I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Recruit (Bodyguard #1 [#1, part 1]) by Chris Bradford
Published by Philomel Books on May 9th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Friendship, Middle Grade
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A new action-packed spy and adventure series for young fans of Alex Rider and Jason Bourne--with the first four books publishing simultaneously. Binge read for summer! As the son of a bodyguard who sacrificed his life in the line of duty, teenage kickboxing champion Connor Reeves is determined to do his father proud and follow in his footsteps. Recruited into the ranks of a top-secret young bodyguard squad, Connor embarks on a rigorous training course, taking lessons in surveillance, anti-ambush exercises, hostage survival and unarmed combat. Whatever it takes to prepare him for the dangerous missions ahead. Connor's training is put to the test when the U.S. President summons Connor for a crucial assignment: protecting the First Daughter. As Connor quickly discovers, the President's daughter, Alicia, doesn't want to be guarded; it is impossible to have fun while being watched all the time. So with no clue that Connor is her bodyguard, Alicia tries to elude her Secret Service agents and lead Connor astray. But unknown to her, a terrorist sleeper cell has been activated. Its mission: to take the president's daughter hostage. Combining pulse-pounding action, diabolical enemies, and an insider's knowledge of the tricks of the trade, the BODYGUARD series is the perfect target for fans of Alex Rider, James Bond, 24, and Jason Bourne."
I will say this isn’t something I normally would have picked up. This type of story isn’t my cup of tea. When I received this in the mail I was a little worried. Middle Grade with a feel of NCIS or 24 not sure it was going to be for me. Now ask me why I told you all that? I LOVED this book. It had action, adventure, awesome characters and an ENDING that gets me so excited to read the next one. I really thought this book/series wasn’t going to be for me but I am SOOOO glad it proved me wrong.
The story follows Connor Reeves, a pretty smart kid with excellent Martial Arts skills. On his way home from a competition he sees a younger kid getting picked on by 4 bullies. He has a good heart and steps in to help. Things get a little crazy and when the cops show up they take Connor in for questioning. Soon enough he realizes it was a set up and this secret agency wants him to come and train to be a Guardian. A Guardian is a top secret type of bodyguard for high profile kids. Who would suspect a kid to be a body guard. (well played). When the POTUS’s Daughter is targeted it’s up to Connor to help protect the 1st daughter but she is causing more trouble and things might be getting out of control.
The story is told in two Main POV, Connor and Hazim, it also switches to other POVs also but never confusing. The action in this book is well done and easy described with lots of detail. I can pretty much picture it in my head as I read. This book also has a lot of details and explanations to get you better associated with the Guardian Program. I loved it, I loved all the details and learning about what they are doing. I thought the briefings were interesting and whether you are an adult or teen I think all this will have you fascinated and also wondering if all this should be in a book. It seems so top secret! 🙂
It has a handful of characters, I am hoping in the next book we get to see more of Connors team members because I really enjoyed them. I really liked the idea of Connor having a backup team for when he need info with each member having a different skill that would help him. Alicia the presidents daughter, drove me crazy but I get it I totally understand why she feels how she did and why she runs off so often. I am eager to see what happens in the next book, I really can’t wait to read it.
Overall, this book was full of action, adventure, mystery and intense moments. The first few pages had me on the edge of my seat. I am looking forward to devouring this series and finding out what happens next. I highly recommend to middle grade, Teen, YA and adult. (which covers everyone) you will not be disappointed!
Next three books in the series are also available on May 9th!
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