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The Devil's Breath by David Gilman

The Devil's Breath

by David Gilman

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The Devil's Breath by David Gilman is an excellent book. The book starts off with an English school boy (Max Gordan) who is taking a relaxing stroll in the evening. Suddenly bullets are shot at him and when he ducks to take cover he can here another person trying to get him. Max barely escapes that problem and immediately when he reaches the school he finds out that his dad is missing. His dad has left nothing to him except one clue which Max cannot decipher. Max must face many enemies in this book from Shaka Chang to Mr.Slye or just the random people who come in to the story to shoot him. There is a bit too much violence like when the book describes in great detail as a man is devoured by a lion but all in all the book is not that bad. Each chapter ends in a great cliffhanger and I managed to read the entire book in one sitting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good action story.
  TomasJefferson | Oct 19, 2013 |
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When his father goes missing, Max Gordon, a clever British teen, finds himself embroiled in a fiendish plot with an ecological slant. Max's quest for his father leads him from Europe to Africa, where he meets Kallie, a headstrong young aviator and !Koga, a bushman boy who may be the only one who can lead Max through the unforgiving South African terrain. Through shrewd detective work, Max discovers that his father is mixed up in the despicable plot of the diabolical Shaka Chang, a plot that could kill thousands of innocent people. Can Max stop Chang in time and save his father and the others? Gilman, a former television writer from the United Kingdom, presents this first book in a series pitched directly to the throngs of Alex Rider fans. Although well-paced and action-packed, Gilman's narration lays it on thick with elaborately descriptive language that at times borders on florid. Still, this will probably serve Horowitz's readers well enough while they await the next in the series ( )
  EBurggraf | Feb 27, 2012 |
This book is about Max Gordan. He's looking for his father somewhere in Africa. Right before Max left for Africa, an assasin comes after Max. Max runs into the shooting zone and somebody shoots the assasin unintentionally saving Max's life. Max finds his father with the help of a Bushmen boy called !Koga. Max also stops Shaka Chang from destroying the dam and flooding Max's friend, Kallie's village.
This book was interesting. Max was nearly killed so many times in this book. At one point of the book, I thought that Max was killed by a lioness but the lioness had went after a murderer. This book was a little confusing at times but was enjoyable. ( )
  sammynop | Jan 20, 2011 |
I have mixed thoughts about this book. Let me start off that I had to put it on hold for a bit because I didn't have time to continue reading it (Life has its moments). The beginning of the book was very interesting but at the same time a bit dull. Max Gordon is a fifteen-year old boy who attends an all boy school called Dartmoor High, which is located in England. The story begins with an assassin following Max as he is running through the remote part of the school grounds during his spare time.

The assassin is then killed in his attempt to kill Max. The school is near a Military training facility and the killer was caught in the middle of a shooting session. Max then learns that his father has gone missing in Namibia. He also starts to realize that someone wants him dead, but who? Max makes the decision to runaway and search for his Father in Africa in which a great and dangerous adventure lies before him.

I found the whole adventure in Africa to be thrilling. I think Max is a good protagonist, especially for boys. He's headstrong, smart, and can handle situations well under pressure. The descriptions of the Namibia really brought the story to life. My only problem was that in certain parts of the story, there was more telling then showing. This made the story lag a bit and made it a bit difficult to continue reading.

This was a good start in a series. I'm sure the other books will be as interesting as this one. If you're in the mood for an action packed read, then check this one out! ( )
  Euphoria13 | Sep 14, 2010 |
A great adventure/survival story with a little bit of fantasy worked into the plot. Max Gordon suddenly finds his life in danger and at almost the same time, Max's dad, Tom Gordon disappears in Namibia. When some mysterious clues come his way and no one else seems to be looking for his dad, Max sets out on his own to find him. ( )
  kthielen | Sep 8, 2010 |
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WHEN AN ASSASSIN bursts from the shadows to try to kill him on the dark, windswept grounds of his boarding school in England, Max Gordon realizes his life is about to change forever.

After learning that his explorer father is missing, Max is determined to find him, no matter what dangers may lay in his path. A secret clue his father left behind leads Max to the inhospitable wilderness of Namibia, where he soon discovers a potentially massive ecological disaster masterminded by Shaka Chang, a very powerful and completely ruthless man—a man Max fears may have put his father in mortal danger. Max needs all the help he can get. Because whoever is behind his father’s disappearance is determined to get rid of Max, too. For good.

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When fifteen-year-old Max Gordon's environmentalist-adventurer father goes missing while working in Namibia and Max becomes the target of a would-be assassin at his school in England, he decides he must follow his father to Africa and find him before they both are killed.… (more)

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