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Traitor
     

Traitor

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by Andy McNab
 

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Danny Watts' grandfather, Fergus, was a Deniable Operator in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely denounced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus' name,

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Danny Watts' grandfather, Fergus, was a Deniable Operator in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely denounced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus' name, Danny learns all the military field craft, trade skills, and covert operations techniques that are second nature to his grandfather. When Fergus is recaptured, Danny must put those skills to the test and rescue Fergus before it's too late.

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Children's Literature
Danny Watts, who wants nothing better than to join the army, finds his dreams shattered. Not by anything he has done, but because his grandfather Fergus, who Danny never met, betrayed his country and his regiment. Furious, Danny decides to track down his grandfather and turn him in. However, Fergus was a member of the elite Special Air Service, trained to evade capture. With the help of his computer savvy friend Elena, however, Danny manages to finally make contact with his grandfather. Fergus, however, maintains that he is innocent and that Danny was set up to lead people to Fergus. Can Danny, Fergus, Elena, and Elena's money-hungry father manage to help Fergus escape? While some of the plot elements seem far-fetched and too convenient—such as an SAS member keeping such an easy-to-crack password for his phone—the overall story is engaging and certainly entertaining. 2005, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 10 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
VOYA
When seventeen-year-old Danny is turned down by the English military because they say his missing grandfather, Fergus Watts, is a traitor who sided with drug lords and later escaped from prison, Danny decides to track down his grandfather. He is drawn into a world of espionage and intrigue that connects him with his grandfather, helps him learn the truth, and sets both of them on an undercover adventure in which their very lives are in danger. The perspectives of Danny and his grandfather; Danny's best friend, Elena; a reporter who is trying to capture the Watts story for the newspapers; and the secret agents who are attempting to find Fergus and eliminate him once and for all round out the story's dimensions and bring it to life. The uncertainty caused by the abundance of undercover terminology is solved in part by the glossary in the front of the book, but it requires a good amount of page flipping for those who find the terms unfamiliar. Nevertheless the story is engrossing despite the fact that the characters could be better fleshed out. Readers will be curious about the sequel. Although this novel lacks the excitement and intensity of the Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz, teens who enjoyed that series want to try this one too. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 265p.; Glossary., Ages 12 to 18.
—Diane Tuccillo
KLIATT
McNab is an experienced (highly decorated) British soldier and Rigby has written extensively for children. Their combined efforts here make for a compelling thriller with highly realistic details about covert operations. The main character, Danny, is 17 years old and has just been rejected by the British army because he is told that his grandfather, Fergus Watts, is a traitor. In a fury, Danny (an orphan) goes on a search for the missing grandfather, with the help of his friend Elena, who is a computer whiz. This is a set-up: a real traitor in the secret services wants to find Fergus and eliminate him, using Danny as bait to get Fergus to reveal his whereabouts. Danny does locate Fergus and is persuaded that he is innocent, and the two set about to clear Fergus's name and nail the real traitor. Here is when the reader, and Danny, find out how to stay hidden. There are detailed instructions about discovering tails, establishing an ERV (emergency rendezvous), and so forth, enough to satisfy the most reluctant reader. An added asset is the courage and intelligence of Elena, Danny's friend. The story ends satisfactorily but with plenty of openings for a sequel. We hope there will be one. (Editor's note: this is starred not because it's great literature, but because it has tremendous appeal.) KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Penguin, Putnam, 269p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-When Danny, an orphan who lives in a hostel in southeast London, is rejected by the Army due to the traitorous past of his grandfather, he vows to find the old man and make him suffer. His friend Elena is the computer genius who aids in his search. As Danny learns about Fergus Watts's exemplary service record and then his turn to the "other side," he becomes more and more angry. Once he tracks Watts down, the real story about the man's past unfolds. Danny is followed, bullets start flying from an unknown source, the only person who can confirm Watts's story is murdered, and Fergus is captured. The conclusion confirms that a sequel is forthcoming. A glossary of military terms is included at the beginning, but some readers are still likely to feel overwhelmed at the lingo and will have to flip back and forth frequently as the contextual clues are not helpful. Though it takes a while to get involved in the plot, the authors do deliver hearty doses of adventure and suspense. The book has a Tom Clancyesque feeling for younger readers.-Emily Garrett, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142407271
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/06/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Traitor 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wheres the rest of the series? i can't even see that many current books or thrillers for my nook. PLEASE!!!!! change this! The book is not any good without the full series!!!!!!!!!!!
eminem1 More than 1 year ago
Traitor was a book that I enjoyed a lot. I’m someone that really isn't into reading found this book really being really good. I am an action and adventure book reader so when I get books like that I get hooked. I like how the book was written using many military words and although they make the book confusing at times it makes it more original and realistic. Feeling that you know the story could take an unknown turn at any time it keeps you hooked on. I recommend this book for people that like adventure books or are just having trouble looking for a good book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All Danny Watts wanted was a scholarship so he could go to military school. But when his supposedly dead grandfather, Fergus Watts, a former SAS hero who turned traitor, beaks out of prison, the 17- year-old's dream came crashing down. Will Danny go after Fergus? And will he learn a secret that very few people know and others will kill for the secret to stay a secret? In this action- packed adventure, YOU will learn things that few people know. the chase is on....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so suspenseful and so great! I could not stop reading it. The first day that I picked up that book and read the summary, I knew that it had a great story. I am not an army expert but this book was helpful, and it made sense. For example, there were many abbreviations and it told me what it meant. Also it was not that hard to understand. I am a picky reader, but this book definately met my expectations. I love to have a nice fun read. This was a great choice. I'm glad I picked it. This book has a great story that flows till the end. When it ended I was so mad! I am looking forward to reading the second of the series!!!!I'm hoping it was as great as the first one. I am really shocked at how much I was impressed with this book. It was scary at how good the author can put you through all that suspense. I highly reccomend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fast pace and exciting. It appleases the fans of the Clandestine service and SAS without going all 'James Bond.' Everything is enticing but still realistic. Readers of all ages will enjoy this book, but be warned older readers, the font is a little big.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its really good kinda suspensful only problem too much military language
Jesse_Kent_ More than 1 year ago
Traitor is one of the many books I've read for an English class. I chose this book because the title stood out from anything on the library book shelves. When I saw the title Traitor I knew that the book must be good, because if you think about it the word traitor grabs your eye, the word traitor means someone who has not been loyal or has done you wrong in some type of way. So I thought this was a good title for this book, the book has two authors Andy Mcnab (who was an SAS operative) and Robert Rigby. I thought this book was a very good read, it covered themes and had a story line. The authors have made another one which I am in the middle of reading. Traitor though is a good read, I think it is a good read because it had themes of honor and commitment along with other themes as well, the book was very well thought out. The book had a good story line, it covered a lot of historical aspects of Great Britain and of its Secret Intelligence. People should read this book it’s a great read and it details a lot of the book. The book Traitor starts off with a man in Colombia who is working for the British Secret Intelligence. The mans name is Fergus Watts he is a sergeant in the SAS(Britain’s Special Forces) he is in Colombia trying to bring down a drug operation, but he doesn’t, he gets shot in the leg while trying to flee from Colombian police, he is captured and sent to a Colombian prison, this is where the prologue ends. Hit chapter one we meet Danny Watts, Fergus Watts grandson, Danny is trying to join the military in Britain. He doesn’t get accepted because of his grandfather, he learns Fergus escaped the prison and possibly in the UK so Danny sets out to find him. Fergus escaped and made his way back to England and is trying to stay hidden but ultimately Danny finds him and so does the Secret Intelligence and then they are on the lam running from the law. You’ll have to read the book to find out more.
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DudeBrah More than 1 year ago
Traitor was a book that I enjoyed a lot. As someone that really isn't into reading I happened to find this book very intriguing. I am a big action freak and when I can get that in book I get hooked. I like how the book was written using many military terms that add to your vocabulary and although make the book confusing at times, it makes it more original and realistic. The suspense and the feeling that you know the story could take an unsuspected turn at any moment keeps you hooked on. I recommend this book for someone that is just having trouble looking for a good book to read.