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Tripwire [Paperback]

Steve Cole , Chris Hunter
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1 April 2010 Tripwire (Book 1)

Got you.

The sight of the bomb hit Felix like a punch in the guts.

Just twelve minutes remaining on the clock . . . He was going to have to move fast.

Following a devastating terrorist bomb attack on Heathrow airport, Felix Smith is determined to avenge his father's death.

He successfully becomes a member of the Minos Chapter, a secret service full of gifted under-age recruits. His speciality - Bomb Disposal.

Felix and his fellow recruits are now the ultimate spooks - trained to fight terror with terror. The timer is ticking . . . .

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552560839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552560832
  • Product Dimensions: 40.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The plot and the writing are both smart and pacy with a goodly few red herrings to stir up the mix a bit. But the stand-out parts of Tripwire are the scenes when Felix defuses explosives. It's utterly chilling, edge-of-the-seat stuff" (The Bookbag)

"The plot and the writing are both smart and pacy with a goodly few red herrings to stir up the mix a bit . . . Utterly chilling, edge-of-the-seat stuff" (Jill Murphy The Bookbag)

"This is a terrific page turner of a novel. . . . A new, very readable series and probably one worth getting your reluctant readers hooked on" (

"A gripping, action packed adventure, with never a dull moment and a shooting and/or fight and/or bomb disposal on seemingly every page" (

"This book is nail-biting throughout, but the ending is totally brilliant" (Cara Anderson Teen Titles)

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A brand-new explosive new series by Steve Cole and Chris Hunter. This is Boy Soldier meets Alex Rider meets Cherub, it is exciting, authentic and adrenalin-fuelled. Each action-packed book is a ticking bomb . . .

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great plot to draw my son in ... 7 Jun 2010
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The plot really appealed to my 8yr old and to me. But I found the quality of the writing very poor. My son is younger than the intended 12+ readership and he found the sentences confusing and I found them clumsy and difficult to read aloud because they flowed so badly.

We saw the authors at a recent literary festival and they were fantastic in person - articulate and interesting! We will probably read the two follow-up books that are planned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nail biting story 2 May 2010
I bought this book for my grandson [14 yrs] and decided to flick through the pages to see what it was like. I could not put it down! had to read it till the end. My grandson likes it too and is waiting for Steve Cole and Chris Hunter to write more adventures for Felix
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tripwire 25 Jan 2014
By Jagsby
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My son has meet Steve Cole and is one of his biggest fans and has all of his books, he is loving this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 24 Jun 2013
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This was a book for my 13year old son and he loved it! - He read it in a very short time, he said it was hard to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 24 Meets James Bond Jr. 25 Feb 2012
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When I first found out about this new novel on YouTube I was instantly intrigued by its plot and knew I had to order it. Being a big fan of the bomb disposal profession, I was hoping for an action-packed novel that was going to give Stephen Phillips' "Proximity" a run for its money. "Tripwire" is the fictional action/thriller about the life of a young fifteen-year old named Felix Smith and how his once carefree life takes an unexpected and dramatic turn when the War on Terror visits his doorstep. The global forces of terrorism have united in one all encompassing massive organization that will come to be known throughout the world as "Orpheus". In a sinister plot to announce their presence to the world, the lethal group targets Heathrow Airport in London, England with a catastrophic bombing attack that kills thousands and instantly takes the life of Felix's father, one of Britain's top bomb disposal technicians. Desperate, Felix looks for a way to avenge his father's murder as the rule books on counterterrorism are re-written in the blink of an eye.
Childhood innocence is lost when recruiting age for military service is suddenly scaled back as the British government now looks to the bright minds and abilities of today's youth for a winning edge against this new age of terror. Following his completion of basic training, Felix Smith is thrust into a covert and mysterious counterterrorism agency known as "The Minos Chapter" under the direction of American and British Intelligence experts who serve as mentors and field contacts to the agency's under-age operatives. Felix Smith takes the lead in a multi-purpose role as the agency's top spy and crack bomb disposal technician as he prepares to embark on dangerous missions around the world in an attempt to thwart Orpheus' terrorist activities and prevent an even greater bombing attack from achieving its objective.
Author Steve Cole and co-author Chris Hunter a former British Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technician, highly decorated for his work in Iraq, bring an interesting twist to most novels of this genre. Essentially, "Tripwire" is a cross between "24" and James Bond Jr. Although, there are some areas in the storyline that could definitely use some improvement. I would like to have seen more of a background on the life of Felix's father, the events leading up to the terrorist attack, more emphasis on the lives of the people who were lost in the attack what they were thinking and feeling prior to the devastating explosion and more of an in-depth focus on bomb disposal work and equipment, including possibly using a robot for render safe tasks. "Tripwire" could certainly pass for a great movie in the future but in regards to a novel about bomb disposal, I have to say that Navy EOD tech Stephen Phillips' "Proximity" is the best.
In reading this novel, it's easy to see where Chris Hunter chimes in with the tense nail biting scenarios of diffusing a total of six IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) in two separate locations. Truth be told, it's more of a spy adventure than an action-packed bomb squad drama. With respect to the bomb disposal business, nothing beats Chris Hunter's real life exploits in his personal memoirs of "Eight Lives Down" and "Extreme Risk" both are excellent reads and worth looking into. However if you're a fan of fictional spy novels where kids get to play James Bond before they turn sixteen, "Tripwire" is for you.
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