Max Gordon, the 15-year-old adventurer from The Devil’s Breath (2008) and Ice Claw (2010), is a 007 type, with fewer gadgets and more bruises, but here he wanders straight into Indiana Jones territory. When he receives a khipu, a Mayan artifact containing a secret message regarding his mother’s long-ago death, off he goes, from England to Miami to the jungles of Central America, with the action crosscutting between Max, his best friend, a MI5 agent pursuing him, and a ruthless assassin. Gilman remains a top-tier author of books like this—basically, intelligent, extended chase scenes—and the smart action never lets up. Grades 7-12. --Daniel Kraus
David Gilman's debut The Devil's Breath is a lot of fun ... What Gilman, a successful scriptwriter, does superlatively is heart-pounding action -- Amanda Craig The Times A big solid blockbuster, packed with tough men, beautiful women and exotic locations. -- on The Devil's Breath Guardian David Gilman remains a top-tier author of books like this-basically, intelligent, extended chase scenes-and the smart action never lets up. -- Booklist I was hooked for the entire wild ride. -- Teensreadtoo.com
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