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NICK GRANT

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Full Name: Nick Grant
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Pilot

Creator: Jamie Dodson
Time Span: 2015 - 2017

ABOUT THE SERIES

Nick Grant is a pilot.

Well, he is learning to be. When we first meet him, this 16-year-old is one solo flight away from getting his pilot's license but his knowledge of the insides of a plane's engine is even more impressive at the time than his skill in the cockpit, which is impressive for his age. His time as a pilot, not to mention being an adventurer of sorts, will take a huge leap once the first adventure begins.

The time period of Grant's recorded escapades is the mid-30s and the region of the world where he spends most of that time is the Far East, a location and time in which the various nations of the world either had to deal with the Japanese expansion directly or watched on in trepidation as it came ever closer to them.

As the chronicler of Grant's stories puts it in a blurb about the first one, "During the Golden Age of Aviation, 1927-1941, flying boats were the cutting-edge technology. The people involved in developing the flying boats were nothing less than a new generation of intrepid pioneers. They operated literally at the edges of expanding empires, and on the threshold of a new world order. They were present at the nexus of history and fate, and witnessed the opening gambits of the war that redefined, not just our country, but the entire world in which we now live."

We meet Grant as he is earning his keep as a grease monkey at MacMillan Aviation, a small operation near Alameda, sometimes trading his work hours for the coveted flying lessons and time though he also has to earn money to help his struggling family. His father left to look for work and his mother is struggling to meet the mortgage, hence Grant working the long hours he does. On top of that, though is his needing to keep his grades up if he had any chance of finding a way into college later.

That is when adventure comes to call and once the two have met, they do not remain strangers.


YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:5
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2017

1 Flying Boats & Spies Flying Boats & Spies
Written by Jamie Dodson
Copyright: 2015

The year is 1935.
"As Nick Grant tries to support his mother and sister during the depression, he's swept into a deadly contest between spies struggling to control the Pacific Ocean. Nick's life abruptly changes the moment Anne Lindbergh offers him a month's wages to deliver a mysterious map case to Bill Grooch aboard the tramp steamer, the SS North Haven. Desperate for money, Nich agrees. Suddenly the map case and Grooch catapult him into a quiet, but deadly cat and mouse game between US and Japanese spies. Nick becomes a vital player in a mission spanning the Pacific Ocean: a mission vital to US security as well as a mortal danger to Japan."
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2 China Clipper China Clipper
Written by Jamie Dodson
Copyright: 2015

The year is 1935.
"Nick returned to Alameda High School after five months in the Pacific. He’d worked for Pan American Airways building island bases for the first transoceanic airline service. Nick's only respite was a part-time job he’d won at the Alameda clipper base. Then a series of strange ‘accidents’ cast suspicion on him and his Japanese-American mentor. Nick suspected his old nemesis, Japanese Master Spy Miyazaki, had returned."
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3 Mission: Shanghai Mission: Shanghai
Written by Jamie Dodson
Copyright: 2015

The year is 1936.
"Nick’s old nemeses, Black Dragon Toshio Miyazaki of Japanese Naval Intelligence returns to San Francisco. He enlists a traitor to steal TOP SECRET US Naval Codes. Nick joins a Naval Intelligence team with a mad plan. They would race Miyazaki to China in a new Sikorsky S-43 amphibian, and confront Miyazaki using Nick as bait. Then United States Marines would spring a trap and recover the stolen codes. All Nick has to do is survive the encounter with the merciless Black Dragon. But Nick has sworn revenge against Miyazaki for murdering his friends and he’s willing to risk all to settle the score."
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4 Black Dragons Attack Black Dragons Attack
Written by Jamie Dodson
Copyright: 2017

The year is 1936.
"After their last run in, Nick Grant believes his nemesis, Toshio Miyazaki, is dead. Determined to leave the spy games behind, Nick starts a new life as a Naval Aviation Cadet. During training, famous aviator and movie producer, Howard Hughes, lures Midshipman Grant into a mock dogfight. Afterwards Hughes offers Nick a pilot job. Nick’s college dreams stand in the way, and he turns Hughes down. However, their paths cross again in an unexpected way."
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5 Samoan Clipper Samoan Clipper
Written by Jamie Dodson
Copyright: 2017

The year is 1936.
"Tensions between Imperial Japan and the US are high. When Pan Am announced a new Pacific route to New Zealand, US Naval Intelligence learns that Miyazaki plans to mount another sabotage effort. They activate Nick and send him across the Pacific to ID Miyazaki’s efforts . Nick has frustrated Miyazaki in the past and the Ninja seeks vengeance. Nick wants Miyazaki dead for murdering his mentor and a high school friend. Nick flies a clipper to Hawaii, hops a fast destroyer to Samoa, and chases Miyazaki across the mountains to exact revenge and save a village from destruction."
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MY COMMENTS

I have no way of knowing if the author intended to give this series a feel combining both pulp action and the sort of reading teen boys would be getting from terrific series like Biggles. In either case, this would be very good things. Just as this five-book series is a very good thing to offer readers from 12 to 21 (or in his 70s like someone I know).

I never had a desire to learn to fly but I quickly gained a yen to watch Nick Grant become the flyer he would become, especially when in doing so he makes an enemy as dangerous as Miyazaki.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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