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I downloaded this book on the premise alone, which is delightfully creative: a detective story set in the middle of a futuristic Zimbabwe. The book is flawed in some rather odd ways, however. The titular detectives turn out to be the most undeveloped characters in the book, and feel strangely irrelevant to the plot as a whole. It's the kidnapped children who drive the plot forward, and they shine, alongside the places they visit. A good book overall, but it rides more on its unique world than its quality. Recommended for those who really want something different.
Voice performance is top notch. Gruff generals, bumbling fools, and scared children are all voiced expertly by Guidall.
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I liked this book. It dealt with many subjects that can affect kids today. The father tho gruff was only trying to keep his children safe. While many kids consider running away or sneaking out they will understand better why they should listen instead to their parents instead. It deals with poverty and the underside of life in a way that is not so frightening but informative and children will have a better understanding of the world we live in. It also deals with people who are different and special in their own ways. I enjoyed this book and finished it feeling good about it.