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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192728695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192728692
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Bowler was born in Leigh-on-Sea, the setting of his first novel, Midget. After studying Swedish at University, he worked in forestry, the timber trade, teaching and translating before becoming a full-time writer. He has written sixteen novels and won fifteen awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal for River Boy.

He has been described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'the master of the psychological thriller' and by the Independent as 'one of the truly individual voices in British teenage fiction'.

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It's possible to be chilled to the bone without meeting any vampires. In Tim Bowler's frightening and well-paced Buried Thunder, Maya's enemy is a personal demon . . . The story is strong. (The Observer)

The edgy, staccato conversations that typify the novel are completely at one with its prevailing mood of menace and impending terror (The Irish Times)

Buried Thunder is a tour de force; a compelling and clever thriller that reels in its readers from the first intriguing sentence and holds them in a vice-like grip to the heart-stopping denouement. Atmospheric, tense and bristling with menace, the brilliant plotting leaves little room for guessing and there's no chance of solving this mystery until the last page has turned. (Lancaster Evening Post)

A dark, psychological thriller with genuine moments of chilling horror and an intriguing mystical element. (Readingzone.com)

An atmospheric mystery thriller with a hint of otherworldliness about it . . . As with all Tim Bowler books, this one comes highly recommended. (TheBookbag.co.uk)

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A gripping psychological thriller from this popular teen author.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
Buried Thunder is the first of Tim Bowler's books that I have read and I now intend to find as much of his back catalogue as possible, and read the lot. Aimed at teenagers, this story is a pychological thriller that is dark, intense, compelling and at times a little disturbing. It is clear to see why Tim Bowler is a previous winner of the Carneigie Medal - this is original and compelling stuff.

The story revolves around Maya and her family; Mum, Dad and brother Tom. The family have recently moved into The Rowan Tree, a small hotel in a sleepy village. Maya can't settle, she senses a presence in the hotel, something evil that is with her all of the time - accompanied by scratchings, growls and the glint of those yellow eyes, she is beginning to lose her mind.

Maya is drawn to those fox eyes and when she follows them and fnds herself in the forest, looking at two dead bodies, she is terrified. This is just the start of what is really a spine-chilling and eerie story. The story is tense, menacing and gripping. The twists and turns in the story throw up so many questions that it is not until the very end that the mystery is solved - and even then - is it really sold? There was a sense of darkness and terror in the last sentence that was quite chilling.

The reader is left with so many questions; what exactly did Maya see? Why did she see it? Was it all fantasy - or real?

A brilliantly clever author and a gripping story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DennisB on 16 Mar. 2011
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I really enjoyed Buried Thunder by Tim Bowler. I took the book on holiday and raced through it. The story grips you from Page 1 and never lets go. It could be a described as a straight forward exciting mystery thriller, but Buried Thunder is much more than that. There are dark, psychological and disturbing elements to the story. The reader has to decide whether Maya's experiences are real or imagined. There are twists and turns all through the book; just when you are totally sure that there is a clear explanation for the events or a character indentified as the culprit a new revelation causes an immediate reassessment. A wonderfully enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Buried Thunder is the first of Tim Bowler's books that I have read and I now intend to find as much of his back catalogue as possible, and read the lot. Aimed at teenagers, this story is a pychological thriller that is dark, intense, compelling and at times a little disturbing. It is clear to see why Tim Bowler is a previous winner of the Carneigie Medal - this is original and compelling stuff.

The story revolves around Maya and her family; Mum, Dad and brother Tom. The family have recently moved into The Rowan Tree, a small hotel in a sleepy village. Maya can't settle, she senses a presence in the hotel, something evil that is with her all of the time - accompanied by scratchings, growls and the glint of those yellow eyes, she is beginning to lose her mind.

Maya is drawn to those fox eyes and when she follows them and fnds herself in the forest, looking at two dead bodies, she is terrified. This is just the start of what is really a spine-chilling and eerie story. The story is tense, menacing and gripping. The twists and turns in the story throw up so many questions that it is not until the very end that the mystery is solved - and even then - is it really sold? There was a sense of darkness and terror in the last sentence that was quite chilling.

The reader is left with so many questions; what exactly did Maya see? Why did she see it? Was it all fantasy - or real?

A brilliantly clever author and a gripping story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2013
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Maya is walking in the forest surrounding her new home when she comes across a body, then another, and then a shadow. She comes to and the police come but the bodies have gone. She wakes up in The Rowan Tree, the hotel that her parents have taken on, and tried to adjust to being the new kid in the village. But a fox keeps appearing, strange things keep happening in the hotel and there are others in the forest, a wild girl called Bonny and her mute companion Mo, a threatening violent boy Zep and visions and dreams. A thrilling dark ride, well written and spine tingling.
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This is the first Tim Bowler book that I have read and I began reading this book after reading the first two chapters in another "teaser" booklet. So I am by no means an expert on this author, his work or style.

I have to say, sadly the beginning, with its mystery and suspense, was a lot more promising and interesting then the ending, with its rather mundanely obvious resolution. H however, that a number of questions do remain, even when the book has finished - those questions relate more to the way the events unfolded as oppose to the way the events finished, so the book does stay with you for a while making you go over things that you have read, trying to make sense of all of it.

The characters are not one dimensional, but I can't say they were much three dimensional either - I guess they were, for the lack of better explanation, two dimensional, in that each had a particular way of behaving and stuck with that throughout the story, yet the majority of them were very stereotypical and that made them that tiny bit less realistic. Further, the story line is gripping enough that it made me, from about 2/3 of the way into the book until the end, just want to keep reading and reading until I finished it, which is always a good sign.

Overall, I would recommend this to someone who is in need of a tale far away from their ordinary life, but who does not expect the heights of Harry Potter in terms of craftsmanship and intrigue with the characters and the story...
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