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J.D. Fennell

  • Original Title: SLEEPER
  • Publication date: April 2017
  • Publisher: The Dome Press
  • Country: GB
  • 256 print pages
  • Adventure


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: World War II, 20th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, War and other conflicts, PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Search for the truth, Double identity, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Conspiracy, Rivalry, Violence


A daredevil, fast-paced tale of double-agents, supernatural plots and evil villains during the Second World War.


Book 2 shortlisted for the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize
Book 1 shortlisted for the Amazing Book Awards 2018

YA adventure debut. J.D. Fennell comes from Belfast.



Sixteen-year-old Will Starling is pulled from the sea with no memory of his past. In his blazer is a strange notebook with a bullet lodged inside: a bullet meant for him. As London prepares for the Blitz, Will soon finds himself pursued by vicious agents and a ruthless killer known as the Pastor. All of them want Will's notebook and will do anything to get it. As Will's memory starts to return, he realises he is no ordinary sixteen-year-old. He has skills that make him a match for any assassin. But there is something else. At his core is a deep-rooted rage that he cannot explain. Where is his family and why has no one reported him missing? Fighting for survival with the help of Mi5 agent-in-training, Anna Wilder, Will follows leads across London in a race against time to find the Stones of Fire before the next air raid makes a direct hit and destroys London forever.

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