Uncaged

Author: John Sanford and Michele Cook Publication: 2014, Knopf Books Pages: 416 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Shay Remby arrives in LA with $58 and a homemade knife.  She’s there to find her brother Odin, a brilliant hacker who fell in with a group of hardcore animal […]

Taken

Author: David Massey Publication: 2014, Chicken House Pages: 311 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Six athletes have come together to sail around the world and raise money for charity.  Four are disabled former soldiers, two – including Izzy – are their able-bodied assistants.  But their trip is […]

Torn

Author: David Massey Publication: 2013, Chicken House Pages: 274 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Ellie Nielson is a British army medic on her first tour in war-torn Afghanistan.  On patrol in a village she comes under attack and sees a beautiful young Afghan girl shot.  But when […]

Outlaw

Author: Stephan Davies Publication: 2011, Clarion Pages: 286 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: Amazon says 12+, but I’d classify it as 9-12. Brief Summary: After one too many pranks, Jake Knight finds himself kicked out of boarding school and on the way home to the West African country of Burkina […]

The Phoenix Files: Arrival

Author: Chris Morphew Publication: 2011, Scholastic Pages: 291 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary:  When Luke’s mom drags him to Phoenix, a brand new town in the middle of nowhere, his biggest worry is when he’ll be able to contact his dad.  Well, that and the fact that […]

Little Brother

Note: This is not an action/adventure novel in the traditional sense, and at first I hadn’t planned to review it.  But then I reconsidered.  Marcus, the main character in Little Brother, doesn’t engage in chases, fights, daring rescues or any of the other things we normally see in an action/adventure story. But he does fight […]

Tripwire

Note:  Steve Cole makes use of a lot of slang and British terminology in this book.  To help make it less confusing I’ve compiled a glossary of British words and slang. Author: Steve Cole and Chris Hunter Publication: Corgi Books, 2010 Pages: 256 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Quantity of Action: High […]

The Last Thing I Remember – Homelanders #1

Author: Andrew Klavan Publication: 2009, Thomas Nelson Pages: 352 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary:  Charlie West wakes up on morning to find himself strapped to a chair in a concrete room.  He’s covered in blood […]

The Devil’s Breath

Author: David Gilman Publication: Delacorte Books, 2008 Pages: 416 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Max Gordon is attacked by an assassin while out for a run.  After escaping the attempt on his life he learns […]

Icecore

Author: Matt Whyman Publication: 2007, Atheneum Books for Young Readers Pages: 320 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary:  Carl Hobbes is arrested for hacking into Fort Knox.  He didn’t do it to steal anything.  He just […]