Book review: Richard Paul Evans' 'Michael Vey 6: Fall of Hades' explodes into the series in a big way

Posted September 13

"MICHAEL VEY 6: Fall of Hades," by Richard Paul Evans, Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink, $18.99, 288 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

With a story that explodes at the start and doesn’t slow down until its climactic end, fans of Richard Paul Evans' Michael Vey series are likely to be satisfied with the latest installment, "Michael Vey 6: Fall of Hades."

Michael is a young man with a secret. He is a Glow, a person with special abilities due to something that happened to him and other young people before they were born. Michael can control electricity by holding it, sending it and using it for many different purposes.

Michael and his fellow Glow friends form the Elctroclan, a group dedicated to defeating the evil corporation Elgen. This company is the reason they have the abilities, and it wants to exploit them for monetary and political gain.

“Fall of Hades” picks up immediately after the cliffhanger ending of Book 5. Fans of the Vey series have been patiently waiting to find out who is “The Voice,” or the leader of the resistance against Elgen. The identity of this leader is revealed, and the story only speeds up from there.

Michael and his crew embark on their most dangerous mission yet: Capturing the Joule, Elgen’s floating piggy-bank. Hatch, the leader of Elgen, is just as horrible as ever as his ego has only grown.

Along the way, Michael will make new friends and find help from unexpected allies, and more loss and heartache also fill the story.

"Fall of Hades" doesn't contain any objectionable language, but does include some violence that is not graphic and consists of some scenes of shooting and torture. The sexual content is extremely mild consisting of young adult romance that doesn't go beyond kissing.

Evans is the author of more than 30 stories and is the founder of The Christmas Box International, an organization that builds shelters and provides services for abused and neglected children.

Kent Larson is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. He loves family, writing, reading, music and movies. He's been teaching English forever and still loves it. Find him at


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