Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Tracker Hacker
SERIES: Codename: Winger #1
AUTHOR: Jeff Adams
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
LENGTH: 194 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 17th 2017
Theo Reese is just an average high school student with a passion for hockey and an uncanny talent when it comes to computers… at least on the surface.
What his teammates, fellow students, and even his boyfriend don’t realize is that Theo leads a double life. When he’s not putting up his facade of normal, Theo is working as an agent for Tactical Operational Support, where his technical genius is more than just a hobby. At sixteen he is responsible for helping agents in the field and keeping the TOS network secure.
It’s a secret he has to keep—from everyone.
But secrecy becomes even harder when a hacker compromises the system TOS uses to track its agents and Theo’s dad goes missing. Theo must find him and stop the hacker, which means leaving the comfort of his computer screen and venturing into a very real and very deadly world.
And if that’s not enough to deal with, all the secrecy is really putting a strain on Theo’s love life.
This is book one in the Codename: Winger series.
I have a particular fondness for young adult books. They are full of good messages, hope and a fun storyline. Jeff Adams has given us the exact type of book I look for to read. I can imagine that young adults would be engaged and interested in. From the start the storyline makes you want to read more.
Tracker Hacker is the story of Theo Reese, who is a normal teenage boy. He is good at school, computers, loves to play hockey and has a great boyfriend. But he also works for a secret organisation. And he can’t tell anyone about it, not even his boyfriend. He is lucky that his parents work for the same organisation, except that it makes what is happening to the agents very personal.
The start of the book had several long ‘Lord of the Ring’ style passages, that explain lots of details. I found these a tad tedious. But then the book settled in to a great read. The writing style and editing were great. And while this was my first Jeff Adams book, it will not be my last.
My favourite thing about this book was that it dealt with the complications without creating a sense of over simplification. Even when his secret spy work creates problems for his relationship he keeps his secret. While the secret organisation/ spy aspect isn’t as realistic as is could be, the sense of secrecy that occurs for a lot of people around their jobs. I loved the way Theo dealt with the aspects of his life.
When I finished Tracker Hacker, I had a nice warm happy feeling. The book was full of adventure, intrigue, good family relationships, a good boyfriend, sport, computers and a world full of opportunities. This is a book well worth reading!