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Kent Turner’s “Trained to Kill” Inspires the Kent Turner Spotify Playlist

In response to Kent Turner’s 597‑word review of Ender’s Game on School Library Journal

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Kent Turner is on top of the world with the finely crafted “Kids in Space, Trained to Kill.” The work is not vast and sprawling, but the punctual writing captures the essence of young killing machines and allows one to reflect on future iPads.

Turner brings the action at the start of Trained to Kill with an exciting commentary on battle school and the epic visuals of the film. The critic even compares the scenes to Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, which will send tech nerds into convulsions and inspire forceful typing on internet message boards. Only a veteran like Turner can excite the mind and rattle the audience in an opening paragraph. Some readers might be inspired to seek out “Shake, Rattle and Roll” on Spotify, and perhaps dedicate their own Playlist to the critic. Phrasing such as “sleek-but-not-too-flashy” makes the review fresh and full of life.

Trained to Kill has a Da Vinci-like code focusing on director Gavin Hood, writer Orson Scott Card, and lead actor Asa Butterfield. It’s amazing that these are real people and not names of characters. Turner shifts from person to person with exquisite insight, all the while maintaining a steady flow with droplets of plot summary. One may be led to believe that Turner is part of a secret society and Ender’s Game is just a front for something bigger.

Kent Turner is careful with his words in Trained to Kill, and their power is astonishing.    

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