Hugh'. [...]

    11. P. Christopher Colter on said:

      By the time I was halfway through Alchemy, I was already thinking about how I was going to review the book without spoiling it. It's about a 14 year old boy in New England in the summer of 1984, which I also was, coincidentally. The protagonist, Al, experiences some major upheaval in his life that summer, and author Mike Wood takes us along for the ride.I don't want to get into the plot too much, for fear of spoilers, but Alchemy is essentially the tale of Al's first love and his search for the [...]

    12. Cath on said:

      It's been a few weeks since I read Alchemy, but it's still on my mind, so I thought I write a few quick words about it.I liked a lot of things about this book, but what really got to me was the very honest portrayal of teenagers. There were so many times throughout the book where I would sigh or laugh or blush and think, "Dude, that was totally me when I was younger!"Al is honest and awkward, and he has this desire to do the right thing and to not hurt the ones close to him. He wants his mother [...]

    13. Betty on said:

      In this book, Mike Wood gives us a chance to relive a small piece of 1984 with his 15 y.o. protagonist, Albert E. Newman. Al has a hole in his heart that hasn't healed. His scientist father disappeared from his life 4 years ago, and his mother has not given him answers. No one has. So Al dreams that his father's experiments in alchemy are the real reason he took off - he imagines plots of kidnapping and conspiracy. Summer visitor, Cammie is fascinated by the idea of a plot. When Al finds a noteb [...]

    14. Shelly♥ on said:

      Al Newman is 15 years old and ready for the same old, same old summer when he meets sweet and beautiful Cammie. It's love at first sight. Al resurrects his search for his missing father - a scientist who disappeared four years ago, and enlists Cammie's help to try and spend more time with her. His plan falls apart as she is called away. But still the mystery calls for him to solve and discover the truth.I enjoyed this book. It was a trip in the way back machine to the 1980s. Al is a very sympath [...]

    15. Michelle on said:

      I'm actually going to give this book 5 stars because it had everything I look for in a good novel - a bit of suspense, some mystery, some times when I literally laughed/chuckled out loud, and an overall good story. I found the writing style to be very refreshing; I could really seem to get into the head of a 14-year-old boy. It was fun, direct, and yet not-so-direct all at the same time.That said, I can see why publishers were wary of it. Not because it wouldn't sell or wouldn't be a good read, [...]

    16. Brenda Mengeling on said:

      Very enjoyable coming of age novel set in 1984 on Cape Cod. However, it is NOT a YA novel. The themes are quite sophisticated and nuanced, and young adults who read this should have an open-minded adult to talk to about the story.I found the first person narrative of teen Albert E. Newman quite engaging. All the secondary characters were well drawn also. Cammie, Al's girlfriend for the summer is the most obscure, but that is because Al finds girls confusing and mysterious. The reader can see in [...]

    17. Jan on said:

      Wowjust WOW! After finishing this story I could see it being a movie. The author weaves a "coming of age" story unlike any I've read before. Al's Dad doesn't come home one day and nobody tells him why leading him to think all sorts of things that may have happened to him and we see it all from his eyes letting us feel the confusion and everything else that happens to Al. Five years later at age 15, Al is dealing with a first love, his boyhood friends, his Mom, his Grandma, his missing Dad and a [...]

    18. Cathy on said:

      This was another free book I received for my kindle in one of the daily emails alerting readers to deals on amazon. I am continuously amazed at the quality of many of these books. Alchemy proved to be no exception to that and is one of the best books that I've read so far this year. Hugh Manatee, the wayward manatee who makes his way up to Cape Cod each summer, is the perfect mascot for this novel. Alchemy is filled with heart, laughter (I was literally cackling out loud while reading parts), lo [...]

    19. Jackie on said:

      I fell a little bit in love with 15 year old Al. He is real in the way a lot of fictional teenagers aren't, and has this whole "endearingly incompetent" thing going on. He's a really nice kid, who messes up a lot (like most 15 year olds). He's a lot like I was at that age, only I wasn't so good at apologies. Al's relationship with Cammie is really sweet, but not saccharine. There's just the right amount of innocence without being twee and unrealistic.Sometimes I would drift for a couple of pages [...]

    20. Trish0116 on said:

      I was a hesitant to read another "coming of age" story but I am glad I did. I loved the first person narration but thought that some of his observations were a bit too mature to be coming from a person of his age. I thought the author captured the time period well and made enough references to current happenings of the 80's for you to be immersed in that time frame. The characters were well fleshed out and I enjoyed the ending's'(other reviewers made reference to 3 endings)I think Mike Wood is a [...]

    21. John on said:

      This was an excellent book. The author did an AMAZING job of capturing how it feels to be an early teenage boy really took me back 35 years. The characters are well developed and multidimensional. The book moves along at an excellent pace, and even when the story completely changes gears, the transition is smooth. There is an emotional depth to this story that is quite amazing, especially for a first-time author. Lastly, this book has an excellent message, and yet it avoids getting "preachy". Hi [...]

    22. Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson on said:

      Wow. What a wonderful read and a wonderful first book by author Mike Wood.It's a beautiful coming-of-age story that made me both laugh out loud and weep, as I got the privilege of following 15 year old Al and his friends as they enjoyed the pleasures and pain of the fateful summer of 1984.I can't say much more without spoiling the story, so I won't :)What I WILL say, however, is: Buy This Book! :D

    23. Linda on said:

      This is truly a wonderful story. It is nothing like I was expecting! I loved all the characters; they were real, well rounded and engaging. The way the author was able to take us into their lives and understand all perspectives was amazing. This story had depth, drama, and humor; it is far more than a simple story. I think this is an author to watch. I recommend this book to anyone who loves heartfelt coming of age stories. This is also a very well edited book, very professional.

    24. Jenn on said:

      I got this free or cheap for the Kindle. So, it was gym reading for me. I found I was rather surprised by it. I enjoyed the story a lot. Except the very ending. I mean the VERY ending. It felt like it should have ended before that last whale stuff. To be totally honest, I skipped a lot of that. But overall, I definitely enjoyed it.

    25. Lou on said:

      Great summer read & awesome to get to have the author at our Book Club. It took awhile to get into the story but once it caught on I couldn't put it down. Mike brought us back to the 80's of a young summer romance. I would recommend this book for anyone to read from young adolescents to adults. Good job Mike!!

    26. Tyyne' on said:

      I just finished reading this book by Mike Wood. Mr. Wood happens to live in my hometown and he is going to be a guest speaker at our next book club meeting to talk to us about his book. Alchemy was a fun, easy read about a young boy coming of age in Cape Cod. I took this book with me to the beach and thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters.

    27. Justin Tappan on said:

      Tried and couldn't finish. This was self-published on , and it shows. Not edited very well, as I discovered quite a few grammatical errors. That in itself isn't a deal-breaker, but I just couldn't get into the story. The writing is decent, don't get me wrong. There's potential here. But in the end it just lost me.

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