Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Little, Brown and Company, 2010   ISBN: 978-0316119702

When he was just three years old Daniel’s parents were killed and Daniel’s life changed forever. His parents were murdered by a vicious alien creature called The Prayer. Ever since that terrible night, Daniel has been waiting for his chance to avenge their brutal killing.

   Now Daniel is fifteen and he is an alien hunter, just as his parents were before him. His self appointed job is to hunt down and permanently get rid of the terrible alien beings that stalk the Earth. They remain hidden and most humans don’t even know that they are there, but Daniel – who has some formidable powers of his own – manages to find and get rid of them. The aliens Daniel pursues are all on The List of Alien Outlaws. Daniel’s parents left their son the list so that he could continue their life’s work, and he has been working his way through the list for years. At the moment Daniel is after #6 on the list, a horse-faced monster called Ergent Seth. Seth likes to commit mass murder, to kidnap children, and his goal in life is to destroy all life on Earth so that his kind can take over the planet. Needless to say Ergent Seth is a formidable opponent and there are no guarantees that Daniel will be able to defeat him.

   Science fiction fans will greatly enjoy this highly entertaining and cleverly written book. Written in Daniel’s very appealing voice, readers will get inside the mind and heart of this very extraordinary boy who is not what he seems. What is interesting is that, though he can shape-shift and though he has telepathic abilities, Daniel cannot help longing for a normal life with friends, family, and stability. Unfortunately for Daniel, he is not destined to have any of these things as long as he is an alien hunter.

   This is a great first book in what promises to be a thrilling and very unusual series.