5 April 2018
The comparisons between Orca Rising and the Young Bond series, or even Harry Potter, are inevitable. What elevates Orca Rising above this is that the action – and there’s plenty of it – is grounded in reality. When people get hurt, they get hurt. They have to go to hospital and there are consequences. They carry their injuries with them and it impacts on their effectiveness. It gives the story a sense of threat that I haven’t seen in other YA novels.
Orca Rising is a cinematic, action romp, packed with great characters and dark deeds.
This is a series begging to be written and although I’m way past the Young Adult stage, I’ll be waiting for the ride.
10 March 2018
21 April 2018
Despite being completely the wrong target audience for this book, (I’m in my mid-thirties, and this book is aimed at teens/young adults) I was utterly gripped throughout. The story is packed full of action, intrigue, plot twists and fun.
Hopefully there’ll be more from Ocean Daley in the future. If so, I’ll be happy to say I was there from the beginning.
20 July 2018
29 August 2018
6 March 2018
18 April 2018
2 April 2018
The most obvious comparison to others works are the Alex Rider and H.I.V.E. series, which aren’t bad company for Chris Hannon and Ocean to be in at all!
Orca Rising was written in a very mature and professional manner and I’ll admit I was surprised when I discovered that it is only Chris Hannon’s second novel. The writing came across as that of an incredibly seasoned professional, and I am interested and excited to see where Chris Hannon’s writing career takes him.
Orca Rising was well paced with plot developments given at the right time mixed with character development. I have a feeling there will be more books following Ocean, and Orca Rising set the scene perfectly. I do worry that perhaps the “teenage spy” thing has been done before but hopefully something new can be added to the genre.
I would recommend Orca Rising to fans of the spy genre and to readers who wouldn’t usually read young adult fiction.
A very exciting new author!
I am aged eleven and I really enjoyed reading this book. It was full of unexpected events I did not expect to happen and they sprang out of nowhere and changed the story…Read more
An excellent read. Although I’m not a “young adult” I thoroughly enjoyed this,well paced,action packed book.Read more
Well done Chris, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. I found it quite gripping and finished it in a day.
I am looking forward to seeing more from you in the future. Mrs T.
The central character in this young adult action adventure story is Ocean Daley a 16 year old schoolboy who when the book commences is about to take his GCSE’s at his school in…Read more
Just finished reading this book with my son and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Great characters, some unexpected twists plus very tense and exciting moments.Read more
Orca Rising is an exciting, well written story. The central character, Ocean, convincingly portrays the emotions and dreams of a sixteen year old boy and his adventure takes place…Read more
“An enjoyable read and if you liked Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series or indeed “The Maze Runner” or “The Hunger Games” then I do not believe you will be disappointed. The ending certainly sets up the probability of a sequel for which I certainly will look out for.”
G Heard (Reviewer)
“This is a fast paced, thrilling novel with an engaging mystery.”
Alaa Alkhulaqi (Reviewer)
“A fun, quick read. Interesting premise. Well fleshed out characters. Perfect for younger readers.”
“Twists and turns along the way made for a great read. Recommended.”
“Reminds me of the Alex Rider series, which I love.”
Labyrinth of Stories
“I love Ocean and the fact that this book gave me some Maze Runner vibes and a little bit of Hunger Games too.”
Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)