Title: Tracker Hacker (Codename: Winger #1)
Author: Jeff Adams
Publisher: Harmon Ink Press
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense, YA
Page Count: 194 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Theo Reese is just an average high school student with a passion for hockey and an uncanny talent when it comes to computers… at least on the surface.
What his teammates, fellow students, and even his boyfriend don’t realize is that Theo leads a double life. When he’s not putting up his facade of normal, Theo is working as an agent for Tactical Operational Support, where his technical genius is more than just a hobby. At sixteen he is responsible for helping agents in the field and keeping the TOS network secure.
It’s a secret he has to keep—from everyone.
But secrecy becomes even harder when a hacker compromises the system TOS uses to track its agents and Theo’s dad goes missing. Theo must find him and stop the hacker, which means leaving the comfort of his computer screen and venturing into a very real and very deadly world.
And if that’s not enough to deal with, all the secrecy is really putting a strain on Theo’s love life.
This is book one in the Codename: Winger series.
I enjoyed this book a lot. Theo and Eddie were adorable together. I think what I liked the most about it were the moments they shared and how aged appropriate they seemed. I’d read YA books before, they aren’t my favorite genre because I feel frequently that the characters attitude doesn’t match their age. I didn’t have the same problem here. I think Theo’s reactions to events, his emotions and general way to act, was exactly what I could expect from someone his age, the same with Eddie.
I was easily involved in the story, but there were moments in the middle of the book where I lost interest. I was back on track at the end with some very interesting events and overall I liked it very much. The plot was great. I was worried all the time about how things might work with Eddie and whether Theo might tell him what was going on or deal with the consequences. I think the biggest issues I had with the book were the tech stuff. I struggle a lot trying to understand what everything they were saying meant, and fail horrendously. That was the reason why I lost interest at times, when I didn’t understand because, even though it was part of the story, I think there were too much details about tech. The mystery part of the book was nice, it had some ups and downs but near the end everything was very exciting.
I also had some issues trying to remember everyone’s name and code name, it became frustrating at times and I had to stop and think who they were talking about, while I keep reading it got better but it wasn’t that easy. I had an especial soft point for the villains, I felt very intrigued by them and I would love to know more about them.
Another thing I liked was the family. When mom was being just mom and not the agent, and the interactions between every member of the family were very caring and sweet. Overall this was a great book. I had some problems with it but I guess it had more to do with my lack of knowledge about technology than the story itself.