Thursday, September 3, 2009

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

The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells — the greatest power is the power to create.

Daniel has that power.

Daniel's secret abilities — like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses — have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn't have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond what anyone could imagine.

From the day that his parents were brutally murdered in front of his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List bequeathed to him in his parents' dying breath, he has located the killer.

Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father's mission—and to have vengeance in the process.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (4 CDs/4.25 hours).

I received Daniel X: Watch the Skies for review from Hachette and couldn't just jump into it knowing it was the second in a series so I got this, the first, from the library to get myself up to speed.

This one gets six stars. It was obviously targeted towards boys, but was still amusing. It was nicely paced, and the reader, Milo Ventimiglia (from Heroes and Gilmore Girls) did a very good job. The CD tracks were very bizarrely divided which made pausing the book unnecessarily difficult. You'd think that each short chapter would begin on a new track, but no such luck. There were also some rather annoying sound effects which could be distracting.

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆


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