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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,932 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Danny Watts' grandfather, Fergus, was a Deniable Operator in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely denounced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus' name, ...more
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Published July 6th 2006 by Speak (first published May 5th 2005)
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Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Claire by: action / adventure / spy story fans
This story kicks off a series Alex Rider fans will like. Set in England, Danny Watts is an orphan living in a group home with a great counselor and a really good friend, Elena. When Danny tries to get military training, he is denied any help and tasked with finding his long lost grandfather and turn him in as a Traitor.
Lots of action, great friendships mixed with a dash of governmental deceit keep the pages turning.
Jake Fleming
it was ok i liked the fact that it was very good facts about the army
Craig Bell
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the common English style and tone of this book. The author obviously know the military really well and isn't afraid to use loads of jargon. That's good and improves my vocab skills. I would like to read the rest of the series too.
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Melinda Dye - Adventure

Orphan Danny Watts has one goal in mind: to join Great Britain's Army. He has the grades and the talent, but one thing is keeping him out. His grandfather, Fergus Watts, is according to the media a former soldier who turned traitor to England and is now in hiding. Livid that this man he's never met has ruined his future, Danny enlists his tech-savvy friend Elena to track his grandfather down. When Danny finds him, Fergus attempts to set him straight - he's no traitor, he's
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about a young man named Danny Watts who wants to join the Great Britain's Army. He meets all the requirements to get his scholarship and enter the army but one day he is called to the office. His grandfather, Fergus Watts, is according to the media a former soldier who turned traitor to England and is now in hiding. He decides to capture this traitor and make himself enter the army. With the help of his friends, he manages to find his grandfather which lead him to find out the ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was bought this book by my parents one day,years ago now. I immediatly read it, as at the time I was really into spy books, such as the Alex Rider series, and the likes.
I instantly fell in love with the series and devoured through the rest of the series/ eagerly waited for new ones.

As I have grown I have also grown different tastes and eventually have grew out of these kind of books, however I felt I had to show my support for this series as for a long while if someone has asked me my
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Danny's wanted to join the British army for a long time. He finally gets the chance to try but despite his scores, he's rejected. His grandfather is a traitor to the British government and as family, Danny is denied his dream. Danny's determined to find his grandfather and make him pay.

Fergus is not what Danny expects when he finds him. Fergus knows, however, that Danny was a pawn to find him. Now both their lives are in danger as they try to clear Fergus's name.

A novel full of action,
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the start. I liked the start because it was clear and understandable, as well as being easy to picture in my mind. The plot and conclusion wasn't for me. I thought too much led up to the conclusion, it wasn't easily understood and it was hard to picture in my mind. Due to these factors I wouldn't read it to the end or continue the series of books. The military language was also hard to remember and understand, it also got annoying having to go to the front every time a military word came ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Actual Rating 3.5*

This book was good but failed to blow me away, my main problem was that I found it to be very cliche and felt that I was reading loads of novels packed into one. It was just overflowing with tropes, that being said these did fit well into the story and there was an element of uniqueness there.

I found the characters to be very interesting and thought the plot on who the traitor, mentioned in the title of the story, actually is to be quite intriguing. It took me a few chapters
Miela Finch
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting! With all the trivias I gained from Boy Soldier, reading chapter after chapter seemed more than just informative. It answers my appetite for more novels like this one.
Coco Lutolf
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Kinda boring not gonna lie.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed, edge of your seat read that grabs you from the first page
Maria Schillinger
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good on the edge thriller. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Danny Watts is an extremely athletic and smart boy with one dream in life, and that is to join the military. He finished the recruiting camp obstacle course first, and he was a straight A student. He passed every test thrown at him with flying colors; he should have been accepted, but there was one problem. The problem is that his grandfather, Fergus Watts, is labeled a traitor to the SAS, so Danny gets rejected by the military. Danny is outraged and swears he will find his grandfather and bring ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it

Who really betrayed their country?
Traitor, an action-filled thriller that will keep you on your toes. The authors Andy McNab and Robert Rigby, have worked together to create a masterpiece. The novel is fiction set in the present day. This book takes you all over England. The main characters, Danny Watts, Fergus Watts (his granddad), and Elena all very well thought out characters, all fighting for a greater cause. One theme of this book is family ties and when they thwart you, drive you
Petr Novak
Have you ever thought of the idea of being the most wanted person in your country during a huge war? The genre of this book is realistic fiction, because this could happen it real life but it probably hasn't and probably wont. I really liked this book because it always made me feel on edge and I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
Danny's grand dad, was a agent in the Special Forces before he was put into jail, and falsely named a traitor. Now he has escaped, but the real traitor is
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have you the thought of how our government can hide the truth from you? Or how corruption can cause admirable men to ruin their kid’s lives? Well this is their story.
This story is about a boy named Danny Watts who lives in an orphanage in London. He is trying to get into the Army, but doesn’t make it because of his grandpa’s deplorable reputation. His grandpa was in the SAS (Special Air Service) and was deemed a traitor after he was accused of being greedy and helping the drug dealers. Danny
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the story off teenager Danny and his life-long goal to go into the military. He wants it more than anything in his life, but is denied the right to enlist when he is told that his grandfather deserted and betrayed his country years ago, Danny takes it upon himself to find his criminal grandfather and bring some light to the situation. This book appeared to lose focus on that main idea at times as well as stray away into other less interesting events, which was one of the only setbacks I ...more
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Boy Soldier is set around Danny Watts, an orphan living in London. His lifetime ambition is to become a soldier, but when he tries to join the army, he is rejected on account of his grandfather Fergus Watts. According to the army, Fergus was an SAS hero who sold out to the Columbian drug cartels. However, Danny knows that contrary to the army's beliefs, Fergus is alive and living in London. Danny is determined to find the man who stopped him getting into the army,
Kelsy Epp
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book had a lot of highs and not many lows. I really liked how "Traitor" was written. It flowed really good and never didn't make since. There was some suspense at some points ware you didn't now what was going to happen witch made it some what unpredictable. Fergus was in the British military ware he was framed by another high ranking officer and was sent to prison but broke out. This made it impossible for his long lost grandson Danny to join the military many years later. Danny made it ...more
James Hargest Library
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Danny Watts' grandfather, Fergus, was a soldier in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely announced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus' name, Danny learns all the military code names, skills, and covert operations techniques that are second nature to his grandfather. When Fergus ...more
Gerrit Holleman
I thought Traitor by Andy McNab was a very good book.The genre of this book is realistic fiction .Traitor was about a boy named Danny who goes on a quest to find his grandfather has been lost for many years. He eventually finds him but was being tracked the whole time by people who were also looking for his grandfather. When Danny finds his grandfather they both instantly become in danger and they have to do many things Danny isn't use to, to stay alive.During their journey James finds that his ...more
Adam Orland
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Traitor has its highs and its lows, but is overall a good book to read, especially if you are into the other books in the series of Boy Soldier books by Andy McNab. The book has an interesting writing style that keeps the reader wanting to read more and does not distract the reader. However, this in turn becomes its greatest negative. The plot is nothing too special and could have been a much better story if Elena was the main villain at the end since she could monitor Danny and Fergus at all ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Andy McNab Fans
Shelves: action
I really wanted to give this book three but I couldnt. I usually dont rate books bad but I had high expectations for this book and it let me down. It was a decent spy action story but it could have been a lot better.
The story is about Danny a seventeen year old boy who wants to join the army. He isnt allowed because his grandfather is a wanted fugitive. Wanting to clear his name Danny goes to find his his grandfather Fergus. He finds hum and Fergus convinces him he wasnt the traitor but the guy
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-read
I really enjoyed this book, more so than McNab's own books. The reason for this was that the writing was much better, obviously because of his co-author Robert Rigby. I have always enjoyed reading McNab as there is a gritty reality to them but sometimes the writing leaves a lot to be desired. This is ok because we was a soldier, first and foremost and came to writing after his SAS career.

This story was put together much better. You could see McNab's influence but the style was much smoother. It
Daniel Bratell
Short and simple book, but entertaining. More of a young adult than a fully developed literary experience but sometimes books don't have to be deep or complicated to be entertaining.

The book is about Danny Watts, a British young man that just has been rejected by the army because his grand father, Fergus, has betrayed the SAS and England. Danny decides that the best way to confront the situation is to do what the army failed to do, track down Fergus and clear his name as a possible accomplice.
Paul Perry
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I saw this book on the hot shelf and just grabbed it looking for a good series. At first it was kind of interested but it didn't get me hooked and then I was at chapter 8 this was such a good book I reccomend this to literally any boy who likes action books i liked that it did not take place in the US. I read this in 3 days just kind of binge reading i really like this book and I will read the series.
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q1
Traitor is a very good book that tells the story of Danny, a young British boy, and how he attempts to find out what really happened to his grandfather. Fergus Watts, a missing SAS agent who defected to the Colombian druggies he was gathering intel on, is nowhere to be found, but when Danny deepens his search a team of SAS agents ordered to find and kill Watts enters the scene. Will Danny find his grandfather in time?
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let's all have fun with Danny and Fergus! It all starts with Fergus Watts' supposed betrayal (hence the name traitor) of his country. Unfortuanately, Danny wishes to join the army and , because of his missing, traitorous family member, he is not allowed. However, he is not discouraged! He chases after Fergus to bring him to justice! It certainly kept me on my toes, I will most likely read it again, not for shock but just to enjoy it.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a good book about Danny Watts a kid who wants to get into the military and have a relatively normal life. When he is denied that chance he will kill Fergus Watts for ruining his life. When Danny finally finds Fergus he is thrown around into hiding from the MI6 who want to cover up their deniable operator. Will Danny have what it takes to become the ultimate soldier and deliver the news to the world.
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Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment. He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

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