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    Academic Treasure

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters but weaves a great story. "A copy of this book was supplied by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    The Ancient Nine

    In The Ancient Nine Dr Ian Smith creates an ivy league secret society at Harvard. Dr Smith created likable characters who feel like personal friends. Fiction mixed with facts from history, with bread crumbs thrown in for the reader to follow the mystery, makes The Ancient Nine an interesting read. I was given an early copy to review.
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    Harvard secret society

    The Ancient Nine exceeded my expectations. I imagined this to be an account of students' lives at Harvard. Instead, the story reads like a Dan Brown mystery, although this fiction is based on real events. Spenser Collins is a Harvard athlete of meager means. Meanwhile, his best friend, Dalton Winthrop, is fifth-generation in Cambridge. In October, 1988, Spenser receives an invitation to attend a reception at one of Harvard's most prestigious and secretive all-male societies. Although he is not from a prominent family, he may be admitted to the Delphic Club if he passes a series of steps. The Delphic Club is an ancient society that has had leaders in politics, industry and entertainment as its members. Spenser and Dalton soon become curious and begin investigating the Delphic's secret past, especially the Ancient Nine who have absolute power over the society's secrets, The book takes us all over Cambridge, into Harvard's numerous libraries, meetings at the Delphic, basketball games, etc. It is a fascinating ride and hooks from the first page. And what an ending! I look forward to reading more books by Dr. Ian K. Smith. Highly recommended. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Good read for YA/NA

    The Ancient Nine is my first book by Ian K. Smith. There is a rather big age gap between me and the characters for this book, so it wasn't as exciting for me as it probably would be for younger readers. If I had to label this book I'd call it a thriller for YA or NA readers. Mr. Smith has delivered a book that is full of moments when you want to tell the characters, "Don't do that!" Like watching a movie and the dumb blonde is going into the basement...you just know something horrible is there. So yes, there is plenty of drama, suspense, some romance and a little action in this book to keep readers engaged. Spencer and his buddy Dalton have set their course to solve a mystery. I love the characters in this story. While this book didn't rate 5 stars from me, I believe younger readers will adore it. The Ancient Nine is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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