Reader Reviewed Blowback by Chris Bradford


Written by Chris Bradford
Illustrated by Nelson Evergreen
Part of the Bulletcatcher Series

11+ readers   9+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   
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Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: edge-of-the-seat stuff that puts comradeship at the heart of the action

As ever, Chris Bradford begins his story explosively, and then keeps the tension super-taut until the very last chapters. Despite his special bullet-catcher ability Troy is at the mercy of The Judge, one of the most ruthless and wicked villains you’re likely to encounter, and his friend and colleague Kasia is in a coma: could this be the end for SPEAR’s battalion of teenage super spies? Of course not! The fight back offers everything you would expect from this author and this series, nail-biting scenes and confrontations, and the triumph of teamwork and good over evil. It’s super satisfying, and super readable. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+

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Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in the series, Bulletcatcher. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'A fantastic quick read with brilliant illustrations. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Troy next.'
  • Ross Dawson, age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this Chris Bradford book and am going to look out for his other stories next time I am in the library.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'I loved this book. It was a quick read but really exciting. A boy who gets shot but doesn't die is a rare find. His skills are put to use in a team to protect people.'
  • Louie Mee, age 9 - 'I loved Bullet Catcher by Chris Bradford because of its THRILLING plot.'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 11 - 'I found this book very interesting; even though it’s quite small, it packs a big punch. It has an amazing storyline and a good plot.'
  • Thomas Newman, age 9 - 'This is the eleventh Chris Bradford book I've read and I thought it was brilliant!'#
  • Gabriel Phelan, age 11 - 'Bullet Catcher is a short, but energy-packed book with a fast, but vastly amusing extract.'


Blowback by Chris Bradford

Would you stand in the line of fire? That's exactly what Troy has been doing as a member of super-skilled team SPEAR, taking bullet after bullet to protect the Mayor of Terminus City and his beautiful daughter Pandora. But Troy's abilities might not be as permanent as he thought, and the Judge and his 'freedom fighters' are becoming even more deadly.

Bulletcatcher: Blowback is the exciting conclusion to Chris Bradford’s widely-acclaimed Bulletcatcher trilogy. Chris’ unique take on the superhero genre comes front and centre as he expertly weaves his knowledge of martial arts and close protection into the narrative, bringing an effortless sense of immersion that pulls the reader into the very pulse of the action.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+

About the Author

Chris Bradford

Chris Bradford is a top-selling children’s author. His bestselling Young Samurai and Bodyguard series are both hugely popular, the latter having been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Bodyguard: Ransom was a Top 10 bestseller and the new series has been a huge success. He lives in West Sussex. Read more about the author here.

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88 pages


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Publication date

15th June 2017




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