MDM - Tween Reviewer N. Groll
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Secret Intelligence Dark Rim by Enoch Chang had a great story line, and anyone with a fling for spy novels makes this book a must-read for them.
The book is about 14-year-old Nathan Doyle who lives a regular life until spotting someone watching him at the theater. Later, on his way to Edinburgh for a swim competition, he is almost killed by someone working for the Ventures, the world's most dangerous and unknown criminal organization. In an instant, his life is thrust into numerous death threats and the abduction of his aunt. He is offered help by the IIO, a secret agency that controls terrorism, criminals, and the Ventures' activities. It seems noble to him at first, but he soon realizes that in the world of intelligence, no one can be righteous. One tries to capture and kill Nathan, another saves him, but then exploits him. At first it doesn't seem the worst, but when his best friend is wounded by a deadly bullet, Nathan finally gets the wake up call to leave his old life. Whether he trusts the IIO or not, he agrees to his first ever mission that brings him to the deepest depths of the Pacific. His main objective is to locate an illegal presence of a nuclear facility in a deep-sea research center. As he is untrained and inexperienced, his survival rate is slim. But Nathan has his aunt to save.
This book had a AMAZING story line. Anyone who liked the Alex Rider series has to read this. The author himself even said it was based off the series. Now, all story lines aside, this book had many major spelling/grammar issues, which made it hard for me to read, since I'm a grammar Nazi but for anyone who isn't one, this shouldn't be an issue, it was just annoying for me. Also, I am assuming that there is a sequel, since at the end of the book it states end of book one. I am looking forward to the rest of the series, I just hope the grammar issues are fixed. All in all, I recommend this to anyone who likes spy novels and isn't a grammar Nazi like me :)
Happy reading!! :)