Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Operation Red Jericho (The Guild of Specialists, #1)” as Want to Read:
Operation Red Jericho (The Guild of Specialists, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Operation Red Jericho (The Guild of Specialists #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,104 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
For Joshua Mowll, it was the surprise of a lifetime. There, among the archives inherited from his great-aunt Rebecca MacKenzie, was a 1920's journal recounting the thrilling and dangerous adventures of fifteen-year old Rebecca and her younger brother, Doug, in the wake of their parents mysterious disappearance in the deserts of China. Now carefully re-created in a lavish v ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published September 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Operation Red Jericho, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Emily No it is not, but some of the characters were based off of real people. The story is historical fiction.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,871)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 18, 2009 Teri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun as well as amazingly researched book. The details on some of the fold out schematics (where's my spell check?) are incredible (if you're into that sort of thing, which I'm not, but still I was impressed). It was also a refreshing change from fantasy - the mainstay of current YA literature. And, frankly, I wish all authors would include some illustrations. How come only kids get pictures?
Sep 13, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Operation Red Jericho
by Joshua Mowll

Before I review the story I must say something about the incredible design of the book. The cover is like a old fashioned notebook or journal, rounded page edges and a elastic band to keep the book shut. Inside the book is richly illustrated. Every few pages there are beautiful illustrations, diagrams, maps, sketches, pictures and a number of larger foldout illustrations. The journal design and quality of the book makes it instantly visually very interesting.

Dec 26, 2009 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Miloš
When I was reading Joshua Mowll's Operation Red Jericho to my son, I kept hearing the foley effects, the radio crackle, and the commercials for the Army that accompanied the great radio tales of Lamont Cranston.

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"

"The Honourable Guild of Specialists knows. Mwaaaahhaaaahhhaaa!"

It may seem strange that a book published in 2005 would conjure such aural memories in a man born well after the Golden Age age of radio, particularly considering so many of th
Miloš & Brontë
Brontë: I love it. I love it all.

Pa: What did you love the most?

Brontë: Everything. I loved the drawings and the maps. I liked how the maps were drawn. The one that I really loved was the submarine. I love how they were waiting there to attack the fort, to attack the other guys and stuff. I liked it. That's pretty much it.

Pa: That's a short review, Të. You don't have anything else?

Brontë: You should go down to the other level and say, "P.S."

Pa: Okay.

p.s. Love it!
May 13, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
I really liked the concept of this book, but the story fell a little flat. The idea is that in cleaning out an inherited library/mansion of a dead relative, the inheritor finds a vast collection of notes and journals etc. relating a life of adventure.

Interspersed with the story, then, are photographs, maps, boat schematics, and "historical" side notes about the characters. I liked that part, but it bugged me that the story was written like a narrative rather than a journal. I think it was suppos
Oct 04, 2015 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to adventure novels, this one is near the top of my list, despite its occasional problems. Operation Red Jericho is noteworthy because of the inventive mythology that Mowll has created, as well as the action-packed story that he creates with this mythology. Although the story occasionally indulges in unflattering tropes and characters often struggle to rise above archetypes, he manages to create an awesome yet slightly flawed story nevertheless. This would be the type of story that ...more
As promising as the book cover looked, the plot didn't nearly convince me as much of the story. The characters felt archetypal, sometimes unrealistic and not very well-developed. The turning point was especially disappointing, as the author was unable to introduce the battle in any convincing way. The reason for the book to receive three stars by me was its layout, the fantastic cover and the way it was structured with all those additional information on the ship etc. Even though the book looked ...more
Tiempo de Lectura
May 06, 2015 Tiempo de Lectura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro lleno de mucha aventura, mientras lo leia me imaginaba una pelicula de hollywood, lo disfrute mucho leyendo, ya me hacia falta leer algo asi, quizas no sea un libro con mucha fama, pero la verdad es que me pregunto por que? tengo ganas de leer el segundo sin duda lo hare.
May 02, 2011 Christopher rated it really liked it
This is a good preteen, early teen book, full of chases, escapes, pirates, gunboats and mystical artifacts. The writing itself isn't terribly special, and it commits the sin of having a folksy talkin' character from (where else) Texas, but at least he doesn't have them utter horrible catchphrases like "Well burn mah' biscuits!" etc. All in all, if I had had this as a 13 year old, I would have stayed up all night reading it, and begged my mom for the next one. Plus it has charts and fold out maps ...more
Apr 05, 2008 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes adventure and trying new and different things
Shelves: favorites
This was a neat, neat book in so many ways. But the story itself, though it was very good, wasn't what I liked most about it- the little "extras" were what did it for me. The thing that got me reading it in the first place was the unique style of the book. It was much like a journal, with fold-out notes, pictures, and even blueprints to the ship where a lot of the plot took place. I loved reading it, and was quite sorry when the story had ended.
Ally Henley
Nov 08, 2013 Ally Henley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fun to read once I got into it. At first, it was sort of boring and I almost didn't keep reading it. I'm so happy that I did keep reading. The book was a huge adventure with twists at every turn. I had to keep turning the pages until I finished it. Becca and Doug are really entertaining together, since they are really opposite from each other. I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone.
Carl Nelson
Oct 30, 2014 Carl Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a place in my heart for a cracking good adventure read complete with dastardly villains, daring exploits, exotic lands, secret societies, and intelligent use of a deeply fanciful yet nicely explained Science! (yes, the exclamation mark is mandatory there). Oh, and pirates. And crack Asian warriors; dare I say Ninjas?!? "Operation Red Jericho" hits all those marks, in spades; it's an honest-to-goodness pulp adventure novel for YA kids. (Only bacon and Chuck Norris are lacking.) Add to tha ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO much fun! I actually checked this book out on a whim at the library when I was in the M's looking for a totally different book by a different author and this one was not too far away from the books I had actually gone to the library for that day. The unique binding caught my eye so I pulled it out and read the blurb on the back and was like eh, sounds like it could be good, why not. Glad I checked it out on impulse. I love the story, how the book is set up like a travel journal with the built ...more
Gwen Guerrero Maciel
Debo decir que el diseño del libro me encanto; el cuidado que tienen con el es impresionante, las páginas son gruesas y tienen acabado redondo en las esquinas, además es pequeño como si fuera una libreta, trae una liga en la pasta trasera que te sirve para que no se abra el libro o inclusive como separador. La cubierta es de tela y pasta dura. Trae mapas, además los artefactos que menciona los trae en dibujos junto con una descripción detallada, fotografías y demás. Sin duda es un libro hecho co ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Operation Red Jericho" is an amazing first book of its series. Two siblings, Doug and Rebecca were very good kids in school, until their parents were lost on a mysterious mission. They were sent to be taken aboard the Expedient in China with their Uncle as the captain to be their guardian. Doug and Rebecca embark on a voyage that turns into a great and suspenseful adventure.
This book has not only good writing, but also diagrams, maps, and other pieces of information in it when a new character
Paula Howard
Aug 09, 2014 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becca and Doug begin the journey of a life time. Their parents have gone missing. They have been living with their Aunt Margaret but have been a handful. They are sent to their Uncle, Captain McKenzie on his research ship, the Expedient.

Becca and Doug are give very explicit instructions by their uncle...... and just can't follow them. They find out that the"research" ship is much, much more. By snooping, they find that their parents and Uncle are part of an ancient group.

They are sent home but
Aug 09, 2009 Marisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is not in the usual format and I think because of that it took some getting used to. It is a mystery book and I am extremely picky about that genre... but honestly, if I were to give my heartfelt description... It was pretty awful.
Jan 28, 2008 Kyra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9 and up
just 2 things i have to say WHAT A GREAT BOOK! and you should read the second one operation typhoon shore
Feb 13, 2009 Denver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was pretty good for a historical fiction. Though they where always using morsee code in it.
Madame Reads
Operation Red Jericho has an awesome premise. Joshua Mowll inherits a boat load of old documents about a secret society his Aunt Rebecca and her brother, Doug, were involved in back in the 20's. A mysterious ship captain with an equally mysterious ship, an evil pirate lord, missing parents, a secretive group of ancient warriors, and a genius framed for murder all play key roles in the story. Sounds awesome, right?


Well, not entirely wrong. It's a good, solid adventure story, but that's it
May 01, 2014 PekeDevil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Hoy os traigo un libro bastante peculiar. Como habéis podido ver en la sinopsis, se nos presenta como una historia verídica, y al autor como el "historiador" que, tras muchas investigaciones, ha podido traérnosla.

El libro, por supuesto, es una obra de ficción. Aun así, ese rol que ha tomado el autor está muy cuidado, y durante todo el libro encontramos dibujos, mapas, documentos y, al final del mismo, un apéndice en el que podemos ver las fotos del supuesto archivo que descubrió Joshua. Ese con
Jul 07, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: level-elementary
7/6/11 ** If you're ready for some action/adventure mixed with pseudo-science and historical fiction, grab this series. If this sounds like an odd mix, well, author Mowll pulls it off well.

Teen siblings Becca and Doug only want to know where their parents are. The last they heard, their folks had started a journey into the heart of 1920s Sinkiang desert - they were never heard from again. Now, more than a year later, both kids have been kicked out of school and have lived with at least 2 differ
Michele Velthuizen
Interest level: 8th +
Reading level: advanced
Genre: adventure, historical fiction, China, secret societies, piracy, pirates, weapons
Series: Operation Red Jericho

Becca and Doug MacKenzie, troublesome and rebellious since they lost their parents, end up living with their uncle on a ship until their future can be determined. But they soon get involved in a mysterious, secret society, some nasty Chinese pirates, and a dangerous adventure neither of them ever envisioned getting entangled in.

This book
Mar 15, 2008 Dianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventurers
Shelves: bm, read-2008
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Very cool book holding a solid YA adventure. The book cover caught my attention in the YA/JF section of the library. The book has journal pages, maps, diagrams, definitions, and drawings supposedly by one of the two main kids in this cloth covered, very different feeling book. This is worth checking out for a minute even if you don't feel like reading it. The diagrams of the fictional ships and inventions must have taken some painstaking work, and even more impressive to me are the old-timey pho ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what this book was going to be about when I picked it up and started it – having never heard of it, nor gathered much from the blurb on the back cover. I was, however, highly impressed when I hit my first set of illustrations and fold out blueprint. This book is written in a similar manner to the Lemony Snicket books, but with drastically different content and tone. The author claims a relation to the main characters and has been given the task of chronicling the history of The Gui ...more
This is the story of two kids (Becca and Doug) who are in search of their parents, who are lost and presumed dead. They are taken on board of a ship captain by their uncle, Captain Fitzroy MacKenzie. As their voyage gets underway, they begin to learn many of the secrets of the ship, including the hidden submarine, airplane, an electric motor so it can sail soundlessly, hidden artillery guns, to name the biggest secrets. They also learn that their parents (along with their uncle) are--or were-- m ...more
Scott Volz
It took the first 50-75 pages for me to really get into Operation Red Jericho, but this novel turned out to be an inventive and exciting adventure story. The last third of so is real page-turning stuff!

The novel uses the frame of author Mowll's arranging and presenting the diary entries, drawings, and maps related to the 1920s adventures of then-teenagers Rebecca and Doug McKenzie, who have been passed around from relative to relative after their parents mysteriously disappeared a year before. H
Joshua Moehn
Oct 29, 2012 Joshua Moehn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Report by Joshua Moehn
Operation red Jericho is about two teen children are wondering about what happened to their parents that they didn’t know much of because their parents were spy’s and they diapered when they were young. So they do on a submarine with their uncle to try and get some answers and they discover some interesting parts of the sub like guns and battery powered engines and the uncle is the captain. The captain is looking for a sunken treasury and h
Dec 10, 2009 kingshearte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered this book when I was working up in the kids' section at Chapters, and I thought it looked intriguing, so I added it to my list.

Back cover: Shanghai, 1920: Onboard the research ship Expedient, two teens, Becca and Doug MacKenzie, anxiously await news of their missing parents... and stumble across their uncle's secrets and a mysterious organization. This is the story of an ancient order created to protect the world from evil and two young people who get caught up in an astonish
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 62 63 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance (Candle Man, #1)
  • Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine
  • The Secret Fiend (The Boy Sherlock Holmes, #4)
  • Bootleg
  • Creature
  • The Billionaire's Curse (Billionaire, #1)
  • Rice without Rain
  • All My Holy Mountain (Binding of the Blade, #5)
  • Venom and Song (The Berinfell Prophecies, #2)
  • The Devil and His Boy
  • The Silver Donkey
  • Shantorian (Trackers, #2)
  • In Harm's Way
  • De formule van Tante Kriegel
  • The Sensualist: An Illustrated Novel
  • Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates
  • Pirate's Passage
  • The Explosionist
Author of Operation Red Jericho, Operation Typhoon Shore, Operation Storm City, The Great Space Race and Beautiful Titan
More about Joshua Mowll...

Other Books in the Series

The Guild of Specialists (3 books)
  • Operation Typhoon Shore (The Guild of Specialists, #2)
  • Operation Storm City (The Guild of Specialists, #3)

Share This Book