Summary from the back of the book:
“Morocco in 1912. A group of friends scattered like the wind. A feared assassin, chained in a prison cell, freed to pursue his prey across the land. A mysterious troupe, traveling the world, guarding a secret from the time of the pharaohs. A crippled warlord, blind with fury, exacting revenge at any cost. Two schoolgirls, bind their friendship against all odds. A ruthless bounty hunter, stalks his next prize. A wanted pirate. A fugitive English colonel. A conspiracy. Welcome to Wrath of the Caid.”
Summary from me:
Friends Tariq, Aseem, Fez and Margaret have escaped from the Caid’s Kasbah. With the help of the assassin Sanaa, Margaret gets back to her home in England but is finding it hard to fit back into social life after being a slave and having her father kidnapped by pirates. Tariq, Aseem and Fez decide to get information for the rebel forces in Morocco to be used against the Caid. The boys get into trouble and get separated and Tariq meets up with an unusual character, Melbourne Jack, a treasure hunter all the way from Australia. Things get worse as Margaret gets shipped off to France after releasing bees in her school master’s office (with Miss Cromwell in it), Tariq and Melbourne Jack get cornered by the Caid’s men, the French have teamed up with the Caid and will supply him soldiers and guns, and the Caid has released the Black Mamba, a terrible thug who is feared in all of Morocco, to destroy the rebels. Somehow the friends have to find a way to help the rebels and defeat the Caid before it’s too late.
What I thought:
This is the second book in the Red Hand Adventure series. I really enjoyed the first book, Rebels of the Kasbah (see my review HERE) and even though there is a lot going on plot-wise in Wrath of the Caid, Mr. O’Neill introduces each character and history in a great way that you can read this book as a stand-alone (but don’t because Rebels is a great book 😉 ). The adventure is amazing and I love the setting of Morocco in the early 1900s. It’s cool to learn about the French involvement in Morocco and the British involvement with piracy. There are a ton of characters in this book, all the ones from the first book, plus some new ones. Each character is really developed and you get to know them very well. The publisher rates the age level at 9-12 years (or at least that’s what’s on Amazon) but because the plot switches back and forth a bunch and there is some violence in the book (more than a typical 9 years + book) I’d say this book is great for kids 12+ (my opinion). Mr. O’Neill packs a huge story in these 225 pages, but it is written so well that the reader follows along, quickly turning the pages to find out what happens next. There was one part of the story with a gypsy and another with a ghost that I thought broke the flow of the story up but that was a minor part. The bad guys in Mr. O’Neill’s story are terrifying (don’t we all want our bad guy to be really bad?) and the good guys are amazingly heroic. The ending of the book left me a bit frustrated. With all the different parts of the plot going on, none of them ended. The ending was a complete cliff-hanger (MAJOR cliffhangers) in every part of the story. Even with the slightly disappointing ending, this series has made it to my “I can’t wait for the next book” list. I think boys and girls will both like the exciting story and the great mix of characters.
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