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Down to the Wire

(The Specialists #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,698 ratings  ·  78 reviews
GiGi is back, this time teaming up with electronics specialist Frankie, aka Wirenut, for their next mission. Wirenut has an uncanny knack for breaking into the highest-level security systems that stump even the experts. Which is precisely why he was recruited by the Specialists. So when wealthy entrepreneur Octavias Zorba hires the Specialists to recover a stolen neurotoxi ...more
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by SEG Publishing (first published September 1st 2007)
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Q: Brilliant, klutzy, drop-dead gorgeous GiGi. (c) is back with her all-permeating lollipops.

The Specialists team are embarking on being private mercenaries in this one:
We’ve been a private organization for a month now, and it has opened all sorts of avenues. (c)

The team's doing more made up pseudogeeky stuff. Frankly, it's so very made up that's its downright cringey:
I wove in and out of security barriers, tunneled through safeguards, zoomed around blocked systems. I designated principles,
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for

Francisco Badaduchi, or Frankie, can do anything easily with technology. Creating false accounts, altering IP addresses, and hacking into what are supposed to be the securest systems in the world. There is nothing that Frankie can't do.

Frankie soon takes on a real challenge. Apparently, the security system at the New Mexico Museum of History is impossible to get past. Fortunately for Frankie, he is able to enter the museum wit
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really loved Model Spy the first in the series. My review of that one is here. In fact, I really enjoyed it so I couldn't wait to read the sequel. The sequel did not disappoint.

I feel like the Goodreads summary gives an adequate enough synopsis of what happens, so I'll just jump into my feelings about the book.

I loved getting to know the character Wirenut better. Wirenut had me rooting for his successes, bemoaning his failures, and
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-series
Obviously, I loved this series so much that right after finishing the first one -- I dove right into the second!

Well -- I do read quite quickly and it helps that they aren't that long.

This installment of the series is just as light and interesting as the first book had been. I can see a pattern forming with the rotation of each member on the team being included into every book. I was a bit scared at first because I have the tendency to be reluctant to like series' which every book focuses on a
Teena R.
This is more like 1.5 star, actually.

I love teen spy school stuff. Big fan of Gallagher Girls, The Squad etc, so I have high hope for this. Sadly, it fells way way short.

The serie is about a group of teens who were recruited into the Specialits squad, doing spy and hired gun stunts. All of them are gifted in certain way and seemed to be orphan to some degrees.

The story was told by Gigi, a gorgeous girl whose talent is cracking computer code. The plot of this installation is that Wirenut, residen
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This was the first book that I've read in the Specialists series about several young adults with many unique talents who have been recruited to join a team to go out on missions. Even though this book was told from the point of view of GiGi who was a computer analyst, this was not her story. The story was about Frankie or Wirenut. He was an expert thief and master of technical gadgets that aid in burglaries. He had become known as the Ghost because of his ability to get in and out of places no o ...more
Douglas Williamson
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our heroine is ready for her next assignment and this time she is teamed with the hacker to recover a stolen neurotoxin. But nothing is ever easy...

This is the second book in a teen spies series featuring a group of smart and tough kids keeping the world safe. And while we may have seen a few stories like this in the past, that's okay with me as I am a sucker for spy stories.

As a young adult novel, the plot is a little lighter than many I have read recently, but then that is not a bad thing eit
Barbara Hackel
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again I remind everyone that the concept of brilliant teens and spying is not a new concept. However this author does an excellent job of making the books in the series exciting and believable. I couldn't even contemplate writing about some of the things Wirenut does in this book to access museum treasures that hold clues. We learn about his background and how he became a part of the Specialists. The descriptions of his methods and the precision involved was complex and believable.

If you like Ju
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved getting to see more of GiGi's story, but also getting to know Wirenut a lot more than we got to see in book one! I loved the character development and the slow reveals from start to finish. There's a hint of mystery as you try to figure out what's going to happen and what had already happened. With a few darker moments it still has all the same aspects as book one making love the characters more and more as you learn more about them <3 ...more
Heather W
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second book in The Specialist series. This is the story of Frankie (Wirenut) and the special mission he and Gigi have to handle. We also learn about his background and how he came to join the team. This story has a lot of action, adventure, and a bit of romance. I will be reading the rest of the series to learn more about the rest of the team.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sherri Geisler Locke
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
a bunch of teens with some useful skills and problematic backgrounds all form the specialists. These so far with books 1 &; 2 have been a fun interesting series to read. Good for Teens, all the way up to us "oldsters to read" Just a touch of romance but nothing big mostly crushing type situations. Some thrilling mysteries to solve with a touch of danger and intrigue along the way.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Maria Langella  Langella-Sorgie
Loved the first book and started the second immediately. I read through it in a day. The author kept me entertained again and on to the next in the series.
This is a great spy series with a little bit of everything. I received a free copy of the series from the author through Voracious Readers Only and it does not disappoint.
Grace Carmack
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book. Enjoyed the plot, characters, action, accuracy. Reminded me a lot of the Alex Rider series, but different. Occasional cuss word. I didn't read the first book, but this one did good as a standalone. The author was good at making sure I knew everything I needed to know without needing to read the first book.
Pat Eroh
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this teen series although it has been forever since I have seen my teen years. This is the second book and it is like the first, fast-paced with lots of action. This is a very riveting story that grabbed me from the start and would not let go. Absolutely awesome!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She needs to join forces with him to get a toxin back but it is not going to be easy. It is hidden in code with a time limit. Can they solve the clues? Will they find the toxin? Can they trust anyone else? See how they get on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first in the series but it’s still worth reading. It was a little hard to follow in some places but other than that it was a nice, quick read
Amanda Cole
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. Keeps your attention while you are waiting on the next surprise. Good read
Meg GlitteryOtters
3.5 stars
Monica Hunter
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books never get. Re reading and still as quick a page turner as ever
Robyn Baltazar
The action in here improved a lot from the first book, Model Spy.

Not a lot of faults here aside from the main character being super strong in an instant then goes back to being a nervous genius. I understand how adrenaline works but I guess that kind is too much for me (including having amazing fighting moves). Again, Gigi's brain overdrive doesn't make sense and lastly, I thought that Gigi saying the wrong sentences was cute...but now, it's kind of annoying and cringy.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, series, 2017
I decided that since I started Model Spy (because I couldn’t bring Wuthering Heights with me to work last Friday) that now I’m taking a break to finish this series.
Wirenut sounds like such an interesting character because of his speciality of electronics. I love TL because it is annoying about the whole “he tells you things when you’re ready” is basically just a way to get the plot moving.
5/5 for nostalgic reasons
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Down to the Wire is starting to get personal. It brings in Frankie (Wirenut), who is a thief like Parker from Leverage. He has a much darker past than GiGi. Unlike GiGi, he actually seen someone die. GiGi nearly witnessed her parents die, but her father saved her by putting on the oxygen mask first before his (I mean on the plane; her parents died in a plane crash on route to Canada).

It is wonderful to finally see interactions between GiGi and her team. In the first book, there wasn't that many
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th-8th graders
I feel that the goodreads summary describes this book well, and so I'm not going repeat it by writing the same thing in this review.

I give this book a 5/5

Great book! I can almost say I liked it better than the first book in this series. ALMOST.

I love everything about Wirenut! His witty remarks and fun personality made the whole "dangerous mission to save the world" situation a lot more fun, which is one of the things I like about this book. I also like wirenut's talent of being able to break
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
2.5 stars. Quite a disappointing followup to the first book in The Specialists series. The stakes in here are supposedly higher, but they turned out to be incredibly farfetched and unbelievable. A deadly neurotoxin is stolen and a billionaire hires the Specialists to find it... and, what do you know, the location of the neurotoxin is hidden if they just find and decipher three clues! Really??? Weak. The bad guys apparently wanted them to find the location of the toxin; if they didn't work quickl ...more
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
I know I'm probably a bit old to be reading this, but exams are starting tomorrow and since I don't know of many female characters who write code I find this series comforting somehow. Like a bowl of soup when you're sick.
By the way why aren't there more female hacker characters? Or mathematicians? Or scientists?
Probably because most writers are from the more theoretical fields, but still.
Nevermind, I enjoyed this book. It's mindless fun and it's a perfectly good way to lose a couple of hou
Karen Syed
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: I know the author!
Shelves: kids
Shannon Greenland has done it again. "Down to the Wire" has everything a reader could want, action, adventure, mystery, and even romance. Greenland's deft ability to draw the reader into the story right away and keep them intrigued is natural, nearly flawless. She weaves an intricate web of deception, betrayal, and emotion while keeping you teetering on the brink.

This adventure featuring the GiGi and Wirenut is even better than the first. When we meet Wirenut and discover his abilities, it isn'
ehh...this book was alright. I feel though that it could have been more serious. It is about teen geniuses who are prodigies at their subjects; whether it is computers, the elements, or wiring. In this case, it is wiring with Wirenut aka Franky as the main character. After being caught in breakikng open the world's unbreakable safe, he soon gets recruited by a group known as the Specialists. During training, Wirenut is called early on a mission to break into the unbreakable safes and retrieve hi ...more
Dec 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not very impressive thriller about a group of teens with exceptional skills, recruited by a quasi-governmental agency to undertake perilous assignments. This is not an original idea, but can be entertaining if well executed - as, e.g., the first book in *The Squad* series was, with distinctive characters and a healthy dose of humor. In this book, although Frankie is supposed to approach the world from a humorous perspective, there is little true humor, and the characters are relatively faceless. ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery, library
I thought the first book was good enough for me to find out what was happening with Gigi and the gang in book 2. I was a bit disappointed. Gigi continues to be more focused on David than the mission. I like a good romance in my stories, but it seems to be more of the focus than the mission itself. It was interesting to get to know Frankie. The "surprise" near the middle wasn't very surprising but that's OK. I also don't think the plots are as seamless as they could be.

I still see these books as
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