What’s the code? Tracker Hacker by Jeff Adams

October 12, 2017

A double life? If you only knew!

Codename: Winger One

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.

Review word and pen

Okay, I know that YA books aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. And if I’m honest, that’s really too bad because they tell some amazing stories. Tracker Hacker by Jeff Adams is one such book.

First off, the blurb? Not entirely true. There is nothing average about Theo. He’s got a presence from the moment we meet him in this first-person story. He may be ‘only’ a teen, but he’s got more life experience than most people will ever have. See, Theo has a secret that he can’t share, no matter how much he wants to. He’s a secret agent. Now, if you’re thinking along the line of teen movies where the awkward kid is thrust into the world of spies, stop. Don’t go there, because this isn’t that kind of book. Theo is anything but awkward. He’s a hockey player, gets good grades, has an awesome boyfriend. He just happens to help out the spies now and again. He’s content with his lot… Or he is until his father goes missing. Then things take an unexpected turn as Theo has to step out from behind the screen and get in on the action because he’s the only one who has the skills that can help him get his father back safe and sound.

This book takes several wicked turns and does things that surprised me. Jeff Adams takes a tale that’s been told before, but gives it a spin I haven’t seen yet. It’s fast-paced, well told, and may have you biting your nails just a little bit. With a cast of secondary characters that play off Theo’s strengths (and weaknesses), Tracker Hacker is a book you’re going to want to read.

Now, for those who have younger readers in the house and don’t want them reading on page sex, this book alludes to things that happen between Theo and his boyfriend, but there is nothing more than a little kissing shown. So you should feel free to give this to any child or adult who enjoys a great story!

 

 

Wrap Up

  • 9.8/10
    Story
  • 9.7/10
    Characters
  • 9.8/10
    Readability
  • 9/10
    Romance

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