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Spy Novel

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

February 14, 2018

When Vince discovers that his dad’s vending machine business doesn’t involve vending machines but instead involves scamming and cheating people out of their money, he goes to great lengths to distance himself from his dad’s mob and all the dirty money that comes with it. But when he starts dating Kendra Blighty, whose dad turns out to be the FBI agent who’s been trying to put Vince’s father in jail, the plot starts to take a turn. This is the story of the book Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman.

I like the way the Korman crafted the book as to make it funny but serious at the same time. He includes jokes but manages to keep the plot rolling without laughing you out of the reading zone. The narrative voice is first person from the perspective of Vince, the main character, and that’s effective because readers get a window into Vince’s views, which are a very important part of the book.

Vince evolved a lot during the book from being unsure of his ideas and is unaware of where he wants to go with his life to having strong opinions and knowing for sure that he doesn’t want anything to do with his life.

If you like books by Gordon Korman Son of the Mob will not disappoint it is packed with the same humor and same action you would find in other books by him such as Masterminds. It is easy to follow and you will never find yourself looking for action.

This book is a good example for when someone feels something so strongly they would betray their own dad to not have to do something. For example Vince believes that what his dad’s doing is wrong so he goes against his dad to do what he thinks is right by not taking any part in his dad’s business.

If you like humor and weird matches this is the book for you. I rated this book a 10/10 and would recommend it to anyone ages eleven and up.


Disney-Hyperion, 240 pages

Traitor, by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby

May 26, 2009

traitorDanny Watts, a teen living in modern day London, tries out for the army, but George Finchim of MI6 prevents him because of his hatred for Danny’s grandfather, Fergus Watts. Then Danny sets out to find his grandfather, who is accused of being a traitor to both Colombia and England. When Danny finally finds his grandfather, they travel together through England to evade MI6 and find out who the true traitor is.

I rated this book a ten because there are lots of details that seem to play like a movie in my mind, such as describing exactly where a bullet hole is and exactly where the bullet comes from, all in one smooth paragraph. The book also has lots of action: Danny and Fergus getting shot at, or Danny and Fergus running away, or Danny and Fergus having a punching fight.  All the action kept me reading.  The book is like a ladder; I am climbing and climbing and then the ladder drops away and leaves me hanging, which makes me ask:  What will happen? Will they die? How will this end?

I hope anyone who has a taste for espionage will read this because it will satisfy your taste buds for reading.


Publisher: Putnam, 265 pages

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