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George is back and the Undergrounders’ series continues. The action starts in the aftermath of the dramatic ending of the first book, The Undergrounders & The Flight of the Falcon. George returns to his school, that still bears the scars of the dramatic events of book one. He dreads heading back after a brief altercation with his nemesis Liam Richardson, but he returns to find his social status flipped on its head. I liked that more usual school and teenage issues are interspersed with the high-octane action in this book. Things at school may be looking up for George but Victor, The Falcon is still at large and George has every intention of being a part of the team that stops him. But there’s a dangerous plan afoot and on a school trip to Paris not only are the lives of George’s friends put at risk but so many more people as Europe’s most wanted gang of criminals reemerge. I don’t want to go into the plot too much, for the risk of sharing spoilers, but there are dramatic twists, familiar faces reappear and there’s plenty to keep the reader hooked and turning the pages. Interspersed between the chapters there’s email communication hinting at the plans Victor is putting in place as well as a mole playing both sides. The action moves quickly and finale again leaves you with questions for the next book. Although I think you could read this book as a standalone, there are references to events and the reappearance of characters met in the first book and to get the full impact, it’s best to start with The Undergrounders & The Flight of the Falcon. Charlotte Walker A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
An interesting crime mystery with lots of action. The fast pace story of George Jenkins and his friends, the start of a new series (The Undergrounders’ series) and the search for a criminal that turns not only their school life upside down but uncovers information about the circumstances of the death of George’s mother. Just how are they all connected? When George stumbles upon a crime scene at school, his life is changed forever. He is eager for the attention and respect of his distant father and to get it, he leads his friends on a quest to find the person responsible, the infamous criminal The Falcon. The plot weaves a web with clues, suspicions and discoveries building and brewing the suspense as it goes and lands the friends in the middle of a secret underground MI5 location on the hunt for a gang of some of Europe's most notorious criminals. With tension, mystery, action and shocking twists and turns I can understand why this is recommended to fans of Alex Rider. I like the plotline of a normal teenager, with relatable problems that has their world turned upside down by something huge. These are the kind of stories I enjoyed reading when I was that age. They allow you to get to know the characters as they develop and investigate together. This style of story also sets you up nicely to enjoy new adventures with the characters and the new friends he makes. The ending is a whopper of a cliffhanger and will have readers eager to find out what happens in the next instalment.
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