"China Clipper" by Jamie Dobson is an adventure book set in the twentieth century. The protagonist Nick works for Pan Am as a mechanic while still in high school; he has big dreams of becoming a flight engineer and maybe someday a pilot. However, he is stuck with the FBI as he is involved with hunting down the murderer of his former boss. This is the second book in a series, but the author does a pretty good job of keeping the reader up to speed. There is much fighting and ninja action, as well as a lot of back-and-forth with counterintelligence operations.
There are some typos and grammatical errors in this book, but, seeing as how it is an advance reading copy, hopefully they will be corrected. Still, the publication date listed on the back cover is Fall 2009, so who knows? Anyway, Nick has a girlfriend (no graphic scenes, thankfully), but he does not always act as a role model. Sure, he lives a dangerous life fighting against the "bad guys," but, in the book, he has lied and almost leads on another girl. This book is geared more towards the male audience, but girls may enjoy it, too. There are some strong females in the book. The only pitfall the author makes is when he calls women the "weaker sex" (Dodson 179).
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA