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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read - more plot than character driven, 13 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Agent 21 1 (Hardcover)
Agent 21 isn't the sort of book I'll be raving about, but it's alright. It could probably do even better as a Teen TV series as the idea for this series is simple yet good.

Zak Darke's parents die under mysterious circumstances in Nigeria- the official line is that no-one is to blame for their deaths, but back in England Zak has his suspicions. Now orphaned Zak moves in with his Aunt, Uncle and cousin, but the adults don't make him feel welcome. It's only his cousin Ellie that Zak shares a connections with - he's a loner at school. No-one would miss Zak if he simply disappeared or at least that's what the govt agent who offers Zak covert commando training tells him. If he takes on the job Zak will find out what really happened to his parents.

The training and the mission Zak undertake are exciting and well-written. Here you can tell that Chris Ryan is writing about something he knows...but I didn't think he knew all that much about writing characters that I would truly care about. Something was missing and I found myself wishing the characters were less flat. Calacas the villain was scary so he had a little oomph. The two agents that train Zak - Raf and Gabs - show potential but in a way come across like paper dolls...it doesn't matter that a face has been painted on they're still just paper shapes, in need of some real dressing up.

Plot is good
Mission is well written
Characters could have been more engaging
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Initial post: 13 Dec 2010 20:08:51 GMT
Shatterhand says:
Careful about being in any way dismissive about this book, the Chris Ryan apparatchiks here will (a) accuse you of being a rival publisher, (b) of lying and (c) that you can't have read it as the book doesn't exist in hardcover although we both know it does. Insania!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2010 21:01:13 GMT
Thanks I replied to your own thread.

The hardcover is available in stores, but not on Amazon at the moment. Details, however, are listed here on Amazon:

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (28 Oct 2010)
ISBN-10: 0385617496
ISBN-13: 978-0385617499

It was published nearly two months ago.
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