The fantastic superhero adventure that began with The Bug Boys continues! Alex Adams and Ian Harris take on Blake Blackhart, a disgraced Oxford professor. He discovers the boys source of power and plots to use the Sectis alien technology to wreak havoc across the galaxy. With a proper real-life supervillain in the village, the boys must step up their superhero game if they are to put a stop to the professors nefarious schemes. Along the way, they make new friends, and they encounter new bugs and superpowers. With the fate of the galaxy in the balance, the boys dig deep within themselves to truly understand what it means to be a hero!
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About the Author
Stewart Hoffman was born in Doncaster, England, and spent the first ten years of his life growing up in the nearby village of Rossington. After that there were several hops around the globe before he settled again in sunny Southern California. Stewart is a web developer, a world traveler, and a story teller. A reader (science fiction mostly) and a film fanatic armed with his own blog. He’s a Whovian and a Trekkie, and a fan of the unaltered original trilogy. He also knows the answer to the ultimate question!
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The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I had a lot of fun reading this sequel. More great writing and and additions to the cast of characters. The little robots are really beginning to grow on me. I am not sure I want them growing in me, although it is an interesting thought. If you liked the first book, then you will love this one also. Stewart has good, tight writing, he wastes few words. There is description enough for nice scene-setting and the dialog is funny at times and rather poignant at other moments. Some real-life issues are part of the story, without overwhelming it. I award The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart a score of 5 stars! I loved the story and hope there is more to come.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart: The Bug Boys, Book 2 is a science fiction novel for preteens and young adults written by Stewart Hoffman. While this is the second book in the series, Hoffman gives sufficient background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Alex and Ian were feeling pretty good. Their nanobots had made their bodies taller and stronger and had even fixed Alex’s eyes so he no longer needed to wear glasses. Alex did wish he were taller, like Ian was, and Ian would have preferred to be closer to Alex’s height, but you could only expect so much tinkering from the little alien robots. The fact that Ian and Alex could become superheroes simply by ingesting bugs was still something that was pretty outrageous and cool. Then the bots did something that really surprised them. Both boys were on the edge of puberty and had been expecting changes -- but in an hour’s time and during class? Stewart Hoffman’s science fiction novel for preteens and young adults, The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart: The Bug Boys, Book 2, is a worthy successor to the first book in that series, The Bug Boys. What happened to the apple, and who did eventually eat it? Professor Blackhart is the consummate villain, giving Ian, Alex and their nanobot allies plenty of challenges to master in coming to terms with their new foe. This exciting and at times hilarious novel shakes up a genre that sometimes takes itself too seriously and the results are marvelous. Hoffman’s tale is well written, and his plot is first rate. A warning to readers, however; reading up on the bullet ants mentioned in this book will cause nightmares -- they’re that bad. The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart: The Bug Boys, Book 2 is most highly recommended.
Alex and Ian return in the sequel to The Bug Boys, back to the town of Rossolington after the collapse of the mine. The boys still have the nanobots inside them and retain the ability to take on the different aspects of live bugs they swallow. They are still working with the Secti to bring new insects back to the Nest planet, but the Secti are impatient and want a better selection of insects so they start to create their own portal outside the boys. Meanwhile, bugs start showing up from a forth portal that no one knew existed. Professor Blake Blackhart, has also ingested nanobots and tapped into their abilities, as well as improved upon them. Professor Blake however, does not have good intentions and becomes the book’s super villain to the boy’s superhero personas. Add into the story a new student Linda and her mom, the new PE teacher that takes an unhealthy interest in Alex and Ian and things get very interesting in the declining mining town of Rossolington. The Bug Boys vs Professor Blake Blackhart is an engaging and fun novel for young adult readers and adults alike. You have your classic good vs evil theme, and kids’ vs adults. A group of four kids taking on the super villain and his sidekick kitten. Yes, a kitten. A kitten that is also infected by nanobots and has been surgically altered to be a weapon. Hoffman uses humor that draws kids in, lots of detailed descriptions about farts, the noise, the smell, the way it makes them feel. All humor that appeals to typical young adult boys. Eating bugs, but needing to keep them alive, entertaining and gross. The awkward time of puberty where boys suddenly discover girls and those awkward moments are brought out in the interactions with Linda. Hoffman also manages to address some serious topics through this adolescent humor. Alex has to come to terms with the fact his dad is not infallible. This realization, that his father has fears, is not perfect and can make poor choices is one that hits him hard. Alex must learn to accept his father and his short comings if he can. After almost losing his father in the mine to be dealt another blow is difficult. This is relatable to young readers as they are hitting the age where they might start seeing the childhood hearos for who they really are and realizing they are not the perfect examples of humans they originally thought them to be. These can be hard times for a young teen to experience, seeing characters in a book they like can help them come to terms with reality, and give them a laugh along the way. While Alex and Ian want to be superhero’s, they learn there is more to being a superhero than just putting on a costume and having super powers. They learn limits, asking for help, working as a team and reaching out to others when they realize they can’t do it all on their own. There are a lot of good lessons for young adults packed into this short novel. There is enough action to keep kids interested and wanting to read more. Hoffman even at the end gives readers a cryptic scene that leads us to believe we can expect more from the Bug Boys.