I downloaded this by accident. But since I did, I read it. It suffers from a regular YA problem for me - its slightly over-punctuated and over written. It's obvious that Chris Bradford is writing from direct experience, and the little details of Japanese history and culture are fascinating. The story is a direct Eastern flavoured hybrid of Harry Potter and Treasure Island, but no worse for it. I liked it.
Recruited into the ranks of a covert young bodyguard squad, 14-year-old Connor Reeves embarks on a rigorous close protection course. Training in surveillance, anti-ambush exercises, hostage survival and unarmed combat, he's put through his paces and wonders if he will actually survive the course. But when the US President summons Connor to protect his impulsive teenage daughter, Alicia, Connor's training is put to the ultimate test. She doesn't want to be guarded. She just wants to have fun.
Exciting dystopian fiction for reluctant readers "Gamer" by Chris Bradford. Published by dyslexia friendly UK publisher Barrington Stoke - this looks like a real book and is an exciting read that higher level readers will want to read too!