A thrilling war-time adventure that is a perfect mix of historical fact and fictional adventure, in which two boys are swept back in time and thrown into the real event of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, the catalyst for the start of the First World War. It takes all their courage to face the incredible danger and their daring exploits bring history vividly to life. This debut novelist has created a real page-turner and once read no one can say history is dull.
Day of the Assassins is the first in a series of Jack Christie Adventures. The second one, which is due in 2010 will be set in Elizabethan England and the time of the Armada when Jack and Angus will don doublet and hose to save the world for a second time.
A message from the author:
'A few years ago my dad showed me some of my grandad's war medals had received during the First World War. He explained that my grand father had been injured in the war and lost part of his leg. Apparently my grandfather was reluctant to speak about how he got the injuries or how he won the medals. I don't really know why. But I know what he did was brave -because I have a citation at home signed by the Minister of War - Winston Churchill. Anyway, unlike millions of others, my grandfather survived the war and went on to have children and live to a ripe old age - although I never knew him. It got me thinking though. He made important choices in his life - he chose to fight in the wr. It seems he chose to do something brave. later he chose to have a family. If he had made different choices, of course, I might not be here.'
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Day of the Assassins by Johnny O’Brien is a fast-paced time travel adventure set within an accurate historical context. It takes fifteen year-old Jack Christie and his friend Angus to the period just before the outbreak of the First World War. Following a desperate chase across Europe the adventure climaxes in Sarajevo, on the day of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Here, Jack must make an agonising choice with momentous implications for himself, his family and for humanity.
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|Publication date:||1st February 2010|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month|
"Hi - my name is Johnny O'Brien. I grew up in the Borders in Scotland. I write mostly at the weekend - during the week I have a 'proper' job in an office where I work for a range of sinister global corporations. These days I live in the south of England and have four sheep and a springer spaniel with floppy ears. I am also married and have three kids - they all have normal ears!" Johnny O’Brien was inspired to write the novel after seeing some of his grandad’s war ...More About Johnny O'Brien
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