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The Devil's Breath: Danger Zone

(Danger Zone #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  576 ratings  ·  94 reviews

He doesn't need Alex Rider's girly gadgets. He's much more fanciable than Andy McNab's Boy Soldier. His adventures will take you to places even Wilbur Smith hadn't thought of.

Soon after escaping an assassin that bursts from the shadows to try and kill him in the dark windswept grounds of his school in Dartmoor, Max Gordon discovers that his explorer father has also gone

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 7th 2007 by Puffin
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Jun 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jfic
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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
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil's Breath is an exciting adventure story featuring fifteen year old Max Gordon, a high school student at Dartmoor High in England. Dartmoor isn't a normal boys' school. Running, throwing, shooting, fighting, and other skills are taught there along with the regular high school curriculum.

Max rarely sees his father, but he knows he is a dangerous man who often finds trouble investigating crimes in other countries. After Max is out for a run and attacked, he discovers that his father has
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily Richards
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, easy read with a style similar to Dan Brown. Adventure takes you into the African wilderness with crocodiles and lions, running away from assassins and following the clues to a secret location and unearthing a deadly plot. The most irritating thing about this book was the name ‘!Koga’, but otherwise a snappy read with a good twist in who to trust and a satisfying ending.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book was okay, could have had more better story
Actionreiche Befreiungsaktion mitten im Herzen Afrikas

Mit einem actiongeladenen Einstieg in die Geschichte um Max Gordon gelingt dem Autor David Gilman der Beginn einer Trilogie mit vielen faszinierenden und wissenswerten Lektionen über Afrika, seine menschlichen und tierischen Bewohner sowie über die afrikanische Natur und Kultur selbst.

Der fünfzehnjährige Max Gordon lebt in einem englischen Eliteinternat, während sein Vater Tom Gordon unentwegt auf Forschungsreisen ist. Max selbst weiß nicht g
Not my kinda book. I bought it a few years ago because it was on sale and I've become much pickier with my books since then. The writing was decent. The problem was that it was pure action. No character development in the slightest. It's hard to care about the deadly situations the characters get in when you don't know anything about them. Max is pretty much a Gary Stu. He can even fly a plane with no prior training because of his awesome memory! Also, it seemed more like JF to me. Just the genr ...more
Grace Cooper
Basically teenager James Bond with slightly less gadgets but compensated by special abilities. I listen to the audio book which definitely made it more enjoyable as there's a lot of action and shifting perspective but not much plot. I won't be continuing in the series because action stories don't really appeal to me, but it wasn't a bad book; just a bit too writing by numbers.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
It was okay in places but was mostly rubbish with entirely mad plot points that made minimal sense and just served to make it worse. I didn't like it at all but forced myself to read it in the hopes that it would get better. Maybe read it if you like books that have some action and some weird spiritual bits that are mostly confusing.
Claudia Dragneel
Cuando compre el libro pensé que seria un libro de puro terror pero me encanto que mostrara lo mejor de Africa y sus habitantes y los problemas a los que se enfrentan, el peor enemigo en este libro es la naturaleza salvaje maravilloso libro. Espero muy pronto leee el siguiente libro y saber mas de las aventuras de Max.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slmta

If you are interested in African culture, history, current issues, and a terrific adventure, you should read this book.

Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action Packed. Reminded me of Alex rider which I loved reading when I was younger. The devils breath kept me interested all the way thru. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Max Gordon somehow always finds himself in some sort of trouble yet manages to just barely get out of it. Either he’s extremely lucky or extremely talented. Out of all of the three books in this series, I think the first one was actually the weakest one. I didn’t feel drawn into it as much and if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t realize that I had originally picked up the second book and was getting into it then realize that it wasn’t the first book, I might not have even finished Devil’s Br ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Edgar A
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do I start a review about a book that is so great just the way the author buts in little details where you don't want to put down the book I mean at first it was a bit weird but it only takes a few pages where it doesn't matter your just reading because it is so action filled. It starts with describing where Max (main character) is, and what he is doing, as it already starts getting tense as Max can feel another persons presence and is almost killed as he runs into a guns blazing field for m ...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
Cara Marie
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Ms. Yingling
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Nicolas Conway
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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
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May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott B.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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David Gilman was raised in Liverpool and educated in Wales. By the time he was 16 he was driving a battered 1946 Ford, ferrying construction workers in the African bush. A variety of jobs followed in different countries: fire and rescue, forestry work, JCB driver, window dresser and professional photographer in an advertising agency. He served in the Parachute Regiment’s Reconnaissance Platoon and ...more

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