Sword of Damocles by Brian Bern

swordofdemSword of Damocles: A Cade Knight Spy Novel
By Brian Bern
210 pages – ages 12+
Published by Brian Bern on September 10, 2013

Twin teens Cade and Brooke Knight are very familiar with spies. After all, they were born into a family of spies. Their parents are elite government agents with secrets even Cade and Brooke don’t know about. Cade enjoys helping his dad on some projects, like developing the J-phone. The phone designed for the President that will take the place of the nuclear football. The phone that could launch a nuclear war and still play angry birds. Cade really liked helping his dad but all that changes when the J-phone goes missing along with the twin’s parents. Cade and Brooke are suddenly thrown into a sinister international plot that threatens the world’s safety. The twins have limited time to find their family and find the J -phone.

The action and adventure in this book is marvelous! It really keeps the reader hooked. This is a very well-written and carefully edited story. The spy parts are very believable and realistic. I really enjoyed the story. Mr. Bern kept me on the  edge of my seat! I think that he wrote a story as good as the 39 Clues series, just for a bit older readers The book is rated as a YA but, the action and violence is totally appropriate for MG readers. The reading level is more YA and that made it more enjoyable for me. There is some cussing, but not much, and it is fine, looking at the age the book is meant for. There is a bit of humor too mixed in too. The book takes place in and around Washington DC, one of my favorite cities. I really enjoyed the images Mr. Bern created around the city. I believe that 39 Clues fans will enjoy this book a lot. Cade is a great character. You understand why he feels the way he feels. His mother was kidnapped, for Pete’s sake! Brooke is also an enjoyable character as is the whole Knight family.I really hope for a book 2!

I give “Sword of Damocles” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

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18 replies

  1. Well I am a 39 Clue fan, so thanks very much for this recommendation, Erik.

  2. I love it when I can tell you are really excited about a book. This one does sound like a great mystery and adventure!

  3. Well!You can’t really go wrong with such a mythical title! This was an expression my mother loved…when things were tough, she used to say something about the sword of Damocles being the incentive she needed!

  4. How funny that the J-phone could launch a nuclear war but still play Angry Birds! Nice job on the review, Erik.

  5. This sounds like a fun one! Wish my boys read a little faster, lol. M-Man and I have been choral reading the first Fablehaven book for several weeks now. I’ve found it’s a GREAT way for a low reader to READ (not just listen to) age-appropriate books. Only it takes a lot of my time. Eventually we’ll be on to something new. I’ll keep this one in mind!

  6. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story with you. I appreciate the thoughtful and thorough review, especially given how much I admire your work on this blog. With regards to a second book, I am currently working on a second espionage adventure featuring Cade and Brooke. I’ll keep you posted.

  7. I like when you get excited about a book! This one sounds like a winner!

  8. Erik, there is only one thing you need to do better with your reviews–get excited! LOL It is nice to know when you are crazy happy about a book. Makes me more interested in picking it up. You are such a fast reader. Do you speed read or just not sleep? I could use your secret. Nice review.

    I can’t imagine a president deciding to finish his game of Angry Birds or fire up an atomic bomb. I’d choose Angry Birds.

  9. The Damocles sword has always been a ‘metaphor’ for me rather than an actual plot line. Interesting take here, so thanks for sharing it. Plus Washington DC!

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