“I have a 10 year old son who is an avid reader!! He loves books, (but he’s picky too) he loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He was so excited to read the 2nd book in this series! When I presented him the first book he was not sure he would like it but changed his mind quickly, then when I heard about the 2nd book being released he almost jumped out of his chair! (no exaggeration) He is anxiously awaiting the 3rd book! I would say that any child who enjoys fantasy/adventure books should read this series! It is a well written page turner! It’s a fun story that adults can even enjoy the storyline without getting bored! According to my son, ‘every kid should read this series’. ” ~ 5-Star review from SavyGreenSaver, Amazon “I loved this book, even as an adult reading it. I was completely sucked into the plot and was constantly finding myself staying up “just a little longer” to read one more chapter. Different twists and turns in the book have you constantly guessing who is behind what and who Zak and Zoe can trust. I could definitely see myself being involved in this series as a middle schooler considering how much I enjoyed it even now. Another thing I liked about it is if you missed the first book, you could still follow along with this one and not be lost.” ~ 5-Star review from Staci, Amazon “Lars Guignard has done a fabulous job with this series. I loved the `Ghost Leopard’ & love this one even more. For late-elementary to middle school age readers, you can’t beat this series. It’s fun and fast-paced. Even my picky fifth grader enjoyed every page. There are bits of magic thrown in keep the action exciting. Mr. Guignard has a brilliant imagination & readers are blessed that he’s chosen to use it for YA fiction. If you’ve yet to read the first installment in this series, do yourself a favor and read these books back to back. Don’t limit it just to kids! Adults will have a blast reading these too!” ~ 5-Star review from Liz Terek, Amazon
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My 10 year old grand daughter loved this book. She could hardly put it down. She hopes it turns into a series.

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I thought it was very interesting and also very funny. Me and my brother both really enjoyed it. Compared to other books I've read, it had way more details and I liked how it was in India because I've never been there. The yogi way was cool. I will read it a second time for sure.

“An Exciting Adventure!”

I would highly recommend this fast-paced page turner for all kids who like stories that feature magic, mystery, and adventure in an exotic location. Guignard's vivid descriptions of India -- both the chaotic city scenes and the trip through the majestic Himalayas -- bring the beauty of the country alive to young readers. His main characters, Zoe and Zac, are appealing and well drawn. It's fun to watch this pair of unlikely allies form a friendship as they race against time to rescue a supernatural creature from a villain out of ancient Indian mythology -- and discover their own hidden potential in the process.


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Backpacker Inspiration

Why China?

Why did I set my thriller Lethal Circuit in China? China is always in the news these days. It’s supposed to bail out the world economy. It’s where all the jobs went.  It’s eclipsed the USA as a superpower. Every headline you read is China, China, China. So why did I set Lethal Circuit there? The answer is not for any of the reasons above.

I got the idea for Lethal Circuit while in Hong Kong working on a TV show. I think I need to back up here. Awhile back I flew from Los Angeles to Hong Kong for the weekend. It was a long way to go for a short visit, but my wife needed some samples delivered from a Chinese factory and believe it or not, buying me a ticket to accompany her was the quickest and cheapest way of getting them back in time. So I went to Hong Kong for the weekend with every intention of being back bright and early Monday morning.

The thing was, once I got to Hong Kong I loved it there. The place was incredible. The food, the architecture, the 24/7 neon. The city was an adrenalin rush and I didn’t want to leave.  I was working in Los Angeles as a screenwriter at the time, but my current assignment had me working remotely on a television show that was shooting in Canada. I owed them a script, but I didn’t need to show up in the office. So we figured out the thing with the samples, I kissed my wife goodbye, and I planned to stay on for a few weeks in Hong Kong.

Everything went surprisingly well. I managed to get my drafts of the show I was working on into the production offices, I read their notes, I even had a couple of phone meetings, and other than the fact that I had to be up at odd hours, nobody asked where I was. Work wise, it was as though I hadn’t left.

But inspiration wise, I was in hyper drive. I’d done a lot of traveling after college, going around the world more than once with nothing but the shoes on my feet and the backpack on my back. I’d set that aside to work as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, but I’d always felt a strong wanderlust. Now, being back in Asia for the first time, I found myself drawn like a magnet to the legions of backpackers I saw crisscrossing Hong Kong.

There’s a global right of passage known as a gap year or year abroad that Americans are just warming up to.  Between high school and college, or college and grad school, or just high school and that first real job, a lot of people worldwide take an extended backpacking tour around the globe.  I knew I had done it, and I was pleased to see that the phenomenon was alive and well.  The thing was, seeing all those backpackers this time, I didn’t just want to join them, I wanted to write about them.

So I started to use my time in Hong Kong to piece together a book. The first thing was I knew I wanted my protagonist to be a backpacker — a low-budget traveler taking in the sights.  And I knew I wanted to set the story in Hong Kong and maybe mainland China. My wife was due back to Hong King to meet me in a couple of weeks and we were planning on doing a bit of a tour around the Southeastern part of the country, so I was excited to use that opportunity to check things out.

The second thing was, I wanted to show the real China. The China that I saw. Not China filtered through media stories and official sources, but the place I saw in the street. Because I’d already learned that China wasn’t the place that a lot of people thought it was.  Take a Chinese factory. I’m sure they have huge technological marvels where everybody runs around on sparkling floors with fantastically expensive machinery doing half the work, but the factories I saw were more like your Uncle Joe’s Auto Repair Garage – a few people gathered together in a dusty building making something.

So I figured I would write about things as backpacker would see them from the street level. This was fiction after all, so I knew my backpacker needed a little more reason to be in China than just the fact that he was seeing the world, so I decided that he was there searching for his missing father.  So I had a character, a backpacker.  And I had setting, the real China, but I’d worked in television long enough to know that even with the element of the missing father, I was still a long way from having a story.

Enter Espionage. I was leaving Hong Kong and crossing over to the city of Shenzhen in mainland China when it came to me. The border itself is an incredibly secure affair where you have to go through one set of  immigration agents simply to leave Hong Kong and  another set to enter China. It was the kind of gritty, fantastically crowded, high tension affair that sparked my imagination.

I’d known people in my past. People who went to elite universities. Friends of friends who used to be gregarious, sharing every detail of their lives who had suddenly clammed up.  The girl who went on in extravagant detail about her visit to the doctor or last night’s party was suddenly silent about what she’d been doing for the last three years. All she’d tell you was that she was working some low-level data entry job in Washington, D.C and that she often flew to obscure locations around the globe. Put that together with the fact she majored in languages, and her parents didn’t have any better idea what she was up to than you did,  and the answer started to take shape – there was a decent probability that she now worked for the CIA.

It was at that moment, in that subterranean border crossing between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, that I knew I had the story for what would become Lethal Circuit.  It would be about a backpacker in search of his missing father in mainland China. It would feature the real China, the China as I saw it from the street level. And the whole thing would be tied together by a dangerous thread of espionage. I crafted Lethal Circuit based on these elements, threw in some cool tech and history, and ended up with what I think is an awesome thriller that’s a fun ride through the Middle Kingdom.

So in the end my two day trip to Hong Kong ended up being a two month stay, but I came back with the first draft of Lethal Circuit, and yes, the TV show got done too.

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