Friday, December 21, 2012

The New Recruit by Jill Williamson - Team Novel Teen Book Review

Argh.  This post was supposed to go out a long time ago, but due to a bunch of junk, it didn't happen.  But here it is, nevertheless.

The New Recruit (The Mission League, book 1 of 4)
Mission 1: Moscow
by Jill Williamson

Back cover copy:
Forced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization, skeptic Spencer Garmond signs on with the Bible geeks. But before he even boards the plane for Moscow, Spencer realizes this is no Bible club.

These guys mean business.

Stumbling onto a case involving a gang of homeless boys, a chilling tattoo, and the always beautiful Anya Vseveloda, Spencer struggles to find the faith needed to save the Mission League from enemy infiltration.

To start off, I thought it was a nice twist on the traditional teen-kid-becomes-spy cliche.  Okay, maybe it's not so much a cliche, but unless it's done nicely, it's a little bit dull and lifeless.

This book was not that.  By throwing in the whole Bible-club aspect, it made it different. Christian, without stuffing it down your throat.  No one likes having religion stuffed down their throat, and I'm glad to say this book did not do that.  Jill is very good about adding faith to books without making it...preachy...

The plot moved pretty quickly, the main character was quirky and likeable, and I easily read it in a few days.  The one thing I would have liked is a bit more action, but that's probably just me, being an action/adventure fan.

All in all, it was an enjoyable book, perfect for kids or teens.  It's definitely a book my younger brother would enjoy.

I think The New Recruit deserves 4 out of five stars :)

Here is the link to Jill Williamson's website:
Link for The Mission League Series website:

I received this book free from Jill Williamson in exchange for writing a book review and helping promote the book.  However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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