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|Hunt for the Hydra|
Author: Fry, Jason
A family of space privateers becomes embroiled in a solar system-wide conspiracy, all while the three siblings compete to determine who will become the next captain of the ship when their mother steps down.
Jupiter Pirates, Bk. 1
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.90
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 170814
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 63010
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/13)
School Library Journal (12/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2013 Gr 4–6—Following the catastrophic Battle of 624, Hektor, the Jovian Union outlawed space piracy but offered letters of marque to any pirates who were willing to turn privateer. The Hashoone family accepted the offer and their starship has been harrying Earth merchant ships ever since. Tycho, 12, is at the helm as the Comet captures what seems to be an ordinary freighter. When the privateer boarding party tries to collect its prize, the freighter claims to be on a diplomatic mission, but the "diplomat" looks more like a seedy space tough than a respectable Earth official. Tycho's mother, the privateer captain, decides to take the captured ship—and the case—to the admiralty court at the neutral settlement on Ceres. There, the Hashoones learn that more than 100 doubtful "diplomatic credentials" have been issued recently. Moreover, 16 Jovian vessels have mysteriously disappeared. The Comet and crew are recruited to investigate—a dangerous mission that risks their vessel and their lives—and could force the Jovian Union and Earth back into open warfare. This is space opera in the classic style—ultracool technology, sinister interplanetary intrigue, and thrilling space-battle action. Necessary background information is seamlessly integrated into the story, creating a fully realized future world. While Tycho is the main focus, the other members of the Hashoone clan are interesting in their own right. Half-cyborg Grandpa Huff is a particularly fascinating character. A barely reformed old pirate who yearns for the good old days, he provides moments of comic relief, but also represents a link to family history. There's plenty of sci-fi action, and readers will admire and envy the respect and responsibility that adult characters give to Tycho and his crew members.—Elaine E. Knight, formerly at Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2013 Life on the starship Shadow Comet is never dull. As privateers for the Jovian Union, the Hashoone family makes its living by seizing the cargos of enemy ships. After discovering a suspicious passenger aboard a captured ship, the Jovian Union enlists the Comet and her crew to help the government stop a cleverly disguised plot against the Jovian people. Captained by their mother, the three Hashoone children are in constant competition to one day win command of the Comet,and their dynamic is fun to watch as they balance their roles in the family with their roles as crew members. Battle tactics feature prominently in the narrative, providing a close look at the strategy behind the story’s action. Ship schematics and a glossary are also included to make readers feel at home. The first title in the Jupiter Pirates series mixes old-fashioned swashbuckling with laser cannons and politics, resulting in an exciting read with a dash of intrigue—think Star Wars meets Treasure Island. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.