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The New Recruit: Mission 1: Moscow (The Mission League) [Kindle Edition]

Jill Williamson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description



Mission 1: Moscow

Forced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization, skeptic Spencer Garmond signs on with the Bible geeks. But before he even boards the plane for Moscow, Spencer realizes this is no Bible club.

These guys mean business.

Stumbling onto a case involving a gang of homeless boys, a chilling tattoo, and the always beautiful Anya Vseveloda, Spencer struggles to find the faith needed to save the Mission League from enemy infiltration.

The New Recruit is the first book in a thrilling new spy adventure series designed for reluctant tween and teen audiences.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2576 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enclave Publishing (December 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097ADIGW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised! October 11, 2012
By Melanie
I was pleasantly surprised by The New Recruit and how much I enjoyed it! The story was really interesting and, while there were a few things I personally didn't agree with, overall it was a really good book.

While I did at times find Spencer annoying (mainly the way he acted regarding girls), I still liked him and most of the other main characters.

The whole "Mission League" was very intriguing and I loved all of the spy "gadgets" - especially the contacts. :)

I don't know whether or not there is going to be a sequel to The New Recruit, but I'm hoping there will be because some things didn't seem finished at the end of this book...and I really liked this story and didn't want it to end yet. :)

If you enjoy YA books with some spy-ness in it and don't mind the fact that people have prophecies/visions in it, I think you might like this book.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was really excited to read this new release by Jill Williamson. I've read two previous books by her and really enjoyed them both. While I can't say TheNew Recruit was my favorite by her (Replication gets that spot! ;-), it definitely was a fun and entertaining read and is the beginning to what seems to promise an adventurous series that will appeal to teen boys and girls alike.

I really liked the main character, Spencer Garmond. He was just such a...a really normal, average teen guy! In my opinion (as a girl!) Williamson nailed the whole "guy attitude" on the head with Spencer! Seriously, it was awesome! And his sense of humor had me laughing several times. So much fun to read!

If there was one draw-back to The New Recruit for me it was Arianna. I'm sorry, but she was just plain annoying! I was more annoyed with her then Spencer was (that should tell you a lot, for those who have read this book!). While I commended her on wanting to witness to Spencer, she just had too much of a cram-salvation-down-your-throat-till-you-choke approach to sharing the gospel. It was really annoying.

Please don't take the previous paragraph as saying that I didn't like this book. I did! It earned 4 stars from me, and earned every one of them! While Arianna just rubbed me wrong, everything else about The New Recruit I found enjoyable. And the range of people that will like this book is very broad--boys and girls, young and old. I don't know what Williamson has in store for Spencer next, but I look forward to discovering it as the series continues.

I reviewed this book for Team Novel Teen Blog Tour. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Voice September 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What I Loved

The voice.

I could pretty much sum up the entirety of what I loved about this book with those two words.

Yes, the plot was amazing. Yes, the fact that Spencer was iffy about what all was going on helped me really believe in what was going on (with a Christian spy organization, there has to be a teensy-weensy ounce of doubt in the beginning, right? Aesthetic distance, maybe?).

Yes, this book totally made me laugh and come home from a long day of school, school, and more school, excited about seeing what Spencer's next adventure was.

But, really, what kept me reading to discover that the plot twisted and turned was the way Spencer looked at the world.

I remember saying something along a similar vein about Martyr in Replication, but Jill Williamson definitely has her male main characters pegged. She's awesome at them. And take it from someone who is very much a girl: when an author can get me excited about what's happening in the life of a fifteen-year-old basketball rebel (with me only wanting to throw something at him once during the whole novel), that's a sign of true talent.

What I Didn't Like As Much

So you're dying to know about that one moment I wanted to throw something at Spencer, aren't you? Well, you see, Spencer isn't a Christian, but he's part of this spy organization (unwillingly, anyway).

He makes a great spy and I really like how his not-yet-faith-but-totally-now-spy-work is handled. Completely believable.

{And on the subject of believable, I did mention Spencer's skepticism of the whole spy gig at first. That was played extremely well, so that when he finally believed in the existence of the whole thing, so did I.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing book from Jill! September 15, 2012
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Jill Williamson's latest book, The New Recruit, is the latest in her collection of amazing written works. The New Recruit takes the reader from the schools of small-town suburbia to the frigid streets of Moscow, from secret headquarters for justice to Hidden dens of evil on the back streets (or in fancy hotels.) The characters are intruiging and human. They run into situations that are often out of their control, and don't always act accordingly. The main character often over-reacts and runs into situations recklessly. Spencer is not the next James Bond or Alex Rider.

And it's better that way. Although The New Recruit is not what most consider a true "spy" novel, it is a fantastic example of how choices can lead to dangerous or deadly consequences. Spencer makes his descisions, tries to be a "spy" and fails, because he hasn't had the training he needs yet. I enjoy this about the book; the main character having to face the consequences of his actions. It's all too often I read a book and the teenage protagonist either gets away with everything or winds up scarred for life. No middle ground. But not in Jill's book. Here, the protagonist and his friends face consequences without deadly results. Just how it should be.

The stories of young adults trying to find the path that God has planned for them in their world come alive in Jill's latest book. This is a must-read for any teenager who loves adventure novels and a thrilling book. Jill has left me in suspense and waiting for more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever a Fan of Jill Williamson
Now this, THIS, is a five star book.

Seriously. I love everything about it.

The characters are awesome. I nearly cried over Spencer at one point. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Julia N
5.0 out of 5 stars great young adult novel
Jill Williamson just keeps getting better in her writing. Great story all round. I am by no means a young adult but find myself drawn to her books and loving them. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ecopel
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly different tale!
A great YA novel that will appeal to guys and gals (main character is a guy). I didn't connect with him immediately, but I gradually grew to care about him as the story unfolded. Read more
Published 16 months ago by C.J. Darlington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the tween and teen
Action packed! Great read. I have trouble finding appropriate reading material for my tween and this was wonderful. I can't wait to read book 2.
Published 16 months ago by Scott E. Titus
4.0 out of 5 stars Just enough over-the-top to make you smile
Great adventure combined with thoughtfull consideration of modern evangelism. Unusual insight into the way that boys and girls think differently. Great entertainment! Read more
Published 16 months ago by MIke Rozmus
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book is absolutely amazing, and I would suggest it to anyone and everyone. If you don't know if you should buy it, take my advice: just buy it.
Published 18 months ago by Abri
5.0 out of 5 stars My 12 year old son LOVED this book!
My twelve year old son has struggled finding a book that he can really get into. He said he felt the plot was actually happening. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Laura Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read, Enjoyable Premise.
I'm delighted to report that The New Recruit is a fun read that you can tackle in a relatively short period of time - because you want to turn the page. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Joseph Courtemanche
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
A good story that can help those who seek a relationship with Jesus Christ. I recommend it for those who want to know the lord. God Bless.
Published 21 months ago by KMB
5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling teen spy adventure
Join Spencer Garmond, a would-be juvenile delinquent with his sights set on the NBA, as he is introduced to an international Christian espionage organization. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mary Hake
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Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy, Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.

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What others are saying about Jill's books:

"Expert worldbuilding and fascinating characters collide." ~Shannon Dittemore, author of the Angel Eyes trilogy

"Any time I pick up a book by Jill Williamson, I know to expect an adventure that's both creative and captivating." ~Gillian Adams, Amazon review

"Wonderfully written with a superb plot ... a sure-fire hit with almost any reader." ~Voice of Youth Advocates

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