The Doomsday Box (Shadow Project Series #2)

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When the CIA created a program to research time travel in the 1940s, they never imagined it could lead to a global pandemic decades later. But after an undercover agent, code name Cobra, exploits the time-travel operation to send the black plague into the twenty-first century, the supernatural teen spies of the Shadow Project are recruited to go back in time to Cold War-era Russia and prevent this devastating chain of events from occurring.

There's just one problem: How do four ...

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Overview

When the CIA created a program to research time travel in the 1940s, they never imagined it could lead to a global pandemic decades later. But after an undercover agent, code name Cobra, exploits the time-travel operation to send the black plague into the twenty-first century, the supernatural teen spies of the Shadow Project are recruited to go back in time to Cold War-era Russia and prevent this devastating chain of events from occurring.

There's just one problem: How do four teenagers deter a seasoned CIA agent from his life-or-death mission? Michael, Danny, Opal, and Fuchsia, a new agent with mysterious abilities, will have to use their powers of astral projection—and persuasion—to convince Cobra that what's at stake could hit closer to home than he can imagine. That is, if they can even manage to survive in Moscow in the early 1960s, where the KGB wants them dead. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Praise for Herbie Brennan’s THE SHADOW PROJECT: “Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider Books should be right at home.”
The Horn Book
Praise for Herbie Brennan’s THE SHADOW PROJECT: “The kind of mind candy that action/adventure junkies will gobble right up.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Readers who enjoy their action/adventure laced with weird science and real politics will enjoy this fast-paced, exciting second in the series.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Readers who enjoy their action/adventure laced with weird science and real politics will enjoy this fast-paced, exciting second in the series.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Readers who enjoy their action/adventure laced with weird science and real politics will enjoy this fast-paced, exciting second in the series."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Readers who enjoy their action/adventure laced with weird science and real politics will enjoy this fast-paced, exciting second in the series.”
Booklist
“Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider Books should be right at home.”
The Horn Book
“The kind of mind candy that action/adventure junkies will gobble right up.”
VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson
In this second book in the Shadow Project series, supernatural teenaged agents, Opal, Danny, and Michael, are joined by a new spy, Fuchsia Benson, when they go on a special mission designed to save the 21st century from the black plague. Their task is simple: they must travel to 1960s Russia, just before the Cuban Missile Crisis, and convince Cobra, a CIA agent, that when he engages in a CIA secret study of time travel twenty years into the future, he must not do anything to endanger the lives of others, including his son. This book has something for every reader: suspense, history, time travel, adventure, and a little romance and humor. The mission is filled with difficulty and peril, as the spies never know who they can trust, which is fertile ground for suspense. Each character has supernatural powers that make their job easier. For example, Danny uses astral projection while his new partner, Fuchsia, is the only operative who can see the future, an underdeveloped skill that adds a new dimension to the team and gets them out of a few uncomfortable situations. Michael and Opal seem to be a couple, and Fuchsia makes it clear that she does not intend to make her partnership with Danny solely a professional one, adding just the right amount of tension. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, and newcomers will want to read The Shadow Project. Reviewer: KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson
Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
This is a fast paced time shifting story that allows the reader to get into the minds of four teens. Opal, Michael, Fushia and Danny seem like your ordinary teenagers until you discover that they work for the Shadow Project, a super secret society that is part of the CIA. The four teens travel through time in their "sleep" and are able to become part of someone's life stream and discover decisions the person might make for the future. The CIA has discovered a way to time travel and don't realize the devastating effects it might have. These four heroes save the day, reveal the undercover agent and make the world work as it should in discovering who is using power corruptly and making things right. The best parts of the book are when they are in this "sleep" mode and time traveling, if touched by any human, they are jerked out of the mode with devastating effects, but while there, they can follow the entire life stream of a person, seeing decisions the person could have made, right and wrong and following the path the person took for good or destruction. The hardest moral issue for each of them is not moving into their own life stream and finding out the decisions they could make or events that could shape their own futures. This is a great read for boys who like fast-paced, adventure books with interestingly thought provoking consequences. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Building on an urban legend about U.S. World War II-era time-travel experiments, Brennan crafts a plot around the dangers of time travel and germ warfare. In this sequel to The Shadow Project (HarperCollins, 2010), his four modern British teens are sent to 1962 to warn a CIA operative that his future actions will unleash a deadly plague that will destroy civilization. With the fate of humanity resting squarely on their young shoulders, the protagonists are pushed through a secret time portal on Long Island and land in Langley, VA, at the height of the Cold War. From there it is on to Soviet Russia, hot on the heels of secret agent "Cobra," who is working under deep cover. The book doesn't really succeed as science fiction but the spy angle will attract some readers. While several plot elements stretch credulity to very near the breaking point, there is plenty of action with harrowing chases and even some good, old-fashioned KGB torture. That, along with the "only these kids can save the world" theme, will attract readers looking for a quick, entertaining adventure. Fans of Robert Muchamore's "Cherub" series (S & S) and Anthony Horowitz's "Alex Rider" books (Philomel) may enjoy this one.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
Kirkus Reviews

Terrorism is once again the theme in this sequel to The Shadow Project(2010). But this time the threat comes from a time-traveling CIA agent who doesn't realize what he's unleashed on the present-day "future." It's up to a team of four teenagers with astral-projection talents to find the agent, isolate him in the past and warn him about the future. It sounds simple enough, but like all good plans, it goes sadly awry. Before you know it, this daring team is cast adrift in 1960s Russia, where the Cold War is colder than ever. Will they be able to find the undercover agent named Cobra while dodging the KGB...who only wants them dead? Is there an unknown fly in the ointment? Will they make it back to their future? Does the world even have a future? Well populated with interesting characters, this story is nicely paced and told, a solid sequel that indicates there is room for more. (Science fiction. 10 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061756474
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Shadow Project Series , #2
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,027,680
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbie Brennan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Faerie Wars Chronicles and the Shadow Project Adventure series. Worldwide, his books have sold in excess of 8.5 million copies. He lives in Ireland.

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