4 out of 4 stars
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The Weapons is the second book in the series, Points of View, by Tony Thorne MBE. The protagonist of the story is Horace Mayberry. Horace is a teenager who lost his eyesight in his early teenage years. He later got a new set of eyes. However, his new eyes were bionic. Professor Oscar Freeman developed the eyes in his research laboratory. Due to the highly advanced nanotechnology that Oscar used to develop the eyes, they possessed more than the ability to see. They were a form of government weapons. Did this mean that the teenager would become a secret government agent? What would a teenager’s work be in a government agency? Would Horace perform his duties professionally? Would he be able to meet all the qualifications for an agent serving in a top-secret government agency?
The teenager’s abilities were put to the test when a terrorist group broke into the professor’s laboratory and stole prototypes of a new weapon that he was working on. The book revolves around the involvement of Captain Horace Mayberry, the teenager, in recovering the stolen weapons.
I loved several aspects of the book. The author did an amazing job with the choice of and development of characters. For instance, the protagonist of the story is a teenager who takes on huge tasks in a special unit of the government. This made Horace a superhero. He helped to take down a terrorist group with his bravery coupled with the use of his special eyes. Another likable character was Aubrey Jackson. He worked closely with Horace in all the dangerous missions.
Through the recovery of the lost weapons, the author gives the reader a picturesque aerial view of parts of Europe. Horace, who lived in Kensington, got a chance to travel to other parts of England and Europe. The countries that Horace and his team went to in their search include Scotland, France, and Austria. Austria’s features i.e., mountains, valleys, and the dozens of old castles made it the most beautiful.
The only part of the author’s writing that did not meet my expectations was the development of scenes. During the recovery missions, the author makes the encounter with the terrorist group members very short. This is the part where I expected to get some real action and some sort of resistance from the terrorists. However, after Horace’s eyes did their magic, everything else seemed to be swept away quickly. I wished that the author could have added some meaningful twists and turns to spice up the scenes. If it were possible, I would give the book 3.5 stars. However, the author managed to keep me glued to the pages by creating a suspenseful story. Therefore, I give the book 4 out of 4 stars. Readers who love Sci-Fi books will really enjoy reading the book.
The book seems to have been professionally edited. The few errors that I came across while reading the book did not distract me from enjoying it. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to learn more about the special abilities of the professor’s weapons.
Points of View - The Weapons
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