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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (690 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ridley Pearson Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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In this riveting crime novel, 14-year-old Steven Steel Trapp sets off with his mom and their dog, Cairo, on a two-day Amtrak journey to compete in the National Science Challenge in Washington, D.C.

Steel is both blessed and cursed with a remarkable photographic memory - just one look, and whatever he sees is imprinted for keeps. Trying to be a Good Samaritan on the train, he unwittingly becomes embroiled in an ingenious plot that may have links to terrorists.

Federal agents (first seen in Pearson's adult thriller Cut and Run) track Steel and his newfound science-geek accomplice, Kaileigh Augustine, as they attempt to put together the pieces of a complex puzzle. Using Steel's science contest invention - and with the help of Cairo - Steel and Kaileigh lead listeners on an action-packed adventure as they attempt to prevent the unimaginable, before it's too late. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/13/2014

    " youth lit but the kind that can be appreciated by adults too. Excellent story line told in a mature way without being downplayed for the kids. Before I finished the library copy I went on line and ordered it for my son! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley Jones | 2/10/2014

    " I don;t remember much of it, it's been a few years since I read it, but what I remember is that I enjoyed the book very much. Good story, very riveting. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Chase | 2/5/2014

    " Is there such a thing as a bad Ridley Pearson book? Not in my world! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam C. Samson | 1/29/2014

    " All-in-all this was a good book. I would not call it a 'must read', but I would say that this would be good for 3rd or 4th grade readers who like adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/27/2014

    " This is a thriller for the younger set. The writing wasn't spectacular but it is very appealing to readers who like thrills, suspense, & mystery. There is a bit of science thrown in as well. While it will be most appealing to boys there is a young female character as well. A good offering to those wanting more Alex Rider (who is actually mentioned in the book, that made me smile) & Young James Bond. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie S. | 1/6/2014

    " This was a good book, and very original. I like the use of dogs!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Coombs | 12/31/2013

    " This is actually the best of the adventure stories I've read lately. It's about Steven "Steel" Trapp, who sets out on the train with his mother to go to the national finals of the science fair, but ends up observing some strange behavior and tracking a terrorist/spy instead. Naturally, he is soon being hunted himself, as is a girl runaway he meets on the train--she's running away to the science fair! Though Pearson makes the mistake of giving his adult characters a little too much power and page time, this book is a nice start to a new series, and I like the way science is part of the mix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyce | 12/30/2013

    " 2010-2011 Young Adult Golden Sower Nominee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delali | 12/26/2013

    " I like the book though it had a slow start. The main character was like a little ailing the more time I spent with him the more I became annoyed but at the end I ended up liking him anyway "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Yelverton | 11/30/2013

    " This was the exact opposite of the word entertaining. It was actually quite painful to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/27/2013

    " A decent sort of "kid turns secret agent" book. The only thing that bothered me is an old complaint: I hate when the action of the story relies almost entirely on having otherwise super-bright characters make stupid decision after stupid decision. It just doesn't sit right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 10/29/2013

    " Never read about someone with a photographic memory, but now I wish every book had a character like Steel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 10/10/2013

    " A fun, fast-paced book for Alex Rider fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 10/4/2013

    " Not bad, not bad at all. Quite enjoyed this. Nice narration and character voicing. Clever plot. Evoked my Alex Rider. It made me want to read the sequel. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/2/2012

    " YA, a bit more light-hearted than adult fiction. I wish I actually KNEW kids as smart as these characters (my nephews & niece maybe) Steel Trapp is a great inspiration for serious science fair competitors in his age group, boys & girls alike "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 11/28/2012

    " Everything about this book reminds me of a made for TV movie -- and I don't mean that as a good thing. I would expect better from someone who has co-authored books with Dave Barry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/6/2012

    " This is a young adult book about a boy with a remarkable memory who helps solve a case. I listened to it in the car and I thought it was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 8/3/2012

    " This book is really good, but I'll admit, not absolutely fantastic - the second one is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillie | 4/16/2012

    " another book by ridley pearson "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Goodman | 3/6/2012

    " I was interested in reading this book because the author wrote several books with Dave Barry that I enjoyed. The book was interesting, fun to read, and overall was very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenika | 10/15/2011

    " A really good book. Somewhat confusing at first, but after a while, I couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 5/24/2011

    " I was actually expecting this book to be a bit better, but it was pretty good how it was. I found Kaileigh's situation to be a bit unbelievable, and so for the entire book I continually questioned her story. Other than that, the book was pretty good and well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 5/14/2011

    " 5th&up. So it took over half the book for me to get really interested in the story. The main character was rather unlikable in spots and the dialog a bit stilted. Kind of a shame, because the last 1/3 of the book was pretty good- but definitely not enough to make the entire ride worthwhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 5/6/2011

    " This was a good book, and very original. I like the use of dogs!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnsol | 4/17/2011

    " Wow! Don't know how this never made the SSYRA list. This book is fantastic. Can't wait to have our author visit. All our students are going to be clamoring to buy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delali | 3/18/2011

    " I like the book though it had a slow start. The main character was like a little ailing the more time I spent with him the more I became annoyed but at the end I ended up liking him anyway "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyce | 3/6/2011

    " 2010-2011 Young Adult Golden Sower Nominee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/19/2011

    " A decent sort of "kid turns secret agent" book. The only thing that bothered me is an old complaint: I hate when the action of the story relies almost entirely on having otherwise super-bright characters make stupid decision after stupid decision. It just doesn't sit right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 11/5/2010

    " I was actually expecting this book to be a bit better, but it was pretty good how it was. I found Kaileigh's situation to be a bit unbelievable, and so for the entire book I continually questioned her story. Other than that, the book was pretty good and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savita | 10/22/2010

    " YES! Another amazing espionage series!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mommom | 10/21/2010

    " Really enjoyed. Think my Grandchildren might also enjoy this book. Liked all the action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 8/30/2010

    " Fourteen year old Steven "steel" Trapp is on a train from Chicago to DC for a science competition when he gets caught up in an espionage thriller/chase, involving spies and bad guys, a cute girl named Kailiegh, and his robotic "sniffer" dog project. Fastpaced and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 8/3/2010

    " Steel Trapp: The Challenge was totally awesome. It's full of action and adventure and problem solving. Pearson is one of my favorite authors, and he's created another masterpiece. I can't wait to read the sequel!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suz | 6/11/2010

    " Fun frolic. Quick read. Definitely a youth book but the plot was fun and it pulled me along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 4/26/2010

    " Not bad, not bad at all. Quite enjoyed this. Nice narration and character voicing. Clever plot. Evoked my Alex Rider. It made me want to read the sequel. Well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenika | 4/14/2010

    " A really good book. Somewhat confusing at first, but after a while, I couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 2/3/2010

    " Listened to this book on CD. It is a mystery and keeps you intrigued. "

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About the Author
Author Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including The Red Room, Choke Point, and The Risk Agent, as well as the Walt Fleming and Lou Boldt crime series, and many books for young readers. He lives with his family, dividing his time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.