Book Review: Recruit

31618483._SX318_If you’re looking for an action-packed summer read, check out Chris Bradford’s Bodyguard books. Larrabee discovered the first one, Recruit, on the first day of summer vacation and has since binge-read the whole series.

In the first book, 14-year-old British kickboxing champion, Connor Reeves, is recruited into a top-secret squad of teen bodyguards trained to protect young celebrities. After some intense training, he travels to Washington, DC for his first mission: to guard the President’s high-spirited daughter.

Kids who like the Alex Rider series will like this one too. Both series are fast-paced and have a similar mix of action and suspense. Like the Alex Rider series, the Bodyguard books contain some violence and so are appropriate for older (grades 5+) readers.

You should be warned that the publisher has republished each of the original four books in two parts, so you’ll need to get the books two at a time. (Larrabee and I learned this the hard way.) Recruit ends with a major cliffhanger, and the rest of the story is in the second book, Hostage.

One of the coolest things about these books are all the fascinating details about the way bodyguards assess threats and counter dangers to their principal. After reading them, you’ll find yourself walking around in Code Yellow.

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Book Review: Recruit

    1. I’m glad to hear that. I was planning to donate the first two books to my son’s school library. (We checked the rest out of our local library.) Thanks for the link to your interview. Very interesting! I’ll share it with my son.

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  1. I never thought about all that a bodyguard has to be constantly aware of—that’s so interesting! I do wonder why in the world the publisher would add cliffhangers in each book by splitting them—that seems more obnoxious than anything else. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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