Friday, April 5, 2013

Another nail-biting book for boys from Brian Falkner

Task Force by Brian Falkner, Walker Books Australia

This is the second book in the Recon Team Angel series. If you haven’t read the first book , Assault, a bit of background is needed. It’s 2030 and Earth has been invaded by an alien race. The Bzadians have taken over large parts of the world, and the remaining humans are fighting desperately to survive. Team Angel consists of human teenagers who have been trained up and physically altered to make them look and act like Bzadians. In the first book the team destroyed the Bzadian base inside Uluru. In this second book they are a crucial part of Operation Magnum, an invasion of Queensland aimed at destroying an important fuel-processing plant.

There are two new members in the team - and the dynamics are difficult. Lieutenant Ryan Chisnall has his work cut out for him as he tries to keep his team members working together whilst coping with a series of dangerous and often unforeseen military engagements. It’s non-stop action all the way - the pace is breathless. The team members work their way to a gut-wrenching climax scene where Chisnall has to decide which is more important - the lives of the Operation Magnum soldiers, or the future of the human race. It’s nail-biting stuff - teenage boys won’t be able to put the book down.

Brian Falkner is the award-winning, best-selling author of several novels for children and young adults, including, The Flea Thing, The Real Thing, and The Super Freak. His action adventure sci-fi novels, The Tomorrow Code and Brainjack were both short-listed for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults and the Esther Glen Award at the LIANZA Awards, with Brainjack winning the New Zealand Post Book Awards, Children's Choice Award (Young Adult Fiction category). Brainjack also won the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best Young Adult Novel. The Project has also been short-listed on the 2011 Storylines Notable Books List.ISBN 978 1

921720-55-0 $21.99 (NZ); $19.95 (Aust.) Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman  

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