Review by Magnify3 -- Code Name: Dodger by Eric Auxier

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Review by Magnify3 -- Code Name: Dodger by Eric Auxier

Post by Magnify3 » 15 Aug 2019, 21:46

[Following is a volunteer review of "Code Name: Dodger" by Eric Auxier.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Code Name: Dodger by Eric Auxier is a novel about love, family and a boy with a desire for revenge. It tells the story of a streetwise, skateboard loving orphan, boy named Justice (a.k.a Justin) Reed. Justin lives at the North Brooklyn juvenile home. One day as he is out skateboarding with his friends, they notice a man watching them. It turns out that he is actually spying on Justin. That very day, Justin is picked out for possible adoption by a CIA agent named Bob Cheney. Suspected to know information for which his father was killed; Justin is now a target and a protected person. Motivated by his desire for revenge; he accepts to be used as bait to capture the enemy. When the plan fails, Bob is branded a possible enemy and Justin’s late father a traitor. Refusing to accept such news Justin has no choice but to go solo. Can the 14 year old boy find the ruthless enemy known as Pharaoh?

The story is filled with multiple interesting characters. It commences with Justin, his friends Randy and Doug, other orphans and Mrs. Kraumas the orphanage head. Other characters include Bob Cheney, people in his neighbourhood, his CIA superiors as well as other agents and many others. Justin’s love for his dad shines throughout the book. His father is his hero. With his father gone, he finds himself leaning towards Bob. Due to the nature of his work, Bob cannot admit to himself the place that Justin holds in his heart. However, he stands out as protective and strict father figure. I did wish that Bob’s heart was not quite guarded. Nevertheless, he seemed very real to me. Justin on the other hand irritated me when he pushed those that cared for him away. In his defense, he did seem a little given to loosing loved ones. Randy proves to be a loyal and protective friend.

The narrative is in the first person. Told from Justin’s point of view, one can easily identify him as a street kid. Whilst I am not used to reading slang, the style did fit Justin and his fellow orphans. Even as the book was an easy read, the format made it a little crowded. The story builds up quickly and is thrilling enough to keep one reading. I did find myself holding my breath in concern for some of the scenes.

What I liked most about the book was the aspect of family. Justin clearly had a sense that family was more than relation by blood. Another thing was Justin’s development from a teen whose desire is to seek revenge to one that counts the cost. He comes to the realization that his choices can affect him forever. What I least liked was the fact that Justin had access to a gun.

I noted very few errors in the book, thus I give it the rating 4 out of 4 stars. The book does contain a couple of derogatory words. Another touch of formatting will give it clearer paragraphs. Being a young adult novel, I would recommend it to teenagers as well as adults who like reading spy or mystery books.

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Post by esp1975 » 16 Aug 2019, 13:19

Nice review. I am more interested in this book after your review than I have been after other reviews of the same book.

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Post by allbooked+ » 16 Aug 2019, 15:47

Sounds like a good read - and more people need to realize that their choices can affect them forever! Enjoyed reading your review.

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Post by Magnify3 » 16 Aug 2019, 17:46

esp1975 wrote: ↑
16 Aug 2019, 13:19
Nice review. I am more interested in this book after your review than I have been after other reviews of the same book.
Thanks for passing by and commenting. I am glad that you found the book interesting after reading the review.

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Post by Magnify3 » 16 Aug 2019, 17:50

allbooked+ wrote: ↑
16 Aug 2019, 15:47
Sounds like a good read - and more people need to realize that their choices can affect them forever! Enjoyed reading your review.
Yes, it is a good read. Our choices do really affect us more than we think. Glad that you enjoyed reading the review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 18 Aug 2019, 15:50

I hope Justin finds Pharaoh! This looks like an interesting book and has a great endorsement from you! I'll look into it. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Magnify3 » 20 Aug 2019, 06:30

You are most welcome! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is an interesting book.

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Post by Wyland » 20 Aug 2019, 09:05

Justin appears to be a brilliant kid inspite being an orphan. I hope he is able to get the ruthless enemy. Thanks for the wonderful review

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Post by sarahmarlowe » 20 Aug 2019, 18:42

I read the sample of this book and passed because I wasn't sure if the plot would hold up. It looks like it does! It's awesome that there is a theme of "family," too. Thanks for the review!
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Post by shravsi » 21 Aug 2019, 11:03

Your review made me want to read the book
Thanks for the review

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It is a gripping story! I liked it very much. I'm sure you enjoyed the book. Amazing review!

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Post by unamilagra » 21 Aug 2019, 18:06

This book has an intriguing premise. It sounds like there was lots of opportunity to explore family relationships, and I'm glad that was well done. Great review!

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Post by Everydayadventure15 » 21 Aug 2019, 18:19

I enjoy a good book where the main character clearly grows and matures through the course of the story. This book sounds like an interesting mystery novel. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Magnify3 » 22 Aug 2019, 13:38

shravsi wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 11:03
Your review made me want to read the book
Thanks for the review
That is so good to hear! I hope that you get to read and enjoy it. Thanks for the kind comments and for stopping by.

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Post by Magnify3 » 22 Aug 2019, 13:46

Everydayadventure15 wrote: ↑
21 Aug 2019, 18:19
I enjoy a good book where the main character clearly grows and matures through the course of the story. This book sounds like an interesting mystery novel. Thanks for the review!
You are welcome! It is rewarding to see the main character grow and mature through the course of the story.

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