Tracker Hacker (Ariel’s Review)

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: Ariel
Heat Level: 1 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.


Secret Agent Boy

If a computer wiz married James Bond you would get Theo Reese. He’s a brilliant boy who really knows computers. His parents are spies and he works for the organization after school in the computer IT Department. Read other reviews and the blurb for this book for a description of the plot.

I loved this book and it reminded me of a few movies where a teenager is a spy. This one is different because the teenager works in the computer Department, behind the scenes. This was a wonderful original plot. It had just the right amount of action and suspense and it showed his life at school and at home. He has a boyfriend that he needs to hide everything from and I kept wishing that he would just tell him already.

For being a teenager, Theo, acts more like an adult. He has the wisdom and knowledge and a great sense of responsibility and priorities. I kind of wished he would have acted a little more like a normal teenager doing teenage stuff.

My only criticism of the book is it was very technical when it spoke about what he was doing with programs and computers. The computer speak was a bit lengthy as well. It felt like this book was written for people who are computer programmers or know the inside of a computer. The storyline was so good, though, that I just kept reading the book.

I do highly recommend this book for those who love young adult stories with an established gay relationship and who know a bit about computers as well.

Codename: Winger series

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