Battle for Earth — book review

JOHNNY MACKINTOSH: BATTLE FOR EARTH by Keith Mansfield. Quercus £6.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The third book in the Johnny Mackintosh series of children’s books rejoins 13 year old Johnny Mackintosh living his double life as the saviour of the universe, and a football loving orphan living in a children’s home. When not in the children’s home, Johnny is on his spaceship, the Spirit of London, which looks exactly like the Gherkin building in London.  His companions are his Old English sheepdog, Bentley, a talking computer called Kovac, an artificial life form with a penchant for bowler hats and the Times crossword called Alf, and his sister Clara.

The story is well written and endearing, and stands well on its own.  The characters are well crafted, and the whole tale is enjoyable. It’s easy to see how this series became so popular with children – it follows a similar journey to the Harry Potter series without being plagiaristic, but with outer space as opposed to magic. As with Harry Potter, this series is just as enjoyable for adults, and I look forward to sharing this book with my son.