Spy School at Sea (Spy School #9)
August 31, 2021
In the ninth and latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series, Ben Ripley faces his nemesis, Murray Hill, on the high seas.
Thanks to the evidence Ben uncovered in his investigation of the Croatoan, the CIA has tracked his nemesis, Murray Hill, to Central America, where they believe he is boarding the world’s biggest cruise ship, The Emperor of the Seas, on its maiden voyage around the world.
His mission: Pose as part of a family, with Alexander and Catherine Hale as his parents, Erica as his sister, and his best friend Mike as his brother, to find out what Murray is plotting.
At first, it sounds exciting to have a mission on the most glamorous ocean liner on earth, but as usual, nothing goes according to plan. There is action, danger, and plenty of surprises as Ben and his team quickly find themselves in hot water.
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I always think I can't possibly enjoy yet another book in Gibbs' series, and then they always, always end up being so enjoyable. Just fun, and effortless to read. They are so well constructed that I don't even think to mention exactly how the stories were successful. I loved seeing some recurring characters, like the Shangs, and being surprised by the various nefarious activities that are uncovered that aren't even being investigated. There are plenty of tips on how to survive and how to spy (I know that if I ever fall overboard, I need to go straight into the water and not belly flop!), and Ben's friendship with Mike and nascent romance with Erica continue to improve. This is as close as I will get to a cruise-- I had promised myself that once my mother and my dog both passed away, I would go on one for spring break, and by that point, we were deep in the pandemic. I'll probably never get to Hawaii, either-- maybe book ten can take us there!
The writing in these books always makes me laugh. We needed a few more good mission names, though. Those always make me snort aloud. I also love the fact that we get to travel vicariously to so many different places. I've always wanted to take a cruise, and this was almost as good as being on one!
If you liked Gibbs' Spy School series, make sure to check out his Charlie Thorne, Space Case, and Fun Jungle series as well!
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