My son tore through most of the Eldridge books between the ages of 6 and 9. What's good about them - from his point of view - is that they are fast moving, action-packed, and have a real sense of peril.
As a parent I appreciate them on several levels:
First, they got my boy reading. These are books that can go head-to-head with Star Wars the Clone Wars and Halo. For some boys, lyrical evocations of Victorian childhood, or quirky tales with bottom humor are just not going to hack it.
Second, Eldridge never loses touch with the danger and consequences of war. In his books, guns are dangerous, bullets hurt. Sure, your child rides on the shoulder of manly men doing man stuff, but he experiences fear and understands it isn't a game.
Third, the books introduce the real virtues of soldiering. Eldridge's heroes achieve excellence by training hard, they succeed through planning and discipline and teamwork. This is not "My First Rambo Book".
Finally, Eldridge portrays the world "as-is". This isn't generic "abroad" as per Tintin or Scoobie Do. This is a world of gangs and militias, of poverty and corruption. You can't read these books without wanting to help.
This book was amazing Fantastic,it went straight into the action Well i would give this book 5 stars beacuase It starts action from the beggining and keeps going Speacialy when they atcully go in the building and fight
this book was good but none of the characters from the sas died. they have to storm the iranium embassy and free the hostages but there are terrorists inside and their leader salim threatens to kill off the hostages. join dave,chris and the rest of the team as they plan to kill the terroists once and for all.
my 9 year old son came home from school with this book and i am disgusted that this is even allowed in the school. With all the problems and news they have to listen to do they really have to read about terrorist and taking "all three rounds in the head", talking about body bombs in the first chapter!!!!. Definately needs to be an older childs book!!!!