S.T.E.A.L.T.H.: Access Denied by Jason Rohan

Publication Date: 7 April 2022

The Blurb

They’re in a race to save his dad … and the world.

When his dad disappears, Arun Lal is amazed to discover that he was secretly working on a classified project and has been kidnapped by people intent on stealing it.

Along with his geeky best friend Sam and tough-talking Donna, Arun is plunged into a race to rescue his father and find his creation before the thieves can turn it into a destructive global weapon…

The Review

Transformers meet Bond in this adrenaline fuelled action packed adventure.

The children leave the security services trailing in their wake as they pool their skills and knowledge to get to the truth behind what has happened to Arun’s Dad. Whether police, security services, military, or the people behind the kidnapping they use street smarts and technical savvy to keep up as the clock ticks down.

Arun, Sam and Donna are not a natural team at first glance. The boys see Donna as trouble, while she sees them as a way to escape another dull day at school. Arun, with his level head and clear thinking, is the gel that binds them together, as the three get to know each other better. The technical skills Sam possesses are way beyond my capabilities and I echo Sunny’s confusion as he explains some of the gadgetry he whips up. Donna is forthright and street smart, with skills no child her age should have, but her sense of right and wrong is one that would put many adults to shame.

What I loved most was the culturally diverse cast of characters that reflect the city it is set in. Jason doesn’t shy away from tackling subconscious bias either as we see through early interactions between Sam and Donna.

An explosive first book to kick this series off, and I can’t wait to see what our young team get up to next.

Great for fans of:

  • Boy X by Dan Smith
  • Spylark by Danny Rurlander
  • Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz

Huge thanks to Nosy Crow for sending me a copy. You can find out more over at their website.

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