Peter Jay Black is the author of the Urban Outlaws series, which includes Urban Outlaws, Blackout, and Lockdown. He loves gadgets, films, and things that make him laugh so hard he thinks he might pass out. He went to Arts University Bournemouth in England and a career in IT followed. One day, a team of super-skilled kids popped into his head and, writing in a Hollywood apartment, he brought them to life. Peter lives in Dorset, England, and in his spare time he enjoys collecting unusual artifacts like Neolithic arrowheads, ancient Egyptian rings, and fossilized dinosaur poo.
When an ally betrays the Urban Outlaws and steals a dangerous computer virus, the kids have no choice but to team up with a shadowy figure known as "The Shepherd" to take down their foe. Even though the kids aren't sure who to trust, their jobs--and more importantly, their lives--are at stake if they don't take a chance.
To track the virus, the Outlaws venture from London to the United States. As they explore the unfamiliar streets and secret passageways of New York City and Los Angeles, they once again risk everything to save themselves . . . and the world.
Reviewers have compared the Urban Outlaws series to Alex Rider, James Bond, and a modern day Robin Hood. This latest middle-grade adventure is filled with non-stop action and is not to be missed.
“This debut novel packs in a lot of action that kids will gobble up with gusto. . . . A thrilling tale of a Robin Hood for the iPod generation.” —Kirkus Reviews on URBAN OUTLAWS
“The characters are warm and well developed and will appeal to reluctant readers across middle school. This new series will be an excellent choice for younger fans of Alex Rider.” —Booklist on URBAN OUTLAWS
“A great series opener for middle school readers with lots of action, technology, and character.” —Library Media Connection on URBAN OUTLAWS
“Heads up, fans of Alex Rider: here's the next thing . . . A fun, fast pick worthy of every middle-grade collection, this may even catch the attention of older reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal on URBAN OUTLAWS
The latest in this thrilling series, dubbed "the next thing" for Alex Rider fans (SLJ), sends the Urban Outlaws to the United States.