Agent Six of Hearts, a teen superhero in a nightmarish future, is searching for the last nuclear warhead in existence – but what he finds is something far worse.
Jack Heath's fourth book is easily his best so far. It has the outrageous action stunts to which his fans have become addicted, rock-solid characters that every reader will care about, and tasteful touches of social criticism, most notably of corporate attitudes to the environment and parental enforcement of religion.
Heath has made the story suitable for young readers without sacrificing complexity or intensity – a challenge too many YA authors fail. With its constantly twisting plot (and a finale that will freeze the blood in your veins) anyone older than ten will love Third Transmission, both voracious readers and reluctant ones. If you're looking for a book to tempt your son or daughter away from the computer, this is it.
My only complaint is that it didn't last longer. Surely the author could have wrung a few more scenes out of this story – but it's not a fault worth taking off a star for.