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Alpha Force: Rat-Catcher - Book 2 (Paperback) Loot Price: R155
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Alpha Force: Rat-Catcher - Book 2 (Paperback)

Chris Ryan

Series: Alpha Force

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Having survived their ordeal on a tropical island, teenagers Alex, Li, Paulo, Hex and Amber decide to put their various skills and new-found respect and friendship to good use. They plan to use orphan Amber's considerable inheritance to pay for training and equipment that will help them to right wrongs around the world. When Alex visits his father, who is on SAS business in Ecuador, he is appalled by the living conditions of the street kids. On hearing that a shadowy figure, known only as the Rat-Catcher, is killing these children for sport, Alex informs his fellow members of Alpha Force that they have their first assignment. It may turn out to be their last. This is the sequel to Survival, the first Alpha Force adventure that described how the group met and how adversity made them put aside their differences in order to keep each other alive. This new instalment is every bit as exciting, but better suited to a slightly older audience. The violence, although never trivialized, might be too extreme and disturbing for the younger end of the age range (10+) who might have enjoyed the original novel. Ryan's view seems to be that this is a violent world and that it is better to confront atrocity than to bury it. Nevertheless, with its references to murder, drug-trafficking and glue-sniffing, this is a long way from the Famous Five, so buyer beware. Survival was the better book because it dealt to a greater extent with the group's struggles with themselves and each other as they came to terms with their desperate circumstances. Rat-Catcher certainly makes for heart-pounding entertainment but something has been lost by introducing such an unlikely scenario as providing five youngsters with the means to battle injustice without anyone noticing. Amber's uncle, the co-ordinator of their mission, says that he is not sure about letting them climb a treacherous mountain to infiltrate a cocaine factory. You have to say he has a point, but our intrepid heroes will not be held back. Both books in the series so far emphasize the merits of teamwork but never lose sight of the fact that these are five very different teenagers with their own hang-ups and who are still learning from their mistakes. This is a thrilling read for those who have the stomach for it and will no doubt recruit even more acolytes for Chris Ryan's distinctive brand of action-adventure. It is doubtful that the tourist board of Ecuador will be rushing to recommend it. Ages 12+ (Kirkus UK)
The team is in action: Alex, Li, Paulo, Hex and Amber. An elite team sent to South America to take part in a covert SAS operation to catch an evil drugs rat. They begin with the street kids but their adventure takes them high into the isolated mountains. Will their combined skills be enough to lead to a successful operation? The second adventure in the Alpha Force series.


Imprint: Red Fox
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Alpha Force
Release date: July 2002
Authors: Chris Ryan
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 264
ISBN-13: 978-0-09-943925-7
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > Adventure stories > Thrillers
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > Adventure Stories > Thrillers
LSN: 0-09-943925-5
Barcode: 9780099439257

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