This is part of a larger series of books featuring young Beck Granger as the hero. His survival skills and ability to work across a range of potentially lethal environments are explained away through a series of comments about the places he has been when he learnt the various skills either through his adventurous father, or through the indigenous people he has meet on the families travels. There are other books that have this strong sense of reality, that there could really be a Beck out there somewhere who has learnt all these ways to survive, and who could really be living these adventures right now.
Bear Grylls is a well known survivalist and his successful television series shows that he is not making this stuff up, he really knows how to survive these situations and that comes across loud and clear with Beck - although at times he does come across as sounding way too mature for his age. The storyline is punchy and moves along at a good clip and the reading age would suit confident younger readers as young as 8, but would also suit teenagers who like to read something interesting without having to tax themselves too much reading it. There are other series for younger readers and teenagers, but Grylls has blended fact and fiction together very well here into a very fast paced and enjoyable read that will appeal to both girls and boys (though probably more the boys). A great read for reluctant readers who enjoy watching and learning about all the survival skills Bear Grylls has to share.
If you like this book then try:
- Way of the wolf by Bear Grylls
- Survival by Chris Ryan
- Red eye by Susan Gates
- Arrival by Chris Morphew
- Man eater by Justin D'Ath
- Anaconda ambush by Justin D'Ath
Reviewed by Brilla