Desert Dark

Desert Dark

Book - 2016 | First edition
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At Desert Mountain Academy, sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley begins a punishing routine to become an undercover CIA agent, but when a double-agent is reported on campus, she is the top suspect.
Publisher: New York :, Holiday House,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780823435623
Branch Call Number: Y STO
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 14, 2020

Nadia Riley has just suffered through an embarrassing break up with her boyfriend, so when the offer to go to Desert Mountain Academy comes, she can't say yes fast enough. It isn't until after she arrives at the academy that she finds out that it is a training facility for future Black Ops operatives for the CIA. She meets the three other members of her team and their leader, Jack, for whom Nadia feels an immediate attraction. Little does she know that Jack has been assigned to investigate the possibility that she is a double agent. When the team finds out that the girl who Nadia replaced was murdered, they all start to suspect one another of being the double agent.

Told from different perspectives in each chapter, Desert Dark provides the reader with fully developed characters and different perspectives for each event that occurs in the story. Although some of the story is a bit predictable and far-fetched, it is well written and very entertaining with believable, young adult dialogue. Overall, a fun, fast paced, young adult spy tale.

MelifluousView Dec 10, 2018

An intriguing mystery told from multiple viewpoints was not what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it. Nadia leaves behind a frustrating school situation only to be thrown into the middle of challenge with much higher stakes. When I was away from the book, I kept wondering about what would happen next.

Feb 06, 2018

An excellent debut novel by Sonja Stone. Although this novel is written for YA, I was intrigued by the continuous turn of events. Sixteen-year-old Nadia, the lead character in the novel, rose up from the timid girl at the covert CIA academy to a girl that can think on her feet. She survived the desert training and the survival courses. When someone at the academy is leaked to be a double, she is on the hit list. Ms. Stone did a great job weaving a story that kept the suspense going. Looking forward to July – release for Dark #2!

Dec 28, 2016

Mixed girl trains to be a spy. A good solid intrigue/spy/ thriller of a book. It's well crafted and even though I knew one bad guy, it was really difficult to tell who the other double agent was. I loved how the book was mentally challenging and yet not too hard to understand. It's able to showcase different skills and background information without getting overly boring. It was also very nice each character was distinct, interesting and individual. I hate books that bounce from each point of view and all you're waiting for is it to go back to the main character and get on with the story. Not with this one! Excellent pacing keeping the story moving but still having moments to breathe. In fact having things told from other perspectives helped you get closer to unlikeable ones *cough*Alan*cough*Jack*. I really enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to turn back to an expositional page to remember who was who. Instead we have 4 separate voices. Realist and plausible, I enjoyed this from start to finish and look forward to more expansion on the story. Lets just say they crossed the *wrong guy. Heheh heh. There is a crush Nadia has on one of the boys that's stupid. However considering the age group this targets, I don't think they'll mind as much as I did. Plus she's such a great character that she's got to have something as a con!

lopez1013 Aug 03, 2016

A good book for any young adult. I was kind of upset that there was a slight cliff hanger with one of the characters, otherwise it was a good book and I would recomment it if you like books about CIA and secret agents.

Jul 24, 2016

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Suspenseful, well-written YA that is both clean AND enthralling. I hope the author has more of these coming.

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Aug 03, 2019

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