A single wisp of smoke traced up my nose and clung to the back of my throat. My lips parted, breaking the Whizbang machine’s electric kiss of death. My heart drummed out the rapid beat of fear, reminding me I had changed history. I had beaten Tunney’s cloak. I could feel it. I was alive, trembling, and soaked in perspiration.
Still, somewhere in the back of my mind, I wished I hadn’t listened to my father’s pleas and had welcomed death with open arms. It would have been simpler in the long run. I held still and waited for a sign, for someone, a sound, a clue as to where I was, anything. None came.
“Hello?” I whispered. “Mom? Grandpa Jack? Hello?” My eyes peeled open, blinking away the haze of a dusty fog, and then gently shut. “Where am I?”
The stench of hot char hit my face, bringing with it a raw dirtiness that sent my body recoiling. Wrenching my shoulders forward, I violently wiggled against the heaviness covering my chest.
The Whizbang Machine, Tunney’s Curse Description:
Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Yale clings to life.
Her plan to save the Whizbang machine backfires. As her grandfather Jack feverishly works to save her, the Whizbang factory begins to topple down around them.
Narrowly escaping, the pair realizes the Whizbang machine is missing. As Tunney’s curse rages out of control, no one in the quaint Dutch town of Leiden is safe. No one is free from suspicion either.
Jack and Elizabeth must follow the clues Elizabeth’s deceased father, Jesse, left behind to unravel the secrets of George Tunney’s shady past and stop the curse. This all must be done before Elizabeth’s mother’s 40th birthday which is mere days away.
As they dig, the pair, alongside Detective Henry, are sent on a wild chase that takes them into the dark underbelly of the Netherlands, into the city’s canals looking for a sunken clock, through the private chambers of a Queen, and into the dark face of danger.
Each new secret exposed only deepens the mystery.
Will they gather the clues and stop the curse in time? Is someone among them really working for the other side? Will someone fall to the curse once and for all?
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