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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 23:43
Teen Spy Book. CHERUB Book 1 The Recruit.
Mission 1: The Recruit (Cherub) - Robert Muchamore

Wow, it's a great novel set in the UK, so some of the speech is a little strange and the kids in the novel seem quite advanced on adult subjects.

CHERUB is a SPY SCHOOL for kids, mostly Orphans who work hard and become spies of course acting and posing as regular kids.

This is book one and a promising start to what looks like a great series.

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review 2013-12-26 23:34
Book 1 Alex Rider Stormbreaker
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

An amazing novel, from to start to finish packed with action, it was easy to read and very enjoyable, A great start to a new series, I loved it.

 

I have also seen the movie, in this case the novel was better but the actor playing Alex Rider was perfect for the part.

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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 2013-12-21 14:19
Fledgling Jason Steed by Mark A. Cooper
Fledgling: Jason Steed - Mark A. Cooper

Every now and then a novel is written that is just perfect and here it is.

 

Fledgling is book 1 on the Jason Steed series, well named it starts off with Jason being born. 

 

Jason's mother dies giving birth, her devoted husband can't help himself, he blames the hospital for putting the life of a baby before the love of his life. The result is he buries himself in work as a British naval officer stationed in Hong Kong.

 

Jason is brought up by a succession of nannies, without any affection. He finally finds something to occupy himself when at age 5 he joins the local karate school. At age 10 he has mastered two disciplines at karate and Judo.

 

After Jason is caught 'playing on a military flight similator' he escapes by using his martial arts skills. Jason is wanted by the military police, so his father (After beating Jason) moves to the UK.

 

Jason starts a normal life he makes friends with Scott, a very funny character, here Jason joins the Sea Cadets. At age 11 while on a summer camp near Jakarta with the Sea Cadets, a secret mission by the Marines near by goes wrong, many of the cadets get caught up in the cross fire.

 

Jason is able to speak Chinese and helps a elite SAS team to translate, when the team are caught Jason is left alone on the Island and has no option than to try and complete the mission and rescue the SAS team.

 

I think that's enough of the plot, the story goes into top gear from here. The book is action packed, has some funny parts and some emotional scenes that will have your eyes watering.

 

Conclusion.

A Tean Spy adventure novel that is also coming of age, and has a real plot and introduction to a great series. Out of all the Teen spy books I have read this is still my favorite and the most original.

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