Bullet Catcher by Chris Bradford

(8.0/10)

Chris Bradford, author of the Ninja, Young Samurai and Bodyguard series is back with the first in a new trilogy, Bullet Catcher. Released over a 3 year span, the first novel is Bullet Catcher, where 14-year-old Troy and his parents are in a shopping mall when terrorists strike, killing his parents and shooting him. The possibility of him dying would be real if he was a normal boy, but Troy has not even been hurt. His easy recovery has come to the notice of SPEAR (Security, Protection and Elemental Assault Response), a secret agency who want him to join them as protector of rich society people. Training him should be a cinch, but it's in his best interests to learn all he needs to about close protection techniques as a bullet catcher.

Troy is a shy type of kid with zero talent for getting himself a girlfriend, he's never dated or kissed a girl, so when he's faced with the chance of asking a girl out at the local mall - his thoughts are cut short by terrorist gunmen who are part of the AF, or Army of Freedom who attack Terminus City. As Troy's parents are dead, he has no one to act as guardian or take care of him, and no one to take him in due to the council's one family, one child policy. Troy has no choice but to come with the representative of SPEAR, Medusa, as he can contribute a lot to the organization and he might not have too much of a problem fitting in, though with the death of his parents it could take some time before he can be himself again.

Once Troy is shown to the abandoned library where he will train as a member of SPEAR he gets to meet the other special kids he will train and work with, Kasia, Lennox, Joe and Azumi. He is eased into the group and told it's not all bad, he has his own bed, real food (as it's set in the near future where all food is synthetic) and he soon realises how good he's got it there, where he will also be training with state of the art equipment. There are other fun pieces of kit and one in particular, but I won't spoil it for the reader. When Troy completes his training (Busho Jitsu) or One Second Fighting taught by Apollo, he can go on to be a full part of the team and be sent on his first assignment, Mission Pandora. Troy and the team have to protect the mayor and his daughter, Pandora, as SPEAR believes the AF will strike soon. What happens is fast-paced and enthralling and the ending has a neat twist element attached to it that shocked me. I enjoyed the pacing of the story, the fact that Troy had to earn the respect of his team mates as well as their approval (but the others weren't as perfect as they made out - they all had flaws when they went out on missions, but they were extra hard on Troy as he was the newbie). All the team have special abilities and powers as bullet catchers and I'm eagerly waiting for the next in the series to blast through and sock it to me in both eyes.

So he could write the book, Chris Bradford had taken a training course in close protection so he could make the story as genuine as possible, his training in defensive driving, unarmed combat, tactical firearms, threat assessments, anti-ambush and surveillance adding an extra edge to his writing. In Brighton, Chris launches the book with a day of events in association with the Jubilee Library and Book Nook bookshop in Hove. Chris's events are something of a spectacle as he uses performances to make for dynamic reading and audience participation, after which Chris will hand out limited edition Bullet Catcher wristbands at this and other events during 2015.

Bullet Catcher: Sniper and Bullet Catcher: Blowback will be released in June 2016 and June 2017 respectively.

Review by

More Chris Bradford reviews


Ninja: Death Touch
9.0

Taka has proven his worth as a ninja warrior, but now he must prepare for an attack by the samurai leader Lord Oda. [...]


Ninja: Assassin
9.0

Taka's desperate to prove that he has what it takes to become a ninja. He has failed the Grandmaster's test twice already. But when the clan's scrolls are stole [...]


Gamer
7.0

An action-packed dystopian epic from Bodyguard author Chris Bradford. Scott is an orphan, roaming the streets in search of food like so many other children. When the opport [...]


Virus
8.0

In Gamer, Scott escaped Virtual Kombat - the all-too-real virtual reality game in which Vince Power risks the lives of street kids for profit. Scott's now on the run an [...]


The Way of the Warrior
9.0

August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan – his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary swordmas [...]


The Way of the Sword
9.0

One year of training in samurai school and Jack is in real trouble… He’s busy preparing for the Circle of Three, an ancient ritual that tests courage, skill an [...]

12+

Bullet Catcher reader reviews

8/10 from 1 reviews

Write a reader review

There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?

Your rating out of 10

Books you may also enjoy

Skyward

by Brandon Sanderson

Spensa's world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to de [...]


Published: 2018

Score: 94

Our rating: 9.6 | 2 positive reader reviews

12+

Animal Farm

by George Orwell

Animal Farm is set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. Howeve [...]


Published: 1945

Score: 137

Our rating: 9.5 | 42 positive reader reviews

12+

The Girl and the Stars

by Mark Lawrence

Only when it's darkest can you see the stars.East of the Black Rock, out on the ice, lies a hole down which broken children are thrownOn the vastness of t [...]


Published: 2020

Score: 95

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

Cirque du Freak

by Darren Shan

Darren Shan seems like your average boy--he likes playing football with his mates, passing notes in class and loves spiders. Then, one day, his best mate Steve gets tickets [...]


Published: 2000

Score: 103

Our rating: 9.3 | 10 positive reader reviews

12+