Bodyguard: Hostage (Book 1)

Bodyguard: Hostage (Book 1)

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In a dangerous world, everyone needs protection.

Bodyguard: Hostage is the new thriller from Chris Bradford, bestselling author of Young Samurai. Bodyguard is a bulletproof action-adventure series that fans of Cherub and Alex Rider will love. This is Lee Child for younger readers - Jason Bourne for the next generation.

With the rise of teen stars, the intense media focus on celeb families and a new wave of billionaires, adults are no longer the only target for hostage-taking, blackmail and assassination - kids are too.

That's why they need a young bodyguard like Connor Reeves to protect them.

Recruited into the ranks of a covert young bodyguard squad, 14-year-old Connor Reeves embarks on a rigorous close protection course. Training in surveillance, anti-ambush exercises, hostage survival and unarmed combat, he's put through his paces and wonders if he will actually survive the course.

But when the US President summons Connor to protect his impulsive teenage daughter, Connor's training is put to the ultimate test. For Connor discovers that the First Daughter, Alicia, doesn't want to be guarded. She just wants to have fun. And with no clue Connor is her bodyguard, Alicia tries to elude her Secret Service agents and lead Connor astray. But unknown to her, a terrorist sleeper cell has been activated.

Its mission: to take the president's daughter HOSTAGE...

And don't miss Bodyguard: Ransom coming soon.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 298g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141340053
  • 9780141340050
  • 119,707

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About Chris Bradford

Chris Bradford has trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship. He earned his black belt in Zen Kyo Shin Taijutsu, the secret fighting art of the ninja. Before writing the Young Samurai series, he was a professional musician and songwriter and has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

You can learn more about Chris Bradford and his books at
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1,768 ratings
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4 31% (549)
3 10% (182)
2 3% (58)
1 1% (24)

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Having been a reader and fan of Chris Bradford's "Young Samurai" books, I've been looking forward to reading BODYGUARD: Hostage with a good bit of trepidation. Would the new series deliver? Could a story with such a completely different topic and setting be as convincing and captivating? To keep it simple: Absolutely! Connor Reeves, an average teenager - apart from his high level of martial arts skills perhaps - full of self-doubt and with his fair share of problems, but with a strong sense of what is right, is recruited into a unique organization, that trains young teenagers as Bodyguards. As unbelievable as this premise may sound at first, it rings true in a world of teenage stars and celebrities and ultimately provides a fascinating groundwork for an impressive and captivating storyline, whisking the reader into a world of covert surveillance and teenage meltdowns. The characters excite interest, the action is detailed and feels authentic and the meticulous research on the work of a bodyguard is palpable in almost every page, without becoming too technical to alienate the young reader. And it's not just a book for boys: the host of strong female characters makes this an excellent read for girls as well, as my 12-year-old daughter can confirm. Having just completed his basic training Connor struggles with an array of difficulties on his first assignment: from having to play a role for the girl he's assigned to protect, to not being taken seriously by some of the adult security team, always inserspersed with the constant fear of failing. But he pushes through the problems, backed up by a team of wonderful characters, that will have you picking your favourites after only a few chapters. I'm actually of the opinion this book should be read by every teenager, because apart from the impressive story it teaches kids some well-selected and crucial basic principles of awareness, assessing a situation and ultimately keeping safe. And that is something that Bradford excels at: telling an action-packed yarn that feels authentic, while at the same time teaching the young reader a thing or two and ultimately giving him the chance to grow as a person. BODYGUARD: Hostage is a riveting read, that intrigues the reader in the first few chapters, captivates him with an array of likeable characters and a well-paced plot and ends up speeding along like a bullet train, which will leave dinners go cold and homework undone, till the last pages are more
by Jan Murphy
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