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Evil Star (The Power of Five) [Paperback]

Anthony Horowitz
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1 April 2006 The Power of Five
After his experiences at Raven's Gate, fourteen-year-old Matt Freeman thinks his days of battling evil are over. But soon he is pulled into another horrifying adventure when he discovers a second gate exists. Matt and his friend Richard travel to Peru and, assisted by a secret organization known as the Nexus, follow a series of clues to the gate's whereabouts. But there is a traitor in the Nexus...Richard is kidnapped. Matt manages to escape with the help of Pablo, a local boy. The pair travel to the Nazca desert and Matt realizes the horrifying truth - the Nazca lines are the second gate and it is about to open. But this time, will he have the strength to prevent it?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844286207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844286201
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the phenomenal Alex Rider books and the bestselling Power of Five series. He won the 2006 British Book Awards Red House Children's Book of the Year for Ark Angel and the 2003 Red House Children's Book of the Year Award for Skeleton Key. Anthony, who wrote the script for the Alex Rider movie Stormbreaker, also writes extensively for TV, with credits including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. He lives in Clerkenwell, London.

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"*"Matt Freeman's adventures eclipse even those of the formidable Alex Rider." The Scotsman"

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The second story in the bestselling fantasy series The Power of Five by Anthony Horowitz. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 4 May 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
EVIL STAR is the second book in the Anthony Horowitz series called THE GATEKEEPERS.

In book one, titled RAVEN'S GATE, main character Matt discovers he is one of five specially chosen teens. Their purpose is to save the world. Matt doesn't know the other five and must "close" Raven's Gate on his own. As the second book, EVIL STAR, begins, Matt finds himself in Peru meeting up with Pedro, who turns out to be one of the chosen five.

Matt and Pedro join forces, although it isn't easy since Matt speaks only English and Pedro speaks Spanish. Their unusual connection does allow them to communicate while in a dream state. They learn each others' stories and realize that their paths will someday cross the paths of their remaining team.

Together Matt and Pedro must find and prevent the opening of the second gate. Its history is intertwined with the ancient Incas and the Peruvian culture. As they search the seamier side of Peru, they encounter kidnapping, gun battles, the evil "big headed" Salamanda, high altitude jungle treks, and terrifying helicopter rides. Exactly what is the Evil Star and can they find the next gate in time to close it and save the world from the Old Ones?

Horowitz provides his usual fast-paced, non-stop action in this new series. It is sure to impress his already established fans and create plenty of new ones.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EVIL yet brilliant 5 Mar 2007
After reading RAVEN'S GATE, the itch to read the second book was to hard to ignore. It is absolutely brilliant. It is longer and the action is better. The plot really comes into its own and I look forward to reading NIGHTRISE, the third book in the series released in april.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back and better! 6 May 2006
Raven's Gate makes its much anticipated return in this next thrilling installment Evil Star, 2nd in the 'Power of 5' series.

As always Horrorwitz writes a cracker novel that kept me reading to the final full stop. This book was thrilling, action packed and clever till the very end.

Matt is back but life with Richard isn't as appealing as he thought. Life at school and home is a misery and it isn't too long before he decides to rejoin LEAF. But before he can even mention it an explosive turn of events lands Matt in Peru where he finds himself in a fantastic and chilling set of events. Barely in the country he he separated from Richard and is on the run from the police, it isn't long before he runs into a young boy called Pedro. Reluctantly Pedro stays with him helping Matt trhough his desperate search to find Richard.

HOwever Peru isn't as innocent as it seems. Evil forces are at work and with more twists and turns you can shake a stick at, Horrorwitz pulls Matt and Pedro together through more than they bargined.

This book is absolutely brilliant. The change of scenery is a fresh breath of air from England and the flavour of Preu gives the book an exotic and exciting touch. As always the style is gripping and easy on the eyes. Matt continues to struggle with his powers and in an explosive ending you are left gasping for the next book.

Horrorwitz described this series as 'bringing magic into real life without dragons and wizards' and he has certainly done it. This series is so different from anything I've read and I love it. I recommend it to anyone who has read the first book and anyone who enjoys a good mystery thriller.

A big thumbs up to Evil Star, may the next installment come soon!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eeeeh its actually rather good! 18 April 2006
I reccommend you read the first in the series first, as you do... But THIS book, its really good, I read it non-stop the whole way through, much to the dismay of my mother ("You shouldn't be reading that so fast!") and the cat ("OI YOU! STROKE ME, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THAT BOOK!") I think you buy it and read it and love it, NOW! Go on, you know you want to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 9 Feb 2013
By marta
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading the first book I thought it couldnt get any better, but after reading this one I was obviously wrong. Another Horowitz is a great writer.My son(and so do i) loves this series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - write faster aqnthony horowitz 17 April 2006
After picking up the first book expecting another horowitz marvel i was not disappointed,and hurriedly pre-ordered the second one as soon as it became an option!As a 14 year old this is one of my best series,and thats for me means its good as my book collection is well out of control and is turning into a disorganised library!!!the plot is carried on well but it keeps a large veil of mystery over the story slowly revealing small hints and pointers,unexpected plot twists and action and suspense at every corner.Although there are many books i would reccommend also,this is a definite must for horowitz fans!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Mysterious 22 May 2006
By Cynthia
Evil Star was very exciting to read. It had so many fun adventures in this book that it keeps you wanting and wanting to read more. You won't put the book down with this book. It's a pleasure to read!

Cynthia Marie Rizzo author of "Angela and the Princess" and "Julie and the Unicorn"
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Star 30 May 2006
By Matty
Evil Star is every bit as good as Horowitz's last couple of books Scorpia and Ark Angel. The pace never lets up right from the start. I'm not sure how much longer Mr Horowitz can keep coming up with such exciting action sequences, but they sure are making it hard to put these books down once you've picked them up. The adventure this time shifts from London to Peru. Maybe the next one will take us somewhere else equally as exotic, I certainly hope so. If you enjoy this as much as I did then it's worth checking out Robert Muchamore's books in order to fill the gap in your life until the next installment from Horowitz.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
this book has a great story line and an amazing ending. A must read. I hope the rest of the series is just as good.
Published 8 days ago by Eugene G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I loved it keep reading the rest of the series real cliff hanger ending best book in a long time
Published 1 month ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Another classic by Anthony Horowitz. Great story line and well written. It maybe aimed at a younger audience but is a great read. I highly recommend this series
Published 1 month ago by Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars ** Review written after reading entire series **
Having enjoyed Raven's Gate but not Matthew's character, I mostly picked up Evil Star to see some growth in the protagonists. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GWJ Baird
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Horowitz compelling read.....
Usually only make time to read on holiday but this writer has changed my lifestyle. I have now extended my holidays to reading at home! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eugene M Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Have thoroughly enjoyed the whole series!
Fantastic series of books and this keeps up the standard. Highly recommend this book and whole series for Boy Age 11 ish. and mums who love good kids stories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by m
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT a let down
Some people think this one is a let down but I disagree so they can't cat anything because it's a lot better than that ... a lot better!
Published 4 months ago by awsome gamer/reader
4.0 out of 5 stars bought as a pressie
Bought as a present for my nephew on his 11th birthday - i am sure that he will like it....
Published 6 months ago by Tracy Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars evil star
this is my review!
this book is to... violency! (not really a real word!)
but it is really good, you know?
Published 6 months ago by amina 
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous again
This follow-up to Raven's Gate did not disappoint. I do hope the BBC grab the rights to this or they'll be missing a trick. Can't wait for the next one.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Denise Davey
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