Book Excerpt from Matt Monroe and The Secret Society


We reviewed Matt Monroe and The Secret Society earlier during this tour, and now we’re pleased to share an excerpt from the book with you. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

“Hey, guys, did Zach tell you about the animal we saw on the path today?” Matt asked, gathering in his winnings.

            Eric snorted. “Yeah—some lame story about a bear running on its hind legs.”

            “It wasn’t a bear,” Matt said, which got everyone’s attention. Zach’s expression was quizzical as his friend continued. “When I was delivering papers this afternoon, a really tall, furry animal ran across old Doc Payne’s front lawn. I think it was the same one we saw earlier. It looked like Bigfoot.”

            Travis laughed.

            “I’m not kidding you guys,” Matt said, defending himself. “It really looked like Bigfoot.”

            Zach picked up the cards. “That would explain why it was so tall. Wow—what if it was Bigfoot?”

            “That would be so cool,” Eric said.

            They all agreed. Matt looked toward the mountain. What is a Bigfoot creature was wondering around on the ridge?

The boys anted up for the next hand. As Zach reshuffled the cards, a red glow appeared over the ridge. Matt jumped up so quickly that he knocked the bag of chips over. He pointed up.

            “Look—the lights are back!” He quickly reached down and grabbed his can of Mountain Dew and took a big swig.

            Everyone looked up toward the mountains. Sure enough, there it was—a huge red glow.

            Travis stood, staring at the display. “Boy that’s awesome. Looks just like fireworks. And it’s getting bigger.”

            Zach jumped up and grabbed Matt. “No, it’s not getting bigger—it’s getting closer.”

            The red light morphed into a huge pulsating globe, and in seconds it was only a hundred feet away, hovering over the ball field.

            Matt stared wide-eyed at the sinister sphere. His hands shook so uncontrollably he spilled the nearly full can of soda down the front of himself and felt its coldness soak through his cargo shorts. He tried to speak but his tongue stuck to the roof of his dry mouth.

            Directly above, a pulsating red globe hung in the air, defying gravity; a bright beam of white light from the menacing object lit up parts of the field below.

            Matt stood motionless as if hypnotized by the aerial display. The globe zigzagged across the ball field, getting closer and closer to the campfire.

            Someone yelled, “Run, guys! Run for your lives!”

About The Book

cvrTitle: Matt Monroe and The Secret Society

Author:  Edward Torba

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Mystery

Matt Monroe and The Secret Society is the first book in a series about a fourteen-year-old boy and his friends. In this first installment, Matt puts aside his fears as he travels to a same-time dimension to fulfill a prophecy. The saga begins when Matt finds a set of mysterious wooden tablets and an onyx ring. Soon he and his older brother, along with five friends, find themselves transported to the world of Paragon, where they face numerous obstacles. This is an account of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure with an extraordinary ending. The second book in the series, Matt Monroe and The Haunted House, continues the story of these courage young teens.

Author Bio

  01 Edward Torba graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received a B.S. degree in biology in 1973 and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1977. He has been a general dentist for more than thirty-six years, practicing in Latrobe [Derry Township], Pennsylvania. His lifelong hobby has been writing. Publications to his credit: The Magic Trip and Boys Club Guide to Youth Football.

            Dr. Torba enjoys travel and reading when he has the time. He also has a great passion for gardening. His favorite author is Charles Dickens; one of his life goals is to pen a best selling novel that would be worthy of Dickens.


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