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Nov 10 2008

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

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Doubleday, 2008
(Age 10+) Daniel is a 15 year old alien, sent to Earth with his parents to hunt out and destroy a long list of evil aliens. Unfortunately for Daniel, his parents are both killed when he is only three years old leaving Daniel to fend for himself. Unlike Earth children however, Daniel has many powers that help him to survive, such as the ability to transform himself into just about anything, travel at turbo speed, and imagine what he wants into being, which together with a highly intelligent brain, makes him quite able to look after himself. Daniel's on a very dangerous mission to continue the work of his parents, which means finding the nasty aliens on the list headed by the very evil Ergent Seth, an alien whose main aim is to totally destroy Earth. In addition, Daniel is also determined to hunt out and destroy the very nasty Prayer who killed his Mum and Dad. Daniel's mission takes him across the United States and back to his home planet of Alpar Nok, during which his powers are challenged by forces much more experienced than his.

This is a fast, action-packed adventure that's quite graphic and violent in parts, including the fact that Daniel gets shot in the stomach and has to hold it together. Probably not for the faint hearted.
Marilyn Coleman

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