Winner of the IBD "Indie Book of the Day" award for May 19th 2014.
Thirteen-year-old Theopolis James Logan doesn't much care for his first name, but then that's the least of his problems. Still in mourning following the death of his beloved grandfather, isolated from many of his friends and bored out of his mind at school, Theo has sunk to a new low that neither his interfering auntie Annie nor his best friend and neighbour Jules can shake him out of.
Then one morning, Theo unexpectedly receives a mysterious parcel containing a newspaper and a cryptic letter and sets out with Jules to unravel its mystery. Following a trail of clues, Theo is led on a startling voyage of discovery into deep space where he discovers that the Universe that is stranger, more exciting and more dangerous than he could possibly imagine. Will he have the courage to leave behind everything he has ever known in pursuit of an exciting new life or will his darkest fears triumph, forever putting his dreams out of reach?
Meanwhile, the mysterious Star Agency watches patiently from the shadows, preparing to make its move...
The Star Agency is book 1 of The Star Agency Chronicles, an interstellar secret agent adventure
About the Author
R.E.Weber began his fiction writing career in January 2013 by publishing THE STAR AGENCY - an Interstellar Secret Agent adventure, aimed at readers aged 9 and upwards. The second book in the series THE VOYAGES OF THE SEVEN has now been released and will be followed by further books in the coming years. When not reading or writing, he is often to be found indulging in his other passions, which include running, astronomy and cinema going. A Yorkshireman, born and bred, he now lives in Bedfordshire, UK with his wife & cat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Star Agency (The Star Agency Chronicles) by R.E. Weber Theopolis James Logan is trying to get over the death of his grandfather, who has been taking care of him. Now his Auntie is taking care of him, which is not working well with him. One day he gets a puzzling message on his computer and decides with his best friend to figure it out. Later he finds himself on another planet, the aliens want him as part of their Star Agency. A fun story, Theo is very likable. I liked the writing style, and the story line. I think this would be perfect for middle school readers (as well as young adult and adults too).
Do computer games use imagination? Theo certainly thinks they do, but his guardian’s not so sure, and his best friend thinks a trip to the bowling alley might help. So begins R.E. Weber’s Star Agency, a middle-grade novel that will take young Theo from his safe ordinary world into a place where computer games are but a pale reflection of his new reality. Alien creatures, strange weapons, curious landscapes and starfields abound, plus a fine collection of mysteries to be solved. Readers will follow along with this story, looking for answers even as the characters try to solve their problems. It’s a novel that certainly draws the reader in, with its bereaved thirteen-year-old protagonist, well-imagined worlds of galactic powers and intrigue, and neat mysteries. "Knowledge and facts are no substitute for... experience," in real life, as well as in this tale. And my only complaint is, it ends like a TV episode with the story half-begun – it's a good ploy to encourage young readers to pick up more books I suppose. Disclosure: I read about the book online and found a free ecopy.
Theopolis James Logan, a young boy who just lost his Grandfather, get's an unexpected message from a most unexpected source. He leaves his family, friend and planet to pursue this strange invite. The book was fantastic! I did find that I had to look up a few distinct British colloquialism, but it added to the story so it really wasn't an issue. Mr. Weber spins a terrific yarn. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this fine series. "Well done Mate!"