- Title: The Aztec Code
- Author: Stephen Cole
- Publisher: Bloomsbury
- ISBN: 9780747584278
Jonah Wish is in an elite team of teenage thieves lead by master criminal Nathaniel Coldhardt. Coldhardt plans every mission with absolute precision. So when Jonah and the rest of the team break into a highly secure compound to steal a precious sword, they can’t quite believe it when they discover that someone has beaten them to it.
Is Coldhardt losing his touch?
But there’s worse to come. A member of the team is kidnapped – from their secret base, no less.
Who has taken her and why?
And is her abduction linked to the missing sword?
There have been rumours in the underworld about a shadowy organisation called the Sixth Sun, who have shown interest in the sword, and now it’s time for Jonah to do what he’s best at: put the pieces together and decode the mystery, literally. In a mission which takes him from Guatemala to the jungles of Mexico, Jonah must rely on his unusual talent for code breaking to try to decipher the connection before it’s too late!
Well known for his work with BBC Books, commissioning and editing Doctor Who book throughout the late nineties, Stephen Cole has in recent years concentrated on his own fiction work, mostly work aimed at children and young adults..
‘The Aztec Code’ is the second of a planned trilogy of novels featuring, misfit criminal teen genius, Jonah Wish and his friends, Patch, Con, Mattie and Tye.
Brought together by Nathaniel Coldhardt, these five from a unique and talented gang of thieves. Jonah is now an accepted and welcome member of the team, even if he isn’t within himself fully comfortable with his new role, but Jonah must put any misgivings away, if his friends are going to get out of this one alive.
Throw in to the mix an old romantic partner of one of the team, that leads them to question loyalty, and motivations.
A bigger intercontinental adventure, real character development, fun banter, and a great set piece ending, make The Aztec Code another fantastic read from Stephen Cole, and with the third in the series just out, the fun is set to continue.