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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (266 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Gilman Narrator: David Thorn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Danger Zone Series Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780739372715
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When an assassin bursts from the shadows to try to kill him on the dark, windswept grounds of his boarding school in England, Max Gordon realizes his life is about to change forever.

After learning that his explorer father is missing, Max is determined to find him, no matter what dangers may lay in his path. A secret clue his father left behind leads Max to the inhospitable wilderness of Namibia, where he soon discovers a potentially massive ecological disaster masterminded by Shaka Chang, a very powerful and completely ruthless man—a man Max fears may have put his father in mortal danger. Max needs all the help he can get. Because whoever is behind his father’s disappearance is determined to get rid of Max, too. For good.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The characters are likable, and it is interesting to read about the clicking language of the Bushmen people…A rip-roaring ride of an adventure.”

    Library Journal

  • “Thorn’s urbane British accent and eyebrow-raising inflections are particularly suited for an action-adventure tale that brings to mind the escapades of James Bond or Indiana Jones.”

    Booklist, audio review

  • “Gilman has a flair for making the preposterous seem possible. It helps that he gives Max plenty of mental and physical bruises along the way, and keeps his adult characters every bit as sharp as his hero.”


  • A 0000 Carnegie Medal for Literature Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 2/20/2014

    " Not my type of book, didn't hold my interest through the first 10 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Floccare | 2/20/2014

    " I liked reading this book. There is a bit of mysticism that seems a bit out of place with the rest of the story. I really liked Max Gordon and will read other books with him as the main character and I'll recommend his book to the boys who use my school's library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane R. Chen | 2/13/2014

    " Fans of Alex Rider will enjoy the action and adventure of this title. At times I recognized similarities to Clive Cussler, Anthony Horowitz, and even Tony Hillerman. The mysticism of the Bushmen and the traditional African details of terrain, habits, and animals were an added plus. Very enjoyable quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 1/30/2014

    " A sort of James Bond adventure for teens. Lots of excitement, exotic locations and cinematic action. Ultimately it was just too much of a stretch for me. I'm usually willing to suspend disbelief but the scene with the turbine blades pushed my limits. Max was beyond the point where even I could buy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/27/2014

    " An action thriller that I think hopes to become a popular series like Alex Rider, also written by an English author, and this is the first of a series called DANGER ZONE. It was pretty good, lots of action and intrigue, but it wasn't an easy read- took me several days to slog through it. Mostly takes place in Namibia, involves Bushmen, an evil entrepreneur Shaka Chang (half Chinese) who is going to poison all the water in southern Africa and kill a bunch of people and wildlife, just to get the monopoly on the water supply, then he can take over the world- ahahahaha! But a teen boy, Max Gordon, and a Bushman boy !Koga, manage to stop him, with the help of Max's scientist father, a young woman pilot, a friend from his English boarding school- Sayid, and a Bushman prophecy and dreamtime experience for Max that makes him able to be a shapeshifter and fly through the sky, plus he is guided by a phantom jackal. Not as weird as it sounds, quite good actually, but almost 400p. We'll see if teens take to it here... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/24/2014

    " High action for teen boys with a twist of mysticism. It got a little long winded for me but I think boys will love the danger and spy elements. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tessa | 1/21/2014

    " Ok, I haven't finished this yet. I probably will tonight. Right now I'm fascinated by how bad it is. I can read a series about a spook's apprentice fighting witches etc. and swallow it hook line + sinker, but the relentless derring-do of a 15 year old boy who is being hunted by assassins and must travel to Namibia in search of his dad, an ecological spy-warrior, gains a spirit animal and shapeshifting/earthmagicalfuture-telling abilities while visiting the village of his new best friend !Konga, part of a tribe of Bushmen known for their ability to run, and then is able to OUTRUN !Konga. Who narrowly escapes drowning while stuck in a natural geyser trying to find his way into a fortified castle built by an insane german count, which is now the stronghold of an african-chinese warlord and then immediately is beset by ALBINO CROCODILES... etcetera. The narrative is pretty awesome in its ridiculousness, which is why I want to finish it. But can I call what I'm doing liking it? I don't know. Objectively I can see its appeal, and I so wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to middle-school aged kids who are into action/adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Boult | 1/9/2014


  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/1/2014

    " It was good, but confusing at times. Sometimes the plot was hard to understand. But there was enough action to keep it going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 12/11/2013

    " A wannabe Alex Rider book but not as fast moving. I really thought I was going to like this but I just couldn't get into it. Nearly half way in I skipped to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harriet Copeland | 11/7/2013

    " This book was ok, I don't really think it suited my personality. I ended up abandoning the book after about 50 pages as I couldn't get my head round it. Not very pleasing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Discovery College | 2/1/2013

    " This was an action book, and it had plenty of it. It verged on the fantasy using the traditions of the bushmen of Africa for some of the scenes, making it a little less believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 11/20/2012

    " I got pretty bored with this book. yeah I know it is nonstop action but his writing just didn't get me hooked. I was kind of disappointed. I was expecting something better to be perfectly honest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annika | 8/5/2012

    " I did not like this book. It is not the kind of book I like to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 6/2/2012

    " Max Gordon is yet another teenage James Bond look-alike. But, gallivanting around Africa, foiling plots to poison all fresh water, and learning to be an African medicine man lend novelty to the story, if nothing else. The fast paced plot is both interesting and involving, I found myself engrossed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille | 4/30/2012

    " Great setting, ecological themes. Max discovers plot while searching for his father. With support for other teens, discovers a Bond-style villain who is attempting to poison water supply. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/21/2012

    " I enjoyed the plot of this James Bond take off until Max developed the "talent" of becoming an animal. Fantastic gadgets and teens that have mastered adult skills--yeah well ok, but morphing into an animal was over the top. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony Gamoras | 3/26/2011

    " This was a great book i enjoyed each and every part of the story. it was very interesting and i recommended this book to everbody who hasn't read this. Trust me you'll enjoy each and every part of this story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clickety | 11/12/2010

    " Definitely a bit of a Marty Stu here. Lots of action, plenty of improbable sequences. Cartoonish villain. Reluctant readers might enjoy it. Kind of a young-James-Bond feel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 10/19/2010

    " If you like non-stop action with a teen boy who appears to be indestructable and a nice guy, this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinkitob | 8/19/2010

    " am not done! I will tell al when finished! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 5/21/2009

    " I only read this because it was on the NH Flume Award 2011 list. I found it trite and boring and overplayed with a paltry writing style. I think it's supposed to appeal to teen boys who like action and adventure, but I don't think that is written well enough to sustain teen readers. "

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About the Author

David Gilman is the principal writer on the UK television show A Touch of Frost. He has also worked as a firefighter, a professional photographer, and a marketing manager, and served in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment Reconnaissance Platoon. He lives in England and has traveled the world, gathering inspiration for the Danger Zone books along the way.

About the Narrator

David Thorn spent his childhood in the Channel Islands off the coast of France, was schooled in England, and then immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-three. He is retired from international commerce and currently resides in California.