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Traitor (Boy Soldier #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,397 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Danny Watts' grandfather, Fergus, was a Deniable Operator in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely denounced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus' name, Dann ...more
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Published July 6th 2006 by Speak (first published May 5th 2005)
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Orphan Danny Watts has one goal in mind: to join Great Britain's Army. He has the grades and the talent, but one thing is keeping him out. His grandfather, Fergus Watts, is according to the media a former soldier who turned traitor to England and is now in hiding. Livid that this man he's never met has ruined his future, Danny enlists his tech-savvy friend Elena to track his grandfather down. When Danny finds him, Fergus attempts to set him straight - he's no traitor, he's
Recommended for: fans of slow-developing, military/spy-themed stories with accurate linguistics and relatively flat characters.

Reader foxtrot. Reader foxtrot. Bravo One clearly losing interest. Lost contact with Bravo One. Repeat. Lost contact with Bravo One.

Couldn't finish this one, for both personal and impersonal reasons.

The impersonal: tension isn't very gripping, characters are all flat, supposedly smart characters are too slow/stubborn on the uptake... there just wasn't anything to draw me
Have you the thought of how our government can hide the truth from you? Or how corruption can cause admirable men to ruin their kid’s lives? Well this is their story.
This story is about a boy named Danny Watts who lives in an orphanage in London. He is trying to get into the Army, but doesn’t make it because of his grandpa’s deplorable reputation. His grandpa was in the SAS (Special Air Service) and was deemed a traitor after he was accused of being greedy and helping the drug dealers. Danny dec
Feb 21, 2010 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Claire by: action / adventure / spy story fans
This story kicks off a series Alex Rider fans will like. Set in England, Danny Watts is an orphan living in a group home with a great counselor and a really good friend, Elena. When Danny tries to get military training, he is denied any help and tasked with finding his long lost grandfather and turn him in as a Traitor.
Lots of action, great friendships mixed with a dash of governmental deceit keep the pages turning.
Craig Bell
I like the common English style and tone of this book. The author obviously know the military really well and isn't afraid to use loads of jargon. That's good and improves my vocab skills. I would like to read the rest of the series too.
Adam Orland
Traitor has its highs and its lows, but is overall a good book to read, especially if you are into the other books in the series of Boy Soldier books by Andy McNab. The book has an interesting writing style that keeps the reader wanting to read more and does not distract the reader. However, this in turn becomes its greatest negative. The plot is nothing too special and could have been a much better story if Elena was the main villain at the end since she could monitor Danny and Fergus at all ti ...more
Gerrit Holleman
I thought Traitor by Andy McNab was a very good book.The genre of this book is realistic fiction .Traitor was about a boy named Danny who goes on a quest to find his grandfather has been lost for many years. He eventually finds him but was being tracked the whole time by people who were also looking for his grandfather. When Danny finds his grandfather they both instantly become in danger and they have to do many things Danny isn't use to, to stay alive.During their journey James finds that his ...more
Bruce Wayne
word-lessly good

Who really betrayed their country?
Traitor, an action-filled thriller that will keep you on your toes. The authors Andy McNab and Robert Rigby, have worked together to create a masterpiece. The novel is fiction set in the present day. This book takes you all over England. The main characters, Danny Watts, Fergus Watts (his granddad), and Elena all very well thought out characters, all fighting for a greater cause. One theme of this book is family ties and when they thwart you, drive you an
Danny Watts is an extremely athletic and smart boy with one dream in life, and that is to join the military. He finished the recruiting camp obstacle course first, and he was a straight A student. He passed every test thrown at him with flying colors; he should have been accepted, but there was one problem. The problem is that his grandfather, Fergus Watts, is labeled a traitor to the SAS, so Danny gets rejected by the military. Danny is outraged and swears he will find his grandfather and bring ...more
This is the story off teenager Danny and his life-long goal to go into the military. He wants it more than anything in his life, but is denied the right to enlist when he is told that his grandfather deserted and betrayed his country years ago, Danny takes it upon himself to find his criminal grandfather and bring some light to the situation. This book appeared to lose focus on that main idea at times as well as stray away into other less interesting events, which was one of the only setbacks I ...more
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Boy Soldier is set around Danny Watts, an orphan living in London. His lifetime ambition is to become a soldier, but when he tries to join the army, he is rejected on account of his grandfather Fergus Watts. According to the army, Fergus was an SAS hero who sold out to the Columbian drug cartels. However, Danny knows that contrary to the army's beliefs, Fergus is alive and living in London. Danny is determined to find the man who stopped him getting into the army,
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Danny Watts' grandfather, Fergus, was a soldier in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely announced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus' name, Danny learns all the military code names, skills, and covert operations techniques that are second nature to his grandfather. When Fergus i ...more
Ben King
Danny Watts' grandfather, Fergus, was a soldier in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely announced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus' name, Danny learns all the military code names, skills, and covert operations techniques that are second nature to his grandfather. When Fergus i ...more
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Nov 08, 2011 Austin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Andy McNab Fans
Shelves: action
I really wanted to give this book three but I couldnt. I usually dont rate books bad but I had high expectations for this book and it let me down. It was a decent spy action story but it could have been a lot better.
The story is about Danny a seventeen year old boy who wants to join the army. He isnt allowed because his grandfather is a wanted fugitive. Wanting to clear his name Danny goes to find his his grandfather Fergus. He finds hum and Fergus convinces him he wasnt the traitor but the guy
I really enjoyed this book, more so than McNab's own books. The reason for this was that the writing was much better, obviously because of his co-author Robert Rigby. I have always enjoyed reading McNab as there is a gritty reality to them but sometimes the writing leaves a lot to be desired. This is ok because we was a soldier, first and foremost and came to writing after his SAS career.

This story was put together much better. You could see McNab's influence but the style was much smoother. It
I was bought this book by my parents one day,years ago now. I immediatly read it, as at the time I was really into spy books, such as the Alex Rider series, and the likes.
I instantly fell in love with the series and devoured through the rest of the series/ eagerly waited for new ones.

As I have grown I have also grown different tastes and eventually have grew out of these kind of books, however I felt I had to show my support for this series as for a long while if someone has asked me my favorit
Lättläst, spännande men känns enkel, nästan som en ungdomsbok!
Georgia Myers
i liked this not normally what i read but loved it. xxx
Apr 26, 2015 Peter added it
Good book, will get more from this series
This book is a page turner.
Daniel Bratell
Short and simple book, but entertaining. More of a young adult than a fully developed literary experience but sometimes books don't have to be deep or complicated to be entertaining.

The book is about Danny Watts, a British young man that just has been rejected by the army because his grand father, Fergus, has betrayed the SAS and England. Danny decides that the best way to confront the situation is to do what the army failed to do, track down Fergus and clear his name as a possible accomplice.
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Tom Reed
This action packed thriller, is the heart of action books. Gun fights, traitors, muders. Everything a good thiller has in it
Let's all have fun with Danny and Fergus! It all starts with Fergus Watts' supposed betrayal (hence the name traitor) of his country. Unfortuanately, Danny wishes to join the army and , because of his missing, traitorous family member, he is not allowed. However, he is not discouraged! He chases after Fergus to bring him to justice! It certainly kept me on my toes, I will most likely read it again, not for shock but just to enjoy it.
In my opinion this was an exciting and eventful book. It's about a kid named Danny who couldn't get in the army because of his grandpas past. His grandpa was an SAS agent but became a traitor and worked for a drug cartel that they were trying to bust. So Danny tries to catch his grandfather and turn him in. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about spy's an secret stuff. The intended audience is teenagers or pretend.
Oct 24, 2012 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: q1
Traitor is a very good book that tells the story of Danny, a young British boy, and how he attempts to find out what really happened to his grandfather. Fergus Watts, a missing SAS agent who defected to the Colombian druggies he was gathering intel on, is nowhere to be found, but when Danny deepens his search a team of SAS agents ordered to find and kill Watts enters the scene. Will Danny find his grandfather in time?
This book was a good book about Danny Watts a kid who wants to get into the military and have a relatively normal life. When he is denied that chance he will kill Fergus Watts for ruining his life. When Danny finally finds Fergus he is thrown around into hiding from the MI6 who want to cover up their deniable operator. Will Danny have what it takes to become the ultimate soldier and deliver the news to the world.
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Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment. He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

Trained as a specialist in counter terrorism, prime t
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