The Book is Almost Here!

A mysterious package, intrigue, double-dealing, and Matt Barnes.


For the first time, I would see the bold, courageous, and mysterious Matt Barnes. Disappearing from civilization for years at a time, where had he been? The Mendenhall Ice Caves in Alaska? Pharaoh’s Treasury in Jordan’s Petra? Wherever he had been, he suddenly reappeared. What would coax Matt Barnes to return to the civilized world?

Then Matt Barnes stepped into view. Under a brimmed hat and long leathery overcoat, the superhero globetrotter was here. But Matt Barnes came and went in a single night. He disappeared again, leaving me a mysterious package whose wrapping had no name, address, or markings to show where it came from. And I quickly discovered that I wasn’t the only one who desperately wanted what was inside.


“A mysterious visitor, a secret package, and world-class spies, Matt Barnes has all the ingredients for a page-turning adventure. This breakout novel for the Matt Barnes series is geared to young readers and will especially appeal to boys. Great story, great characters, all put together by a great author!”

PeggySue Wells, bestselling author of Slavery in the Land of the Free and Homeless for the Holidays

“I really loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. I cannot imagine being a young middle schooler boy who wouldn’t love this book.”

Cristel Phelps, editor and author.

“Nice yarn, Matthew. Can’t wait to see the next book in the series.”

Deb Haggerty, publisher & editor-in-chief at Elk Lake Publishing