Double Vision: Code Name 711
A Linc Baker Adventure by F. T. Bradley
Review: Sixth grader Lincoln "Linc" Baker is summoned once again by the mysterious Pandora organization to assist in preventing an attempt to assassinate the POTUS — code speak for President of the United States — in Double Vision: Code Name 711, the second adventure thriller in this series for middle-grade readers by F. T. Bradley.
"It's a few days in Washington, DC," Agent Stark said. "A vacation on us. You'll be back on a plane by Friday. And I'll even call your school so you won't get in trouble."
Something told me it wouldn't be that easy. But then I was reminded of this big history test I had on Wednesday. It was a killer, on the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers — and I'd studied for roughly five minutes so far.
This could be the break I needed. "I'll do it," I said. "I want just one thing." I told Agent Stark about the test.
"Consider it done. I'll get you an A."
"Make it a B-minus."
And so Linc is off to Washington, courtesy of a quick-thinking fib to his parents that he was selected to be part of the Junior Presidents Club and this was the week that they had been invited to the nation's capital. It wasn't entirely a lie; he had been invited to the White House. There he meets President Griffin and, to Linc's dismay, his nemesis Benjamin Green, who he tangled with on his previous case. That they could pass for twins should work in their favor, if they could ever agree on executing a plan. The ideal venue for an assassin to strike is at a costume ball on Thursday, where Pandora believes that the killer will be wearing a coat first worn by George Washington, one that miraculously saved his life in battle.
Double Vision: Code Name 711 is one of those rare sequels that is better than the original, which, to be sure, is very good on its own merits. It isn't necessary to have read the previous (and first) book in this series to enjoy this one, but for those readers who have, Linc is more confident and self-assured here, clever and resourceful all while keeping an eye on Ben Green, who he still doesn't quite trust. The action is nonstop, there is a bit of a history lesson embedded within, and the dynamic between the boys and the President's daughter Amy, who joins the team, is really quite delightful.
And yes, Agent Stark made good on her promise and got Linc a B-minus on his history test. Double Vision: Code Name 711 is highly recommended.
Acknowledgment: the author provided an ARC of Double Vision: Code Name 711 for this review.
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Harper (Hardcover), October 2012
ISBN-13: 9780062104373; ISBN-10: 0062104373
Location(s) referenced in Double Vision: Code Name 711: Washington DC
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Double Vision: Code Name 711 by F. T. Bradley — A Linc Baker Adventure
Publication Date: October 2013
List Price: $16.99
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