The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance

The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance

Glenn Dakin / Feb 27, 2020

The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance Murder mystery and adventure aren t your typical birthday presents But for Theo anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift A mysterious illness and Theo s guardians force him

  • Title: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance
  • Author: Glenn Dakin
  • ISBN: 9781606840153
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Murder, mystery, and adventure aren t your typical birthday presents .But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift A mysterious illness and Theo s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from theMurder, mystery, and adventure aren t your typical birthday presents .But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift A mysterious illness and Theo s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo s illness and change his life forever Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin.Ages 8 12

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    1. I really wanted to like this book. The title definitely hooked me, and I was interested to see why the main character, Theo, was being imprisoned by the clearly evil Dr. Saint. Unfortunately, the plot quickly slowed to a series of random events which did not mesh seamlessly (or really at all) into a whole plot. Theo himself is completely unlikeable, spending most of the book scared, unsure of himself, and not understanding what is going on around him, making his a very poor narrative point of vi [...]

    2. Title: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance (Candle Man Book #1) Author: Glenn Dakin Publisher: Egmont USA Publication Date: September 22, 2009 Pages: 300 My Edition: ARC Paperback Reading Level: Ages 9-12 Where I got it: Good Man Media Summary from :Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . . But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift. A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where glove [...]

    3. This book definitely lived up to my expectations. Theo is a boy who has grown up rarely leaving his room and only knowing 3 people - Dr. Saint, Mr. Nicely (the butler), and a deaf maid named Clarice. He has an illness that forces him to wear gloves and submit to treatments that involve a machine called The Mercy Tube. One night, two robbers knock out the butler and force Theo to show them around. They discover a secret room with articles and a poster of a man that looks exactly like him - called [...]

    4. Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadTooTheo has never been around more than three people in his life: his guardian, the butler, and the maid. He has been told he has a serious illness, having to be put inside the Mercy Tube every day, always having to wear gloves, and he's never allowed to do anything too exciting for fear of over-stimulation.The truth is much creepier. Theo soon realizes that his guardian is not the good man he believed him to be, and that Theo himself is quite powerful in w [...]

    5. The back jacket blurb says that this is like Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap I'd say it's more like A Series of Unfortunate Events meets Neverwhere/Un Lun Dun and The Mysterious Benedict Society.Theo is one of those unfortunate/fortunate orphans - unfortunate in that he's basically a prisoner, kept separate from the world because of a mysterious disease, fortunate because Dr. Saint, Mr. Nicely and Clarice are all there to protect and care for him. On his birthday (I'm guessing 15th, but it's nev [...]

    6. Even though the beginning is quiet exciting - a boy with unique powers, locked away from the outside world, suddenly in need to defend himself not just against some burglars but the people that seem to be his only family - it took me some time to really warm up to the story. This might have been due to the fact that I had trouble keeping track of the many different characters popping up all over the place. Sometimes I wished for a "field guide", as provided for the Spiderwick Chronicles, to get [...]

    7. I described the book to my roommate who immediately said "oh, Steam Punk" which seemed like a reasonable name for the genre - and one I'm not crazy about though I seem to read a number of them. There is a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen quality - steam-powered super hero, basically. Young person (generally male) raised isolated from the world, unaware of his gifts/curses and then used by a secret society foreither destroying the bad guys or attempting to destroy the good guys but then the good [...]

    8. I am enjoying the current popularity of steampunk, even as it confirms that cyberpunk is truly dead. Likewise, I am enjoying Egmont USA's debut on the scene. Imprints seem to start with an impressive list, and I'm definitely looking forward to what this one will put out in the next year or so based on what I've read. (Check out Egmont USA titles I've read since.)CANDLE MAN is a nice middle grade/young adult crossover title. It's written for a younger audience, but contains a complexity that will [...]

    9. This was an easy read, and one that I really enjoyed. DON'T BE FOOLED: the reading level claims to be for ten years old and up, but the themes are extremely adult, dark and gory.Spoilers:1) A child grows up in captivity, raised in isolation by a sinister society, to be used for scientific experimentation and emotionally abused on a daily basis.2) As a teenager, the child learns that his "disease" is actually a death-touch.3) The child is abducted by another society as a rescue mission. This resc [...]

    10. Theo Saint has been kept away from the public for his entire life. He drinks hot water, eats millet and greens, and is thin and pale and must ALWAYS wear gloves. The night two burglars break into Empire Hall is the night Theo discovers he has a terrible power: one touch of his bare hands makes people melt like wax. He doesn't know it yet, but he is the descendant of one of the most feared people in London's history: The Candle Man. And his guardians are not his friends: he must escape. Set in mo [...]

    11. Overall I enjoyed this odd but exciting book. I agree with another reader who compares the book to The Mysterious Benedict Society. At the beginning all of the Mr. this and Mr. that were a bit hard to follow and even a child of ten may have trouble keeping track of it all. However, once the book got moving and we met characters who have real names, the whole thing picked up and became hard to put down. My favorite part of the book was the main character, Theo, who was raised in isolation so his [...]

    12. Loved it! This book is fantastic, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!Reading it the second time, I still found this book really enjoyable. The mysteries of the past haunting everyone, the suspenseful magic being revealed, the ghoulish setting with steam punky elements everywhere I loved it all!I found the main character, Theo, to be an enigma, and that kept my attention throughout the book. Due to his secluded upbringing, he is weird and has strange ideas. He doesn't know how to ac [...]

    13. This author has a clever, although at times overdone, writing style that uses word play for names and description that would probably be quite enjoyable for younger readers. Theo has been kept confined to a small part of his guardian's house all his life and has been told that he has a rare disease and cannot be around people. When two unlucky crooks try to break into the house, Theo is abducted by the so-called maid and discovers that he is a descendant of the Candle Man and has his same powers [...]

    14. People have compared this to Lemony Snicket and I won't because I HATE Lemony Snicket and its arch,phony style.This I did like. It's fast moving but allows for a bit of character development--it has a hero whose growth pulls you right along with him. And while it's obviously going to have several more sequels,this leaves you feeling satisfied for now. Well done.

    15. Not bad. It was very interesting and different but the pace was so fast that there was very little character development.Still, not a bad read though a lot of death and dismemberment for youngins.

    16. I was reading it and thinking, "Wow, this is modern, but it has great steampunk feel." Then I look at the back of the book when I finish and the description says almost the exact same thing. Weird.

    17. This book is amazing. It's primarily for ages 9-13, I would say. I think all ages would enjoy this book. the beginning starts off boring, but not as boring as other books I've read, surprisingly. Once I got about 80 pages into the book it got me hooked. I coudnt stop reading it. I would find myself coming home everyday reading it. And today I have finally finished it. Anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense will love this, but I feel other people will as well. I overall recommend this book, as yo [...]

    18. The best book ever! Found it at Goodwill of all places, and if it was a food, it would have hit the spot!

    19. I got this as an advance review copy, and was told it was for those who liked Septimus Heap and Percy Jackson. Alas, my 10-year-old daughter and I didn't think it was as good as either of those.I wanted to like it. There's a lot of fascinating elements here, from the mysterious secret societies, to the extremely Steampunk London of indeterminate century, to the moral ambiguity of the title character. It just didn't cohere into a novel I felt passionate about.We start with a boy named Theo, who h [...]

    20. Theo has spent all of his life inside and away from people. His guardian Dr. Saint has always told him that he has a deadly disease that makes it so he cannot be involved in modern society. So it’s a treat for Theo when as a birthday outing Dr. Saint allows him to take a stroll in the cemetery near the house. Imagine his surprise when he happens to find a gift with his name on it randomly sitting on one of the headstones. Aside from the strange gift, suddenly Theo is thrown into a world of hi [...]

    21. Okay, first, you should know this book is written by one of the writers for the BBC show, Shaun the Sheep. That should make you better appreciate some of its personality (or at least find it interesting).If you've seen that series, you should know there isn't any dialogue. Before I knew who this author was I found myself thinking that it was one of the most dialogue driven children's books I'd ever read. It is also inexplicably perky. Heh.That said, and yes, including all of that textual persona [...]

    22. Theo spends his time in his room at Empire Hall locked away from the outside world due to his mysterious illness. His treatments in the Mercy Tube are painful and he takes solace in the time that he spends alone to reflect on these things. But on his birthday, Theo receives a mysterious package which leads to a series of unfortunate events that involves a robbery that leads to dire consequences which finally explains why he has to always wear his black glove. Everything Theo thought he knew abou [...]

    23. "Evil mets like wax at his touch" is the mantra, but the prevailing question , "But why?" becomes the focus of this story. Theo, a slight young boy, is living a bland life. Left in doors with no stimulation such as tea or a good book he is safe from his disease-- or so he is told. Until the day he discovers that his disease is really a powerful tool to thwart enemies, Theo excepts his life and bares it well. When he discovers all he's ben told is a lie, he runs away and meets up with a curious b [...]

    24. This book immediately gripped me with the interesting background and strange aspects of the protagonist. The situation is overall the setup for a creative story. The backstories and science were fun to read about and imagine, and fitted nicely with the world. I thought it was funny how the villains carried out their evil deeds under the pretense of goodwill, especially the plot to kill an obese police officer with tempting junk food businesses. A little bit of ridiculousness is not a bad thing. [...]

    25. Theo has been raised in isolation. His illness has required him to wear gloves constantly and undergo daily medical treatment, and only three people are ever around. But one day, he finds a mysterious gift that draws him to a world outside the only home he's ever known. It is there he comes face to face with not only the mysteries of his own life, but with a secret war fought with powers ordinary people can't imagine. But can Theo survive, let alone be any kind of hero?Imagine superheros (and vi [...]

    26. Theo only knows three rooms in his house and the three people who've raised him: Mr. Saint; Mr. Nicely, the butler; and Clarice, the maid, who's deaf. One time a year, on his birthday, he is allowed to leave the house with Mr. Nicely and go to a cemetery. He must always, always, wear gloves and daily he's placed in a tube to "cure" him of whatever it is that's wrong with him. What he knows of life he knows from the few books he's read and the teachings of Mr. Saint and Mr. Nicely. One night, aft [...]

    27. From shutupimreadingThe Society of Unrelenting Vigilance was full of mysteries, interesting characters, and impressive writing and narration. The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is definitely one for younger readers to pick up.The plot was unique, and constantly had questions asked and answered. Unfortunately, I felt like it was too slow at times, and that there was also a little more running and less action then I would've liked. It was also quite confusing in places. This book is definitely a [...]

    28. Theo lives an extremely secluded life. His guardian, the butler and the maid are the only three people Theo has ever known. He is kept within three rooms in the mansion. His only outside excursions are to the neighboring cemetery on his birthday. His guardian says he has a very rare and mysterious disease so keeping him isolated from the outside world is necessary for his own safety. As Theo grows older he begins to question this because he feels fine except for when he has his treatments in the [...]

    29. It was okay from the start. Then, it was great when Theo has finally escaped accidentally with the help of Chloe. But, this young boy is somehow telling me he's afraid still in the real world.I thought he's brave like Ethan Wate or Lucas Ross. Chloe is a strong female character(she even went down to the the evil Dr. Saint's network) ,but she's not the strong type of my liking compared to Bianca(Evernight) and Lena (Beautiful Creatures). While I read this book, the ending was not very interesting [...]

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