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Teen Valour

Teen Valour [Kindle Edition]

Alaric Adair
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Description

A 13 year old rebel school boy called Adam is expelled from school. He is rescued by a secretive and ancient organisation who offer him a place in their cadets and a local highly respected local school. The boy progresses well in their organisation and is given access to funds and power. He is among a group of schoolchildren taken hostage by eco-terrorists. Adam discovers the terrorists have a dark evil secret and he decides to fight back in their remote place of imprisonment in the Scottish Highlands. A spectacular explosive finale with deception and treachery along the way. Suitable for young adults and older.

From the Publisher

The book is aimed at readers in the 12+ years range, but many adults enjoy the twisting plot.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1084 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Oaksys Tech Ltd (30 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #994,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born 1953 in Shropshire UK Alaric was an "Army Brat" constantly on the move to new homes. After completing Grammar School in Nottinghamshire, Alaric started working for the British Civil Service on computer systems. Several years later he moved to London to work in the Shipping Industry. From there he progressed in Banking and Finance. Initially based in the UK he subsequently worked in many European countries, Scandinavia, the USA, South Africa and even in Russia. Much of that work involved security projects where large sums of money and valuables needed protection from theft.

In the course of his early career Alaric helped to lead teenage boys in a youth organisation. His hobbies include rock climbing, sailing, walking, photography and cookery.

He and his wife have raised a family. They have now left home. Alaric can be found skulking around Edinburgh and London when he is not travelling. The Adair's idea of a holiday is to keep planning to a minimum. They fly to a country, rent a car at the airport and then turn either left or right at the exit of the airport. Accommodation is found en-route. They return a couple of weeks later.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a page turner 23 Oct 2010
By tess
the first in the series of adam cranford books starts at a breathtaking pace as is the norm in all the books by this author. In this book we are introduced to the world of adam cranford, the central haracter in these books. after a prank gets him into trouble and raises his profile he is introduced to the world of the Foundation. he then gets caught up in a kidnapping needing all his ingenuity and cunning as well as resourceful friends to plot escape. The action never falters throughout the 359 pages. It is an absolute page turner which results in racing pulses and sleep deprivation. You have to know the outcome before you can sleep! totally compelling and believeable. I wanted to enroll in the foundation immediately. this is a book to capture the imagination of young and old alike. a flawed hero is an attractive character who you will cheer on to the final page. those who like the Alex Rider books will equally enjoy this. I highly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, High Paced Action 23 July 2010
By Kate
"Adam Cranford is a young teenage schoolboy. He is the average boy next door. His act of rebellion at school attracts the attention of an ancient and secretive organisation. Soon he is leading a team of cadets and learning new skills. Little does he realise that soon he and his friends will be held hostage by armed terrorists. Trapped at a secret location he learns the dark secret of his captors. He cannot trust the police but he has to arrange rescue to save the lives of his friends. His friends have hidden skills that help Adam to form a plan of escape."

The first half of the book introduces the reader to the character of Adam and the mysterious Foundation. The Foundation is an organisation that finds the hidden potential in teenagers such as Adam, some of whom who have been branded by society as troublemakers. This part of the story is more like the adventures of Adam as he discovers what this organisation provides. We see Adam grow from a new cadet who finds it hard to keep up with his peers to a leader who can take control in a crisis and stare bravely into the face of danger. While these adventures seemed slightly irrelevant as I was reading, all the details given were relevant to the headlining adventure at the end and I felt that the previous stories helped to show what Adam is learning.

The story was very technical and a lot of rules and systems required explaining for the reader to keep up. I found my thirst for scientific gizmos and fast-paced action was fed without me having to remember a long-forgotten science lesson.

One small criticism about the book was the amount of errors and typos I came across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the thing for my teen son 11 Oct 2009
Teen Valour is just the right book for my son. He's grown out of Harry Potter and has read most of the Alex Rider books. Teen Valour is quite a long read with a fairly complex plot. I borrowed a friend's copy and now have purchased a copy for my son's 13th birthday.
Adam Cranford the hero is very believable and the secret society that he is invited to join must be based on something real. You just know that this kind of thing goes on in the city of London. Alaric Adair is really ingenious in the way he puts the victims in a dangerous place that is impossible to escape, yet our hero is not daunted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A slow start but well worth reading to the end 4 Nov 2010
It's a bit slow to start as the author introduces the character. He's kind of believable as a hero unlike a lot of the other teen hero's you read about. Loads of excitement in the second half of the book. A lot of the stuff is good Macguyver material where the hero seems able to make good use of unusual objects. As good as the Alex Rider books. It is a bit expensive unless you buy the kindle versions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bad execution - needs a good editor! 15 May 2010
Hmmm, where to start. This was a book that raised some huge issues for me, and has a heap of flaws that left me rather conflicted about the whole experience. 'Teen Valour', as the name suggests, is a young adult novel about a teenage boy who achieves recognition and success through his bravery, intelligence and innate goodness. This message that young people need to be given the right opportunities to fulfil their potential is discussed in Adair's 'mission statement' foreword and is a worthy goal in a society which has increasingly demonised young people into nothing better than layabout criminals.

On another level, this is a cracking action/adventure story, rather in the vein of the Young James Bond and Alex Rider books. Adam Cranford is recruited into 'The Foundation of Honour', a highly secret but undeniably powerful group, like a cross between MI5, military cadets and the Scouts, with a vast stash of private wealth to fund its activities. They pay for Adam to attend the best local school, set about training him in everything from physical fitness to disaster management, and assign him the (rather dubious) 'special skill' of lock-picking. So when Adam and a group of his school friends are kidnapped by armed eco-terrorists and held hostage at a remote Scottish base, who better to take command, drawing on everything he's learned and everything inside him to save the day?

So why, then, did I almost give up on this book about ten pages in? And what stopped me giving it a higher rating for all the complexity and excitement? Well... the writing's atrocious. I mean, REALLY atrocious. It reminded me very much of a fan fiction story - which is, by definition, an amateur and unedited piece of writing.
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