Kevin McGill did a give-away during which I managed to download a free copy of the book. It's a quick read, only around 130 pages. The idea is great, the execution not as much. Sadly. Nikolas and Company is Goonies meets Lightning Thief that takes place on a mythological reimagination of our moon. Nick and his friends have a Goonie feel to it. Add Doc Brown from Back to the Future and you have Nick's grandfather. The story is fast paced. While other books tend to bore one to death with endless descriptions, Nikolas & Co. lacks descriptions where they are badly needed. Information is just dumped into the middle of everything with no explanation whatsoever. Things I would have liked seen to be followed up on, were just left hanging in the air. I still don't know if Nick's parents are really dead or not. For most of the book I thought Nick and Tim were living with their Grandfather, which apparently they were not. In dialogue the characters either interupt each other mid-sentence or something else cuts them off, leaving me confused about what they were going to say. And nothing later on picks up on this, so they just got cut off and that's it. I can see where the story would work in a movie environment but as a book it was hard to follow and left me confused and frustrated. It often felt as if my own ADD is all over the place finding something shiny, then getting distracted by something more shiny and so on. A slower pace and more world-building and description would help the story a great deal. Right now it feels as though I was being run through the book. "Look here and then here and over there and oh look look look." I wish I could give it a higher rating, also because Kevin McGill seems to be a very nice guy, and anyone who gives away 1,000 (!, signed too) books for free to make kids read during the summer ranks rather high in my books. I still will check out Episode 2 to see how the story continues and if the style has changed.