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The Splendid Baron Submarine (The Bizarre Baron Inventions #2) by Eric Bower

35447270Waldo “W.B.” Baron is back with another amazing adventure in another incredible invention! Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues? Two of those things sound like a dream come true to W.B, whose clever inventor parents are hired―by the Vice President!―to go on a super secret and intensely important treasure hunt to repay a national debt. If only it weren’t for that lousy, rude monkey, it would be the beginning of a perfect adventure. But at least it isn’t squirrels…

The treasure hunt gives the Baron family the opportunity to use their exceptional steam-powered submarine, freshly biggened and ready for adventure! But things are seldom straightforward for the eccentric Baron family, and this treasure hunt is no exception. W.B.’s trademark bad luck has him suffering monstrous marine misfortune and marauding monkey misery.

Can the Baron family embark on their newest adventure without the eggy and depressing Aunt Dorcas? Will the Barons find the treasure they seek? Will they save the country from financial ruin? Where does the monkey fit in, anyway?

Oh, did we mention the pirate’s curse?

*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads


*Thank you to the publisher, Amberjack Publishing, and NetGalley for the copy.

The quirky Baron family are back for another extraordinary and extra exciting adventure. This time, W.B. and his parents along with their assistant, Rose, plus a nasty monkey who hates W.B., goes underwater as they use another amazing invention–the steam-powered submarine–to search for a cursed pirate treasure somewhere in the Pacific. The Barons are overjoyed not only for the chance to go on a quest but also to be able to help the country pay its debt. Sound so much fun, right?

This is the second book of The Bizarre Baron Inventions series, and just like the first one, it is full of fun and weird stuff courtesy of the Barons and the rest of the characters. It can very well be read as a standalone so there is not really a need to read the previous book to catch up on the story despite some references from the first one. But since I’ve read The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate, it helps me to appreciate the author’s humor and understand the story better. Because of it, I am more prepared for the quirky characters and bizarre storyline and setting. W.B. is the narrator of the story and he did a good job in keeping my interest. I also believe that middle-graders will easily relate to W.B. and find his adventure a lot of fun as it will surely tickle their imagination. Plus there are some lessons to be learned, too.

Overall, I enjoyed this amusing second installment more than the first one. This fast-paced crazy-filled adventure will appeal to younger readers but I’m sure there’ll be adults who’ll find this kind of story entertaining, too.




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