F. T. Bradley
Pub 10- 2013, HarperCollins, $16.99
Double Vision by F.T. Bradley is the exciting tale of Lincoln Baker and his journey into a land of spies. Lincoln Baker is a middle school troublemaker who makes a mistake that results in big consequences for his family. In order to save his family from a serious lawsuit, Linc reluctantly agrees to act as Benjamin Green, one of the government’s top junior agents who has disappeared and happens to look exactly like Linc. Lincoln’s mission is to find a missing copy of the Mona Lisa that has evil, hypnotic, mind-controlling powers before a group of terrorists manage to get their hands on it.
On his mission, Lincoln must have faith in his abilities, some unknown to even himself, and outsmart the terrorists. After all, he is just an ordinary trouble-making boy who has no idea what to do or where to start. He is forced to use his trouble making skills (A.K.A. “Linc Disasters,” which are what brought him into the whole mess in the first place ) to beat the terrorists to the painting before it can be used for evil. Not only does he set off a fire alarm on his mission, but he sets off a bomb in a fountain. “Linc Disasters”+ Excitement = Awesome Adventures!
Lincoln is a very likable character that I can relate to. He shows that he is brave and cares a lot about his family by risking his life for them. Even though he is an ordinary boy who is attracted to trouble like metal is to a magnet, he has a way of getting people on his side. Whatever his way, he was able to get the people he met on his side. Most likely, future readers will feel the same way. Who knows what direction his new friends will take his life?
Double Vision was a fun, light, and quick read with a good plot that made me want to be part of the story. I also liked that most of it took place in Paris. F.T. Bradley made the setting even more interesting by explaining facts that a reader might not otherwise have known about the landmarks of Paris, including interesting information about the pyramid-shaped entrance to the Louvre and other famous Paris sites.
Double Vision is a wonderful beginning to this new series of tales about Lincoln. I hope the second book in the series comes out soon so I can reunite with Lincoln on his next dangerous journey. I would definitely recommend this book to most people I know. It is perfect for reading on a plane ride or after a busy day. Get ready to pack your bags and travel to a land of spies while you flip the pages of this exciting adventure!
~Mira M., Age 9