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Publisher's Note:

Teenage kickboxing champion Connor Reeves is determined to do his father, a former special forces soldier, proud. Recruited into the ranks of a top-secret young bodyguard squad known as Guardian, Connor trains in surveillance, anti-ambush exercises, hostage survival and unarmed combat. Whatever it takes to prepare him for the dangerous missions ahead. But nothing can prepare Connor for his firs…

Bodyguard: Recruit (Book 1)

by Chris Bradford

Overall Book Review:

This book is an introduction to a group of young people who willingly run toward the danger in order to protect others.  The main characters are teenagers and this one specifically follows Connor, the newest Guardian recruit and narrator of this story.  The author has done a nice job creating believable characters who are like the kids you might expect to encounter at school, at least the nice ones.  The other main character is the president’s teenage daughter.  It’s an insightful look into the life of a celebrity who doesn’t have the freedom to roam as most people enjoy doing.  The reader will have a chance to see how different teens, who when presented with various situations, might react.  The reader might also get a few pointers on how to protect themselves in a difficult situation, even responding without violence.

Unfortunately book one does not bring the story to a conclusion, so the reader must read book two, which thankfully, is already published.  The pacing kept me on the edge of my seat and excited to pick up and continue with book two.  Although there is violence, it’s not presented in a gory or overly frightening way.  It’s a bit like reading a mild Clive Cussler and will most likely keep the reader on the edge of their seat.  With both a male and a female main character, this book would be a good read for most audiences who enjoy a good thriller.  The author has written at least thirty-three books 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.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None 

Violence/Gore:  11-page scene set in Iraq, people attacked, people die, RPGs, IEDs, bullets, some blood and description, no gory details; a kick-boxing tournament where young men fight each other vehemently, many kicks and punches; a teen gang of 4 is mugging another teen boy, a fight ensues, several punches and kicks, a split lip, mention of blood; a man is known to have slit the throats of many enemies; people are planning a kidnapping of a high profile girl; a teen girl is in a wheelchair after an accident; a man is shooting at & killing figures that are presented as real; teen girl runs off from her protectors; 2 teens are followed and attacked by 2 gang members, mugging & a fight ensues, teens threatened with knife, 1 teen knocked out; man contemplates his ability to kill innocent people in the name of his god, he remembers blowing targets apart in practice. 

Sex/Nudity:  Comments by a teen boy about the cuteness of a teen girl’s physique.

Mature Subject Matter:

Weapons, fighting tournaments, violent death of a father, terrorism, Iraq, war, IEDs/bombs, murder, kidnapping, killing in the name of a god, runaway teen.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Men eat a spinach type leaf that gives the effects of massive caffeine.

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About the Reviewer

Reading a good adventure story has always been a vacation in the theater of my mind. When I’m stressed or just need to get away for a few minutes, I love the opportunity to climb into somebody else’s world. I didn’t enjoy reading until I was in the Air Force and building bombs in Korea; it was a wonderful distraction from the real world. (I tried bull riding, but it wasn’t exciting enough.)