Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Devil’s Breath by David Gilman

Max Gordon is on the run.

He was almost killed by an assassin, his dad has been kidnapped, and he only has one clue as to where he is. Still he is determined to find him no matter what kind of danger faces him. With the one clue he is given he figures out that his father is in the deserts of Namibia exploring a company that is about to hurt thousands of people. Those people know that Max’s dad has found evidence against them and thinks that Max has knowledge of this evidence as well. While he is on the mission to find his father, regardless of the evidence, the company is determined to kill Max.

With the help of !Koga, a local bushmen, who has a very keen sense of the wild, Kallie van Reenen, a local girl who has a great knowledge of planes and the sky, and his best mate back in England. All three of these people form Max’s support system as he embarks on the most grueling adventure imaginable, all in search of his father, of whom he knows nothing of his whereabouts. Will Max be able to beat the odds and survive or will his captors get the better of him?

This is an action packed book that any reader will find hard to put down. With every page turn you don’t know what’s coming next and you’re on the edge of your seat. Throughout the book you hear the story from different perspectives, whether it be the main story from Max, the antagonist’s point of view, and even sometimes the story is heard from Max’s two friends who are helping him with his search to find his father. I thought that the use of alternating perspectives was interesting, but at times it got confusing because some of the characters sounded the same.

While the author did a great job building up the book with lots of suspense and such I found parts of the book to be very predictable and not that interesting. Other parts of the book though definitely made up for this and I found myself intrigued.

At times the book got a bit violent, which I don’t think was necessary, but may have been appreciated more by the male readership. Despite this fact I think the book would be a good read for all teens and it was a good start to a potentially thrilling series.

1 comment:

Leigh said...

This looks pretty hardcore. Is it already out, or did I just miss that...


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