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Having successfully completed their first mission in STORM: The Infinity Code (Dial, 2008), the 14-year-old members of STORM (Science and Technology to Over-Rule Misery) continue to cultivate their unique skills. Will, the group's genius inventor, has been interning with a unit in Britain's M16; Andrew, their leader and resident computer whiz, has been networking via the Internet with other talented teens; and Gaia continues to hone her expertise with explosives. Andrew has been "chatting" with Cristina, a Venice teenager whose home has recently been burgled by a ghost. When she disappears, the group heads to Italy to see if they can rescue her and unravel the mystery, and soon find themselves facing a brilliant but disturbed enemy. With a slew of new gadgets, some modifications to Ratty (Will's remote-controlled pet rat), and ghosts that are technology-based rather than supernatural, this book contains a lot of intriguing and cutting-edge science concepts. Readers will be quickly drawn into the secret-agent world as they race along with the team into adventure and danger. An author's note provides explanations of the inspirations behind the high-tech elements. This well-written book makes an excellent addition.-Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
Posted November 17, 2008
The Storm Operatives are back in another action-packed adventure. This time Will, Andrew, and Gaia are up against something even more dangerous than that found in STORM: THE INFINITY CODE. <BR/><BR/>Two burglaries have hit the headlines. Why? Because the thing in the video is a strange spectral form that doesn't leave any prints behind and doesn't look human, earning it the name Il Fantastma or The Ghost. <BR/><BR/>A girl, named Cristina, witnesses The Ghost steal a precious heirloom so she goes after it, only letting STORM know of her plans. After she goes missing, STORM takes the case and goes on the trail of an unknown, deadly, smart criminal, who wants to plunge the world into chaos. <BR/><BR/>STORM: THE GHOST MACHINE was an adventure filled with twists and turns. There were some surprising twists that kept you on the edge of your seat. The book can be read as a stand-alone, but if you want more background information on the characters, it's better if you read the first book. Even if you haven't read the first book, though, you won't be lost, and you will be sucked into this book. Young sure shows off how much research she did to make sure that the weapons used were believable and didn't seem too "out there." <BR/><BR/>Fans of the ALEX RIDER or YOUNG BOND series' will definitely love this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2010
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