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Teenage kickboxing champion Connor Reeves is determined to do his father, a former special forces soldier, proud. Recruited into the ranks of a top-secret young bodyguard squad known as Guardian, Connor trains in surveillance, anti-ambush exercises, hostage survival and unarmed combat. Whatever it takes to prepare him for the dangerous missions ahead.

But nothing can prepare Connor for his first assignment when the US president summons him to protect the First Daughter. For not even the Secret Service knows that a terrorist sleeper cell has been activated in America. Its mission: to take the president’s daughter hostage.

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  • ‘Breaktaking action... as real as it gets’ – Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series
  • 'Featuring intense action sequences and strong friendships, this series starter will appeal to reluctant readers and fans of the “Alex Rider” books’ – School Library Journal
  • 'A gripping page-turner that children aged 10+ won't be able to put down' – Red House
  • 'Bradford has combined Jack Bauer, James Bond, and Alex Rider to bring us the action packed thriller' – Goodreads.com
  • ‘Fast-paced and packed with adventure’ – Motherdaughterbookclub.com 

Awards (selection)

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  • Brilliant Book Award 2014 (WINNER)
  • Sakura Medal 2015 (WINNER)
  • Spellbinding Book Award 2014 (Top 3)
  • Battle of the Books 2020 (USA - shortlist)
  • Scottish Book Trust Top Ten Book for Reluctant Readers 2016
  • CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014 (nomination)
  • Amazing Book Award 2014 (shortlist)

Available in paperback, ebook and audio

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