Book Review – A Tragic Introduction

Book Review – A Tragic Introduction

A Tragic Introduction Scott McCully Espionage Adventure by Jessica C. Joiner


Eighteen year old Scott McCully finds himself drawn into the dangerous world of espionage as he seeks the truth about his parents’ deaths.

When Scott’s parents fail to show up for his football game – again – he’s more disappointed than concerned. Disappointment turns to grief when a secret agent tells him his parents have been killed. How could God have allowed his parents to die? and who are his parents anyway?

Secret agents aren’t exactly known for their candor, and Scott realizes the only way to get the truth about his parents will be to get it himself. He’s been told the secrets are there for his protection, and the deeper he gets, the more likely it seems that he might not live to find out the truth.


This is a fun adventure for teens. Scott McCully is a high school student at a military academy. When his parents don’t show up for his football game, he discovers that things are not what they seem. This is the first book in a series about Scott. For all those kids who would love to become a secret agent themselves. Even though this is a YA book and the main characters are high school students, sometimes I felt through the dialogue and storyline, this was more of a middle-grade story. It was a little far-fetched and unbelievable but was a fun adventure. I really loved that Scott and his friend Matt, were strong Christians. Sometimes this element can be difficult to show in a story but I thought the author did a nice job in just making their faith part of the story. Their beliefs were not over the top or forced on anyone, but it showed that those values made these young men the good guys that they are.

A Note From the Reviewer:

As a writer and a mother, I’m always searching for wonderful Christian books for teens of all ages. I truly believe one way we can encourage teens in their faith is through fiction with positive messages, embedded in great stories. There are many fantastic Christian and Catholic teen novels out today but they can be hard to find. I’m excited to share some of these books with you.

Leslea Wahl

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