Codename: Winger #3
Publisher: Big Gay Media
Genre: Drama, Action, Series, YA
Theo Reese is just like any other seventeen-year-old—with one small exception.
This summer all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend, Eddie, and work on his MIT research project. His parents have other plans.
An old friend needs the help of Theo’s family. Oliver Glenwood is an ’80s music star who runs his own label. His wife and his daughter, Sofia, now a chart-topper herself, are the targets of kidnappers. Oliver hopes they can eliminate whoever is behind the threat.
When Theo uncovers an even more insidious plot, the covert agency the Reeses work for, Tactical Operational Support, swoops into action.
Song files have been modified to steal personal data from devices and emit a tone that drives listeners into a homicidal rage. Theo and his parents race against the clock to stop this mysterious enemy from releasing the music on an unsuspecting populace and causing worldwide chaos.
Just when Theo thinks the mission couldn’t be more complicated, Eddie shows up in New York looking to hang out with his boyfriend.
No one ever said being a teenage secret agent would be easy.
Wow, this third book in the series threw a serious curveball that I didn’t see coming, but then could see it in hindsight. Poor Theo really gets put through the wringer, and I like how the tension builds still further and links back to what’s happened before. I picked up book 4 immediately after I finished reading this one.
This story picks up six months after the events of the last book, and I liked how Theo and Eddie’s relationship has grown in that time. The new piece of tech in this story is very cool, and I liked the part it plays. The idea of song files being modified is very clever, especially the way they’re used, and how they are not that easy to dispose of.
I love how Theo’s parents are parents first, and secret agents second, and how they support him through everything. I thought it was very realistic how he second guesses himself, and then can only tell a version of events to his friends who are concerned about him. The other villain wasn’t someone I suspected either. Blackbird is really upping their game in this story, and everything is about to hit the fan!
The mix of action, drama, tech, angst and romance is well written, and this series is on my list of favourite YA reads. All the characterisations are wonderful, and the plot drives the fast paced storyline.
5 out of 5 stars.