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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Danger in Dublin: JJ Bennett: Junior Spy is an action thriller for children and preteens written by Alba Arango. JJ was excited at the prospect of traveling to Dublin, Ireland with his dad, who was officially a computer tech working with the CIA. JJ had long ago sussed out the fact that his dad was really much more than that -- he was actually a consultant that the CIA turned to when there were big problems. JJ had been traveling with his dad for some time now. His tutor, Ms. Hernandez, would travel with the father and son whenever his dad had overseas assignments. JJ’s best friend, Maggie, was Ms. Hernandez’ daughter. Earlier in the series, she and JJ formed an elite espionage team, the K-CIA, which they used to help JJ’s dad in his investigations. His dad didn’t know about their sleuthing of course, and would probably send JJ back to the states if he ever found out.
Danger in Dublin: JJ Bennett: Junior Spy is grand entertainment for anyone who enjoys espionage thrillers set in foreign locales, regardless of their age. This has to be one of my favorite suspense series, and Danger in Dublin sets the bar even higher. As with the other books in the series, I loved how the storyline involves touring the museums, churches and other grand locales wherever they’re visiting, and the plot is suitably unpredictable and fast-paced. Arango’s characters are marvelous. I’ve enjoyed following Maggie and JJ’s exploits as they travel with their parents, and watching them come of age as the series progresses is great fun. Her characters are well defined and credible, and her research into Dublin makes the two main characters’ adventures and experiences there come to life brilliantly. Where will they go next? I’m waiting to find out. Danger in Dublin: JJ Bennett: Junior Spy is most highly recommended.