The series begins on Sunday, August 31 and the first book, "Independence Hall" ends on Friday, September 5. That's the longest time lapse of any book in the series thus far. Book Two, "The White House" takes place on Saturday, September 6, and the third book, "Kitty Hawk," takes place from midnight to 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 7 (there's a lot of action packed into those nine hours).
"The Alamo" begins with a short summary about what has happened thus far in the series (great for readers who don't want to reread the last book) and a brief bio of the important characters. The story takes up right after Book Three, at 9:16 a.m.
The addition of Spradlin to the writing team hasn't changed the quick-pace, non-stop action. Q and Angela, who are siblings by marriage, are involved in trying to find out who is running a terrorist group trying to place bombs around the country. There are myriad espionage types involved in this effort, including Angela's mother, long thought to be dead, who is playing a dangerous double-agent role. The real danger is that she's doing it alone; no one -- except her retired secret agent father -- knows that she's still alive and working.
Q and Angela have been traveling in their parents' tour bus, but in this book they get to travel first class. They take Air Force One to San Antonio, where their musician parents will perform at the Alamo. Their parents joined together and formed "Match," a singing duo that has become a huge success. Their parents also remain clueless about the involvement of their children in the dangerous espionage.
In San Antonio, the action continues. Both Q and Angela are in real danger, and it is only quick thinking and another intervention by their mysterious agent-allies, Boone and Croc, that allows them to escape relatively unscathed.
This book continues the mystery around that especially interesting character, Boone, and his dog, Croc. They are both very old, but they are still able to do things that people (and dogs) their age shouldn't be able to do. And then there's the way they mysteriously travel long distances quickly, and how they appear almost magically. When P.K., the president's son, sends them an old photo that seems to have Boone and Croc in it, the mystery deepens.
The narration alternates from Q narrating in first person to third person narration when some of the other characters are involved. And while the reader wants to know more about the terrorist group -- the ghost cell -- the reader will be just as interested in solving the mystery surrounding Boone and Croc. What are they? How long have they lived?
Like many of this type of series, the action flows seamlessly from book to book. The characters are intriguing, from the teenagers to the Israeli secret service guys to Malek, Angela's spy mother, and the elusive and eerie Boone and Croc. A great choice for reluctant readers -- both guys and girls will like the story.
Get in on the action now and be ready for a trip to Chicago in Book Five ("Wrigley Field"? "The Loop"?). One thing is guaranteed -- the action will not abate.
Please note: This review is based on the final paperback book provided by the publisher, Sleeping Bear Press, for review purposes.
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