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Urban Outlaws [Kindle Edition]

Peter Jay Black
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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The heart-stopping action starts on page one and doesn't let up until the final sentence - and not even then. Whatever you do, don't pick up this book and begin reading just before you have to go out for a dentist's appointment or tea with Great-Aunt Mabel - putting the book down mid-read could seriously damage your health (Praise for 'Urban Outlaws', The Bookbag)

This is one of those books that you will have to prise from kids' hands to stop them reading ... Every chapter is full of great action sequences, peril for our team of heroes and great uses of high tech gadgets, so readers will find themselves flying through the story at a frenetic and almost heart-bursting pace (Praise for 'Urban Outlaws', Book Zone for Boys)

The mysterious world of hacking, viruses, and supercomputers is made surprisingly accessible, thanks to the extraordinary skills of our unorthodox vigilantes. It's also jam-packed with enough crazy stunts and heart-pounding action to make James Bond proud! (Praise for 'Urban Outlaws', Kids' Book Review)

Packs in a lot of action that kids will gobble up with gusto . Many chapters filled with exhilarating drama, clever dialogue, descriptions of cool gadgets, and characters who may be young but who display strong senses of social responsibility. A thrilling tale of a Robin Hood for the iPod generation (Praise for 'Urban Outlaws', Kirkus)

Robin Hood meets the twenty-first century in Urban Outlaws, a heist story full of action, suspense, surprises, but most importantly, heart (Praise for 'Urban Outlaws', Matthew Kirby, author of The Quantum League series and Icefall)

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In a bunker hidden deep beneath London live five extraordinary kids: meet world-famous hacker Jack, gadget geek Charlie, free runner Slink, comms chief Obi and decoy diva Wren. They’re not just friends; they’re URBAN OUTLAWS. They outsmart London’s crime gangs and hand out their dirty money through Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.s).

Their latest mission – hacking the bank account of criminal mastermind Del Sarto – has landed them in serious trouble. Del Sarto is going head-to-head with MI5 for control of Proteus, an advanced quantum computer able to crack any code and steal top-secret documents in nanoseconds. It’s down to the URBAN OUTLAWS to use their guile, guts and skill to destroy Proteus, avert world domination . . . and stay alive.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408851415
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (13 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HXEF3X0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leverage for 9+ kids 21 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
Urban outlaws is Leverage for 9+ kids and I loved it! Leverage is one of my favourite TV shows - I love the chemistry that exists between the characters, with each one bringing a different skill to the party, and this is exactly what Urban Outlaws does. Yes, suspension of disbelief will be an essential requirement when reading this book, and the cynical among you should just p*** off right now and go hunt for your inner child before picking this book up. Seriously, if books like this had been around when I was a kid I may never have left my home except to go reluctantly to school.

This is one of those books that you will have to prise from kids' hands to stop them reading (although shame on you for even contemplating such a heinous act). I certainly refused to do anything until I had finished it, and read it from cover to cover in a single sitting. However, it is a fairly quick read as almost every chapter is full of great action sequences, peril for our team of heroes and great uses of high tech gadgets, so readers will find themselves flying through the story at a frenetic and almost heart-bursting pace.

This is a book for every kind of kid - the sporty ones will love Slink, the free-runner; the tech geeks will love Jack, Charlie and Obi; the couch potatoes will love Obi and the action junkies will love all of them; there are great male characters and great female characters, with even Wren, the youngest and newest member of the team, having her moment (although I really hope she will get more of a chance to shine in future books). Hell, I'm over 40 and I really, really wanted to be one of the team so I can only imagine how excited younger readers will get at the thought of having adventures like these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and action-packed 30 May 2014
By Tim Roast VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Urban Outlaws are five kids, Jack, Charlie, Obi, Slink and Wren, each of whom bring different skills to the table. Their purpose is to seize "the financial assets of arms dealers, thugs, gangsters, and give it to hospitals, charities and carers" whilst avoiding the threat of being returned to children's homes. A modern day Robin Hood and his merry men if you like.

This is the first book in the series and the book takes you right into the action right from the beginning as they use their home-made James Bond style gadgetry to go on a raid. But there are no Union Jack parachutes here, just more sensible black ones. And the focus of their work is being clever with computers, although you don't need to be a computer geek to understand what is going on.

However this initial raid leads the kids into something bigger than they could have ever imagined, taking on the world's most advanced computer.

All in all a great book for teenagers and young adults alike, although the incompetence of the adults might seem a bit much. But this keeps the story moving along nicely with the suspense and action sure to keep you hooked.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Righting Wrongs 10 Nov 2014
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Publisher information suggests ‘Urban Outlaws’ is for 9-11 year old readers, and it advises how it is the first of a series of adventure stories centred on a gang of orphaned children living together in a disused underground bunker in London with access via sewers and underground train tunnels. They are introduced as a form of modern day high tech Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Each has particular skills and these are employed to steal from criminals and then distribute monies through R.A.K.s (random acts of kindness).

The book deliberately (and successfully) aims at both girls and boys, with the band made up of Jack as a mastermind planner and computer hacker, Charlie (a girl) as a gadget geek, Slink as a parkour athlete, Obi as a couch-potato communicator, and Jenny Wren as a decoy. Author Peter Jay Black skilfully builds up empathy for this band by highlighting their collaborative team support and their shared sense of righting wrongs, and he introduces a moral dimension.

In light-hearted manner the action packed story starts with the Urban Outlaw team hacking into the computer accounts of criminal Richard Hardy and an illegal arms dealer, Benito del Sarto, but in doing so they blunder into something really big - and appear to have bitten off more than they can chew. Both the Government and Benito del Sarto are seeking to control a super advanced computer, Proteus, to misappropriate data and achieve global dominance, and the Urban Outlaws are determined to prevent misuse by either. There is no doubting the gripping adventuresome essence of ‘Urban Outlaws’, and though the conclusion is satisfactory it is clearly geared to setting up a sequel. What loses the book a ‘star’ is the unrealistic reliance on technology to solve every difficulty, and the over-simplistic nature of the writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read 7 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A clever, absorbing story with great gadgets and characters plus plenty of conflict. The concept of the outlaws formation is a good one and a convincing way of making sure interfering parents don't slow the pace! These kids are tough but there are nice touches to soften their edge - my favourite being the RAKing expeditions which balance the hard line taken by the Outlaws in their fight against corporate greed and power. Peter Jay Black's first book is a terrific introduction to an exciting new batch of crime-fighters - can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Techno thriller for 10 years+
My son is 8 and although he likes having this read to him and can read a lot himself there is some language that is a bit beyond him. I would say this is a 10+ book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. D. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars makes you desperate for the next installment
this book is great for children and adults alike. its face paced nature, slick cast of stars, all with their desirable talents and a story that both grips and excites is a great... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. D. Squire
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced thriller ideal for age 9 and up
The Urban Outlaws are a gang of five children who have escaped from children’s homes and are living rough underground in a den they have created for themselves in an abandoned... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Diment
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is a good book. The plot is good and ingenious / original, and it moves along at a really good pace. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NRCM
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, fast moving, great adventure story for 21st century...
The Urban Outlaws are five kids, Jack, Charlie, Obi, Slink and Wren, and they all have different skills which help them survive in a computer dominated society. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Schneehase
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting book with adventure and gadgets galore
My 10 year old son really enjoyed this book - so much so, in fact, that he read the whole thing in an afternoon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Milne
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
I wish I’d thought of the description “Leverage for kids” (as in the US TV show) because it is pretty much spot on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John E. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant characters with twist after twist, full of action and plenty...
My little boy is 10 and has moved on from the Diary type books to more novel books, when I should him the description it was a big thumbs up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rob S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, lots of gadjets and an exciting plot
Fast paced and full of action this is a must read for fans of Alex Scarrow and Charlie Higson. Great characters, lots of gadjets and an exciting plot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
An absolute winner, my 11 year old loved it and read it in the space of a few hours! He says it is exciting and it caught his interest immediately. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nicolette Laurence
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