The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

Book - 2008
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Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence Earth and another planet are at stake.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316119702
Branch Call Number: TF Sci-Fi Patt
Characteristics: 238, 18, 9 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ledwidge, Michael


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Dec 30, 2020

The book has a fairly nice story and has entertainment value. Beyond that, I can't say much good about it.
The main character, Daniel, is overpowered and the reader is often left wondering why he doesn't use his abilities in different (smarter) ways. For example, (MILD SPOILER) he is able to turn into a tick. He is also afraid of being tracked. To my mind, the simplest solution is for him to turn into a tick and hitchhike on a human sleeve when he wants to use public transport. There is a short section near the beginning where Daniel (the narrator) explains that he does, in fact, have limits, the entire thing seems rather contrived--especially since he completely disregards those limits later on in the story.
He goes on about how paranoid he is, but is very easily tricked.
The main character interacts with other people, but none of them seem at all realistic. All dialogue comes off as stiff, merely included for amusement (with rather contrived/bad/less-than-mature jokes) or for the purpose of making Daniel come off as intelligent and clever--an all-to-common reason for many of his own little comments. Rarely are the other characters ever used for plot-advancement. The details they include in their speech are unrealistic as well. This is especially true for all villains he interacts with.
Daniel is described as being fifteen, but his commentary and actions are that of someone younger. Five years younger, by my estimation. Maybe three, but five if you want to be safe.
Many of the details included in this book seem like they were only included because "this might be a nice little element." Rarely do they come off as well-incorporated or thought-through.
I will stop here, though there are other things I could critique as well. I won't say this is a bad book to read if you only want entertainment, but there are better options at the library. If you want something more than entertainment, definitely find something else.
In the age range this book fits, I would suggest any of Rick Riordan's books, the Magisterium series by Holly Black, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, or Bad Unicorn by Platte Clark. For something just a tad older, I would suggest M. L. Foreman's Adventurers Wanted series, Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix, or the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen. Older still: the 100 Cupboard series by N. D. Wilson. Oldest I'm going to suggest: pretty much anything by Brandon Sanderson.
Good day.

Jul 21, 2016

I enjoyed this book. The story follows Daniel X, an orphan and alien hunter, tracking down and eliminating the most dangerous aliens on Earth. This is the first of a series, and in this book Daniel begins taking down the top 10 most dangerous aliens on Earth, starting with #6, Ergent Seth, an alien who abducts children and forces them into labour for profit. I found the dialogue of the book to be rather childish, and found it some times taking away from the book, although the rest of the writing was pretty solid. The book is a little on the short side; strong readers can get through the book in a day or two. The plot was fairly interesting and the book successfully incorporated action and suspense into the story. Overall, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is good for some fun light reading. 3/5 Stars - @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 21, 2016

I really liked this book, but be warned it's a series. I read it within two days, so it's a pretty easy and fast read.

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Apr 16, 2013

I had high exspectations for this book, but it turned out to be one of the worst book that Ive ever read!

Jan 17, 2013

good book.

Nov 25, 2011

Great book!!!!! Kids under 10 probably shouldn't read it though. There is a lot of descriptions of the aliens he fights. Some of them are disturbing. Read with Caution!!!!!! GREAT BOOK STILL!!!!!!!

Jun 18, 2011

Readable and interesting with few good twists. However, it is mostly predictable.

Mar 27, 2011

I love James Patterson's transfer in to Science Fiction. A good, and very quick read.

Jan 14, 2011

So my friend said I should read this...
He's a boy, so I wasnt sure...

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