Reader Reviewed The Forbidden City by John McNally

The Forbidden City

Written by John McNally
Part of the Infinity Drake Series

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July 2015 Book of the Month OK, pay attention – you’ll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and only 9.8cm high (he was shrunk to join a tiny military kill team out to destroy a wasp/bioweapon and is now stuck at this size) is about to take on a new mission. Arch villain Kaparis has another plan for world domination, only Finn and his band of bullet-sized heroes can stop him. What follows is 400 pages of action-adventure, gadgets, technology, jokes – and surprisingly informative foot-notes. An absolute treat for gadget-mad techies, this is sharp stuff. Even James Bond would tip his hat to Finn, small as he is! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review the first title in the Infinity Drake Series, The Sons of Scarlatti. You can read their comments below of click here for the full reviews.

  • Jodi Coffman, age 12 - 'An exciting, different and page-turning story.  If you like adventures with a difference you will absolutely love this!'
  • Tilly Dickinson, age 9 - 'Finn accidentally gets caught up in a mission to track down the Scarletti, a wasp which is also a bio weapon.  Four people, 9mm tall and only four days to save mankind.'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 10 - 'This brilliant book is an amazing story about a boy named Finn and his awesome adventure...start reading this fantastic book and I’ll promise you’ll enjoy it.'
  • Alice East, age 9 - 'This was a fantastic book because it was jam packed with lots of action and adventure.  As well as being an exciting read it also made me laugh out loud.'
  • Rohan Delamere, age 8 - 'A giant uber-wasp gets attacked by a military team and Finn aged 12 is caught up in the cross-fire!'
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Infinity Drake is an ordinary boy who has an extraordinary adventure. There are mutant, flesh eating wasps, villains and lots of weapons which is a lot to face when you're only 9mm tall.'
  • Katie Johnson, age 10 - 'Definitely a book for boys!  Full of action and military detail.'
  • Alex Faulkner, age 9 - 'A confusing book that was hard to understand what was happening.'
  • Robert White, age 10 - 'This book is full of action and whacky science fiction style ideas.  However, I found the story really difficult to follow and didn’t really enjoy reading it.'


The Forbidden City by John McNally

Infinity Drake – Finn for short – is still… well… short. Only 9mm tall, in fact. But before Uncle Al can figure out how to return him to his normal size, another threat materialises that sends the gang to the other side of the world. Humour and high-stakes combine in the action-packed sequel to Infinity Drake: the Sons of Scarlatti.

After stealing Al’s shrinking device, evil villain, Kaparis, has devised a crazy, ruthless plan: to create an army of self-replicating nano-bots – a hardware virus that will spread from the massive computer factories south of Shanghai, giving him total control of global technology and communications.

Once again Finn is thrown into the action and finds himself on an impossible mission and
a race against time: to save himself and the stop the bot infection… before it conquers
mankind, one screen at a time…


Praise for Infinity Drake: The Sons of Scarlatti:

'Funny, thrilling, brain-punchingly good.' Derek Landy

'Anyone who loves science and adventure would love this book, it has a great mix of complication and humor.' Tilly, Lovereading4Kids

'This was a fantastic book because it was jam packed with lots of action and adventure. As well as being an exciting read it also made me laugh out loud.' Alice, Lovereading4Kids

About the Author

John McNally is a screenwriter who's worked with Aardman, Sony and the BBC. Infinity Drake is his first novel and was written for his children (who, of course, knew nothing about it). Once it sold to a publisher he finally showed it to his kids. Luckily, they liked it, and now millions of others will too...

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Book Info


400 pages
Interest Age: From 9


John McNally
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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

4th June 2015




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