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The phenomenally successful Jack Higgins teams up with Justin Richards for another sure fire bestseller for children. A mafia banker wants to defect and give evidence against his former bosses, and John Chance's boss Ardman is handling the exchange. But when the criminals realise they might be able to exert influence on Chance by getting at his children, Rich and Jade, the twins find themselves in the firing line. With a kidnapping in Venice and a shoot-out at a private school in England, this sequel to SURE FIRE will have both young and old Jack Higgins fans hooked. Key title Jack Higgins' titles have sold over 1.4m copies in the UK worth over GBP8.2m (Source: Nielsen Bookscan TCM) / Written with Justin Richards, the best selling author of Doctor Who / Fast-paced and accessible -- a compelling action-thriller packed with twists for thrill seeking kids / High visibility instore promotions across high street and mass market retailers / Key title for summer reading promotions / Blanket review coverage across national and children's press expected

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Jack Higgins was a soldier and then a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. 'The Eagle Has Landed' turned him into an international bestselling author and his novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages. Many of them have also been made into successful films. Justin Richards is the author of over a dozen genre and sf novels (including Dr Who). He lives in Warwick with his wife, two sons and a nice view of the castle.

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Gr 6-9-This second in a series about twins who assist their British spy dad seems ridiculous on the face of it. However, if readers can get past the first chapter, they will be sucked in and taken on a roller-coaster ride until the somewhat fantastical ending. Jade and Rich Chance are on holiday in Venice when they must tie up the mystery of who has been following them around the city since their father helped a Swiss accountant escape from his mob employers. Back in England, their adventures continue. International crime rings, kidnapping, money laundering, a mysterious crime lord, and a remote Scottish castle all play a part in the nonstop action. The brothers must help their father figure out who the crime boss is and rescue their new math teacher before huge sums of money are lost. Amazingly, the crime syndicate always seems to be one step ahead of them. Some willing suspension of disbelief is necessary, and the protagonists seem a little younger and less gutsy than Alex Rider, but teens who are enjoying Anthony Horowitz's and Ally Carter's books will get a kick out of Jade and Rich as well.-Robin Henry, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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