Swift and Hawk is a brand new series featuring two young spies and one explosive mission. Readers who like books where the action is cranked up to the max should definitely check it out.
After their parents disappear in mysterious circumstances, Caleb Quinn, an AI whizz, and Zenobia ‘Zen’ Rafiq, a robotics expert and kick-ass marital artist, find themselves charged with helping track their family members down. Recruited into the secret Mobius Programme and given new identities, Swift and Hawk must act fast to bring down a slick and dangerous criminal organisation…
How best to describe Swift and Hawk? Think James Bond and then some. Pulled from their family homes and their studies at the ARC (think Hogwarts but for the smartest technological minds out there), Caleb and Zen embark on a deadly cat and mouse rescue mission of high stakes espionage and cutting edge technology that takes them from the sewers of London to the docks of Amsterdam to a small and remote island in the Norwegian Sea.
Slick, tense and insanely exciting, Swift and Hawk is action-packed and adrenaline-fuelled from the get-go and readers are quickly pulled into an unforgiving world where secret agents, spies, saboteurs and dangerous villains, of which each is more deadlier than the last, will do anything to meet their own personal needs. The teen techno-whizzes may be gifted in AI and robotics but are tested to their absolute limits when faced with high speed chases, kidnappings, illegal weapons smuggling, secret lairs and deadly enemies who are hellbent on using supercomputers and technology for some very bad things.
It is brilliant to have a story of this ilk that has a more balanced gender representation than some of its counterparts and Zen ensures this is not just ‘one for the boys’. She brings plenty of girl power and presence with her own robotic skills, her leadership qualities and her sharp mind, not to mention her insane fighting skills.
With elements of gaming, programming and some über-cool technological inventions, Swift and Hawk is bang-up-to-date and with enough references to nanobots, quantum computers, advanced robots, dangerously powerful levels of artificial intelligence and supercharged smartphones to keep even the most tech-savvy of readers engaged. The ending promises much more to come as whilst things are largely wrapped up by the close an ominous threat is perhaps not as defeated as first thought.
With huge thanks to Walker Books for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 9+.