The Impenetrable Spy grows up
By Kenneth Moore
"There is a great deal of Young Adult fiction on the market, but how much of it is written by young adults? The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer is actually the second book published by the precocious 13-year-old Spencer Brokaw. His protagonist, Zack Carter, is like James Bond written by a young Arthur C. Clarke. Framed for a murder that he didn't commit, Zack is on the run from his former employers in the CIA, trying to prove his innocence, find the true killer, and save the world for a second time. This book shows continued maturity and development of both the author and his main character. As long as Spencer Brokaw keeps writing, I will keep reading his books!"
For action, the name's not Bond, but Brokaw...Spencer Brokaw.
By P. Christopher Colter
"One CIA agent is murdered, and another, the dead man's good friend who has fallen out of favor with the agency, is on the run suspected of killing him. So opens the latest installment of the Impenetrable Spy series by Spencer Brokaw. In book two, Future Dreamer, Brokaw's protagonist Zach Carter takes the reader on a wild ride around the world as he tries to prove his innocence and bring his friend's killer to justice. It's a non-stop whirl of action, surprise, and technological wonders, and you will find your heart pounding every time you pick up the book (or e-reader).
Young Brokaw's writing style has matured quite a bit since the publication of the first Impenetrable Spy novel. The characters are fuller and the pace is more deliberate and measured. He has clearly done a great deal of research for Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer, adding an air of authenticity to a plot full of twists and turns that might otherwise fall flat. The inspiration Brokaw takes from films, video games, and other writers of the spy thriller genre is also clear, though the story is entirely his own.
This is a young adult spy novel, and I am a middle-aged adult, so I'd be less than truthful if I said all aspects of it were my cup of tea. I've not let that skew my review of this book, which in the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that Brokaw had me critique in an earlier draft form. His writing style still has a few kinks to iron out at this point, particularly when it comes to smoother wording, though I have no doubt whatsoever that he will. So, I am giving Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer 4.999 stars, but not a full five. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't allow for anything to the right of the decimal point.
Brokaw writes the kind of story that he, and countless other readers like him, would absolutely eat up. For them in particular I especially recommend Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer, though any action-adventure fan will enjoy this adrenaline rush.
Can you believe that I actually made it all the way through a review without mentioning that Spencer Brokaw is a 13 year old kid?