by Thomas Locke


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For more than a decade, twins Sean and Dillon Kirrel have felt pulled toward another world—a place they have sketched out in detail and posted on the walls of their bedroom. They are certain it is out there. Soon after their seventeenth birthday, they are approached by a clandestine scout. To him, Earth is just a distant and unmonitored outpost of human civilization. But he explains that Sean and Dillon share a unique gift—the ability to transfer instantly from place to place. Transitors who are also twins are especially rare, and so they are offered an opportunity to prove themselves as recruits to the human assembly. If they don't succeed within thirty days, their minds will be wiped. Either they make the grade as inter-planetary travelers—or this never happened.

From the infinite imagination of Thomas Locke comes this otherworldly new series that will challenge young readers' understanding of time, space, and human limitations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727895
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Series: Recruits Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 615,528
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series, as well as Trial Run and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at

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Recruits 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic read. I greatly enjoy the fact that while Mr. Locke’s plots move at a brisk pace, his ability to world-build, and make scenes come alive, never wavers or suffers. The reader is pulled deep within the story, and resurfaces at the end of the book asking for more. I have read different takes on “twins” in stories. Often, those stories suffer for emphasizing either their sameness, or stark individuality, respectively. This was one of the first books where I’ve seen twins on the page that reflected my experience of twins in life. I became invested in Sean and Dillon’s relationship with each other and with those around them. It all felt real, and progression we see between them, natural. It was a highlight of the book for me. I am so eager to dive back into this world and see what new adventures and mysteries await. I highly recommend you do as well! I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firstly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to Baker Publishing Group for sending us this really interesting novel to review! So today we wanted to share with you our thoughts about ‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke. This was the first time that we have ever read a book by the author Thomas Locke. This novel just sounded so interesting so we knew we had to give it a go! This novel focuses on the two leading characters Sean and Dillion Kirrel who are actually twins. They have both dreamed about a world that wasn’t their own since they were children, their dream always came back to a glass train station. Their far-off world comes within their reach when a mysterious man moves in next door. What Sean and Dillon don’t know is that they share unique gifts one of which includes the ability to transfer between worlds. They are offered the opportunity to become new recruits to prove themselves and possible save the human race. We found this novel to be just so interesting! It was full of adventure which was mixed with a futuristic/fantasy feel. This novel definitely had bits of everything including the ability to travel between planets, conflict filled battles and a huge mystery of a quest. We really did love the whole premise to this novel. Unfortunately, we felt a little left down as the writing style just wasn’t for us.30259147 We just found that the characters weren’t really developed and we found the novel itself really lagging for us. The novel was a little confusing at times although towards the end of the novel, the author really explained things and concluded the story line really well. Despite having thought this the novel was really interesting, creative and the characters were quite funny with their twin habits. Both twins could just read each other well not to mention the powers that they developed we just really cool and interesting! They even had the ability to leave their bodies for short periods of time and walk around with their subconscious of sorts before they were reeled back by an anchor! We aren’t sure whether or not we will pick up the second novel to this story in November when it is released as ‘Recruits’ really just had a perfect ending! Overall, we did really enjoy this novel despite the writing style and development of characters. We would definitely recommend this novel as we would just love to know your opinions on this novel as well! Book Rating: 3.5/5 stars. ~ Georgia and Morgan ~ 'Pocket Full of Pages'
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
A Sci-Fi adventure of an inter-galactic proportion. Thomas Locke thrusts readers into a quick-paced story about twins, Sean and Dillon Kirrel, who discover they've been dreaming of a world beyond the realm of imagination only to discover it's much closer than could every dream possible. But with that discovery comes a responsibility like none they've known forcing them into the daunting task of fighting an enemy threatening to destroy it all. Whew. Okay, so I believe this is Thomas Locke's first Sci-Fi endeavor and it's geared for YA with the introduction of two young male heroes. I don't think there are enough quality novels out there for middle-grade male readers so I'm super excited Thomas Locke has begun this endeavor. This novel starts out super fast. Not just in action but in overall story-telling. For young readers this is probably a good thing but for me I didn't feel like I had a lot of time to really get into the story-world and for a Sci-Fi I think that is super important. This is NOT to say that Mr. Locke didn't do a fantastic job developing a unique story-world both on Earth and within the galaxy but all of the action (and there is a lot of it) sort of stole away from my desire to live in the moment a few minutes longer. Again, this could totally be me (older generation-but not old ) trying to fit the story into the mold I'm used to but younger readers might have no problem with this at all. The boys do enter into romantic relationships (one Earthly, the other not) and I found it to be really fast as well (though there is nothing beyond kissing, hugging, and hand-holding in this story) mostly in regards to these seventeen-year-olds promising commitment to each other after having mostly just met their partners. The plot is filled with action that will make boys cheer and dream of themselves in the roles of these young recruits as they mess around with their new skills in authentically natural behaviors. I found them fun to read. Mr. Locke does a great job aligning these heroes with a cast of characters that bring out the best and worst in each other bringing depth to the story as a whole. Overall, this is a fun story that I think is perfect for the library at any middle or high school and would recommend this to any of my friends with sons who love to read.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
A sci-fi adventure for all ages... I don't read a lot of science fiction, never have, in fact, it is probably one the two genres that I've read the least. So why did I pick up Recruits, which is so obviously sci-fi from the cover on down? It's simple, because of the author. I've been hooked on Thomas Locke's science fiction and fantasy books since I first read The Spectrum Chronicles over ten years ago. Now, all I need to do is see the name on the cover and I know it's a book I have to read. Recruits has everything a YA sci-fi book could need, from travel between planets, heart pumping battles, some romance, and an epic quest that only these two brothers with their very different talents can fulfill by working as a true team. Adults, also, are sure to enjoy this thrilling galactic adventure from Thomas Locke, a man truly solid in his craft whether writing under this name or Davis Bunn. As I said, sci-fi isn't my genre of choice but as anticipated I had a hard time putting down Recruits, just too much excitement and adventure awaiting me on the next page. Now I have to waaaiiit until the next book comes out..... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
dlphsmomof4 More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Loved this book. Loved it. Loved it. Wonderful. Ingenious. Creative. Original. Stupendous. Transiting; moving, bodily, from one realm to another. The twins have seen their destination, dreamed of it, and drawn it, before they knew it was a real place, before they had the privilege of feeling the power within them, and traveling instantaneously to the train station in another world. Is that all there is? Traveling back and forth to different worlds? Of course not. There is romance and there is a battle coming. Every good book has a conflict that the main characters must solve. This conflict is a dilly. Dillon and Sean had been attacked, way back in chapter 13. The enemy knew that the twins were dangerous. The twins could foil their plans and they wanted to take them out early. “Shield the folks.” “I've been doing that.” “You feel it too, don't you?” “I feel something. I have no idea what it is. He watched Dillon ease himself down to the floor, “What just happened?” “I shut my eyes and I rose up and I went out into the yard. And I hunted.” pg 117 Cool. Now they can not only Transit but they can leave their bodies protected and go outside them and look around for trouble. The Assembly (those in control) do not believe that the twins know anything about, or could hope to prevent, a coming battle. Dillon and Sean and their family have been attacked. Twice now, actually. The Assembly have a scapegoat and are blaming everything on him. Who really attacked them. The scapegoat happened to be someone I did not like earlier in the book. I wanted him to be punished. I wanted it to be him causing all this trouble. What will happen? Will the authorities believe them in time to prevent a disaster? Will Dillon and Sean come up with a plan? Will their plan be successful? Will others be hurt, even killed? What about the Earth? This world and it's characters were believable, which is unbelievable. Locke's writing is so superb that you believe it could happen. That in itself is a wonder. Descriptions... realistic... I accept that the worlds Locke created exist, and wish I could travel to them. They are nothing like Earth. The characters and the plot seem to propel each other forward. Not one taking over and pushing the book forward unnaturally. Locke uses his pseudonym to write books that are outside the Christian fiction genre that he writes with his real name and I think this is my favorite Locke book so far. It was extraordinary. I highly recommend that you read this book, find our the answers for yourself, and I hope that you find it as fascinating as I did.
Maryar39 More than 1 year ago
“Recruits,” by Thomas Locke is a fast-paced science fiction book. It is easy to read and understand, and filled with action and mysterious travel! Twins Sean and Dillon, are smart high school students who have suddenly been recruited for inter-planetary travel! Traveling between planets in the blink of an eye is like a dream come true for these boys. But, there are some that don’t see it that way! There is an evil force at work against Sean and Dillon. Can they figure out who, and what it is, before time runs out? Can they prove to the Counselor, the Examiner, and the Ambassador, that they know some of the answers? They have a plan. But first, they have to keep up with their school work, the school bully, and practice and strengthen their telepathic and travel powers. They have a lot to learn as they struggle to juggle life on planet earth, hiding their travels and making excuses for their many absences. If they fail, their minds will be wiped, and they will not even have memories of their experiences! This is an enjoyable book with memorable characters. It is clean, but does contain a bit of fighting. And, of course, a LOT of travel. Travel through mysterious portals, to mysterious planets, that contain unique and mysterious people. To join them, and see if they can solve their problems, you will have to read this book. #recruits.
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
I love that Davis Bunn is exploring the Thomas Locke facet of his imagination. We are being exposed to his fascinating expertise as a writer outside of the Christian fiction genre; a genre in which he is highly accomplished. I was first introduced to his work under the pen name Thomas Locke with his epic fiction series Legends of the Realm. Then his technothriller series Fault Lines. Now Bunn is conquering science fiction with Recruits. I’m ecstatic! Geez… gush much?! Recruits is a book that I didn’t want to put down, yet simultaneously didn’t want to reach the end of. I found myself forcefully putting the book aside so that I wouldn’t end it too soon; you know… in order to spread out the enjoyment. It ended too soon! In Recruits, the characters have rich, dynamic, and sometimes complicated relationships. The characters are real… engaging. Locke drew me wholeheartedly into their lives. These relationships, the challenges, and the choices being thrust before the twins, Sean and Dillon, are excellent lessons in living real life. This book is geared towards teens and young adults. I wholeheartedly recommend that you buy a copy for your favorite teen or young adult and feel good about it. Recruits is filled with adventure throughout truly creative worlds. The concept encompassing the both literal and figurative world-building is ingenious. Parallel universes have long been a component of science fiction as have portals between them, yet I found the application of these two concepts in Recruits to feel fresh, not trite. Recruits is excellent science fiction that I have no qualms about giving a 5-star rating to. If you either love science fiction or are wanting to metaphorically tip your toes into the genre, Recruits is a book that I recommend that you read. As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher. Review by Zoe at the blessed and bewildered blog (you can find all of my reviews by searching for blessedandbewildered)
theskett More than 1 year ago
Identical twins Dillon and Sean have had the same dream almost all of their growing up years—of a glass train station that defines logic and gravity—literally. They discover their dream is reality when they are designated as “recruits” to another world. As a mother of grown identical twin boys—who still wish they could “transit” and who would love to be able to learn in their sleep—I would say the character development of Sean and Dillon is very well done. Each twin has strengths and weaknesses; they have different personalities yet together they form two parts of a whole. These characteristics make them that much more valuable to the Assembly. Tightly woven with the remarkable characters in Recruits is Thomas Locke’s trademark no-words-minced action. This fast-paced read has plenty of suspense, danger, and adventure, but it’s the characters I look forward to reading more about.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Recruits is an elaborate novel abounding in fantasy and fun. Two brothers come into new gift - they can transfer between worlds - well in the other world they became recruits to the Planetary Assembly -developing their gifts itself created an incredible evil that they now have to try and defeat and if they don't that evil could destroy the entire human race - Mr. Locke has quite the imagination - this book is intense and dangerous.......he brings out the Christian theme of good vs. evil - and that there are two worlds - our realm and the Spiritual realm. Awesome book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Some people develop computer games that take the gamer into all kinds of strange worlds and situations that simply confuse my brain. From the minimal time I have spent watching kids and young adults play video games, I imagine this latest release by Thomas Locke does for the reader what those games do for the gamers. The story starts with twin seventeen-year-old brothers, Sean and Dillon, talking about cars and other things that teenage boys discuss as they walk home from their school bus stop. Although very brief, their banter about their favorite cars was a hilarious exchange. However, the humor quickly passes as they meet their new neighbor who is just moving in. He is one scary looking dude whose invitation to come in for a cup of tea quickly takes a back seat to their rush to get home to do homework. But they can’t resist going back over to check the guy out. Suddenly, in one brief visit, everything starts shifting for them. Although this is science fiction written for a young adult audience, this gray-haired grandfather was captivated by the intense action and mind-blowing events Sean and Dillon encounter. It takes me about two minutes of watching someone play a video game and my eyes glaze over. This story kept my attention to the end. I don’t want to leave the impression that this is a game in the format of a book. Far from it. It is an interesting story that readers will find hard to put down. I recommend it as entertainment without the language and other undesirable features found in so many books. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago