The poor dear! At the first sign of possible danger, our intrepid “Hardy Boy” turns to mush and wails for his mom to rescue him. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall that the old Rusty freaked out so early on in his Mexican adventure, at least not until near the end. But then again, That Rusty had a partner.
Okay, this must mean another plot twist is being thrown in. Rivera must not think Rusty has enough personality to keep readers’ attention on his own, so he is going to get a partner, I suppose. If true, I think it is a mistake. Give Rusty just a tad more maturity and reasoning and he’d be golden.