Sentenced by a judge to a year at Blackthorn Academy, Rachel is still getting the hang of boarding school. Her Tae Kwon Do is improving, and her attitude has gotten better, but she’s still a long way from convincing the headmaster to let her join the Top Floor—the school’s secret training program for international superspies. It’s too bad, because there is a supervillain after her, and Rachel is going to need all the training she can get.
Simon Blankenship believes he is the reincarnation of Mithras, an evil Roman god, and that Rachel is a reincarnated goddess who is the only thing preventing him from total world domination. When Rachel discovers that Blankenship is recovering ancient artifacts in Hawaii, she’s raring to go—to stop Blankenship and catch some sun. There’s just one problem: Mr. Kim refuses to send Rachel and her classmates into certain danger. She may not be a full-fledged spy, but Rachel is sneaky enough get her friends to Hawaii. But with Blankenship tracking their every move, will she be able to get them back home?
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Spy Goddess, Book Two: To Hawaii, with Love
By Michael Spradlin
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2006 Michael Spradlin
All right reserved.
Future Goddesses of America
There is a crazy man after me. Not just your normal crazy man, either. Not some simple ordinary type of crazy, like a celebrity stalker or someone who gets messages from outer space. This is a guy who thinks that he can rule the world. We're talking Adolf Hitler-type looniness here.
Many years ago this guy accidentally discovered an ancient temple in a Middle Eastern desert that was once dedicated to a Roman god named Mithras. When he discovered the temple, either he unleashed some kind of supernatural force that made him nutso or his obsession with what he found caused him to check himself into the Crazy Hotel.
Oh, and did I also mention that he thinks I'm the living reincarnation of the Goddess Etherea? I told you: wacko. Anyway, whatever he thinks or however he came to think it, the main thing is he wants me dead. Somehow he's got the idea that I'm the only thing standing between him and world domination.
His name is Simon Blankenship. For many years he was a member of an elite, clandestine group of U.S. secret agents called the Blackthorn Squad, along with my headmaster and teacher, Jonathon Kim. Mr. Kim was with Blankenship when he discovered the temple, but whatever happened in there didn't make him crazy. I know this because Mr. Kim is probably the most centered and noncrazy person I know.
Mr. Kim is the headmaster at Blackthorn Academy, the boarding school in Pennsylvania that I attend. Well, "attend" is not exactly the right word. Saying you "attend" a school would imply that you had a choice in whether or not to go there, whereas I really didn't. See, I was in a little trouble with the law and this judge said I could either go to the school or go to Juvenile Detention. Since I figured that a young girl from a wealthy Beverly Hills family wouldn't do so well in Juvie, I chose the school. Yep. I fought the law and the law won. I've been here for just about two months now and it's been "interesting," to say the least.
I've had to work every other day in the school's kitchen, attend a full load of very difficult, really weird classes, and start to learn Tae Kwon Do. And for the most part I've been denied my beloved Internet access. Also, I discovered that the school secretly sits on top of one of the most sophisticated crime labs and secret-agent hangouts in the world. That's because Mr. Kim, the former secret agent, established the school to train students to become members of a worldwide network devoted to stopping Blankenship and his Mithrians. Some of the upperclassmen here at Blackthorn, the ones who belong to the "Top Floor" section, go on missions with agents to help with surveillance or sting operations. That's way cool. Mr. Kim won't let me into Top Floor yet, but I'm wearing him down.
Along with some of the other students here I also helped Mr. Kim recover a very rare, ancient book that Blankenship had tried to steal. Of course, it turned out that Mr. Kim had actually switched the books ahead of time, so Blankenship ended up with a fake. Only, Blankenship doesn't know it's fake. He thinks it's real. Which is a good thing for us.
That was when Blankenship, who now calls himself Mithras, swore that he would seek his revenge on me. Like I said, he thinks that I am the reincarnation of the goddess Etherea, who, according to legend, was sent by the gods to banish Mithras to the underworld.
Did I mention he was crazy?
"No, Rachel, you must cock your hip first, then sweep your arm like this and throw the attacker across your leg, like this," said Mr. Kim. He grabbed the front of my do bak and sent me sprawling to the mat. I felt the air whoosh out of my lungs. Again.
From where he was watching, Alex Scott let out a chuckle. Alex is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and while he's pretty strong and brave and stuff, he's really kind of a pain in my backside. He's always laughing at me, because for the most part, I'm a total klutz. I gave him my best stink-eye as I struggled back to my feet.
Brent Christian, who was almost a black belt, stood next to Alex. Brent was different. He was quiet, soft-spoken, and gentle, and he never laughed at me when I exhibited my less-than-graceful nature. Also, it didn't hurt that he has this kind of young Colin Farrell look going, either.
It was 7 A.M. and I was in the school's do jang, taking another private Tae Kwon Do lesson from Mr. Kim. Do jang is a Korean word that means "the place of the way." It's a training room where students practice. Since all the fuss with Blankenship, Mr. Kim had decided that we needed to accelerate my martial arts training. So I met him at 6:30 every morning in the do jang, where he drilled me relentlessly on the patterns and taught me self-defense moves. Alex and Brent came along most mornings to help out.
There were two problems with this as far as I was concerned. The first was that I am not a morning person. It was bad enough that everyone at Blackthorn is an early-riser, go-getter type. I mean, they serve breakfast at eight o'clock for crying out loud. I can't possibly form a coherent thought before 10 A.M. The second problem was that since Mr. Kim had started these "extra training sessions," most of the "extra training" involved me landing on my keister. Because Mr. Kim, in addition to being a superspy and the headmaster, is one of the very best martial artists in the world. He is a Ninth Dan in Tae Kwon Do, an Aikido master, and not only that, he is a personal friend of Jackie Chan. Needless to say, I was a little overmatched. But Mr. Kim felt it was important that I learn as much as I could, as fast as I could.
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: Future Goddesses of America,
Chapter Two: The Great Escape,
Chapter Three: I Rule. Oh Yes I Do.,
Chapter Four: I Prove Invaluable to the Cause,
Chapter Five: No One Is Going to Cheat Me Out of My Hula Lessons,
Chapter Six: Holy Cow!,
Chapter Seven: Why Can't It Be Easy?,
Chapter Eight: And the Oscar Goes to Rachel Buchanan,
Chapter Nine: We Meet Again,
Chapter Ten: Out of the Darkness,
Chapter Eleven: Into the Light,
Chapter Twelve: Run, Rachel, Run,
Chapter Thirteen: The Boys Are Back in Town,
Chapter Fourteen: Not Much of a Plan as Plans Go,
Chapter Fifteen: Let There Be Light,
Chapter Sixteen: Thank You for Shopping at Our Temple,
Chapter Seventeen: Outrunning the Boogey Man,
Chapter Eighteen: Showdown,
Chapter Nineteen: Taking a Dive,
Chapter Twenty: All Wet,
Chapter Twenty-one: After This, Kitchen Duty Will Be a Vacation,
Chapter Twenty-two: Like a Bad Penny, She Keeps Turning Up,
Chapter Twenty-three: Unjustly Accused Again,
Chapter Twenty-four: Still Hanging Around,
Chapter Twenty-five: Can a Goddess, Like, Resign?,
Chapter Twenty-six: If I Can't Resign, Then I Quit,
Chapter Twenty-seven: I Am So Out of Here,
Preview: The Spy Who Totally Had a Crush on Me,
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Oh man, this was a fantastic read!! As much as I liked the first one, this one was even better! This book picks up right where the first book leaves off. Rachel and her friends have to stop a madman who plans to call up a big ole mythical baddie to over take the world. the problem is that the madman thinks that Rachel is an accent goddess reincarnated and is the only person that can stop him and his evil plans. That means it's pretty much open season on Rachel and her friends. Rachel is a fantastic character! She's smart, strong, and has a smart mouth that adds a lot of comedy and laugh out loud moments. This is such a great read. This has it all, comedy, action, adventure, mythical baddies and creatures. I can't say enough good things about this book. If you start the series, I can **promise** you won't be sorry. Start the series, and enjoy the ride, I know I did! I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Well he's done it again! I totally loved this book and highly recommend it.
I loved this book! It is a mythological book that involves spy training, an evil villian, a so called reincarnated goddess, and a bunch of adventure! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!! I cannot wait to finish the rest of this series. So far each book keeps getting better and better!! The author really knows how to make a book believable!! I cannot wait to see what happens next when they go to Japan. This book is full of surprises. For example, when I found out that Racheal's friend Pilar is psychic I was like wow!!
Perfect. Loved it.
a clever plot, with some mythology that makes you gasp and drop the book when you a) figure somthing out or b) know about the mythology, so it all makes sence.
this book was fun and witty. Rachel is a funny and believable character. I couldn't put it down.
Rachel Buchanan is definitely a Beverly Hills girl. But when she fights the law, and loses, even her wealthy father cannot look the other way. That is how she ended up at the Blackthorn Academy, a boarding school in Pennsylvania. What her father did not know, and still does not know, is that the academy sits on top of a sophisticated crime lab and Rachel is training to be a spy. Whether Rachel likes it or not, there is a really evil man named Simon Blankenship, who believes himself to be 'Mithras'. Simon is after seven treasures that were hidden by Centurions during the Roman era. Simon also believes that Rachel is the reincarnation of the Goddess of Light, Etherea, and he will not rest until she is dead. Rachel is being trained by the school's headmaster, Jonathon Kim. Her group of friends include Pilar, who has psychic feelings, Alex, Pilar's boyfriend who is too macho for words, and Brent, a shy and mysterious super genius. ....................... This time Mr. Kim and Mr. Quinn go to Hawaii, in search of one of the seven treasures. Problem is they are looking in the wrong place. So Rachel and her friends sneak out of the academy and head for Hawaii. Simon, and his dedicated, fanatical group of followers, are waiting for her. Sometimes being a goddess totally reeks! ..................... ***** Non-stop action, much like the animated series 'Totally Spies'. It does not matter if you are male or female, you are going to LOVE these spy novels! I hope they someday get picked up for a television series. STELLAR! *****