2011
07.03

Driffield Times – by Pam Norfolk
Published on Thursday 3 March 2011 08:00

“If you’re an adventurous teenager, what’s the next best thing to being a highly-trained, covert operative taking part in top-secret and death-defying special missions?

Reading an Andy McNab book.

It’s only on the pages of the former SAS man’s heart-pounding, all-action thrillers that we can truly begin to understand what is involved in being a real-life combatant, and now he brings all the suspense and excitement of his adult novels to the teen fiction market.

Terminal Velocity is the second book in his cracking DropZone series which features the rough, tough Raiders, a group of teenagers who front as an elite skydiving team but are actually undercover spies working for Britain’s intelligence services.

Under the guidance of their ice-cool leader Sam, an ex-SAS explosives expert who has seen service in active war zones, the team is developing into a pretty impressive unit.

One of the golden boys of the group is 17-year-old Ethan Blake whom we first encounter in the midst of a terrifying life-and-death situation during a skydiving training jump.

His canopy is in a nightmare tangle and if he doesn’t do something quickly, he’ll touch 120-135mph terminal velocity and hit the ground never to rise again.

If not routine, it’s all in a day’s work for the youngster who loves Danger with a capital D.

What Ethan hasn’t reckoned on is being picked to go undercover on what will be his most perilous mission yet – infiltrating a bunch of ruthless and brutal criminals.

For some time now, homeless teenage boys have been disappearing from the streets; no one looked for them until one turned up battered, beaten and fighting for his life.

He died in hospital but not before revealing that he had been kidnapped and then forced to take part in illegal, high-stakes cage fighting.

MI5 believe that the man behind the highly organised operation is an arms dealer known as ‘Mr X’ who has been on their wanted list for years.

They need to find a way into the cage-fighting syndicate, not just to expose Mr X but also the criminals and terrorists he deals with.

There’s only one way in and that’s to use a teenager who is cool-headed, fearless and trained in hand-to-hand combat… so when top dog Johnny gets injured, that leaves only Ethan to fill the breach.

His life just got seriously scary.

McNab’s brilliant DropZone books pack a real punch for adrenaline junkie kids…well written and plotted, full of thrills and spills and accompanied by a glossary that reads like an army skydiving training manual.

A new ‘high’ in teen fiction.”

Source: Driffield Times website

2011
08.01

DropZone:Terminal Velocity

Dropzone 2 – Terminal Velocity
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (3 Mar 2011)
ISBN-10: 0385617119
ISBN-13: 978-0385617116

Synopsis:
The Raiders are a talented young skydiving team – with a secret. They are also a highly trained group of covert operatives, carrying out deniable missions for Britain’s intelligence services. Under the demanding guidance of their ice-cold leader, an ex SAS explosives expert with many live covert special ops missions into active war zones behind him, the Raiders are developing into an impressive unit.

This time, the mission lands Ethan and the team in the most perilous adventure of their careers. The bodies of homeless teenagers are turning up dumped on the street, having been beaten to death. At first no one really seems to care, but then one survives long enough to talk of being forced to fight in a cage, and the authorities suspect organised crime. But they have no luck cracking the impenetrable wall of silence surrounding the organisation. They need a teenager, trained in hand-to-hand combat, to go in undercover. Ethan’s the obvious choice…

Go here to pre-order DropZone 2: Terminal Velocity

2010
06.08

Ok, that does make a better title. Apparently ‘Dogfight’ was a working title OR Amazon screwed up again (leave it to you to choose the option most likely). But in all fairness, the synopsis does indicate some (doggish) fighting!

Dropzone: Terminal Velocity Synopsis:
The Raiders are a talented young skydiving team – with a secret. They are also a highly trained group of covert operatives, carrying out deniable missions for Britain’s intelligence services.
Under the demanding guidance of their ice-cold leader, an ex SAS explosives expert with many live covert special ops missions into active war zones behind him, the Raiders are developing into an impressive unit.
This time, the mission lands Ethan and the team in the most perilous adventure of their careers. The bodies of homeless teenagers are turning up dumped on the street, having been beaten to death.
At first no one really seems to care, but then one survives long enough to talk of being forced to fight in a cage, and the authorities suspect organised crime.
But they have no luck cracking the impenetrable wall of silence surrounding the organisation.
They need a teenager, trained in hand-to-hand combat, to go in undercover. Ethan’s the obvious choice…

Buy Dropzone: Terminal Velocity now.