Sure Fire (Rich and Jade, #1)
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Sure Fire (Rich and Jade #1)

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The first young adult novel from legendary New York Times- bestselling author Jack Higgins.

For thirty years, Jack Higgins has enraptured adult readers with his thrilling tales of spies and intrigue. Now, for the first time he brings his bestselling touch to the world of teens with an adventure to remember.

For fifteen-year-old twins Rich and Jade, their lives have just be...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Putnam Juvenile
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I came to this book reluctantly. I saw it and thought that it was a copy of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider novels, and it is. But it's better. Much better.

The teaming of spy/adventure veteran Jack Higgins with Justin Richards means that Higgins did some of the research and the outline, while Richards did the writing. Richards adds fresh blood to Higgins style, which, in the adult side of things, has been noticably dragging over the last four or five years, if not longer. Richards adds gadgetry t...more
Anay Dalal
Verygood.Full of action and adventure.Very well-written story.Fast-moving story.It starts somewhere and ends elsewhere.I would reccomend this book to those who are 13 or 14 as it contains a bitof violence.The adaptability of Jack Higgins is tested here and he has shown that he is one of the best authors in adventure.A bookwith all the ingredients of an interesting and nail-biting adventure novel.
Higgins has written successfully for adults, but this foray into YA isn't what I'd hoped for. The problem is Anthony Horowitz and Robert Muchamore have already written completely satisfying action-adventures for teens, and this isn't as good. The opening scene sets a good pace with guns and explosions and a speeding escape, but the following 30 pages grind to a complete halt for the sake of laying out back-story and characters. Who then never develop. But they do talk and listen to cell phones....more
Burt Gesner
Sure Fire by Jack Higgins was an action packed thriller that took place in side by side settings in Ukraine's Krejikistan and London. Fifteen year old twins Jade and Rich have no choice but to grow up fast when their mother died, and there father who they had never met before was now taking care of them. They were moving from New York to London where there father John Chance lived. He was rarely home because his mysterious job that fuels the curiosity of the kid's minds. When their father goes...more
While the pace was good and the writing relatively engaging, I found the plot of this supposed thriller to be entirely too predictable. The lack of physical description except for the key plot point worked light a spotlight, outlining the central plot before the reader even had a chance to realize the plot started. Jade comes off as whiny and almost painfully slow, and her supposed gifts with athleticism and health barely making an appearance while Rich's bookish cleverness saves the day more th...more
Sure fire is a pretty detailed and exciting book to read. It is pretty slow to begin with but gets pretty good throughout the story. It has a lot of cliffhangers which I like because it helps me to keep reading because I dont like to read. I recommend this book to pretty much anyone that likes adventureous books with little cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. At the beginning of the book, the new kids' mom dies of getting hit by a car, which where she was when she got hit comes back to them...more
This was such a well written book- you didn't even notice all of the description that Jack Higgins planted into your mind while reading it, all you saw were the vivid pictures of every event and the wonderfully developed main characters. I was hanging on to Higgins's every word from the beginning when the children meet their father- just as everyone says, he is an unbelievably good story teller and has such talent that this book will make you crawl on your knees for more... I felt as if I were w...more
Ms. Patterson
SURE FIRE is the first book in a series about twins Rich and Jade Chance and their father John Chance. At the start of the story Rich and Jade meet their dad for the first time at their mom's funeral. Chance didn't know anything about the twins until Social Services contacted him about his wife's death and their existence. The "getting to know you" part is awkward for the newly-introduced family. And, then before things can settle down into a regular life, Chance disappears. The twins find out t...more
When I remembered that this was the author who wrote The Eagle Has Landed, I was immediately excited that he, Jack Higgins, had decided to venture into young adult literature. I was forced to read "the Eagle has Landed" over Christmas break last year for school, but I loved it.

Now that Jack Higgins has perhaps toned down, I think he made quite an effort, with the help of Justin Richards, to make an entertaining young adult action book.

Sure Fire follows Jade and Rich, two twins who recently los...more
SURE FIRE follows the adventures of Rich and Jade, twins who lost their mother in a tragic car accident. At the funeral a mysterious man appears who they quickly find to be their father. Forced to stay with him in his tiny apartment the twins start to discover things about him they would never have guessed and are thrown into a world of lies, guns, and explosions.

Sure Fire keeps you turning pages, loaded with action, adventure, deception, twists, humor, and lots of gun fights!

Rich is the more bo...more
Patrick N
This story was pretty good. It was an action packed thriller, but it was almost the same as the book that I read about him the last time. In this story, John Chance is a spy for an oil company called the KOS. The story takes place in England. John Chance supposedly stole a new formula when added to petrol and other fuels, it makes them far more efficient. Airliners can travel further and longer on less fuel. The scientist who created the formula was in a bad accident and all of his notes were bu...more
Tyler R
The audience that I would recommend this book to is teenagers. Ages from 13-17. I would recommend this to these ages because it has action and mystery. Also the characters are both 15 years old and how they get through life. The story is named Sure Fire. The story starts out as the two 15 years old Jade and Rich, there are living together with there mother but them do not know where their father. But there is bad thing that happens. There mom dies in a tragic car accident and now they go to thei...more
When fifteen-year-old twins Rich and Jade lose their mother in a car accident, their estranged father is summoned to look after them. But he intends to separate them, put them in different boarding school so he doesn't have to worry about them. When he's kidnapped by thugs, the twins learn that their father is an industrial spy looking to deal a blow to a corrupt oil company. Rich and Jade need to save him. As you can see, this book is similar to 'Stormbreaker', turning kids into spies. It doesn...more
Clare Cannon
Apr 29, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12-16 years
Shelves: 13-15yrs
A fast-paced read for action lovers. After their mother dies in a car accident, Jade and Rich have to go to live with their estranged father, whom they've never met before.

Things don't seem quite right at his appartment, the phone has a scrambler attached to it, there's no food in the house, and their father throws all his mail straight into the rubbish. And on top of that, he doesn't seem too keen on having them with him.

Then they witness his capture, and realise they have to do something......more
Ted Duke
A great read. You will quickly like the twins.

Rich is sharp and Jade is practicing for Superwoman. Some improbable scenes, and probably some impossible scenes, but that's normal in a Jack Higgins book, isn't it?

I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. Well developed characters and an interesting story.

Kyle C
I have recently finished reading Sure Fire by Jack Higgins. This is the first book in his series. This book is about two kids Jade and Rich and jade whose mother just died. There father showed up at the funeral that they have never seem. They go back to live with him and find out that he is a secret agent and that will get them all into a lot of trouble.

My reaction to the book is that it was very action packed and never got boring you were always wondering what would happen next. I never really...more
sure fire is a good thrilling book with lots of gun fire and explosions were a brother and a sister had just lost their mum and are shiped of to live with their dad whom they never met. The chance twins are introduced into an action life which they hope becomes normal kids with a normal dad not a super spy. Life will turn upside down for the chance twins as thier dad is kidnapped.

people who love action thrillers will be surprised as two young teens risk thier lives for the last of their living...more
When their mother dies, twins Rich and Jade are introduced to their mysterious father, John Chance. When they first move in with their father, Jade is not very excepting. She constantly complains about his lifestyle, his secrets and his housekeeping skills. Rich tries to get her to lighten up, but she just does not like her father. However, she does start to care about him when he is mysteriously kidnapped out of the blue. It turns out that their father is a spy, and they will do anything to get...more
Timothy Coen
Just your same old action book, basically the same thing as Alex Rider, except less action. Not my favorite, but a decent book to read.
Ryoma Echizen
Jack Higgins' Sure Fire book by Jack Higgins is a popular book for teens. This book talks about a young boy and girl names Jade and Rich who before lives with old daddy and now lives with a dad that's a spy. He's stolen from a spying mission by Vinshinsky and now Jade and Rich has to stop him. Will they stop Vinshinsky evils plan and save their dad?

I picked up this book because the cover looked interesting.

I finished this book because I can't let go of the book.

I think I would recommend this...more
Will Hogarth
Typical Higgins, but this time for the YA market.

Full of action and well written.
I think that the book was good. It had a lot of action in it. I prefer the people that like battles and wars would like the book. It interested me because there were a lot of different events going on at once. It was about two kids that ended up with their father. The problem is that they know that their father has already left them before so they think that he is trying to get ride of them by sending them to boarding schools. The kids are to close to go to separate boarding schools. Nothing wil...more
I really enjoyed Sure Fire. All the action and suspense really made it a great book. I loved how Jack Higgins puts Rich and Jade (the main characters) in London, because i love London. I think London is the perfect place for action and suspense. I also really like how the author made the Rich and Jade fifteen years old, because it really allowed me to relate to some of their problems. Overall Sure Fire was one of the best books I've read and is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys action and...more
Shay Talton
The book I have read is Sure Fire by Jack Higgins.The twins Rich,Jade and Chance,meet there dad at there moms funeral.Then chance gets kidnapped at the funeral and that's when the mission starts.This book would be a Aphrodite for 6th graders and up.I also recommend people that like action books should read this book,I believe that they would really enjoy this book and would want to continue the series.
I was definitely not in the target audience for this book. The library had it in Young Adult, but I didn't think it would really interest a teen. The overall effect of the book was pretty tame for its genre. I would have no qualms about handing this to 9-12 year olds. Not enough action or adventure or even plot twists to keep my interest, but I can see a young reader liking it maybe.
T.M. Carper
A lite thriller aimed at teens. Filled with tons of action and dialogue, little description, and not too many pages, even reluctant readers will enjoy this.

Good for young teens/advanced readers. A modern day set of twin sleuths sent to live with the father they never knew are drawn into the spy world and have to survive with their wits.
Ryan G
in this book there are two kids a boy and girl who where orphans until there father came to get them. The dad was always working when one night he went to a junk yard and was captured.So they got help and where betrayed. I love this book because its exciting and fantastic.That is what i liked i did not like all the death. I liked it know its your turn.
Al Cormier
I am glad Jack Higgins got together with Justin Richards to write this action/thriller for young people! Rich and Jade lose a mother and are thrust at their father--and into the shadowy world of international espionage. A great read for teens and adults. And, if you like this series, you will also like Anthony Horowitz's Alex Ryder series :o)
Total action packed entertainer...!!!!
If you like the Alex Rider series for YA, then you will love this book. It is another James Bond for kids book. full of action, adventure and unrealistic things happening to an older 16 year old boy and his sister. That is the good news, the main characters in the book will appeal to boys and girls, since they are a team.
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Jack Higgins is the pseudonym of Harry Patterson (b. 1929), the New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy thrillers, including The Eagle Has Landed and The Wolf at the Door. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Patterson grew up in Belfast, Northern Irelan...more
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