Outlaw by Stephen Davies


Jake Knight lives a privileged life as the son of a British ambassador. He longs for adventure, but when he and his sister are kidnapped by an African outlaw, he gets more adventure than he ever wanted. Soon, his life is consumed by violence, terrorism, and a desperate race for survival. As Jake travels through the African dessert and small villages he learns about his personal strength while also recognizing the great need of others around him.

Outlaw is a fast-paced adventure story filled with high-tech surveillance equipment, political intrigue, and intense chase scenes. However, it is also a coming-of-age story with surprising messages about sacrifice and compassion. Although some of the story is a little far-fetched, Outlaw is an entertaining story that can educate young readers about some African geography, culture, and political unrest.

Recommended ages--12 and up

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