Blackout by Peter Jay Black


Written by Peter Jay Black
Part of the Urban Outlaws Series

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Fans of Robert Muchamore’s Cherub books will love this fast-paced adventure as a gang of ordinary kids doing extraordinary things take the law into their own hands. Charlie, Jack, Slink, Obi and the diminutive Wren have an impressive set of skills between them; they can hack computers, rewire electrical systems, remember complex numbers and free-run across the roof tops of London. Working together they can outwit some of London’s most notorious criminals including hacking the bank account of criminal mastermind Del Sarto. Its high octane, nail-biting stuff with a likable cast of underage operators.


Blackout by Peter Jay Black

Power is out. Security is down. Computers hacked. The world's most destructive computer virus is out of control and the pressure is on for the Urban Outlaws to destroy it. Jack knows that it's not just the world's secrets that could end up in the wrong hands. The secret location of their bunker is at the fingertips of many and the identities of the Urban Outlaws are up for grabs. But capturing the virus feels like an almost impossible mission until they meet Hector. The Urban Outlaws know they need his help, but they have made some dangerous enemies. They could take a risk and win - or lose everything...

More non-stop action and edge-of-your-seat adventure in the next book in the sensational new series, Urban Outlaws. Fans of Robert Muchamore, Anthony Horowitz and Alex Scarrow won't be disappointed.

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Praise for Urban Outlaws

The heart-stopping action starts on page one and doesn't let up until the final sentence - and not even then. Whatever you do, don't pick up this book and begin reading just before you have to go out for a dentist's appointment or tea with Great-Aunt Mabel - putting the book down mid-read could seriously damage your health The Bookbag

This is one of those books that you will have to prise from kids hands to stop them reading ... Every chapter is full of great action sequences, peril for our team of heroes and great uses of high tech gadgets, so readers will find themselves flying through the story at a frenetic and almost heart-bursting pace Book Zone for Boys

The mysterious world of hacking, viruses, and supercomputers is made surprisingly accessible, thanks to the extraordinary skills of our unorthodox vigilantes. It's also jam-packed with enough crazy stunts and heart-pounding action to make James Bond proud! Kids Book Review

Packs in a lot of action that kids will gobble up with gusto. Many chapters filled with exhilarating drama, clever dialogue, descriptions of cool gadgets, and characters who may be young but who display strong senses of social responsibility. A thrilling tale of a Robin Hood for the iPod generation Praise for 'Urban Outlaws', Kirkus Robin Hood meets the twenty-first century in Urban Outlaws, a heist story full of action, suspense, surprises, but most importantly, heart Praise for 'Urban Outlaws', Matthew Kirby, author of The Quantum League series and Icefall

About the Author

Peter Jay Black

Peter Jay Black loves gadgets, films and things that make him laugh so hard he thinks he might pass out. He went to Arts University Bournemouth and a career in IT followed. One day, a team of super-skilled kids popped into his head and, writing in a Hollywood apartment, he brought them to life. Peter lives in Dorset and in his spare time he enjoys collecting unusual artefacts like Neolithic arrowheads, ancient Egyptian rings and fossilised dinosaur poo.

Things you didn't know about Peter Jay Black....

He has read hundreds of books on physics.

His dad was an inventor and taught Peter how to make things.

Has read hundreds of books about John F. Kennedy.

His favourite movie is “The Abyss.”

Only wears long-sleeved shirts, and never t-shirts.

Aged 29, he decided he would be a writer.

Wrote two plays that were published and performed on the stage.

As a kid, dreamt of inventing anti-gravity, and did thousands of science experiments.

His favourite drink is “Tea.” How very British!

Has a collection of autographs. His favourite is by Christopher Reeve – SUPERMAN.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

12th February 2015




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