I read this book about 2-Jan-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2001. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Dec-2002 16:21:41 PST.
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I've heard these called the Net Force Explorers books. They appear to be a young-adult spinoff from the adult Net Force books (which I haven't read). They've gotten good reviews on rec.arts.sf.written, and Diane Duane doesn't write enough of her own books, so I have to give them a try. Even if they are a franchise off of a franchise. At least they give her cover credit as the writer.
I found this fairly flat. The main kids aren't too badly written, and the surrounding family (the good family) is reasonable enough. There's too much going off to handle life-and-death things without any backup for my taste (that's certainly an adolescent failure mode)
My disbelief suspenders do sag a bit under the load of this juvenile auxiliary law enforcement outfit. I also had trouble that the kids involved didn't notice the danger of the work, didn't hink about it or ask about it. Even though they wondered why people needed physical packages transported. Accepted the assurances of adults that it was safe without questioning at all.