Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Andy McNab, Robert Rigby
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Random House UK, 2008   ISBN: 978-0552552240

Danny and his grandfather, Fergus, are in hiding once again. This time they have taken refuge in a cabin in the woods in Canada. Still shell shocked after the cold blooded murder of his friend Elena, Danny is feeling bitter and angry. He wants nothing further to do with the British secret service but it would seem that the service is not finished with Danny yet. One of the powers that be in The Firm wants Fergus and Danny to help them break the back of a very dangerous drug making group. Apparently two brothers head the organization, and they have developed a method of making a synthetic drug called meltdown. If they are allowed to continue with their operation the ramifications could be disastrous.

Reluctantly Danny agrees to join his grandfather in the operation. The understanding with their handler is that both of them will have their records cleared after the operation is completed; they will finally be able to come of hiding to build a new life. Danny also makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with Marcie Deveraux, the handler who killed Elena during the Black Star operation.

And so Danny goes into training for a while. When he is pronounced fit and ready, he and his grandfather manage to infiltrate their way in the meltdown organization, forming close bonds with and winning the confidence of the two brothers who are in charge.

This book picks up where Avenger left off, taking readers on another high octane adventure that is full of surprises. For teenagers who like thrillers packed with action and drama, this title is sure to please. Readers will enjoy seeing how Danny changes as the operation unfolds, and how he finds a place for himself in the uncertain world that he finds himself in.