Death Run (Rich and Jade Series #2)

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The action-packed companion to Sure Fire from New York Times bestselling author Jack Higgins!

Twins Rich and Jade Chance are on vacation with their father, master spy John Chance-or so they think. The British government actually sent their father to keep tabs on a Swiss banker who is trying to escape from the Tiger, a ruthless criminal. But the banker is captured and taken to a remote Scottish castle-along with Rich! Now it's up to Jade and her father to rescue them. Will they ...

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Overview

The action-packed companion to Sure Fire from New York Times bestselling author Jack Higgins!

Twins Rich and Jade Chance are on vacation with their father, master spy John Chance-or so they think. The British government actually sent their father to keep tabs on a Swiss banker who is trying to escape from the Tiger, a ruthless criminal. But the banker is captured and taken to a remote Scottish castle-along with Rich! Now it's up to Jade and her father to rescue them. Will they be able to stop the Tiger before Rich's time runs out?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Vast improvement over the first series book, Sure Fire (G. P. Putnam's Sons 2007/VOYA December 2007), is not a difficult accomplishment. Many readers really clamored for more adventures with twins Rich and Jade Chance and their James Bond-like spy father, John Chance. This whirlwind adventure takes them from a casino mission in Mont Passat to a gondolier chase in Venice and a school to a cave hideout and a castle on an island. Higgins and Richards are long on action and short on plot points which make much sense. The Chance family makes friends with a nervous spy compellingly nicknamed The Banker and must ferret out a traitor on the good guy side who goes by the code name of The Tiger. It is clear that the authors envision their series as a throwback to the Bond films and the adventures of such characters as Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and the Hardy Boys. But they do not seem too concerned with updating such stories to fit the palates of today's readers. Instead they elect to bring the characteristics, from bland central heroes and true groaner puns to villains with immensely convoluted motives, that make such stories seem quaint and outdated to today's readers. If teen librarians are looking for a word to make books fly off the shelves, "quaint" is not it. The book is certainly harmless, but must it be aimless as well? Reviewer: Matthew Weaver\
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
In this sequel to Sure Fire, 15-year-old twins Rich and Jade are on holiday in Venice with their father, Chance, a British spy. But the vacation quickly turns into a nightmare when Chance is asked to help a Swiss banker do a "death run": take on a new identity in order to keep him safe from gangsters, led by the evil Tiger. Rich, and then the banker, are kidnapped by the bad guys, and Jade and Chance must race off to a Scottish castle to rescue them. There are guns aplenty, explosions, a huge diamond, and narrow escapes by gondola and from a car plunging in the sea: this action-packed thriller with its intrepid teen characters will please fans of James Bond films and Alex Rider-type adventures, and it can stand alone for those who haven't read the first book. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick\
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

This second in a series about twins who assist their British spy dad seems ridiculous on the face of it. However, if readers can get past the first chapter, they will be sucked in and taken on a roller-coaster ride until the somewhat fantastical ending. Jade and Rich Chance are on holiday in Venice when they must tie up the mystery of who has been following them around the city since their father helped a Swiss accountant escape from his mob employers. Back in England, their adventures continue. International crime rings, kidnapping, money laundering, a mysterious crime lord, and a remote Scottish castle all play a part in the nonstop action. The brothers must help their father figure out who the crime boss is and rescue their new math teacher before huge sums of money are lost. Amazingly, the crime syndicate always seems to be one step ahead of them. Some willing suspension of disbelief is necessary, and the protagonists seem a little younger and less gutsy than Alex Rider, but teens who are enjoying Anthony Horowitz's and Ally Carter's books will get a kick out of Jade and Rich as well.-Robin Henry, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX

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Kirkus Reviews

British twins Rich and Jade Chance have come to accept that their father works for British Intelligence, but they're not about to let him have all the adventures in the family. On their way to a vacation in Venice, John Chance completes a seemingly simple mission for his superiors by helping an accountant to super-crooks disappear into a new life. No mission is that easy, though. The accountant, code-named "The Banker," turns up at the twins' private school back in England, and in short order the school is taken over by The Banker's former main client. Rich is kidnapped, and there seems to be a mole in John's department. Rich and Jade use their wits to solve the case and do away with the bad guys. This second entry in Higgins and Richards's British spy-teens series is just as much fun as the first (Sure Fire, 2007). These kids get by on ingenuity rather than with gadgets. There's no deep character development, and some moments stretch believability, but fans of the series or the genre will be satisfied and ask for more. (Thriller. 10-14)\

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414750
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2009
  • Series: Rich and Jade Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 510,655
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Higgins lives on Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Justin Richards lives in England.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    a great follow up: yabooknerd

    Jade and Rich are in trouble again. Just a normal day at their new school, turns into something very dangerous and possibly deadly. The man their father helped make a "death run" (defecting from one side and creating a new identity -sort of the British witness protection program) has been compromised. He's been teaching math at their school and now the school's crawling with goons looking for him. Luckily for him, Jade and Rich have been through the kind of thing before. They're hatching plans of escape for themselves and their fellow classmates while trying to call in the cavalry.<BR/><BR/>The sequel to Sure Fire is another great ride chock full of action, mystery, and adventure. This book reads like a spy movie, drawing the reader in and not letting go until the very last page. I'm really hoping for more of the twins' adventures.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Action Packed

    This story is really ation packed. I really enjoyed it. I think it is age appropriatte for young teens as well. Death run refers to when someone pretends to die in order to start a new life. This is a story about twins whose dad is a spy and how they become embroiled in his world.

    It's a lot of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

    What a disappointment

    I've been a Higgins fan for years and always looked forward to his new books but this one doesn't come close to his earlier novels. It reads more like a modernized Nancy Drew book intended to be read by middle schoolers rather than an adult audience.<BR/><BR/>Don't waste your time on this one. Definitely not in the same league as Higgins previous books.

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