The Deadly Virus is part of the new Starchasers series. These classic, fast paced, high action space adventures are perfect for boys aged 8-14 who have a reading age of 8-9. The books follow the antics of the Starchasers - a team of freelance space adventurers who will take on just about any mission that's legal and earns good money. In The Deadly Virus, someone is ripping off Planet Wisdom's fancy gadgets and Chief Gripper has appointed the Starchasers to find out who's behind it. When their computer is infected with yet another virus, the team is lead to a sinister looking planet. Sending out a probe to investigate, the team discover Murko and his crazy sidekick Dr Rivet are behind the fake Planet Wisdom gadgets. But there's someone else too - Chief Gripper! The corrupt chief has bugged the Lightspinner nd before they know it, the team is at the mercy of the galaxy's most notorious criminal! Can they outwit this evil trio? And will they bank the reward for capturing Murko? Published by Ransom Publishing, the exciting plots and entertaining characters ensure Starachsers are classic, simple and rewarding reads for reluctant and struggling readers. Supported by superb black and white illustrations throughout, each story is approximately 2600 words long, with carefully controlled vocabulary and simple sentences that will help carry the reluctant reader from beginning to end.