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Flag This Review as Inappropriate or OffensiveThe Electric Blue Fuzzy
September 8, 2009
by T. Fells of Denver, Colorado
I also think this story is a bit short, but I really like the visualization for the storms.
Flag This Review as Inappropriate or OffensiveThe Electric Blue Fuzzy
September 8, 2009
by J. Lewis of Aurora, Colorado
I liked this story, but it reads more like the cover page to a book.  It may be a bit too vague or simply too short.
Flag This Review as Inappropriate or OffensiveAh, Rats
September 8, 2009
by T. Fells of Denver, CO
I absolutly LOVE this story.  The thought behind it, the emotion and intensity, really shine through.
It is really a story that makes you think and feel and fall into the moment that the author puts you in.

Flag This Review as Inappropriate or OffensiveRed Hot Chili Pepper
September 8, 2009
by Emily N. of Savannah, GA
What a cute story with a cute twist.  My kids loved it.

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Flag This Review as Inappropriate or OffensiveVelina Williamson of Pinedale, Arizona U.S.     

Mon-Ton... Book 1 & 2
We enjoyed book 1 and just finished the second book. I started reading a chapter a night to my mother and found that one chapter was not enough.She wanted to know what happen next so it went to two and three chapters a night. Hope the third will be out soon can't wait to see what kind of adventures Gem and Bowdean have next. Mom says they are great.


Flag This Review as Inappropriate or OffensivePittsburgh Books Examiner of Pittsburgh of Pittsburgh     

Online Author Interview
Independent Author Interview: Vance Bell
September 30, 7:31 AM Pittsburgh Books Examiner    Holly Christine

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Independent Book Review: Mon Ton: The Old Man and His Treasure
Independent Book Review: Mon Ton: The Old Man and His Treasure, Vance Bell
September 23, 6:53 Pittsburgh Books Examiner Holly Christine


Holly Christine

Mon Ton: The Old Man and his Treasure is a children’s book by Vance Bell. Set in a small village that rests in the shadow of the Mon Ton Mountain, Bell introduces us to a magical world, rich with imagination.
 

Bowdean recently turned eighteen, and for some reason, he can’t get the Old Man out of his head. He’s expected to become a man now and he’s confused. He finds himself drawn to the Old Man (whom no one really knows). In fact, he remembers the day the Old Man spoke to him. His mother was taken aback. The Old Man rarely spoke. Bowdean decides to follow his instincts and attempts to discover more about this strange man.
 

Bowdean started to speak, but the Old Man raised his hand to silence him. “First, my name is Haigan. Second, I knew you were coming because it was time for you to come.” The Old Man smiled and continued. “I come from a land very far from here, that was over three hundred years ago. Yes, I did start visiting the village when the first produce stand opened, but I was living here long before the village was started. As a matter of fact, I started the water flowing into the valley, so people would stop here.”

 

At this point Bowdean stood up and started for the door.

 

The Old Man said, “Stop!”

 

At this Bowdean turned around and said, “I don’t like to be made fun of, by anyone.” He again started for the door.

 

The Old Man moved quickly, placing himself between Bowdean and the door.

 

“Wait” Haigan said with his hand leaning against the opening. “Please, sit back down and let me continue. When I have finished if you still wish to leave, I will not try to stop you.”

 

Bowdean laughed at this. “You think you could stop me from leaving?”

 

The Old Man simply waved his hand and moved back to the table. “No, but I don’t think you are really ready to leave.”


 

Haigan, the Old Man, informs Bowdean that it is his destiny to go on a quest. He trains Bowdean on the tasks that he must complete and informs him of the many scrolls written in the old language that are crucial to the completion of the quest. The quest forces Bowdean to become a man as he is challenged physically and mentally. As the Old Man says, “For some people, using their brain can be harder than using their body.”

 

The Old Man and his Treasure is the first in the Mon Ton trilogy. I would recommend Bell’s work for reading to young children (age 4-6). I’m sure that an older child would find interest in the story, but if they were to read it themselves, might get lost in some of the descriptions, particularly the descriptions of action. That said, Bell has definitely crafted an imaginative world of magic and charm for children to dream.




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Review of Mon-Ton: The Old Man and His Treasure, by Vance Bell
Review of Mon-Ton: The Old Man and His Treasure, by Vance Bell


When young Bowdean follows home a notoriously strange and secretive old man his life is never the same again, as this man begins training him for a dangerous quest to seek out his greatest treasure. During this quest Bowdean befriends Elves and a Unicorn, faces over-sized Lizards, Trolls and Dragons. One thing is sure: the treasure is not what he expected.

Written in a unique fairy tale style, one feels as though they are a child sitting in bed or around a campfire, listening to a story teller weave a fantastical and adventurous tale.

It could also be likened to a video-game quest, with obstacles that must be overcome and rules that must be followed, one at a time, before the quest can continue. If someone wanted to read a quest-like video game, this is how I would picture it being written.

If you give this unique writing style a chance, the story will draw you in, but it also has moments where you wish you knew just a little more.

- New Reads Underground




Reply: I want to thank you for a Great Review of ‘Mon-Ton:  The Old Man and His Treasure’

I would also like to let you and the readers know that some of the “moments where you wish you knew just a little more” are revealed in the second book of the Mon-Ton story.  ‘Mon-Ton: The Quest to Misty Island’ which has now been released for sale to the public. 

However, I would also warn everyone that some new “moments where you wish you knew just a little more” will be found in the second book and not be revealed until the third book of the Mon-Ton story.  ‘Mon-Ton:  The Return to Mon-Ton’ will be for sale in early 2010.

Vance Bell

Flag This Review as Inappropriate or OffensiveT. Fells of Denver, Colorado     

Wonderful Book!
I enjoyed reading the story of Mon-Ton with my husband.  It is such a wonderful story for both young and old.  A true classic in the making!








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