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The Sons of Scarlatti (Infinity Drake, Book 1) Hardcover – 27 Feb 2014
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“Funny, thrilling, brain-punchingly good.” Derek Landy
"Anyone who loves science and adventure would love this book, it has a great mix of complication and humor." Tilly, Lovereading4Kids
"This was a fantastic book because it was jam packed with lots of action and adventure. As well as being an exciting read it also made me laugh out loud." Alice, Lovereading4Kids
About the Author
John McNally is a screenwriter who’s worked with Aardman, Sony and the BBC. INFINITY DRAKE is his first novel and was written for his children (who, of course, knew nothing about it). Once it sold to a publisher he finally showed it to his kids. Luckily, they liked it, and now millions of others will too…
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If I had a checklist of everything I would be looking for in a first-in-series book, then Infinity Drake would have a tick in every single box:
Non-stop action and adventure from beginning to end - triple check
An intelligent, brave and, most importantly, genuinely likeable lead character that kids will love rooting for - triple check
Multiple instances of near-death, life on the line peril for our hero - check
A just-as-interesting cast of supporting characters - double check
A superbly nasty villain with a truly diabolical plan for world domination (and one that we haven't seen before) - triple check
Great dialogue - check
A thread of humour woven though the book, to take the dark edge off the nastiness of the villains plans - check
An original concept that we haven't seen in a book for the 9+ age group in recent years - check
Smart prose with vocabulary hasn't been dumbed down and therefore challenges readers - check
I think you can probably tell from this that I am a fan, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.Read more ›
To begin with, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book – I was worried that it was going to end up being a rip-off of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and it’s certainly true that the author was probably influenced by that. However, this book offers so much more.
Loosely speaking, it follows the story of the young Infinity Drake (Finn for short), as he helps his Uncle Al to save the world from a terrorist conspiracy. The terrorists have released the scarlatti insect, an extremely dangerous creature which threatens to spread across the majority of the civilised world, wiping out 6 billion people.
Finn and his Uncle Al team up with some science folks to carry out an audacious plan – a crack military team is to be shrunk down to the size of fingernails and send to track down the terrorists’ scarlatti by releasing, tracking and following a second scarlatti, the only other insect of its kind in the world. Sounds like nothing could go wrong, right?
Wrong. The mission is compromised, and the special forces team has to operate off the radar, with no way of getting back in touch with HQ. Plus they have to deal with insects and animals that are bigger than they are, and when your grenades are the size of a speck of dust, it’s pretty difficult to take down an angry carnivore.
This book would be perfect for young adults with an interest in science, because science plays a key role throughout the manuscript. Whether the science that McNally speaks about is possible or not, it’s certainly plausible – the only thing that threw me off was a momentary reference to Google Analytics, which was poorly researched.Read more ›
A young boy gets sucked into saving the world by his scientist uncle and ends up being shrunk to fight mutant wasps. Reminded me of Artemis Fowl, with a healthy dose of Honey I Shrunk the Kids for good measure! A gripping read, although the efforts to include gamer language grated at times. Definitely recommended though, and not too childish for adults to read by any means.
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Great book. At first i thought that i wasnt going to enjoy it, but I as read on I started to get really into the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I chose this rating because it held me on edge the whole time. If your looking for a book you can really get into this is great. I recommend it for age 11-14Published on 3 April 2015 by Karen Archer
It is a very interesting book I thought it was going to be boarding but it was like an Alex rider bookPublished on 4 Feb. 2015 by C E Fenton
Reading this with my son who normally doesn't like books! Enough said.Published on 12 Jan. 2015 by Steven A
Just brilliant! Action, action, action on every page and a fabulously colourful cast of characters. Can't wait for book two!!!Published on 1 Sept. 2014 by Monster reader
An excellent, action packed fun adventure - an amazing debut book. If this is the first of a series , I can't wait for the next!Published on 18 May 2014 by Terminator
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