Firefight

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Freedom Smith is feeling the heat! Kate Wild's reluctant hero returns for a new high-speed, hard-hitting, techno-adventure.

Recruited into a black ops unit after bringing down an illegal fight club, Freedom Smith is now an agent for Phoenix, investigating criminal underworlds. His next assignment: Solve the mystery of the Screamer--a viral video that's already made 13 kids vanish. Freedom faces the music, soon finding himself imprisoned in a nightmare fortress. To escape, he'll...

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Overview


Freedom Smith is feeling the heat! Kate Wild's reluctant hero returns for a new high-speed, hard-hitting, techno-adventure.

Recruited into a black ops unit after bringing down an illegal fight club, Freedom Smith is now an agent for Phoenix, investigating criminal underworlds. His next assignment: Solve the mystery of the Screamer--a viral video that's already made 13 kids vanish. Freedom faces the music, soon finding himself imprisoned in a nightmare fortress. To escape, he'll have to master Dragon Fire, the ultimate fighting technique, and battle a supernatural enemy immune to his strength. Freedom may be on the ropes, but he'd better rally--his girl Java is about to be sacrificed to a serpent goddess!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Three months after rescuing youngsters from an illegal fight club in Fight Game (Scholastic, 2009), Freedom Smith, now recruited into the elite crime-fighting organization Phoenix, is confronted with another abduction case involving several kids, including his romantic interest, Java. Born with phenomenal strength, the 15-year-old struggles between committing to the Phoenix team and acting solo. He's also wracked with guilt because he unknowingly endangered Java by forwarding to her a "Screamer" email containing subliminal messages. The rescue takes Freedom from England to Malta where he undergoes underwater ventures, hand-to-hand combat with Goth kids on rollerblades, and a face-off with the demon kidnapper. To complete the mission, he must defeat warriors trained in the ultimate fighting technique, Dragon Fire. The book reads like a fast-paced action-adventure cartoon; characters and subplots remain suitably undeveloped, and the good guys prevail. While the majority of fight scenes are well described and engaging, the dialogue in more tender moments is sometimes overwrought. Fans of James Patterson's "Maximum Ride" (Little, Brown) and Joe Craig's "Jimmy Coates" (HarperCollins) series will enjoy Freedom's exciting second mission.—Amy J. Chow, The Brearley School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Super-powered teen follows video meme to dragon cult. Fifteen-year-old Freedom Smith, a Gypsy boy with a mutant gene that gives him increased strength, returns in his second adventure (Fight Game, 2007), searching for his missing girlfriend after a strange video causes some viewers to disappear. Accompanied by a gigantic bulldog named Spike, Freedom heads to Malta to investigate the link between the Draconis family and the mysterious message. Wild's return to Freedom's world is plagued by some of the problems of the first novel: Freedom's Gypsy ancestry is merely touched upon, the violence is cartoonish yet brutal and the character development is stilted. Freedom is a petulant teen, and his tone will quickly bother more sophisticated readers. None of the other human characters has a well-developed presence, and the relationship between Freedom and crush Java is forced at best. Spike, though, has a definite personality, and builds strong emotional connections with readers. Further, the mystical elements aren't communicated well, and the martial-arts scenes don't thrill. Rather than sizzling, this work barely simmers. (Science fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439871761
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 805,922
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Awesome Sequel

    This is a great sequel to Fight Game. I loved it but the cover is really ugly but that's ok cuz you can take it off. This could be considered a boy book. But I adore it. If you like movies like fight scenes and suspense this book is for you even if your a he-she.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    SUPER

    This book reads at a fast pace and definitely sucks in. It reads like a good mystery-action-sci-fi movie, think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but with kids in lead character roles.

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