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Readers might want 'Payback'

September 11, 2007|By AUBREY SPARKS

Book review

Take two fugitives, add a series of suicide bombings and a dragging story line, and what do you get? "Payback," a hit for fans of intelligence jargon and military trivia but a bore for most everyone else.

The book, by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby, is the sequel to "Traitor," a spy novel for middle school and high school students. In "Payback," 17-year-old Danny and his girlfriend, Elena, a computer hacker, go to extremes to prove Danny's grandfather, a spy for the British government, was framed.

This book should be a fun read, but, in fact, it is so tedious that I found it hard to finish. I would not recommend it to most people, except those who love spy jargon.

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