Mission Survival: Gold of the Gods
This is the first in a series of seven adventure stories about Beck Granger, a 13-year-old boy with survival skills to rival the book’s famous author, Bear Grylls.
The action takes place in Colombia and begins with a carnival and a kidnapping that sets Beck and two feisty companions off on a rescue mission through the rainforest. They require all of Beck’s knowledge to stave off starvation, snakes and howler monkeys in a fastpaced story complete with a pet parakeet and a legendary City of Gold.
Whatever you think of the Bear Grylls brand, it lends wonderful credibility to the many real survival tips woven into the story that I think young readers will love. The ending is a bit abrupt but a final information section on knots and a taster of the first three chapters of the next book in the series are a nice touch.
- Dr Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh