Agent 21 by Chris Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a good read. I found it by searching for other books like the Alex Rider series. A search on UK book seller sites led me to Agent 21. It was not an easy book to find here in the U.S. so I had to order it through a bookseller that sold in both the U.S. and the U.K. online. Zak's story is similar to other young adult secret agents' stories in that he has a huge loss and is noticed by a covert government agency that see something in him and offers him a chance to train to work for them.
Zak trains for many months and is sent on his first case which is by all accounts extremely dangerous. Not only is the man he is investigating ruthless and dangerous, but, he employs a man that leaves bodies with every step he takes. Zak's first case out of the gate puts him not only in touch with his past, but also on a collision course with both of these terrible men.
The people that are fast becoming very close to Zak, especially Raf and Gabby are working to gain his trust and the jury is still out on Michael, his new boss. This is already shaping up to be a very interesting, action-filled series. I look forward to hearing more about Zak and his new colleagues. I hope it continues to be original, fun, and look forward to seeing some interesting investigations.
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