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Sure Fire (Rich and Jade #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  883 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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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
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
Never read this author before and apparently this is one of his novels aimed at the teen audience but wow is this action packed and it doesn't do it justice just to aim it at that age bracket as reading it as an adult I found it fast paced from first page to last.
Jade and Rich's mother has died, they are alone and a neighbour is looking after them until the day of the funeral when the father they never knew turned up to take them on.
But it seems their new father is hiding a LOT of secrets includ
Evan King
I think the book was well written and some very good moments. The plot of this story was that the mom dies, the father comes and takes them home, he then gets kidnapped and they must find out who kidnapped their father before the kidnapper finds them. The setting of this story takes place in the eastern part of the U.S. and London. The main characters are Rich and Jade who are fifteen year old. I like rich because, even though his mom dies, and his sister is being negative, he pulls through to h ...more
Hudson Gray
Sure Fire by Jack Higgins was an exciting page-turner. I really enjoyed the action and suspense. Sure Fire was one of the best books I've read this year.

Rich and Jade are two teenagers who find out their mom has died. They have no idea they have a dad until he shows up at their mom's funeral and takes custody of them. Rich and Jade are not happy with their arrangement, but one day they find out their dad is in fact a spy. When he gets kidnapped, the twins must do everything they can to get him
This book was a great. It was action-packed and had many jaw dropping moments that held me in my seat. It used many ideas and facts that you see in everyday life, giving the feeling of how it can be real. Although it had some great ideas, many scenes sped by too fast to understand what was happening; some of these scenes are significant to the story and with more detail would help keep the flow of the story together. For example, when Rich and Jade were describing when the bad guys came to their ...more
Niko Harris
This book is called sure fire by jack Higgins and Justin Richards the book has not one any special awards but it's written from a New York times bestselling author and me personally i thought it should have won a award.The mother of 15 year old twins Rich and Jade dies in a car crash and they are told they must go and live with their estranged father, John Chance, who they have never met before. A bachelor who lives on his own, it soon becomes clear that Rich and Jade are not welcome.Rich and Ja ...more
After reading 10 pages of Sure Fire by Jack Higgins, I chose not to read for my second book report. I chose not to read it for my book report because it did not really interest me. Another reason I chose to not read this book was because it kind of confusing at the beginning. Lastly, I thought that since it was so confusing and not that interesting in the beginning why continue to read it. Because of these reasons I rated the 1 star . However, this could change if I were to read the book in its ...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
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
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
The Book Slayer
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
The mother of 15 year old twins Rich and Jade dies in a car crash and they are told they must go and live with their estranged father, John Chance, who they have never met before. A bachelor who lives on his own, it soon becomes clear that Rich and Jade are not welcome.

I know it's YA fiction but I found this very childish and quite uninteresting. Not nearly as engaging as Alex Rider. Dull characters. Doubt I'll bother reading the rest of the series.
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...
Sandy Stiles
Mix one part Alex Rider and one part James Bond -- the results are explosive!! I wondered why so many boys were reading Jack Higgins books in my library, and now I know why. This is a great action-packed novel. Higgins knows his clientele and leaves a lot of descriptive prose out. What is left is just a huge dose of adventure for our two twin, British, teenagers. Read it for the fun of it!
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
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
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
A quick adventure/spy story in the same basic category as Young Bond, Young Sherlock Holmes, and Alex Rider. I don't know if it is quite as good as those but not a bad book to read either.
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.
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
Erick Exil
I actually loved it. The action and the ending
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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
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