Wednesday, 14 September 2011

9+: Johnny MacKintosh 3: Battle for Earth - Keith Mansfield

Release Date: 01/09/11


People in London are being taken away in unmarked police vans, never to be seen again...

While trying to keep up with his school studies and ensuring his football team stays top of the league, it's Johnny's job to safeguard planet Earth.

Suspicious of the strange occurrences, Johnny investigates to find that alien enemies are feeding humans to their Queen on a nearby planet. He then discovers a more terrifying secret: the aliens are planning a devastating invasion of Earth.

The battle for Earth will take all of Johnny's and his friends' strength and resolve. Can they win? If they do, what price will they pay to save the world?


The third book in the Johnny Mackintosh series and to be honest I was a little apprehensive when I first picked it up. Not because I was didn’t think it wasn’t going to be a good story but because when you drop into a series part way through you really can get lost and miss out on a lot of the series in jokes as well as having a history with the characters within.

Sadly this was the case with this book and whilst I could appreciate a great story, with top notch prose and characters that seemed to be fun to hang around I felt that I was missing quite a lot. Don’t get me wrong it was fun and engaging but I really felt a little on the outside with the characters as I hadn’t seen them through the other titles. If you decide that you want to read this series please start with the first book and I think you’ll get a blast, don’t do what I did and try to start here. I will eventually reread this title after picking up the others but until then, it’s on my reserve list.

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