Dawn of the Knight: The Lance Rock Chronicles Volume 1.

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Having been raised and trained for the past 12 years by the United States government’s former top operative has made Canadian high school senior Lance Rock the most dangerous teenager on the planet. He is forced into using his skills to protect an American woman and her two teenage daughters from the woman's ex-husband-a crime lord who has been terrorizing the family for over a decade! More
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About Robert L. Beck

I’m a huge fan of cool, operative/secret agent type characters having grown up watching James Bond, Derek Flint, The Wild, Wild West, The Avengers, The Man from Uncle, and more recently, Jason Bourne and Alex Rider. When I was younger, I had read a 1960’s young adult teen spy series titled, “Chris Cool/Teen Agent,” by Jack Lancer, and I loved it. That series only lasted six books and I decided that if I would ever write a book/series it would involve an “operative” type teenage character. Since I’m originally from Canada, I made the protagonist Canadian as well. Being a romantic at heart, I also knew I wanted the book to contain a romantic element as a major part of the story-line. Finally, I didn't want my protagonist working for a government agency. I thought; what would happen if you put a teenage boy with operative type skills in a high school setting? The result is this series.

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Review by: Theresa Hamelin on Aug. 2, 2014 :
I loved this book! Action packed, great characters, twists and turns. Couldn't put it down! This is a must-read.
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Review by: Des Bellante on Sep. 23, 2013 : (no rating)
This was recommended by a friend and I enjoyed in very much, wanted a better ending but really enjoyed reading it, waiting for his next book.
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Review by: Elizabeth Winn on Aug. 18, 2013 :
Lance Rock, a Canadian teen, has been home-schooled since he was a child--but the education he has received is far from ordinary. Scott, his mentor of 12 years, is a former CIA operative. He has trained his young pupil in a broad range of subjects, such as multiple languages, computer hacking, and martial arts. But at 18, Lance is tired of his "training" and eager to live a "normal" life like his public school friends. He breaks off his training­­­--and his relationship with his mentor--to travel to a high school in California as a foreign exchange student. Here, he meets his host family, Stacy Muller, a single mother, and her two teenaged daughters, Shannon and A.J. There's also an assortment of new classmates, including Reina, a sultry female exchange student from Japan. Once lodged with the Mullers, however, he quickly comes to realize that this semester will be far from the "fun" he was seeking. His new school happens to be crawling with bullies (most of them from the football team). He also discovers that his host family is being terrorized by a group of mystery men--and Stacy, his host-mother, wants to keep their predicament under wraps! How will Lance, former homeschooled student, face up to the social protocol of public high school? And who is the gang tormenting his beloved host family? Beck's novel traces Lance's high school experience, from taking on the high school goons, to defending his host family's household from sadistic strangers.

To be honest, I really wasn't quite sure what to think about the story. I wasn't sure if the author was poking fun at the martial arts genre, or writing a serious story. Some of Lance's good-guy gestures are so grandiose as to be borderline satirical. After he frees the student body from the tyranny of the football team, the rejoicing he describes that follows is equal only to "Moses free[ing] the Hebrew slaves from Egyptian bondage..." (164). Then there's Reina, Lance's classmate, who also specializes in martial arts and affectionately refers to him as "Lance-san" and "Samurai-san." However, these complaints aside, I actually found the novel to be rather fun in a mindless, corny sort of way. So, my verdict? An entertaining read, but far from serious literature. Recommended for Ages 16-18.
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Review by: miguel parisi on June 28, 2013 :
Epic Story. Really worth reading.
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Review by: David Simpson on June 12, 2013 :
Everyone has to start somewhere. It's difficult to reach a standard of writing that gives the reader an easy read, but an intriguing one. That keeps their attention, but also doesn't rattle their brain to the point of exhaustion. That delivers characters you love, characters you hate, that keep you glued to the story. "Dawn of the Knight" does not do that. I gave this every possible chance, focusing on characters, plot and story development and it doesn't reach the right standard. I hate Lance Rock as a character, and every character involved in his story, simply because they are not likeable. I felt the interactions between characters were forced, and lacking natural development. Being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, it's difficult to be excited about Rock's language abilities due to the impossibility of being an expert of all that he is. Therefore lacking credibility, I do not give this book a high review.
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Review by: Katey Gay on June 3, 2013 :
"Dawn of the Knight" is an exciting ride! Full of interesting characters, action, thrills, and romance, this book has it all. The story is well written and you can tell that Mr.Beck put a great amount of time and research into this novel. If you want a fun, interesting read, choose this book.
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Review by: Sharon on June 1, 2013 :
I am an avid reader, but rarely of fiction. I am definitely, though, looking forward to reading a sequel to this novel. Robert Beck presents a satisfying balance of action, suspense, and teen social conflict/romance. One thought kept coming to mind throughout my reading of "Dawn of the Knight" -- I would LOVE to see this made into a movie. During numerous chapters, I felt as though I was watching a "Die Hard" movie; the description of action events is second-to-none. Anyone who enjoys action/adventure/crime movies, like "The Expendables," "Taken," "Red," the Jason Bourne series, etc., will find this read to be a great ride!
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Review by: Lou on May 7, 2013 :
I really enjoyed the book. It was not what I expected. The cliff hangers at the end of each chapter kept me wanting to keep reading. Great action, romance, and suspense throughout.
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Review by: Linda on April 27, 2013 :
This book was awesome. I loved it! Everyone should read it!
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