Thursday, October 20, 2016

ARC Review: Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape by Ron McGee

Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape
Author: Ron McGee
Series: Ryan Quinn (Book 1)
Publication: HarperCollins (October 25, 2016)

Description: Ryan Quinn and the Rebel’s Escape is the first fast-paced, sensational novel in a trilogy about a New York City teenager who could give James Bond and Jason Bourne a run for their money. Fans of Alex Rider and the Spy School series will be completely enthralled.

Ryan Quinn hopes his traveling days are over. The son of a United Nations worker, he’s grown up in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa—everywhere but home. He’s finally settled at a great school in New York and is making friends when, suddenly, his world is turned upside down.

Ryan is blindsided when his father disappears and his mother is abducted. Left with nothing but questions, he soon discovers his parents have been leading a double life. They actually work with the Emergency Rescue Committee, an underground organization that has performed dangerous rescue missions since World War II, and they’ve been secretly training Ryan to follow in their footsteps.

With his parents’ lives in the balance and more at stake than he knows, Ryan dives into a mission of international intrigue that sends him around the globe. To survive, he must trust his training and perform his own daring rescue mission in a thrilling race for freedom.

Don't miss this first book in Ron McGee’s high-stakes trilogy about Ryan Quinn.

My Thoughts: Ryan Quinn grew up all over the world and he and his mother followed his father from one diplomatic assignment to another. He learned to eat strange foods, adapt strange customs, and make friends wherever he was - until he got to be a teenager. Then it became harder and harder to fit in and he began spending a lot of time alone. His mother convinced his father that they needed to settle down so that Ryan could finally find a place to fit in and make friends.

Now settled in New York and in eighth grade, Ryan is at an international school and making friends. Danny is his best friend and an interesting character. He is a hacker, inventor, and believes himself to be a gift to the ladies. Ryan also has a crush on Kasey but finds himself strangely tongue-tied whenever he is around her.

Ryan's father goes off on an assignment and drops out of contact. Strangers break in and kidnap his mother. They want to know where his father is and where Myat Kaw is. Ryan has never heard of Myat Kaw but he'll do anything to get his mother back. He discovers a hidden room on the first floor of his house that has a variety of forged passports and credit cards. When a young woman whose face is on one of those cards shows up, Ryan is determined to go with her to find his father.

Ryan finds himself in Andakar, a military dictatorship near China, searching for his father and Myat Kaw. With help from Danny who is doing his computer tricks at home, Ryan breaks into a military post to find his first clue. He tracks his father to a hidden temple with soldiers chasing him the whole way. There he meet Myat Kaw and learns that she is a young girl about his own age named Lan.

With his father injured, it is up to Ryan to get Lan to safety. They have all sorts of adventures as they travel. Meanwhile, Danny and Kasey are back home in New York trying to track down Ryan's mother. They also have all sorts of adventures.

This story was action-packed an exciting with Ryan playing the James Bond role with Danny serving as his Q. Kasey isn't a Bond girl but is a smart, competent character who becomes one of the team. This is the first book in a trilogy and I can't wait to read the rest.

Favorite Quote:
"Mom and I wanted you to have a normal life. We've been training you practically since you were born. But you needed to be old enough to make your own decisions before you chose whether to get involved or not."

"I don't want to be involved. And I don't want you to be, either. I just want to go back to our regular lives and forget all this." Ryan could see the disappointment in his father's eyes, but he didn't care. He'd believed if he could just find his dad, then everything would be all right. John Quinn would figure out what to do. He always had.
I received this eARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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