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Eddie & The Lizard Man

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A story about Eddie and his lizard-like boss that leads him on an adventure in the small town of Linemell. Will he discover the truth?

Synopsis

Eddie & The Lizard Man is the first book in the “Curious World of Eddie Billings” book series.

Eddie Billings is a lonely young man obsessed with conspiracy theories who has come across some disturbing occurrences in the antique shop where he works. These ‘occurrences’ have him convinced his boss, Kevin Kennedy, is a Reptilian or “Lizard Man” planning something evil for the inhabitants of the small town of Linemell. Fueled with a desire to know the truth, Eddie sets out to prove his theory by following Kevin to a mysterious meetup where things get even stranger than Eddie could have anticipated. Is Eddie right about Kevin? If he is, what is a Reptilian doing in the small town of Linemell? Is any of this connected to Eddie’s puzzling past?

Enter the “Curious World of Eddie Billings”! A world of science fiction mysteries told by a quirky narrator, and filled with surprising twists and turns. Think, The Hardy Boys meet The X Files meet Lemony Snicket.

"Eddie and the Lizard Man" is a charming, short novel about Eddie Billings. The novel is aimed towards middle school children/teens. He is a young man that is very curious, and he keeps a journal of his findings. He works at an antique store, and his boss in particular comes off as a bit weird to Eddie. Eddie is never allowed to disturb him between the hours of 1 pm to 3 pm, but why? Eddie accidentally overhears a phone call that sets him off onto an adventure in town, trying to discover the truth about his boss. The ending of Eddie's first adventure will leave you puzzled and curious to discover what will happen next.


The novel itself is a very easy, enjoyable read. It has short, snappy sentences that makes it very easy for someone with ADD, ADHD, ME or similar, to enjoy the story. There are no unusually big words anywhere in the text, so it would be at an appropriate level for most ages. It takes about an hour to finish the novel if you read at a moderate speed, and it is neatly decorated with little drawings to create visual stimuli too. This makes it a lot easier for someone who struggles with focusing to actually feel a sense of accomplishment by being able to finish a book in one day. The Liner siblings have created a curious little universe, and I am very excited to see what kind of adventures they will take Eddie Billings on in the future. There is a lot of potential for interesting stories, not only regarding Eddie and his boss. Although it is aimed towards a younger audience, I'm sure that anyone would be able to at least being left with a positive first impression while reading through this story. I would definitely recommend it for its target demographic.

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Synopsis

Eddie & The Lizard Man is the first book in the “Curious World of Eddie Billings” book series.

Eddie Billings is a lonely young man obsessed with conspiracy theories who has come across some disturbing occurrences in the antique shop where he works. These ‘occurrences’ have him convinced his boss, Kevin Kennedy, is a Reptilian or “Lizard Man” planning something evil for the inhabitants of the small town of Linemell. Fueled with a desire to know the truth, Eddie sets out to prove his theory by following Kevin to a mysterious meetup where things get even stranger than Eddie could have anticipated. Is Eddie right about Kevin? If he is, what is a Reptilian doing in the small town of Linemell? Is any of this connected to Eddie’s puzzling past?

Enter the “Curious World of Eddie Billings”! A world of science fiction mysteries told by a quirky narrator, and filled with surprising twists and turns. Think, The Hardy Boys meet The X Files meet Lemony Snicket.

A Particularly Interesting Find

In the center of the small town of Linemell, a place shrouded with its own curious secrets, crept a quaint road named Main Street. On one side of the street were family-owned shops and restaurants, and on the other side stood a towering, old brick building that dated back to the time of the great pioneer, Daniel Boone. In fact, one of the town’s proudest moments was the night Daniel Boone slept in Minnie Ponder’s spare bedroom in that very building. 

However, since then the building had changed hands a number of times. Mrs. Ponder eventually sold the building to a businessman who turned it into a hardware store. Then, that businessman’s grandchildren, who inherited the building, sold it to another businessman that turned it into a mattress store. After a good run, that businessman retired, closed the store and the space remained vacant for a number of years. That is, until another businessman, Kevin Kennedy, moved into the area and opened an antique shop in the tired, old building; an antique shop called Kennedy Antiques.

Now, if you’ve never been in one, there is something wonderfully mysterious about an antique shop. They are filled with fascinating items like old dressers with secret compartments and shelves stacked with leather-bound books and clocks and vases. 

It’s the perfect kind of place for a bird lover to find an 1879 carving of a cardinal. Or the perfect kind of place for a cartographer to find a hand drawn map of the Pigeon River. But even more than that, it was the perfect kind of place for someone like Eddie Billings to take a part-time job, or at least that is what he thought when he took the job.

But who is Eddie Billings? Well, one could say Eddie was an awkward sort of guy of average height with light brown hair and inquisitive blue eyes. That he usually dressed in mismatched clothes found at a thrift store or that he didn’t have many friends or get out enough. And all of those things might be true.

However, the most important things to know about Eddie Billings are that he was an overly-curious conspiracy theorist, junk food enthusiast, tinkerer and, in this particular moment, a disinterested antique store clerk, who was dusting off a porcelain angel figurine when his eye caught a clock sitting on top of an old bookcase - it read 2:50 p.m. He thought to himself...

Only ten more minutes. Only ten more minutes and my shift is over. If I’m lucky, maybe today’s shift will be a good one.

Now, Eddie’s shift began at 1:00 p.m. and ended at 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. His main responsibilities were to assist customers, arrange inventory, and keep the place clean, which was what he was occupied with at the moment… Well, that - and counting down the minutes to 3:00 p.m. 

You see, Eddie didn’t mind arranging inventory or keeping things clean. He could do that all day long and be quite content. It was assisting customers that made Eddie anxious. That’s why a “good shift” to Eddie was a shift that didn’t involve assisting customers or even seeing a customer. So far, today’s shift had been a good one.

So with only ten minutes left on the clock, Eddie remained pessimistically optimistic that this shift could actually end up being one of the rare and cherished “good ones.”

As Eddie continued cleaning various items arranged on various counter-tops, shelves, and display cases, he heard a faint, dissonant whirring sound coming from the back of the dimly-lit antique store. Intrigued, he slowly peeked his head around the corner of a large wooden dresser. He looked toward the dark hall that led to the back office where his boss, Kevin, worked behind closed doors.

As Eddie peered down the ominous hall, suspicion surrounding the strange noise began to fill his mind.

What is that, a fan? No, it can’t be. The pitch changes too much. A radio? No, there’s not any static. Maybe it’s some sort of communication device...

Then Eddie had an epiphany...

Like an alien communication device!

Now, granted, an alien communication device isn’t the kind of thing to jump into most people’s minds. But then Eddie isn’t like most people. Remember, he’s an overly-curious conspiracy theorist. And overly-curious conspiracy theorists are very good at coming up with creative explanations for things that seem out of place.

So, with the misplaced noise ringing in his ears, Eddie resumed his dusting and speculating.

Could that actually be an alien communication device? If so, why is it in Kevin’s office?

Looking for the next item to clean, Eddie saw a remarkably filthy old milk bottle sitting on the lower shelf of a bookcase. He crouched down to grab it. As he did, he thought to himself,

I just don’t get it. An old milk bottle being sold for eighteen bucks. Who in their right mind buys an old…

Eddie’s thoughts were interrupted when he saw something very peculiar, yet lately, increasingly more familiar.

“Another one!” He said under his breath.

There, lying behind the milk bottle, was a snake-like shedding of skin.

The reason Eddie said “another one,” was because in the past week alone he’d found ten such skins. But the truly interesting part was that in the four years he’d worked at the store he’d never once seen a snake. This caused Eddie to wonder whether they actually belonged to snakes at all.

Whoa, that’s a big one!

Eddie held it up for inspection, then proceeded to carefully place it in his shirt pocket. From the same pocket he removed a notepad and pen, items that never left his person. On the cover of the notebook were the words…

My Particularly Interesting Findings

Looking down at his wristwatch he read the time, 2:53 p.m. He found a blank page in his notepad and jotted down the time, date, and location where he found the skin. He also added a note about the strange whirring noise coming from the back office.

As he was writing, a loud bell rang out, startling him. It was the front doorbell, and to Eddie’s dismay, someone had arrived.

About the author

I'm a writer and filmmaker. I love ingesting and telling stories! My favorite book is The Bible. I love cooking and trying new foods. Coffee - yes. One of my favorite topics is WW2. My idea of a great weekend is staying home and working on things around the house. view profile

Published on September 01, 2020

Published by Liner House

9000 words

Genre: Middle Grade

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