The December column is always my favorite because I get to look back at my favorite reads from the year.
2015 saw the third book in the Duke City series by Max Austin released in June. DUKE CITY DESPERADO was a fun frolic through the misadventures of Dylan James and his buddy Doc who tried to rob a bank through the drive-up window.
Yeah, most of us would see the folly in this right from the start but Doc, well, his perspective was skewed. It comes as no surprse that Doc was immediately captured but Dylan manages to stay about a half-step away from the law through a crazy set of circumstances that only Max Austin can deliver.
Each book in the series stands alone with one common element: Alburburque, New Mexico. If you like crime from a slightly tweeked angle you’ve got to give the Duke City series a go.
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I AM THE MISSION
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
June 17, 2014
Genre: YA Thriller/Mystery
He was the perfect assassin. No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.
And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.
His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.
But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.
Zadoff has delivered another great addition to the Boy Nobody series. The main character can be compared to a teenage Jason Bourne – focused, determined, and unstoppable. Yet despite all his training he still has this glimmer of humanity that forces him to question why.
I could not stop reading this book. The complexity of the plot and characters was amazing. I was delighted to see the return of Howard from the first book and the renewal of the query about what happened to his father but this is something that will hopefully be addressed in the next book.
Well-written, this non-stop action/thriller is a must read.
BTW – The first book, I AM THE WEAPON, has been optioned for a major motion picture from Sony Pictures and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. (Quoted from Allen Zadoff’s website)