Secret War: Jack Blank Trilogy, Book 2

Secret War: Jack Blank Trilogy, Book 2

Jack has found his place in the world at last, a superhero-in-training in the Imagine Nation. But some still think he has connection to the evil Rustov who won’t stop until they’ve conquered all worlds, and something inside Jack whispers that they might be right!

Called into the real world on an emergency with their superhero mentors, Jack and his classmates have their first brush with the Secreteers who keep humanity in the dark about the Imagine Nation. Selective memory wipes erase the superheroes’ involvement in these outside rescues, although Jack is sure he saw the true form of one Secreteer.

Jack’s gift of communicating with any machinery leads him to investigate the rumored Rustov virus that’s targeting the Mecha citizens of his city – another secret to hide from his School of Thought friends, like his growing concern that he really could turn into the most feared enemy of all.

When a rogue Secreteer announces that he’ll sell any secret, all the secrets of Imagine Nation to the highest bidder, the young superheroes decide to track him down before he can further endanger everyone. But how can you find the best-hidden place in the universe?

Will Jonas Smart buy the secrets and discover that Jack might truly become Revile?
Can Jack disarm the virus before it infects the city with evil?
Can he dismiss the new voice inside him that swears it is Rustov?

This second book in the Jack Blank trilogy follows the astounding developments in Jack’s life told in book one, The Accidental Hero, and sets the stage for the mighty war at The End of Infinity, book three.

Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at


Jack Blank is living the dream as a celebrity superhero-in-training in the Imagine Nation, but Jack’s dream has a nightmare lurking beneath the surface…a shocking connection to the enemy super-soldier Revile, and a deadly Rustov computer virus Jack can’t tell anyone about.

Jack has been training in the School of Thought in the Imagine Nation for a year now. Last year, he destroyed revile, the super-soldier of the Rustov, only to find that he was forever connected to Revile. Few know about this connection. Jack works on discovering a cure to the virus the Rustov use to take control of the Mecha (machine people) as well as advancing in his studies. Then Cirlcleman Jonas Smart asks him to translate a transmission from a Rustov that indicates an invasion is near. Will Jack be able to discover a cure for the virus or will the future come to its inevitable end? This novel is long (522 pages) but the action doesn’t end. Each of the thirty chapters is a cliff-hanger that drives the reader onward to discover if Jack’s secrets are safe, and what will become of the orphaned fledgling super-hero. Is he destined to become his future? Or will he be able to prove himself worthy as a hero of the Imagine Nation? I can’t wait for the final installment in the trilogy!

Recommended by Alice Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania, USA

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