Wirbelsturm By David Klass

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In Firestorm, the first book of the Caretaker Trilogy, seventeen-year-old Jack Danielson saved the world’s oceans, but at great personal cost – his parents were killed and everything he knew and believed in was turned upside down. Now Jack has come home to see P.J., his girlfriend and sole remaining touchstone. But she’s missing, and blame falls on Jack. On the run with Gisco, his crafty canine sidekick, Jack is literally caught up in a whirlwind as he travels to the heart of darkness to rescue P.J. – a journey that will bring him face-to-face with the father of his old nemesis, the colonel, aka the Dark Lord from the future. Jack’s quest becomes all the more complicated as he discovers that the only person who can stop the Dark Lord is another time traveler, the wizard Kidah, who has disappeared in the present.

Book 2 of the Caretaker Trilogy mixes heart-racing adventure with an urgent ecological warning about the fragility of the world’s rain forests and the importance of respect for indigenous peoples. Readers will be drawn into the vortex of the quest—whether or not they’re familiar with Book 1.


Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

When Jack arrives home to try and explain his disappearance for the last six months to his girlfriend, he finds out that the Dark Army has beaten him there and has kidnapped her in an attempt to thwart his Earth-saving plans.

The police are blaming him for the disappearance and for the death of her parents, who died fighting this evil army from the future in the first book, FIRESTORM. With the help of a psychic, wisecracking dog named Gisco, Jack sets off in a hot air balloon for the Amazon rainforest, where legend has it that a time-traveling wizard lives who can help him defeat the Dark Army.

Will Jack find the wizard and his girlfriend? Will Jack defeat the Dark Army before they destroy Earth?

WHIRLWIND is a fast-paced, action-filled book. With each chapter ending in a cliffhanger and the stakes high for the book's well-developed main character, David Klass has done a great job of crafting this tale. Readers who enjoy adventure, science fiction, fantasy, and action will all enjoy reading this second book in THE CARETAKER TRILOGY. Wirbelsturm Just like Firestorm, this is a good book. The books in this series go all over the place, from adventure to adventure. This is, however, one of the things that makes the books very interesting. There are many points of action in this book, along with some personal loss. I love that the books are super realistic. Sure, they can be a little extreme, but other than a few moments the books tell exactly what would happen in a real situation. This wasn't my favorite book, but I'm glad I read it. Wirbelsturm Sequels get a bad rap. Especially if they're in a series of more than two - the second one is often seen as the weak link, just a placeholder til the creator gets to the big finish. This book breaks that mold, though I had my doubts in the first couple of chapters. (Jack's and Gitmo's never-ending smart-aleck bantering seemed forced, and got to be annoying). *Whirlwind* continues the story of Jack Danielsen, who in *Firestorm* discovered that he was sent from the future because he is the only one able to save the world from an ecological disaster. His parents (actually just people who posed as his parents and raised him in a small Pennsylvania town) were killed by superhuman people from the future who came back to stop him. But others came back, too, and they taught Jack about his powers and prepare him for the battles ahead. These partners included a talking dog named Gitmo and a beautiful martial arts expert named Eko. Firestorm ended after a nearly fatal, but ultimately successful battle with Dargon, the bad guy in this story.

In *Whirlwind*, Jack, who has been on the move since the end of Book #1, returns to his hometown to apologize to his girlfriend P.J. for just disappearing without notice. But he finds out that she has been kidnapped by the Dark Lord, the father of Jack's old nemesis Dargon. To find and rescue her, Jack must follow the trail to the Amazonian rain forest, where the Dark Lord is engaged in an all-out effort to eliminate the rain forest, thus destroying the Earth's atmosphere. When Jack's meditative trances transport him to the place where P.J. is being held captive, he sees that the Dark Lord has the ability to transform himself into a huge tarantula that tortures and torments his prisoners. Jack discovers that in this battle, he is not destined to be the chosen one who will save the day. Instead, the Dark Lord speaks of a wizard with unimaginable powers.

By the end of this book, I was anxious to get started on #3, *Timelock*. Wirbelsturm This book was fairly fast moving and I can see many of my middle schoolers enjoying it, but there was not a whole lot of depth to it. Maybe I feel this way because I have not read the first book in the trilogy, but there were definite times I felt like there was more gloss than substance. The story was fairly predictable and the writing style was very predictable. I don't know how many times there was a statement like It's a (fill in blank here)! But wait, no! It's a (fill in blank here!) This got a bit tedious at times. That said, however, I'm a bit intrigued by the premise of the story and if I ever have a time on my hands that I don't have a must read next to me, I would not be adverse to reading the first book or even the next when it comes out to discover how the story began and how it ends. Wirbelsturm Posted to my Livejournal in April 2008, saved here for posterity:

This sequel lived up to the first one in the series. I won't say it exceeded it, but it was definitely as strong. It continues Klass's tradition of high intensity thrills and heartbreaking depictions of ecological disasters. In this one, Jack has managed to save the world's oceans, and he returns to his hometown to check in on the girl he left behind -- only to find out that she has been kidnapped by another ruthless, Machiavellian killer from the future who wants revenge. Oh, and this guy is purposely destroying the Amazon rain forests just to wreck the future again after Jack saved it. Okay, that makes the series sound nutso, but it's actually really good, and manages to be thoughtful and exciting. Klass brings even the most remote of environmental issues to eye level, really showing how it affects the people nearby and then ripples outward to the rest of the world. He makes you feel it, through his character Jack, who is still sensitive and smart despite being an all-American jock at the outset of the series. I can't wait for the next one. Wirbelsturm


4 1/2 Stars. Not as good as the first one, but still a very nice read. When I first started reading it, it was hard to get back into the flow of the fragments but eventually I got used to it again. The action was still amazing, and the characters still intriguing and enjoyable. Some of it was a little more gory than I generally enjoy imagining; but besides that, everything else was good. Wirbelsturm This young adult book was a good sequel to Firestorm with most of the characters from the first book and a few new ones just to add variety. I was glad Gisco was part of this adventure as well, but missed his banter when he was altered for a while. This time Jack sets out to save his girlfriend, PJ, from the clutches of the Dark Army and keep the Amazonian Rain Forest from being decimated. If you are passionate about saving the Earth from dying out at the hands of greedy humans, then you will probably enjoy this second book in the Trilogy. I am looking forward to the last installment: Timeclock. Wirbelsturm Eh, might be good glue between the two books. Definitely passed more quickly and with less grammar annoyance than (listening to) the first. I just looked back through the book, and I don't think this owes entirely to print v. audio; pretty sure this book has more complete sentences and articles than the first.

I've just placed the third on hold and do look forward to it--just not with very high expectations. Wirbelsturm Whirlwind by david klass, honestly i think of it as hunger games in a way it has action, romance, war, and wisdom(like Hary Potter). It's a great book in my opinion the author gav a vivid setting and plot it was fantastic. So read the first book firstrom the the second whirl wind and if you want timelock all by the amazing author David Klass Wirbelsturm 2nd in the series. I like that this is an environmentally-conscious series. I don't like that animals are anthropomorphized to some extent. In my world, sharks are not pure evil -- they just do what they do. If you're trying to save the environment, I don't think you can pick & choose which parts are worth saving. Sharks (and bats) need appropriate habitat just like dolphins (and monkeys). Wirbelsturm