James Patterson has teamed up with Michael Ledwidge to write another young adult novel.  James Patterson has already been successful in the young adult world with his wildly popular Maximum Ride series.  James and Michael have worked together on two recent adult bestsellers – THE QUICKIE and STEP ON A CRACK.

THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X is an extremely fast read.  Patterson’s traditional short chapters make you feel like your are flying through the pages.  The story is fun to read, but it doesn’t have a lot of meat.

Daniel X is the son of two Alien Hunters from the planet Alpar Nok.  They came to Earth to protect humans from the Outer Ones.  When Daniel was three-years-old down in his basement building replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World out of Play-Doh (you can already see that he isn’t like a typical toddler), his parents were both killed by an alien named The Prayer.  Daniel narrowly escapes and takes up his parents mission and begins to hunt down the most dangerous aliens on Earth.

The story is entertaining but it lacks character development.  You get a glimpse into Daniel’s life, but even with him it is just surface and what is happening in the present.  We never get to see how he survived from the age of three to his current age of fifteen.  This is clearly meant to be the first in a series of stories about Daniel X.  In the back of the book there are two BRIEF previews of two more stories.  Also, in December 2008 there is supposed to be a graphic novel version of THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X released.  For a book that is 238 pages and takes such a short time to read my suggestion would be to borrow it from a school or public library.  It definately doesn’t fall in my Needs To Be Read Again pile.

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