Trapped in the office of the suspicious director, how can Cal evade capture and continue his double act with his twin brother, Ryan? As dangers multiply at every turn, at least he knows he can count on SI-6 - or can he?
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Hunted Conspiracy 365 Black Ops is the sixteenth book in the Conspiracy 365 series by Australian author Gabrielle Lord, and the second in the Black Ops trilogy. Cal manages a surprise escape from certain discovery in the resort manager’s office, and things continue in an often fantastic, occasionally unbelievable and usually unimaginable manner from then on: it is easy to see how these books appeal to youth readers. This instalment has tunnels under graves, military equipment, mining machinery, and an underground laboratory with strange creatures, a set of rucksacks with military rations, passports and sealed envelopes of instructions. Cal is plagued by intermittent contact with SI-6, as well as search parties, a text message riddle, cryptic files, the threat of exposure and, all the while, the island’s volcano rumbles ominously in the background. The middle of this book is somewhat slow-moving and repetitive, but the action hots up at the end for another cliff-hanger climax. Some editions feature a lenticular panel giving the cover a 3D look. In keeping with the countdown theme, the pages run in reverse order and the chapter headings count down the days remaining. Cal and Ryan again feature in this book, with Boges and Winter giving support off-island. It will be interesting to see how all the loose ends are resolved in Black-Ops #3, Endgame.