3 out of 5 stars
I was at my local library to pick up a book that my mom had me put on hold for her when I realized that I needed a new book for myself. I quickly went into the YA section and pulled a book off the shelf. I quickly read through the back of the book and decided I didn’t have time to look at anything else so this would have to do.
Noble Warrior tells the story of a young man who got put into the witness protection program when tension between him and neighborhood gangs got high. During his time in the witness protection program the government gets a view at his past and becomes interested in using him as a tool for the government. Using his past against him M.D. is convinced to go to prison to complete a mission for the people in charge of him. Once his mission is completed at the prison the government officials abandon M.D. and he has to figure out what his next steps are and how he is going to make others pay for what had been done to his family.
The story is told through a third person omniscient narrator which I hardly read. If I have read through this perspective I hardly ever notice but I couldn’t help and take note of the narration type when reading this. I felt that this type of narration took away from the story and really left no mystery when I was looking for some kind of mystery.
During his time in jail there is a shift in his attitude toward others and towards life and this is when things really get interesting. I was hesitant to really get attached to any of the characters because from the beginning things look bleak for everyone in M.D.’s life. It was hard not to like some characters that M.D. interacts with due to their humorous or innocent nature.
I was ready to put this book down and call it a defeat but halfway through the book I knew that I had to finish it. While I couldn’t really follow along with which characters were bad and which weren’t I wanted to know what happened to M.D. and the people who were important to him. I needed to know if he got justice and how so I continued reading on. I was honestly surprised that I finished over 100 pages in this book in one sitting because of the feelings I had when I first opened it but I am glad that I finished it.
There is a bit of a cliffhanger in my opinion but it really lets you as a reader kind of decide what’s next for the characters. I find that sometimes it is better to let the reader imagine what’s next versus giving you one ending when there are multiple possibilities.
It actually wasn’t until after I finished reading this book and was posting my review on goodreads that I found out that this book was part of a series. So something else I felt needed to be pointed out in my review is that this book can be read without having read caged warrior. I think it is a great stand alone book but if you want more background on the character I do suggest you read caged warrior before diving into this book.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about conspiracy theories, government corruptness, and gangs. It was a nice change of tone from the romantic YA novels that I’ve been reading.
About the Book: After placing teenage mixed martial arts phenom McCutcheon Daniels and his mother and sister in the Witness Relocation Program,the FBI comes to realize they have a unique asset on their hands. Recruited to help the FBI, McCutcheon finds himself hunting bad guys. But when he discovers that the notorious Priests have targeted Kaitlyn-the girl he loves and was forced to leave behind-as a way to seek revenge on the Daniels family, MD convinces the FBI to send him right into the belly of the beast: Jenkells State Penitentiary where the mob boss of Detroit is serving time. Yet in his universe where up is down, McCutcheon ends up disavowed by the government and left to rot in one of America’s most notorious prisons. It’s there here connects with his father and discovers the truth about his circumstances. McCutcheon, a trained urban warrior, escapes and sets out for revenge on those who betrayed him and his family.
About the Author: Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a California Teacher of the Year award winner and the founder of The Writer’s Success Academy. In addition to having been an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School Of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned keynote speaker who specializes in engaging underperforming students. To date, Mr. Sitomer has authored 16 books with works ranging from hard-hitting YA novels like CAGED WARRIOR, HOMEBOYZ, THE HOOPSTER and HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL to humorous and warm children’s picture books such as DADDIES DO IT DIFFERENT and DADDY’S ZIGZAGGING BEDTIME STORY. Alan lives in Los Angeles where he just finished writing the movie script adaptation for his novel CAGED WARRIOR.
About the Book and About the Author borrowed from Goodreads.
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