Here's the backliner:
Busted. Football star Kaleo Steele is caught under the high school bleachers with the wrong group of friends. Even worse, he's caught by his seminary teacher, Brother Mortensen. If Kaleo gets turned in, he'll be in jeopardy of missing the regional championship game.
It doesn't help that Kaleo has been cutting seminary class. But what's the point? Mumbo jumbo stories about angels and gold plates and Joseph Smith? Brother Mortensen decides Kaleo is ready for an extraordinary "field trip" - one that could alter the course of his life and his heart.
Reluctantly, Kaleo meets with Ladan - a mysterious old blind man - and unknowingly begins a quest through time, landing in Palmyra, New York, in the fall of 1827.
Soon, Kaleo and a nineteenth-century girl named Jennie are caught up in a battle between treasure seekers - led by Alistair Blackburn, a necromancer hired to steal the gold plates - and the young Joseph Smith, who has sworn to keep them safe.
In his quest to find a key that will send him back to his own time, Kaleo will have to decide for himself what to believe and who to trust. Before it's too late.
When I read the back cover, I wondered how much the book might interest me but I can tell you that Jeff did a wonderful job. I'd like to recommend this book to kids and adults who enjoy a bit of mystery and adventure sprinkled with humor and awesome LDS church history facts.
The main character, Kaleo, is remarkably well-written with believable character attributes that keep the story spinning and those pages turning--I was excited to see what role Kaleo would play in helping to protect the gold plates.
I loved how Jeff included so many answers to "popular" questions about the LDS or Mormon faith--questions that many teenage members of the church might wonder about. Kaleo struggles with his beliefs and faces these questions head-on and the results are terrific.
The Fourth Nephite is an entertaining and engaging read. You'll walk away from this book enlightened, but while reading the story you'll be so engrossed that you won't realize that you're being taught. Check out this new book by Jeffrey S. Savage--you'll be glad you did. To see more of Jeff's books, you can visit his blog here.