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By D.J. MacHale

the second one installment in an epic sequence of adventures

Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon isn't like different boys his age. His uncle Press is a vacationer, and, as Bobby has realized, that implies Uncle Press is accountable, via his trips, for fixing interdimensional clash at any place he encounters it. His venture is not anything lower than to avoid wasting the universe from final evil. And he takes Bobby alongside for the experience.
clean from his first event on Denduron, Bobby reveals himself within the territory of Cloral, an enormous international that's completely coated through water. Cloral is nearing a catastrophe of big proportions. analyzing the journals Bobby sends domestic, his neighbors examine that the determined electorate of the endangered floating towns are on the point of struggle. Can Bobby -- suburban basketball superstar and all-around great man -- aid rid the realm of marauders, and find the mythical misplaced land of Faar, that could carry the main to Cloral's survival?

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To me, doing laps in a pool used to be like strolling on a treadmill. there has been not anything attention-grabbing to examine. yet diving lower than the skin used to be an entire different tale. That was once like losing in to another international. after all, I have been losing in to a couple too many alternative worlds in recent years, so I wasn’t as psyched approximately this dive as traditional. as soon as I sank under the skin, i used to be afraid to take a breath. i used to be used to respiring via a mouthpiece attached to a hose that was once hooked up to a scuba tank. yet there has been no mouthpiece during this bizarre head-bubble factor. And there has been no tank of compressed air strapped to my again both. All I had used to be a silly little harmonica-looking doo-dad caught close to the again of my head that used to be speculated to take oxygen out of water. all of sudden the whole lot sounded lovely very unlikely. although I knew i used to be underwater and my head used to be nonetheless thoroughly dry, I couldn’t deliver myself to enable cross and… ”Breathe! ” commanded Uncle Press. I spun round and observed that he was once floating correct subsequent to me. How bizarre used to be that? i'll pay attention him even if we have been underwater with our heads encased in transparent plastic. His voice sounded form of excessive and skinny, just like the treble knob on my stereo was once cranked all of the approach to ten and the bass used to be sponsored off to 0, yet i may listen him as simple as though, good, as though we weren’t underwater. ”Trust me, Bobby,” he stated. “Look at me. I’m respiring. it really works. ” i needed to belief him. I additionally desired to shoot again to the skin and breathe genuine air. yet my lungs have been commencing to harm. I didn’t have any selection. I needed to breathe. I exhaled what little air I had left in my lungs, then took in a tentative breath, to find it labored. I had no notion how, yet that little harmonica gizmo used to be letting me breathe. It was once even greater than utilizing a mouthpiece and a scuba tank simply because there have been no hoses to accommodate. and since there has been no mouthpiece, i'll speak. lets converse underwater! ”That’s better,” Uncle Press stated reassuringly. “You ok? ” ”Yeah,” I spoke back. “How come we will speak? ” ”It’s the re-breather,” he acknowledged, tapping the silver gadget at the again of his globe. “It contains sound waves, too. Cool, aye? ” Cool was once the observe. ”Let’s go,” he ordered. With a kick of his fins Uncle Press took off swimming. He left a path of carbon dioxide bubbles that got here from the re-breathing equipment as he exhaled. Now that i used to be being used to inhaling the air globe, I took a brief go searching to get orientated. The pool of water we had flumed into grew to become out to be the hole to a passageway beneath a major overhang of rock. Uncle Press used to be now slowly swimming towards a ribbon of sunshine approximately thirty yards away that i'll inform used to be the top of the rock ceiling, simply as he had defined. in the back of me I observed that the ceiling in simple terms went again a number of extra ft earlier than finishing at a craggy wall. This used to be a beautiful out-of-the-way position for a gate to be hidden. yet i suppose that used to be the assumption. The gates wereallhidden in distant places so traditional humans from the territories wouldn’t by chance locate them.

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