"The Sword of the Realm," a contemporary young adult adventure story, is the first in the Finders & Keepers series, following the extraordinary adventures of a teenager who discovers his family has been a part of an underground society devoted to restoring lost artifacts for generations. Born into the "keepers," Chris has only ever known a quiet life with his grandfather's antiques business, until a girl shows up out of the blue and sends him rushing headlong into the daring, dangerous world of the "finders"—a move that will send him across the ocean on a madcap hunt for the most legendary artifact of all.
The novel reflects Mark Wheaton's ample experience as a screenwriter, playwright, and journalist, employing an attention to detail in the midst of fast-engaging narrative that appeals to readers across a wide spectrum. Sarah Mlynowski, bestselling author of "Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)," says of the novel, "Mark Wheaton has written the ultimate jet-setting treasure hunt."
Derek Haas, author of the Silver Bear series, says "Mark Wheaton elevates this teen thriller up to the top of the heap with a first novel that abounds with colorful, smartly-written characters, deft twists, and to me, the greatest of all thriller necessities:
The book is more than an adventure story. As screenwriter Jeremy Slater ("Fantastic Four," 2015) observes, "Sword of the Realm has the heart of an airport thriller and the brains of a Jeopardy champion. Mark Wheaton assembles an engaging cast filled with teenage thieves, spies and geniuses, then turns them loose in a globe-trotting chase to recover the legendary sword Excalibur."
The search takes them through three continents on planes, trains, and bicycles, while testing both their courage and their knowledge. It's a book for strong readers, adventure lovers, history buffs, or those who just like a good story.
"The Sword of the Realm" is published by ZOVA Books, a boutique publishing company headquartered in Long Beach, California.