Thursday, June 9, 2011

Recommendation: 'Agent 21' by Chris Ryan

Agent 21 by Chris Ryan

Zak Darke has been living with his aunt, uncle, and cousin Ellie since his parents died at a conference six months earlier. Life is okay, but he knows that his aunt and uncle aren’t happy with the thought of him being around forever – even though Ellie tries her best to make him feel welcome. To make matters worse, it seems as though someone is following him, which starting to make him feel a little paranoid.

When he meets Michael, Zak doesn’t know what to think or who to trust – but when he is offered the chance to do something different, to take a different path, the choice is not a difficult one to make. If he had known that he would be taken away from everything he knew, with months of intense training in languages, weapons, and survival he might have thought twice. With his new skills and training Zak is now Agent 21, a spy that can travel virtually undetected, ready to be deployed if and when he is needed. His first mission is halfway across the world, bringing a Mexican drug lord to justice – but only if his cover isn’t blown first.

This is the first book in a new series that is in the ever-popular young spy/secret agent genre that has grown in popularity thanks in part to Alex Rider and the CHERUB series. Agent 21 is more realistic than Alex Rider with real world technology and real world strategies, but it also packs a little more punch than CHERUB because it was written for teenagers rather than ‘tweens. This is a fast-paced book, and Chris Ryan includes enough detail to keep the story real, without bogging you down in too much detail. If you have read Chris Ryan before then you will enjoy this new series, if you have never read a Chris Ryan before then buckle your seat belt and hang on for the ride. Highly recommended.

A five star read.

- Em

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