Teen’s espionage novel is a Bond-worthy thriller

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“Secret Intelligence: Dark Rim,” by Enoch Chang, Copyright 2014, Partridge (298 pages, $18.92)

Reviewed by Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   At the age of 15, Enoch Chang has written a spy-fi novel that will entice fans of James Bond and “Mission: Impossible.” Nathan Doyle is the unsuspecting hero of “Secret Intelligence: Dark Rim,” dragged unexpectedly into a world of spies, assassins and criminals.
After the kidnapping of his aunt, the 14-year-old reluctantly joins forces with the International Intelligence Organization to save the only family he knows. The clever teen faces death threats, rogue millionaires, and a shady criminal organization known as the Ventures. The majority of the book is set in England, with the story’s climax taking place 3,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
Written with colorful descriptions and an action-filled plot, “Secret Intelligence” is Chang’s first book. However, due to the author’s Malaysian nationality, the novel can be a challenge to read. The grammar is occasionally difficult to interpret, but the story still manages to shine through.
Tweens and teens that enjoy a good literary adventure and a fast-paced plot will enjoy this book. This novel contains all of an espionage thriller’s essential elements: unbelievable action, genius gadgets and dastardly, devious villains. The action and adventure in “Secret Intelligence: Dark Rim” are engaging; it’s a great page-turner worth reading.

Logan A. White is a freshman home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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