The Devil's Breath (Danger Zone, #1)
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The Devil's Breath (Danger Zone #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  381 ratings  ·  68 reviews
WHEN AN ASSASSIN bursts from the shadows to try to kill him on the dark, windswept grounds of his boarding school in England, Max Gordon realizes his life is about to change forever.

After learning that his explorer father is missing, Max is determined to find him, no matter what dangers may lay in his path. A secret clue his father left behind leads Max to the inhospitable...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published June 7th 2007)
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Jun 04, 2009 Tessa rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Mar 28, 2009 Thomas rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hardcore Action fans
The two words to describe this book: Pure Action.

Seriously, if you want a teenage version of James Bond or Alex Rider, then this book is a must-read for you. But if you're a drama/romance fan like me, then you will struggle to complete this book. It was event after event after event with no time to let the reader digest the information. The character's didn't develop at all, and when they did change motive it seemed to be a split second change. The plot spun around a lot and was never really est...more
Mykele Miller
The book, The Devil's Breathe, is about a boy named Max Gordon who was jogging one night when he was attacked by an assassin with a pistol who was determined to kill Max. Max doesn't realizes then but the assassin has to do with his dad disappearence. Max goes on a mission to stop the evil mastermind,Shaka Chang, and find out where is father has disappeared too. Max Goes to Namibia on a airplane ,that he puked out of, that was driven by a girl who Max thought was hot. Read the book to find out i...more
Max seems like a pesky protagonist, the kind who couldn't survive without his iPod for 5 minutes; but once you learn about the special school he attends and the adventures his father has taken him on, you'll be more inclined to root for him. In this extremely fast-paced, but detailed, book we find ourselves on a whirlwind journey to rescue a young boy's father in the heart of South Africa. After escaping from a near-assassination, and discovering his father is missing, Max finds himself lacking...more
I have mixed thoughts about this book. Let me start off that I had to put it on hold for a bit because I didn't have time to continue reading it (Life has its moments). The beginning of the book was very interesting but at the same time a bit dull. Max Gordon is a fifteen-year old boy who attends an all boy school called Dartmoor High, which is located in England. The story begins with an assassin following Max as he is running through the remote part of the school grounds during his spare time....more
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Ms. Yingling
Far and away the best book I read over break is David Gilman's The Devil's Breath. It was absolutely spellbinding, AND is the first in a series-- The Danger Zone.

Max Gordon is a student at a prestigious and demanding quasi-military school when he suddenly becomes the target of an assassin! Why? His father is an international environmental adventurer and advocate who has angered some very powerful people. He's been kidnapped, and it's up to Max to find him. He travels to Namibia, where he must fo...more
I'm not sure why this is in the young adult section of the library. I guess because the protagonist is 15 years old.

The story's been done before - special boy now orphaned, magic prophecy, special powers, yada yada..... well, that's not what it was billed to be which is my biggest complaint with the book. The book is billed as a thriller about a teenager boy who has an assassin after him who just recently might or might not have taken out his only family member, his dad..... but no, we get a sup...more
Edgar A
I read the book The Devil’s Breath by David Gilman. It was an amazing book to read because all of the things that are happening and how all of this is happening to a teenager. To when he is being attacked by an assassin to finding his father. My opinion is that he has a really scary and fun life because he always has to fight crime and go on adventures. It would be fun to go into his life but always having to face a person who could kill you and you would always have to keep checking for someone...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Max Gordon is on the run.

He was almost killed by an assassin, his dad has been kidnapped, and he only has one clue as to where he is. Still, he is determined to find him no matter what kind of danger faces him.

With the one clue he is given, he figures out that his father is in the deserts of Namibia exploring a company that is about to hurt thousands of people. Those people know that Max's dad has found evidence against them and think that Max has knowledg...more
Kelly Thielen
A great adventure/survival story with a little bit of fantasy worked into the plot. Max Gordon suddenly finds his life in danger and at almost the same time, Max's dad, Tom Gordon disappears in Namibia. When some mysterious clues come his way and no one else seems to be looking for his dad, Max sets out on his own to find him.

Booktalk Notes: A great adventure/survival story with a little bit of fantasy worked into the plot. Max Gordon suddenly finds his life in danger and at almost the same time...more
This book is in the same general vein as the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz: a capable and resourceful teenage boy from England travels to some sort of exotic locale and faces a variety of dangers before saving the day. Lots of action and gadgets, and Gilman introduces a mystical element with the inclusion of African shamanism. If you are looking for high-stakes adventure and plenty of action it may be worth checking this book out, but you will also need to be able to overlook some aspect...more
Nicolas Conway
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By : David Gilman
with the mixture of intensity and constant danger from threat of assassination. Descriptive author David Gilman goes into a conspiracy of Max Gordon who searches for his missing father. His father was a Eco friendly promoter who went to Africa to find out why people were dying. His son searches relentless after him, meeting new friends and ruthless enemies. On his journey he will he will have to survive the harsh wilderness with the help of a bus...more
May 26, 2013 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jackie by: Aaron M.
Fifteen year-old Max Gordon is nearly killed in an ambushed attack at his secluded private school in England. He receives a cryptic message from his dad, an environmental scientist, that says he is in danger in Namibia and that a powerful, madman is about to unleash a cruel plot that will harm the native people and destroy their habitat...all in the name of power and greed.

Max knows he has to get to his father, who has more than likely been captured and tortured, to save his life. Traveling fro...more
Cara Marie
Oct 02, 2007 Cara Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys who like action
The Devil's Breath starts off with an attempt on Max Gordon's life; shortly after, he discovers that his father's gone missing somewhere in the Namibian desert, having discovered something serious enough to kill over. Max isn't one to sit around and hope for the best - soon as he can, he's off to Namibia himself, chasing a trail that his father may or may not have been left for him.

Max is nearly killed many times in the book; he actually dies only once. There's an element of magic realism once h...more
Scott B.
The Devil’s Breath kicks off in England at Dartmoor High.

We join our protagonist, Max Gordon, out on a midnight jog. He can hear the crackle of gunfire from the nearby live military zone. The English countryside offers a chance for him to practice for the Junior X-treme Competition. But, what Max doesn’t know is that up ahead a contract killer is waiting for him. Max, being well conditioned, evades him and enters the military zone. The hit man catches up to him and tackles him into a trench. Jus...more
I sincerely believe that this adventure story would work well for middle-school age boys. There are spies, intrigue, adventures in the African bush, evil plots, airplanes, etc. There is constant adventure and a pretty smart background plot with an evil-doer who is also trying to kill the main character's father.

That being said, I really didn't care for this book. I thought the white-boy-coming-to-save-African-bushmen-who-have-foretold-his-coming-through-ancient-cave-drawing plot was a bit hard t...more
I am doing this book review on The Devil’s Breath by David Gilman. This book is about Max Gordon he goes to a private high school that cost a lot of money. This school is not far from a active war zone in which max has to walk through to get to his house. Max is a very athletic kid he like to run a lot.

Early in this book Max was on his way home and he was running through the war zone and he was attacked by by an assassin that was trying to kill him. But the assassin was killed by a stray bullet...more
The Devil's Breath is about a boy named Max who finds out that his dad is missing, presumed dead, until he finds a clue from his dad. The clue tells him that his dad is still alive and somewhere in Namibia and in trouble. Max follows the clues and in Namibia he finds out that the whole of Namibia in in danger. He finds out that a rich man, Shaka Chang, has poisoned the underground caves that provide water for the continent and is planning to release the poison and therefore bring the world to it...more
This was a pretty good book. I like how adventurous Max was and I admire the loyalty of !Koga. This book had a very good plot and it was well done. The only thing that was needed was a little more humor because it was so tense everywhere - this would make it be a little less tense. The book started out with an assassination attempt on Max. After that, Max went down to Africa where he would receive help from Kallie and journey with !Koga, a young Bushman, and get help from Max's friend in England...more
Max was almost killed by an assasin. While his dad goes missing. Max goes out searching where his dad was last seen. Uncovering the mystery of the devil's breath. I picked this book up bcause i was bored and finished it because i was bored. I recommend this book to anyone enjoying a good adventure.
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One late night run, one ruthless assassin and one trip to "the vault" change Max's life forever. Soon he is leaving his best friend in England and making a new one in Namibia. Who to trust; who not to? One thing is for sure, Shaka Chang is the villian but what is he doing and why did it get Max's father killed?

Soon Max is traveling across the dessert with a bushman boy for his guide following clues from ancient wall paintings (that Max suspects aren't so ancient) and a Jackel. Ultimately he must...more
Ben Riggs
I thought this was a very good book. Right from the beginning it was action filled, it started with Max going for a jog in his free time, and an assassin trying to kill him, and the adventures, and action didn't stop after that. This book reminded me of James Bond movie. But some of the parts of the book were hard to fallow. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure type stuff.
It was okay. Not brilliant but okay. I thought I would try it as I really enjoyed the Alex Rider series and both Chris Ryan's and Andy McNab's books for YA readers and this was on the same line.

It started off quite well enough with an assassin attempt, a missing father etc, but once it hit Namibia for me it got slow and dragged along and then picked up again in the last 100 pages. The plot itself was good and well thought out but the writing itself seemed to make it almost hard going which you d...more
I couldn't put this down, and I did try!
A spy thriller tempered with African earth magic The Devil's Breath is an exhilarating blend of Horowitz' Alex Rider and Isabel Allende's Alexander Cold. The son of an adventuring scientist, Max Gordon is at a rigorous boarding school when an attempt is made on his life. This coupled with his father's disappearance sets Max on a wild search across Namimbia where a bush tribe waits for his prophetic arrival. Surprising turns, layered mysteries and themes o...more
Max Gordon makes Alex Rider look like a wimp. I would have been happier with a straight-up adventure; I thought the addition of Bushmen religion was unnecessary and borderline offensive--I mean, hey, it's the white boy who's here to save us according to our prophecy? Is this the 19th century? Also, the villain is named Shaka Chang. While this is unlikely to deter high school students, who are all now born after I graduated high school, I kept getting that stupid song stuck in my head. And lastly...more
Think of any action hero you've ever heard or read about, including MacGuyver, Jason Bourne, and all of the more recent Die Hard movies, and this main character kid is luckier and smarter than all of them. It's not until later in the book that Gilman introduces an element of complete fantasy that you start to really enjoy it because the fantasy somehow makes it easier to take the crazy insane stunts "our hero" explains.

Oh, and there's a heck of a lot of British language things that gets a little...more
a teen named max gordon is in grave danger when an assasin appears to kill him then later he discovers his father is missing and goes to this brave but yet very action adventure till he meets up with shaka. this book relates to ice claw by the same author david gilman max gordon is riding till he witnesses a murder of a berque monk but no one will ever trust but how can he show prof of this murder. i would possibly rate this book 4 stars because it has a lot of action but 1/4 of the part mostly...more
Julia Phillips
I'm a great fan of Alex Rider, Cherub, HIVE, etc., so I guess I am predisposed towards this kind of book! I stumbled on David Gilman by chance and I'm really glad I did. This book was excellent. Fantastic well-rounded characters, some nice plot twists, and lots of action. It's very well-written, a classic page-turner in every sense. I have bought the next book in the series and am seriously stopping myself from starting to read it late at night as I suspect I will not want to put it down once I...more
Rita Nelson
I'm not sure I'm going to finish this book. I've been skimming for quite a bit of the book. I am still curious about the ending. I finally finished this book some time ago. I will say that I liked it... but I probably won't pick up the sequel. It was a book that is full of action from the very first scene. I think it has the potential to hook a reluctant reader who is interested in action and adventure.
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