Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Ninja Reviews...Independence Hall by Roland Smith

Have you ever wanted to follow a concert tour around the country? Quest "Q" Tucker has no need of such questions. His mother just got married to his stepfather and now they are going on a sold out concert tour in their R.V. Sounds ideal doesn't it? No school, lots of sightseeing. No worries, right?

Well, Q doesn't exactly get his wish. Along with a stepfather comes a new stepsister, Angela, and one impressive homework assignment, to detail their travels with their famous parents. Ok, still doesn't sound too bad, does it?

Along the way, Q gets to know about his new sister's family more than he ever imagined. Oh, by the way, did she forget to mention her mother was a spy for the government. And some international spies are following Angela to determine if she knows some of her mother's secrets. Trapped between famous parents who want to keep their children out of the limelight as much as possible and international spies attempting to discover Angela's past, Q gets more than he bargained for as he avoids the spies and astonishes doctors with a few well placed playing cards.

Independence Hall appeared on the Lone Star Reading List for 2009-2010. It is a raucous ride around the country, exploring some of the world's most terrifying current political atmospheres. On the whole, the book is a quick enjoyable read. However, some aspects of the plot, which would be too much of a spoiler to mention, are a little unbelievable. Yet, at the same time, are some of the most intriguing aspects. Thoroughly confused? Welcome to the world of international espionage! See if you can't figure out who the real villains are.

And if the first in the I, Q series doesn't quench your spy thirst, check out the sequel The White House coming out on June 1st.

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