Sword of Damocles by Brian Bern

Sword of Damocles by Brian Bern
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, YA
Length: Full Length (252 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Cade Knight was born into a family of spies. Espionage is in his blood.

Cade helped his father design the J-Phone, the most significant invention in the history of spy craft-complete with Eavesdropper, Impersonator, and Hacker apps. Together, he and his father customized a J-Phone for the president of the United States, enabling him to launch nuclear weapons from the Nuclear Football app.

Too bad the J-Phone falls into the wrong hands, and enemy agents hunt for those who know how to use it. When family members begin to fall off the grid, Cade and his twin sister call on years of training to identify and infiltrate the opposition. They must rescue their mother, retrieve the J-Phone, and reunite the family.

Failure could cost one life or a hundred million.

Cade and Brooke Knight find themselves caught in a web of intrigue when they thought they would just be celebrating their fifteenth birthday. Suddenly, instead of thinking about gifts and parties, they have to stay out of the clutches of spies and at the same time rescue their mother who has been caught, all without letting the powerful J-Phone get into the wrong hands.

Brian Bern has written a fast-paced action novel which I couldn’t put down. The twins manage to stay just barely ahead of the villains, but the way that they manage that is spell-binding. Both Cade and Brooke are fully developed characters and the settings are described in enough detail so as to put the reader right in the middle of the action. Cade and Brooke have been well-trained by their parents who are government spies, and they need every bit of ingenuity and training to succeed in saving their family.

The story is totally dependent on Cade, Brooke, and later on, their British friend, Evan, and the three never let the reader down. The technology which Cade uses is described with enough detail that it is totally believable. Each of the three teenagers knows something different so that each is able to make significant contributions in the solving of the mystery. I liked the way the three interact and their friendships reveal their inner strengths and loyalties.

It might seem a bit unbelievable that three teenagers could be responsible for saving the world, but honestly, I had no doubts about them and their abilities from the moment I started the story. Bern has hooked the reader from the beginning when Cade and Brooke put their knowledge to work in their efforts to find their birthday presents. This is something that many children do, but the depth the twins go to demonstrates that they have received unusual training. So when they come home the next day, I had no problem believing that they would notice things such as the scratches on the front door lock. I had already been drawn into their lives and was a willing participant in all their adventures.

Sword of Damocles is a wonderful story which readers of all ages who love spy stories are sure to enjoy. I look forward to more from this author and I hope that Cade and Brooke have many more adventures.

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