The Peculiar Investigations of Felix Mathis: #1, Astounding Secrets and Deadly Professors
By: S.D. Shaw
Felix Mathis is a regular 14 year old boy with the usual problems. As well as struggling with school bullies, strange crushes and troublesome parental issues he also happens to have brilliant powers of deduction and a burning desire to become the world’s greatest detective. But when his sleep is disturbed by a series of loud crashes seemingly coming from beneath his house and his best friend Morgan tells him of a fiendish plot to injure their fellow student Ellie Baldwin, Felix cannot even begin to imagine the dramatic and dangerous path his investigations are set to lead him on. As Felix struggles with his own investigations, Dominic Chase (a grizzled American spy) and Scarlett Romonova (a Victorian explorer who’s been frozen in time) two operatives working for the secret government agency SPIT, face a parallel struggle to control their latest house guest, a live Velociraptor, in a secret base deep beneath Felix’s house.
Finally on a day unlike any other Felix bears witness to the terrifying abduction of Geoffrey Lester, the school bully by zombie paramedics Burke and Hare as arranged by art teacher Mr Klee. As Felix struggles to form a plan to deal with the kidnapping, Chase and Romonva finally lose their dual with the Raptor which manages to escape above ground into Felix’s house. As Felix comes face to face with a usually very extinct monster and a daring rescue is attempted by Chase and Romonova, the lives of Felix and the agents collide in dramatic fashion resulting in a successful rescue by none other than Felix’s Dad.
During an emotional heart to heart, Felix’s Dad Julius reveals that he is the head of SPIT Supernatural and Paranormal Investigation Team who are dedicated to the location and preservation of all paranormal phenomena and the fight against Professor Callum Doyle, a crazy Surgeon whom is overseeing a reign of paranormal terrorism. As Felix beds down in the secret base for the night whilst repairs are made to his bedroom, it dawns on him that he may be able to utilize SPIT technology to aid his own investigations. Before long he has borrowed a little equipment and has convinced Ellie to allow herself to be kidnapped so that they can follow the gruesome paramedics.
Soon Ellie is willingly abducted and taken to a secret laboratory deep with the town’s hospital with Felix stowed away in the ambulance. Morgan is left back at school to cover up the plan and within SPIT Chase is left to cover for Scarlett as she discovers the missing equipment and tracks Ellie and Felix to the labs. Whilst hiding in the labs Felix and Ellie discover all manner of supernatural items and proof that the lab is the home of Professor Doyle and his hideous experiments. With Scarlett in tow Felix and Ellie locate their missing peers and discover that Doyle plans to change the DNA of six children by mixing it with that of history’s most infamous and feared characters. Eventually Felix and Ellie are reunited with Scarlett and after defeating Mr Burke escape. However after taking Ellie home she is once again abducted by a vengeful Mr Hare.
Scarlett and Felix once again plan to re-enter the labs to rescue Ellie with Chase and Morgan (who has discovered the base) as cover but they are captured by Doyle and Hare resulting in Scarlett volunteering for DNA reassignment in return for Felix and Ellie’s release. Eventually when Felix returns to the base a new assault is planned with Julius on board in order to save Scarlett and put an end to Doyle’s plan once and for all.
In a thrilling finale Felix and Julius defeat both Mr Hare and Prof Doyle (who is killed by one of his own creations) and rescue Scarlett who has been subject to a third of her gender reassignment but seems to have suffered no ill effects? The five kidnapped children however have all had their DNA spliced and escape into the world during the chaos caused by an explosion. During their debrief Morgan and Ellie have their memories of the incident erased and Chase and Scarlett start to plan for the future of SPIT after the demise of their nemesis. Julius and Felix agree to allow Felix to be a part time agent as long as Felix continues his studies at school and keeps the secret of SPIT close to his heart, but deep down he is already planning how to track down Doyle’s legacy in the form of the five escape children.
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