Double Vision: Code Name 711 Review

double_vision_code_name_711Double Vision: Code Name 711 by F.T. Bradley

HarperCollins, 2013. 978-0062104403

Synopsis: Lincoln Baker thought he was done with Pandora after his mission to Paris – turns out, he was wrong. When Agent Stark shows up in his neighborhood with a mission that is a matter of national security, Linc says yes. After all, it will get him out of his history test. But this mission is going to be more of a history lesson than he ever bargained for, and with the help of the first daughter and his double Benjamin Green, he might just make this mission a success.

Why I picked it up: The author emailed me and asked if I would be interested in writing a review, and since I love free books and fast-paced fiction, I said yes.

Why I finished it: Bradley’s follow-up to Double Vision is even more fast-paced and fun than the first. The novel, set in Washington, D.C., draws on a piece of American History with the focus of the mission on the recovery of a national artifact and the existence of the nation’s first spies, the Culper Ring. This time, Linc and Ben are competing to see who can close the case the fastest and the competition between the two works to further develop their characters. Linc is becoming much more of a spy this time around, using what he learned on his last mission and applying it to the second. He’s still somewhat sarcastic and a rule-breaker, but what twelve-year-old isn’t resistant to authority in one form or another? The ‘Bond Girl’ this time around is first daughter Amy Griffin, and she seems to match Linc prank for prank, which is probably the reason the two characters click so quickly. It is her knowledge of D.C. and her desire for some sort of life outside the White House that makes her engaging and likable. Like the first book, the story is fast-paced and action packed, keeping the reader turning the pages and salivating for more until the last pages. Bradley had given us a new hero to cheer for that deserves a place next to Charlie Higson’s young James Bond and Axel Avian’s Colt Shore.

Other related materials: Double Vision by F.T. Bradley; Agent Colt Shore: Domino 29 by Axel Avian; Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers by Gary Blackwood; Upon Secrecy by Selene Castrovilla, illustrated by Jeff Crosby and Shirley Ann Jackson; The Scarlet Stockings Spy by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Robert Papp; Top Secret: Shady Tales of Spies and Spying by DK Publishing; George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer; The 39 Clues books; Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer; Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz; Young Bond series by Charlie Higson;  The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman; Spy School by Stuart Gibbs; Secret Agent Jack Stalwart books by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

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