DESERT FIRE (YA thriller)
Nick stared at the mini-CD. It gleamed under the streetlights. Only the dying American pilot could have slipped it into his pocket. . . .
After running to the scene of a plane crash in Abu Dhabi, Nick Chevalier stumbles across classified military secrets. A ruthless terrorist will stop at nothing to get them. As Nick investigates the cover-up behind the downed plane, he crosses paths with an agent from a covert espionage agency and makes the leap from high school senior to teen spy. But he realizes too late that he put more than his own life at risk—his mother and sister are also in danger. Does he have what it takes to outwit a terrorist who wants him dead and save the two people he loves?
It’s always refreshing to find a young adult novel which will appeal to the older teenage boy. DESERT FIRE by H.M. Prévost is a tense espionage thriller that will draw in the attention of that hard to reach teenager. The suspense builds into an exciting climax which makes the book hard to put down. I got involved in the story quickly and had to finish it the same day. The setting in the United Arab Emirates was a refreshing change and gave nice glimpse into another culture. Recommended young adult novel ages 13-18
–Trudy Zufelt, Boys and Literacy, boystobooks.com
Desert Fire is a fast-paced thriller that will keep readers eagerly turning pages to learn the fate of Nick Chevalier, a seventeen-year-old kid who is thrust into a world of intrigue and danger. The characters are richly drawn, and the Middle Eastern setting is detailed and unique, giving readers an in-depth cultural experience. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an action-packed read.
–Brenda Baker, writer
I enjoyed reading Desert Fire by H.M. Prévost. The Middle Eastern setting is sultry, exotic, and authentic, and the ‘fish-out-of-water’ protagonist—seventeen year-old Nick Chevalier, — is a brave and inventive kid everyone can relate to. The action is non-stop, the villains are edgy, and the author’s skill at introducing high-tech gadgetry, make this an adventure all readers will enjoy, particularly those hard to satisfy boys.
–Kathleen Bullock, author of The End of Dominion
I had to suspend disbelief a lot. From the moment Nick, a newcomer and a Canadian, jumped into a Hummer with Arab kids he didn’t know, I kept wanting to say, “Dude! Think this over! You’re new here and don’t even speak the language!” But he kept doing stuff like that so finally, I just went with the flow because the description of the country and its citizens made me want to keep reading. The author has obviously lived a long time in the Arab world and loves it. Very nice read.
–Cheryl B. Dale, author