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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Good book

    I really liked this book, and would definitely recommend it to those parkour loving geeks like me. I have to admit, though, its not one o the best books ive read. Sure, its a fast paced, action packed story, but it needs that little extra something. Im not really sure what that something is...

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    British Intelligence sends a loopy agent to Africa "licensed to kill"

    The 2011 novel OUTLAW was written for 12-year olds by Stephen Davies, a married English Christian missionary resident in Burkina Faso -- a West African country called Upper Volta when it was a French colony. This children's book is disturbingly and graphically violent. It also trumpets none too subtly a number of value-laden political messages. *** The underlying didactic message is that Burkina Faso (call it BF for short) is far less independent than it should be. Western consortia that control its gold mines exert an immoral influence on a government too easily tempted by easy money to do justice to its people. And a notably brainless British diplomatic presence lends itself more or less unwittingly to schemes by evil people inside BF government to use Britain's smart bombs to wipe out a group of rebellious Robin Hood wannabe youngsters out for justice. *** That is a lot of didactic baggage for a novel about a spoiled 15-year old English boy named Jake Knight and his idealistic 13-year old sister Kirsty kidnapped allegedly in order to force Britain to release political prisoners. Jake and Kirsty are the offspring of the British Ambassador and his bee-keeping wife (keep your eye on those bees!). The Police Commissioner of BF is the deadly enemy of 18-year old African Yakuuba Sor aka The Chameleon who leads the young idealists calling themselves Friends of the Poor. The Commissioner is behind the kidnapping, designed to put the blame on innocent Yakuuba Sor and induce HM's Goverment to annihilate Friends of the Poor. *** The evil plot comes uncomfortably close to succeeding. Consider one of the unwitting but willing British tools of the evil BF schemers. His name is Roy Dexter, "MI6 officer," blue eyed, square jawed "and his long sun bleached hair was tied back in a ponytail" (Ch. 16). He has flown in from London to help the Ambassador retrieve his kidnapped son and daughter. But Roy Dexter announces an additional mission "to kill Yakuuba Sor." Dexter appears frightened. Earlier torture in Turkmenistan convinced him that in the future he must shoot first, ask questions later. To trace the children, Dexter will use a four centimeter long rhinoceros beetle with embedded tracing device. It is called HI-MEMS, short for Hybrid Insect-Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System." *** After many adventures, Dexter's beetle leads him to a hospital where the children are attending to an injured associate of the real Yakuuba Sor who has rescued them from the pretended Yakuuba Sor, the kidnapper. Roy Dexter refuses to listen to the children's explanation of what really happened. Before their eyes and in cold blood, Dexter first fires his pistol at a drip bag delivering vital medicine to a wounded youngster, then shoots him dead, then shoots the attending doctor in the stomach, then another patient. Yakuuba Sor escapes and brings the children back to the British Embassy in Ougadougou. There a disbelieving Jake re-encounters the murderous Roy Dexter. Dexter is "licensed to kill" and the British Foreign Office has accepted his account of necessary "collateral damage" in rescuing the children. *** There is one more hi-tech close call from a British smart bomb before Jake and Yakuuba live to fight again another day. But I leave that reading to you. I find this a very average adventure tale for 12-year old readers, needlessly bloody and preachy. -OOO-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Fantastic book

    Thr begining is a little boring, but it is really intense and gripping in the middle and end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Loved it

    If you liked this book, try Alex Rider. I wish this bok had more fighting scenes.

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    Posted April 29, 2014

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