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review 2016-11-29 16:56
Young Bond: Shoot to Kill
Young Bond: Shoot to Kill - Steve Cole

Fifteen year old James Bond, recently expelled from Eton, is on a temporary stop until his aunt gets back into the country. It's been arranged that he stay with a friend of his aunt at a school in England.

He goes with a school group going to Hollywood to survey a brother school started by a film mogul, just recently moving from silent pictures to the new sound format. The film company's zeppelin would be used for the ocean crossing, then across America.

There was trouble already as a film accidentally falls into the young people's hands showing torture and beatings, real stuff, that someone wants back bad enough that several murders have already happened.

It all follows Bond and friends across the waters in an adventure filled with blackmail and violence and a villain bent on control of the film industry in a brainwashing plan to run the world. 

I did like the original Young Bond Author Charlie Hinson, this was ok but lacked something I can;t quite describe.

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review 2016-11-29 16:40
Jason Steed: Face-Off (Volume 5)
Jason Steed: Face-Off - Mark A. Cooper

It was nice to be aquatinted with Jason Steed again after a few years gap. I started with the first book; Fledgling Jason Steed when I was at middle school. I read up to book 4 and enjoyed all of them. I did not know they wrote another this being book 5.

Immediately I remember why I used to love the series, Jason Steed is a cool little dude, he is mischievous, cunning and adorable.

Unlike the other teen spys, such as Alex Rider, CHERUB and Young Bond, Jason Steed has his own appeal. He is not really the smartest kid, he has a violent temper that he can't control and has a weakness for all girls his age, but he has a large heart. The emotion pours out of the pages.

Face-Off puts Jason is great danger, at one point you feel he was actually killed, the author is quite clever how he set it up.

If it is possible to love a book character, like brotherly love, boyfriend, son Jason steed will bring that out of you. The author constantly reminds us of Jason's sapphire blue eyes, blond hair with long bangs that fail across his face with a wicked grin.

In Face-Off Jason goes undercover and has to learn Ballet, it has some hilarious moments when his fellow teen agents see him wearing his tight fitting ballet pants.

The teen spy novels were once all the rage with Alex Rider, CHERUB, Jason Steed and Young Bond, its nice to see one series is still going strong. Jason is coming up to his 14th birthday so I hope to read more.


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review 2013-12-26 23:39
Books like Alex Rider.
Fledgling: Jason Steed - Mark A. Cooper

As a huge fan of the Alex Rider series, I doubted anything could be as good, well I was wrong. Jason Steed gives Alex Rider a run for his money, the stories are not the same and even alike but it appeals to the same reader. Jason Steed is also a British boy thrown into chaos and has to save the day. 

Jason Steed however is more like your brother, best friend I found myself falling in love with him, a brotherly love (Nothing gay) and because you get so drawn into his character when he get's upset and struggles it hits you, kind of hard to describe but in one scene I got teary eyed when he had all but given up and was injured. 

Simply written for tweens, a great start to another great series.

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review 2013-12-24 16:25
Jason Steed Absolutely Nothing Book #3 by Mark A. Cooper
Absolutely Nothing - Mark A. Cooper

It was a long time coming but worth the wait, Absolutely Nothing sums up why this is the best of the Teen Spy book series. 


The battle between Alex Rider & Jason Steed will continue, The scales just tipped towards Jason Steed with this novel.


It's typical Jason Steed, he goes on a mission and after he screws it up and upsets MI6 they call it off, so he did it alone to get back in the good books and solved it. However his ability to induce an adrenaline rush into his system to protect himself is causing more problems his temper is getting worse. Something that haunted him in books 1 & 2. 


Jason goes to the United States and attends the worlds top Military schools, he get involved in a few scrapes as we have come to expect with Jason. 


His father is captured along with several others working for the United Nations by the Vietnamese. (It's May 1975, just after the Vietnam war).


With the US and UK unable to send troops back into Vietnam because of public opinion, no one does anything to help the prisioners. With time running out towards a deadline, Jason Steed takes matters into his own hands and goes it alone.


While in Vietnam he uncovers a group of Amerasian (American fathered) children hunted by a Vietcong General. 


As the story unfolds the author displays his most impressive work todate. The descriptions in the Jungle really paint a picture it's like watching a movie. However this is Mark A. Coopers work and he as always brings on the tears when someone dies. It's not as emotional as Fledgling but still packs in action, emotion and humor.

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review 2013-12-24 16:12
SPY CAMP Stuart Gibbs
Spy Camp - Stuart Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs has slowly broken into the teen spy books scene. The first novel in the series was called Spy School, it was childish and un-believable. A guy out of nowhere turns up on the doorstep and takes away the 12 year old to go to a Private boarding school. Within an hour they leave. Yeah. 


Anyway I was not sure if I would even read Spy Camp, until I read reviews that compared it to the Alex Rider and Jason Steed series. 


This is much better, more action and plenty of adventure and more for tweens, great characters, good original story I enjoyed it. Stuart is a good writer, it good clean fun and interesting to read.



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