Review: Big Game by Dan Smith

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Title: Big Game
Author: Dan Smith
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date:
Source: Gifted – thank you
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis from Goodreads
13-year-old Oskari is sent into the cold wilderness on an ancient test of manhood. He must survive armed only with a bow and arrow. But instead, he stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airliner: Air Force One. Terrorists have shot down the President of the United States.
The boy hunter and the world’s most powerful man are suddenly the hunted, in a race against a deadly enemy…

Big Game is full of action and danger from the beginning to the very end. Oskari is a thirteen-year-old boy about to embark on his journey to manhood. As part of an ancient, traditional trial Oskari reluctantly sets out into the freezing wilderness of his Finnish homeland. But instead of finding animals to hunt; Oskari finds himself being hunted by terrorists trying to capture his trophy, the President of the United States of America.
I was very excited about reading this story as I enjoy books full of action and drama.Big Game did not disappoint. Right from the start there is controversial decisions and trouble as Oskari struggles to live up to his Dad’s reputation and fails even to draw the traditional bow; a feat every hunter has managed in history. Nevertheless, Oskari is determined to make Dad proud, after his mother’s death Oskari feels he can’t let Dad down and heads off into the forest. That night Oskari discovers, in the burning wreckage of an aeroplane, an escape pod inside which, is the President of the United States of America. Oskari has to use his skills as a hunter and the knowledge of the forest to keep his new friends from capture.
Dan Smith has amazing talent for creating a fascinating storyline; with twists and turns and new dangers around every corner. You never know what will come next. He also has a talent for making the most unlikely characters become the best of friends and his brilliant storyline tests their courage and skill to the limit. With betrayal and lies you never know what to expect from this book. A simple hunters trial turned into a battle between life and death for the most powerful man on the planet. Can Oskari keep his trophy or will he lose it forever?
The book has you hanging on to every word wanting more. Dan Smith achieves this with his amazing story line that only gives you the information you need at the time, which leaves you wanting more. The exciting conclusion begins when it looks like Oskari and the President will finally escape the evil terrorists clutches forever. But, somehow the terrorists catch up with them. A thrilling showdown in the wreckage of Air Force One completes what is a brilliant read.
There is very little I would change about this book; I found it easy to follow and this meant I could fully appreciate Dan Smith’s fantastic storyline. However, I would quite like either a sequel to this book or preferably a few extra chapters explaining who actually organised the attack in the first place. Although there are some hints on this front, I would prefer a bit more information.
This thrilling, action-packed novel; with new dangers around every page, is a great read. It makes you realise that if you persevere and work hard in life you will be rewarded; but not always in the way you expect! I would recommend this for anyone, who like me, enjoys a fast paced, action packed read, full of danger.

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