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Twelve-year-old Will Wilder is back to protect the town of Perilous Falls after he''s given an amulet with a lock of Samson''s hair. But Will''s strength will be pushed to the limit when a new demon causes unimagineable havoc.

Will Wilder yearns to join the Perilous Falls Middle School football team. But he was never big enough or strong enough to make the cut, until he comes in contact with a talisman containing the fabled locks of Samson. But using the Amulet of Power attracts dark forces to Perilous Falls like moths to a flame.

Suddenly, hunched creatures are shadowing people around town, graves are being disturbed, the music of a mysterious DJ lulls half of Perilous Falls into a stupor, and to top it all off, Will is convinced that a teammate may be a demon himself!

As he tries to identify the demon before it causes untold havoc, Wilder family secrets will be unlocked, the limits of physical strength and the power of friendship are tested--and Will might even score a touchdown or two.

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Praise for the Will Wilder series
"Open the cover, fasten your seat belt, and get ready for a rip-roaring ride!" –Ridley Pearson, author of the New York Times bestselling series Kingdom Keepers

"This new Will Wilder tale will have readers itching for adventures of their own." –N. D. Wilson, author of the acclaimed 100 Cupboards series

"You''ll love this wild and thrilling tale. It DOES NOT STOP!" –Dave Barry, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Great fun and great frights." –Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author

"[A]n action-packed story of pith helmets and secret passageways, prophecy and skepticism, temptation and wickedness, and the most agile and lethal great-aunt a boy could hope to have." – The Wall Street Journal

"Surprising spiritual depth with a hearty helping of monsters and miracles." – Kirkus Reviews

"With shades of Indiana Jones and Percy Jackson, Will Wilder''s antics are sure to appeal to middle-grade readers looking for the next great adventure." – Booklist

About the Author

RAYMOND ARROYO is a New York Times bestselling author, the lead anchor and managing editor of EWTN News, and the host of The World Over Live, a Fox contributor with a bi-weekly spot on The Laura Ingraham Show, and the creator of the Will Wilder series. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and three children. You can follow Arroyo on Facebook and on Twitter at @RaymondArroyo.

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Like an unloved potted plant, Will Wilder’s legs protruded at odd angles from a trash can in the center of the Perilous Falls Middle School locker room. How he got there was only a mystery to those who knew nothing of Will’s relationship with his classmate, Caleb Gibbar.
 
Caleb sat across the row from Will in the back of their homeroom. He was a big kid with a jutting forehead and a hairline that started just above his thick, yellow eyebrows. Some of the kids, especially those jealous of his size, called him “the blond ape.” Since grunting was Caleb’s preferred means of communication, he and Will rarely spoke. Though they did share a friend in Andrew Stout, their only interactions were when their teacher, Mrs. Belcher, questioned the class about history.
 
Will was a B student, but time spent at the museum founded by his great-grandfather, Jacob Wilder, had sparked a love of history within him. From the start of the school year, Will had devoured his history textbook and occasionally conducted independent research in the museum library. With all that knowledge, Will’s philosophy was: What’s the good of knowing something if you keep it to yourself?
 
“Who led the French forces to victory in the Siege of Orléans? This person was injured and still continued to fight.” Mrs. Belcher’s eyes roved over her students on that day. “Caleb? Any guesses? I mentioned this in class just last week. Remember our ‘Unlikely Heroes’ chapter? French leader? Battle of Orléans?”
 
From Caleb’s panicked expression, it was obvious he didn’t know the Siege of Orléans from the Siege of Gondor. Not that he cared. He remembered the things he needed to remember. Caleb was quarterback of the Perilous Falls Middle School football team, not a Jeopardy! contestant. No one in the entire school could throw a ball farther than him. No one could execute a pass plan like him. But when it came to unexpected questions like this one--with the whole class staring at him--the pressure caused Caleb to freeze. He wiped the perspiration away from his upper lip.
 
“George Washington?” Caleb mumbled.
 
A restrained chortle sounded from across the aisle. He turned to find Will Wilder, hand up in the air trying to get the teacher’s attention. Exactly like the year before, every time Caleb blundered in class, every time he whiffed on a question, he felt Will was there, waiting to humiliate him.
 
“Yes, Will?” Mrs. Belcher asked, nodding toward the back of the room.
 
“Wasn’t it Joan of Arc who won the Siege of Orléans?” Will asked. At the teacher’s affirmation, a self-satisfied smile broke across Will’s face. It wasn’t spiteful. He just liked being right once in a while. “Oh, and I think Joan was hit by an arrow during the battle. She yanked it out, got up, and led the soldiers to beat the English. My friend Mr. Bartimaeus told me that story before I read it in the textbook. He’s from New Orleans and they have this thing for Joan of Arc there.”
 
Had the teacher not been in the room, Caleb would have knocked Will right out of his chair. Instead, he tightly folded his arms and shot Will a hostile look. Over and over, in class after class, this pattern repeated. Caleb took it personally. Will barely noticed.
 
So it only stood to reason that when Will Wilder ventured onto the football field that fall Friday afternoon to try out for the team, Caleb Gibbar was ready for him.
 
Gangly and tallish, Will was not exactly built for football. His friend Andrew, who was a lineman on the team, warned Will that football might not be the best after-school activity for his talents.
 
“What about chess club or debate, Will-man?” Andrew suggested in the locker room as they got into their gear. Will’s friend Simon Blabbingdale had urged him to “rejoin the Scouts,” which he lost interest in and didn’t have time for, given his training at Peniel. Simon, being a five-star, triple-badged Falcon scout, was relentless. He missed having one of his closest friends along for campouts and hiking trips and did his best to stoke Will’s sense of adventure.
 
Unmoved, Will ignored his pals’ advice and signed up for the second (and last) round of football tryouts anyway.
 
From the moment he walked onto the field that day, Will’s nose burned. He cautiously checked the stands and the edges of the field for anything fishy: a shadow or a creature waiting to pounce on him. It wasn’t allergies or a cold. It was the same sensation he felt any time demonic activity was present. But nothing out of the ordinary presented itself.
 
“Wilder! Join the guys on that scrimmage line and let’s see what you can do,” Coach Runyon barked in Will’s direction, adjusting the pf-emblazoned hat on his head.
 
The oversized shoulder pads and helmet swallowed Will as he ran. From the stands, it looked as if a jumble of football gear was floating onto the field of its own volition. Coach Runyon ran a thumbnail across his forehead. “Wilder, you run long. Practice that move we discussed. Caleb, you know what to do.”
 
“Got it, Coach,” Caleb said. He licked his fingers and awaited the snap.
 
The moment the ball hit Caleb’s hands, Will ran the figure-eight pattern that the coach had asked him to execute. He blew past all the other guys. Finishing the figure eight, he looked up just in time for the ball to hit him in the face mask.
 
“Wilder! Keep your head up. You’ve got to search for the ball, son,” the coach yelled.
 
As Will reached down to pick up the pigskin, four guys landed on top of him. He ached everywhere--and his nose was tingling worse than ever. A whistle sounded and someone pulled at the back of his shirt. “Get up, Joan of Arc!” His helmet had turned sideways from the impact and now blocked one of Will’s eyes. “Can’t wait to see how you lead this army.” It was Caleb lifting him from the turf, and he was not smiling.

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Susan L. Kraynak
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Riveting!
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019
This was Raymond Arroyo''s 3rd book in the Will Wilder series, which I bought for my 9-year-old grand-nephew. HOWEVER, before giving my nephew the books, I have read them myself, as I enjoy mysteries/thriller-type books. I think this third book is the best of the three,... See more
This was Raymond Arroyo''s 3rd book in the Will Wilder series, which I bought for my 9-year-old grand-nephew. HOWEVER, before giving my nephew the books, I have read them myself, as I enjoy mysteries/thriller-type books. I think this third book is the best of the three, and Raymond left the ending suggestive that there might be a 4th in the series. I enjoyed the book very much, as it was just as action-packed as the previous two books. While I haven''t given this 3rd book to my nephew yet, I don''t know if he has read the first two books, since I see him only once or twice a year. In reading the books, I questioned whether an 8-year-old....which is how old my nephew was when I gave him the first two books....has the vocabulary and knowledge (especially history) to totally understand some of the references made in the books. The books are supposed to be suitable for age 8+. I think it might also depend on how well that 8-year-old reads. Children ages 10-12 might be more likely to read and enjoy them. However, having listened to Raymond Arroyo on the radio, I feel confident that he wrote these books with input from his own young children, and I highly recommend them to any avid young reader!
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J. Marts
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Yet Another Great Installment to the Series
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2019
Will''s bully Caleb feels Will purposely shows him up. But Will is stuck in his own academic world, thriving in content that he loves. Until he tries out for the football team and actually does show Caleb up, thanks to the power of Sampson''s hair in an amulet.... See more
Will''s bully Caleb feels Will purposely shows him up. But Will is stuck in his own academic world, thriving in content that he loves.
Until he tries out for the football team and actually does show Caleb up, thanks to the power of Sampson''s hair in an amulet.
(Will annoys me because he constantly acts like a [pre?] teen who yields to temptation and stupidly justifies his actions.

There is more of the Sinestri and evil in general--like imps. This is a very scary book on the dangers and powers of demonic possession and influence. Demons unearth our desires and wreak havic/sin on the world. It''s interesting and informative and a very good warning.

There is more about some saints, both common and otherwise.

Although Will bothers me, he does not hesitate to learn on the love and support of family and friends. When he is in danger or is uncertain about something, he talks to Cami, Max, Andrew and Simon; he calls his aunt Lucille and tells her what he witnesses.
He trusts the adults'' role in life.
(I''m looking for this more because I heard Arroyo saying this was a downside of ''Harry Potter,'' that the adults just let these 11-year-old kids do things, which is incredibly unrealistic).

The fact that there is a character named Lilith made me groan and roll my eyes.

THAT END IS MORE INTENSE THAN IN PREVIOUS BOOKS!! :O
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Tonja Klein
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Third Time’s ... A BELOVED RELIC!
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2020
One of the things that makes me rank a story as 5-Star quality is the fact that it pulls me into a place with its characters! Great writing only happens with passion and purpose. I found Perilous Falls at the time we ALL need heroes to fight for right and struggle against... See more
One of the things that makes me rank a story as 5-Star quality is the fact that it pulls me into a place with its characters! Great writing only happens with passion and purpose. I found Perilous Falls at the time we ALL need heroes to fight for right and struggle against wrong to find pieces we didn’t realize we’d lost until they are found in the fictional place by a fictional character who we relate to PERFECTLY! THANK YOU, RAYMOND, FOR WILL WHO HELPED ME TO FIND MY LOST PIECES 💖 Tonja Condray Klein; Eirinth Writer, Singer, Songwriter, and Webpage Designer 😊
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RD
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Best Will Wilder yet, but is the statd age range appropriate?
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
This is my favorite of the three Will Wilder books. The action and storyline are exciting, and the writing sparks creative imagination in this reader. However, due to certain events and their description (such as persons, bodies being sliced with a talon), though integral... See more
This is my favorite of the three Will Wilder books. The action and storyline are exciting, and the writing sparks creative imagination in this reader. However, due to certain events and their description (such as persons, bodies being sliced with a talon), though integral to the story and not presented in graphic or gross detail, the thought of such makes me wonder how appropriate this is for very young minds. It all depends on the individual, of course, but I would keep this away from elementary age readers, possibly young middle schoolers, too; this definitely is fine, entertaining and engaging for any other age group, including young adults through centenarians. I loved books 1 and 2, and look forward to number 4+.
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Ralph Osgood
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Wilder must Choose
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2019
More complex than the previous two, yet in some ways family and friends get together and just fight evil - assuming they can recognize it. Will is growing up and must begin to make choices that have consequences.... waiting eagerly for the next one!
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Mary Kay Woodward
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This is a great adventure book for families with 10y/o and up kiddos Share the stories!
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
I appreciated the emphasis on family values and working together in times of stress. The growing talents of the youngsters in the story become critical in ''looking out'' for each other and those unaware of dangers. I bought this Will Wilder Book (#3) to share with my... See more
I appreciated the emphasis on family values and working together in times of stress. The growing talents of the youngsters in the story become critical in ''looking out'' for each other and those unaware of dangers. I bought this Will Wilder Book (#3) to share with my grandchildren ~ starting with Ben, who just turned 13. He got all three books on 3/11 and was nearly through the latest on St. Patrick''s Day! We''ll be chatting about the series soon! I''m curious about his thoughts on Will''s football adventures, which were definitely "wild."
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Charger
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Didn''t want it to end
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2019
I''m a 72 year old Grandma who loved this book! Each book in this series is better than the last. Love the Catholicity in Raymond''s writing. Will always learns a lesson. I''m glad his Dad seems to have finally found a backbone too.
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William Young
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Sometimes lesson are hard to learn.
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019
The Amulet of Power, third in the series, takes Will Wilder on another wild journey. It is a powerful tale of how power can be misused and if not held in check can put oneself and others in danger. There is a strong teaching about seeking an artificial remedy and taking the... See more
The Amulet of Power, third in the series, takes Will Wilder on another wild journey. It is a powerful tale of how power can be misused and if not held in check can put oneself and others in danger. There is a strong teaching about seeking an artificial remedy and taking the easy way out of a difficult situation. Many times we like the easy way and rather than use natural talents and growth we want the quick rewards and flashy results. Almost always that leads to sad endings. Will learns an important lesson but suffers a loss in the process due to deception and intrigue. There is a strong lesson about how deceptive evil can suck a person into being caught up in the plot. Amulet of Power''s ending is surprising as well as a powerful example that not everything ends well for everyone. I applaud Mr. Arroyo for his skill in treating his readers with respect. I highly recommend the series for young and not so young readers and hope he will continue this series through Will''s teenage years. There are still lessons to be learned.
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KarenMarie Saracino
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Good young adult books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 24, 2020
My 11yr old grandson loved these books.
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