With multiple teen characters, this high stakes game of cat and mouse will keep the reader wanting more. While it could stand alone, the back story is really in book one and adds to the depth of the story. Our main characters are teens who are often insightful and suspenseful but still very genuine. It’s enjoyable to read about real characters who are flawed and have to deal with the repercussions of their choices.
Book two is a great continuation of the story with action-packed adventure and great character development. Most of the characters are the same from book one so we really get to know them better in book two. Connor, one of our main characters, who is still the newest Guardian recruit, has chosen a life of self-sacrifice. He’s at a bit of a crossroads and has to decide if he’s willing to jump in the face of danger and put his life on the line for another. With a wonderful dash of horror and daring, his true nature is quickly revealed and with a few unexpected surprises along the way, the reader might find themselves not wanting to put the book down.
The author has written at least thirty-three book in his career, twenty-eight are fiction. He takes his writing so seriously that he even went to body-guard school before he wrote this eight-book series. Book two brings the story with Alicia, the President’s daughter, nicely to a conclusion. Although there is a lot of death and destruction involving the two teens and terrorism, the violence is not written in a way that is overly descriptive or gruesome. The author has also done a nice job of describing the details of the setting and it’s almost like taking a mini vacation and seeing the sights along with our characters.
Profanity/Language: 3 mild obscenities.
Violence/Gore: A man envisions himself shooting targets that look like people, including women & children; 2 bullies pick on a teen boy; 2 teen boys pretend to shoot 2 other teens (turns out to be a water pistol with ink and popping balloons); 3 bombs go off in a big city, mention of 154 people hurt and some killed, no gory details; several paragraphs of men who are firing machine guns at a vehicle with adults & teens, 4 men killed, blood & death, somewhat descriptive; men with guns chase 2 teens while shooting at them; 2 teens shot with stun darts; 2 mentions of a double agent shot in the head, execution style, mention of blood, a little gruesome; 2 teens taken hostage, guns, knife, details of captivity are not gory; several threatening mentions of a very sharp knife; a mock execution of a teen, no death or blood, descriptions of fear; men attempt a rescue: guns, shots fired, death of characters, not overly gory or descriptive of deaths; teen boy slams the head of a another onto the cement floor, kicks man’s head, some description of teeth flying, some blood; teens try to escape: big fight, boiling coffee thrown on a man’s face, man’s eye is severely scratched, one character kills another character.
Sex/Nudity: A slight romantic tension between a teen boy and girl throughout the story; teen girl kisses teen boy.
Mature Subject Matter:
Runaway teen, weapons (guns & knife), violent death of a father, terrorism, Iraq, war, IEDs/bombs, murder, kidnapping, killing in the name of a god.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Men eat a spinach type leaf that gives the effects of massive caffeine.