This isn't just a children's story, I was drawn in & I'm 47. I'm reviewing this for Booksnakes Book Club, we're a mature age book club and we give feedback direct to authors and publishers. I believe there may be one other reviewer from Booksnakes that has posted here already but felt compelled to write having read this book.
I was impressed by the ability of the author to describe the characters & capture the scenery & settings. You can tell the main characters are based on real life as they are intimately described & an image of them is created in my mind. A well thought out plot, I agree with previous reviews on here that it had a feel of tintin and 007 about it.
I've also read around the author as part of my review & it appears that he (assuming this is not a pen name - remember Robert Galbraith/JK - and the photo on your website is the real life author) is new to writing books - in this case Cross will only get even better and is one for me to watch out for - an exciting prospect.
As part of my review I have to write about the flaws, I couldn't find any great flaws to write about so the only issue I have is that paperback and hardback have been released together, quite unusual and a bit like a film being released on DVD at the same time as being on at the cinema, which doesn't serve justice to a very good author.
I'm not a fan of children's books, I'm not a fan of secret agent adventures but I'm now a fan of this book - a children's secret agent adventure - and if there is more to come from Cross then I have been convinced to find a place on my bookshelf for more of his work. 5/5 (rating system by publisher).10/10 (Booksnakes rating system).