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Orca Rising by Chris Hannon - Guest Blogger Book Review

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16-year-old Ocean Daley needs to get away from school, his seaside town and wasting his summer working for his mother’s irritating boyfriend. When his mysterious Uncle Frank offers him a place at a summer school for a select group of gifted teens, he jumps at it.

But the school isn’t like any other, with classes in hacking, bike racing, psychological tricks and combat. Orca, the secretive organisation behind the school, needs fresh recruits…but for what? Ocean’s father co-founded Orca, and joining the organization feels like a way to honour his memory, as well as strengthen bonds with his strange uncle.

Orca demands each teenager push themselves beyond the possible and in return each student gets an impressive salary, international travel and exhilarating field missions — a double life. There is one catch. Joining Orca is a life-binding commitment to support their ‘noble' cause. For Ocean, it’s the challenge in life he’s been looking for.

Others might call it a trap. 

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Jennifer's Review
It's a very good book that I enjoyed reading. 
It's about a young man named Ocean who one day decides to join his uncle's "school," and he soon learns what it is the people do in the organization. 
He and another young man are sent on a mission to Wimbledon, and soon, trouble follows them when Ocean finds out what his uncle's group really does. 
I give this 4 stars 

Author Bio
Orca Rising is up for the 2018 People's Book Prize: please vote at before mid-October.

Bio: I met Roald Dahl when i was a shy, five year old at our village bookshop. Mum nudged me forward and i timidly offered a copy of The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me for him to sign, which he did. I remember a hunched man with wisps of grey hair and a gruff air about him, almost like one of his own characters. I don't think I said a word to him I was so frightened! But his stories inspired me to love reading, lose myself in fantastic stories, larger than life characters and new worlds.

When i discovered the similar, but just as thrilling buzz you could get from creating the stories -rather than consuming then - i knew i had to write. Many false starts led me to a Masters in Creative writing in 2013, then to self-publishing a novel (Perry Scrimshaw's Rite of Passage) in 2015. In 2016 i finished Orca Rising, a young adult book about a teenage boy who gets drawn into the murky world of spies. I picked up some professional representation on the strength of it and am delighted to see it published (paperback) on April 12th 2018.

So here's to the buzz, the thrill and maybe one day being the author who can sign a copy of his book and frighten some five year olds into writing!

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