Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer CDi
Nick is back in another book, but this time instead of
going overseas, he's back at school and has managed to get
a job working on the China Clipper, a "flying boat". But
some force is determined to not the plane fly. Nick is
sure his old enemy Miyazaki is to blame, but is he working
alone or does he have acomplices hidden everywhere?
There's also Haas who's loyalty has been shifty, the two
new kids at school, Rodger and Nancy, but they've been
behaving suspiciously too. Nick may just be alone on this
I reviewed the first book in this series, Flying
Boats and Spies, and thought it was just great! I was so
exited when I found out there would be a second book.
Although it is written with guys in mind (lots of
mechanical terms and stuff while working on the planes, I
still love reading it and this time, his girlfriend,
Leilani, plays a bigger role in it which is great to
read! I would reccomend this book to anybody! It's very
well written and clearly explains terms I would not
Reviewer City, State
and Country: Gearhart, Oregon United States
Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
"China Clipper" by Jamie Dobson is an adventure book set
in the twentieth century. The protagonist Nick works for
Pan Am as a mechanic while still in high school; he has
big dreams of becoming a flight engineer and maybe someday
a pilot. However, he is stuck with the FBI as he is
involved with hunting down the murderer of his former
boss. This is the second book in a series, but the author
does a pretty good job of keeping the reader up to speed.
There is much fighting and ninja action, as well as a lot
of back-and-forth with counterintelligence operations.
There are some typos and grammatical errors in this
book, but, seeing as how it is an advance reading copy,
hopefully they will be corrected. Still, the publication
date listed on the back cover is Fall 2009, so who knows?
Anyway, Nick has a girlfriend (no graphic scenes,
thankfully), but he does not always act as a role model.
Sure, he lives a dangerous life fighting against the "bad
guys," but, in the book, he has lied and almost leads on
another girl. This book is geared more towards the male
audience, but girls may enjoy it, too. There are some
strong females in the book. The only pitfall the author
makes is when he calls women the "weaker sex" (Dodson
Reviewer City, State
and Country: Staten Island, NY USA
From the Publisher
In September, 1935, Nick returned to Alameda High School
after five months in the Pacific. He'd worked for Pan
American Airways building island bases for the first
transoceanic airline service. Life aboard the supply ship
was a lot more interesting than high school Learning to
fly the big flying boats, and fighting Japanese spies was
His experiences forever changed the teen and he no
longer fit in. Nick's only respite was a part-time job
he'd won at the Alameda clipper base. Then a series of
strange "accidents" cast suspicion on him and his Japanese-
American mentor. Nick suspected his old nemesis, Japanese
Master Spy Miyazaki, had returned.
Nick's frustrated Miyazaki's earlier attempts to
destroy the clippers, but he'd been lucky. If Miyazaki had
returned, Nick would need help - but from whom? The FBI
didn't believe him, and most of his co-workers thought he
was imagining things. And those two new kids at school,
Roger and Nancy Tanaka, whose side were they on?
Join Nick as he confronts his classmates, a Japanese
Secret Society, and the FBI while trying to protect the
China Clippers. New friends, old enemies, and further
adventures await Nick.
"In 1935, America is looking for heroes. Amelia
Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and Howard Hughes are heroes to
some. But the real heroes are the honest, hard-working
people; the ordinary folks who do the extraordinary when
called upon. Nick Grant is just such a hero. From the
first page of China Clipper I was on
a white-knuckled ride through paradise with Nick, Leilani,
and the evil Japanese spy Miyazaki. I can't wait for the
-- C. M. Fleming, Author of Finder's Magic
"The popular Nick Grant series continues with China
Clipper, a fast-moving, fun tale of adventure, flying
boats, spies, and the sea. I love this
-- Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky
"An action-packed story that's full of intrigue. It
transports you to a fascinating time in America's past
with loving attention to historical
-- Rich Pearce and Ken Story, authors of Dorkman.
"China Clipper is a thrill ride. The action and perils
never stop as young Nick Grant faces attacks on his life
and his reputation while he helps Pan Am test
its new plane. And his problems continue at school where
he deals with anger and prejudice while making new
friends. It's an exciting way to learn about a
fascinating time in our history!"
Ann Marie Martin, Huntsville Timesﾠbook columnist and
"A terrific read! It's accurate, fast moving and filled
with surprises; perfect for young people interested in
history and aviation."
-- Walter J. Boyne, Best Selling Author, & Former
Director, National Air & Space Museum .
About the Author
Jamie started writing novels in 2001. He has over 30
years of experience in Counter Intelligence, Special
Intelligence, Signals Intelligence and
Intelligence Analysis for the US Military.
He's served with Special Operations, Army Aviation,
Airborne Infantry, and Military Police. He's been
involved in operations in Laos, Viet Nam,
Cambodia, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Iraq, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Guam, Samoa, the Hawaiian
Islands and the continental United States.
Jamie holds a Systems Engineering Certificate from
the University of Alabama, Huntsville, a Masters in
Computers and Systems Management from Webster
University and a Bachelor's in Geospatial Science from the
University of Colorado.
Currently, Jamie is a Technology Protection Officer
for the Security and Intelligence Division, US Army,
Aviation and Missile Research, Development and
Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Intelligence Division.
He is married to Joan Skawski, formerly of Chicago.
They have traveled the world and lived on three continents
with their three children Ian, Neil and
Glenna. They have a spoiled Australian Sheppard named
Gracie and have called Huntsville, Alabama home since 2001.