CODE NAME 711 by F.T. Bradley


From the "Double Vision" series, volume 2
Age Range: 8 - 12
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Amateur secret operative Linc Baker is once again tapped for service.

After proving himself as more than just a double for junior secret agent Benjamin Green, espionage agency Pandora once again calls on Linc, part-time amateur spy and full-time smart aleck, for help (Double Vision, 2012). This time, the stakes are even higher. Following a series of internal threats against the president and her family, Pandora springs into action, determined to flush out the mole and find the newest Dangerous Double—that of George Washington’s coat. (Improbably, Dangerous Doubles are duplicates of real-world items endowed with special properties.) With the assistance of the president’s daughter, Amy, Linc begins investigating the Culper Ring, a group of Revolutionary War spies that continues into the present day. In the end, however, Linc’s success can be attributed more to his radical skateboarding and his unorthodox style than his secret-agent skills. Improbable plot twists are partially remedied by the sometimes-irreverent and always-enthusiastic Linc. Pacing often lags as the plot is sidelined for a lesson on American history or a walking tour of Washington, D.C. Much like the first installment, this adventure suffers from a lack of originality. However, also as in the previous book, Linc manages to shine, making this worth the read.

Marginally better than the first. (Adventure. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-210440-3
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2013


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