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China Clipper

China Clipper by Jamie Dobson
Jamie Dobson
On Stage Publishing
Release Date:Dec-15-2009

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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 one.

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 recongnize.

Reviewer Age:16

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 179).


Reviewer Age:18

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 trilling.

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 movie!"
-- 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 series!"
-- 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 accuracy."
-- 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 copy editor

"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 .

Dodson  - author of CHINA CLIPPER
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.

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