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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447227999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447227991
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'What a blast. Weird murders, creepy villains, fiendish puzzles, non-stop action – what more could you want from a book?' Charlie Higson

'Lane’s writing is detailed, with scenes of exquisite terror . . . This is a world of shadowy conspiracies and sinister groups who have agents everywhere . . . nothing is what it seems. A hugely enjoyable treat for budding gumshoes' Daily Telegraph

'The dramatic, violent ending leaves enough narrative strings dangling that readers over the age of 12 who enjoy detective fiction will grab for the sequel next fall' Wall Street Journal

'. . . gripping . . . fast-moving adventure that will not disappoint fans' Carousel

This book was great fun to read and I think that it would be a good read for any teenager. It has a strong plot which is full of unexpected twists, turns and developments. (Teen Titles)

Andrew Lane made all the difference... It's nice to have an author who occasionally indulges us all in wild flights of fantasy (The Guardian Children's Books)

Conan Doyle knew how to tell a rattling good adventure yarn and without a doubt so does Andrew Lane. He writes fluidly, introducing his characters with style and humour, never labouring a scene or wasting words; admirable qualities for any author, but in some ways, even more necessary for someone writing for a younger audience (Crime Review)

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The first in a bang-up-to-the-minute new series from the bestselling author of Young Sherlock Holmes.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2013
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Author of the well-received Young Sherlock Holmes series moves into the present day with what looks to be another enjoyable and intelligent series.
This involves the exploits of a team for four young people and one `much older' fellow in his late twenties. The central character or driving force is Calum Challenger, eighteen years old, paralysed from the waist down after a car accident which killed his parents; wealthy and communicating with the outside world through an array of media and computer devices he seeks out creatures of legend partially for ecological reasons but also in the hope of finding a DNA which when merged with his own will repair the damage to his body. His expeditionary team is assembled both by accident and design. Gecko an exceptionally talented roof runner; Tara a goth computer genius both on the run from undesirables; Natalie LA `Valley Girl' a reluctant recruit sent by her mother and associate of Calum's parents to toughen her up and finally the old man `Rhino' Gillis, ex-military special forces, all quite likeable but different personalities; Andrew Lane does not slip into clichés, Rhino is not a grumpy old man grumbling about having to look after kids, but he does expect them to keep up; Natalie is not relegated to comic foil for cheap laughs.
Calum's intention is for them to seek out a legendary missing link the Almasti (actually the Caucasus equivalent to the Yeti or Big Foot, but more advanced). To add pace to the book so are the sinister and shadowy Nemor Incorporated whose mercenaries will cross swords with the team.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2013
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Lost Worlds is an adventure story through-and-through. It has four young adventurers with a mix of abilities:

- The rich Callum Challenger, who lost the use of his legs in the car-crash that killed his parents, and who lives in a converted warehouse "lair" with high-tech computers and communications equipment;
- Geek-girl Tara Flynn, only fourteen, but able to hack into almost any computer system on the internet using her tablet computer;
- Free-runner Gecko, who risks his life for the thrill of running across London's rooftops; and
- Natalie Livingstone, the slim, tanned, glamorous Californian daughter of Callum's guardian, Professor Gillian Livingstone.

Together with "Rhino" Gillis, an ex-soldier (there are strong hints in the text that he is ex-SAS), they plan an expedition to the ex-Soviet state of Georgia to find out if the semi-mythical Almasti are just a story or a tribe of Neanderthal-like people living there undiscovered. But it's not long before they realise that sinister forces are out to stop them - and that their lives are all in danger!

I hugely enjoyed Andrew Lane's Death Cloud (the first of his Young Sherlock series). This book is equally-well written, starting fairly gently, but building up to a racing climax that leaves you feeling there's more to come. The story is rounded off, but there are elements of the plot that are left unresolved: it won't be long before another Callum Challenger book hits the shelves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2013
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Settle down here for a most enjoyable, exciting read - at its centre a motley crew of unlikely teenagers. Sixteen year old ultra-rich orphan Calum, his legs paralysed, swings by straps from the ceiling round his large London apartment. The place is his nerve centre, dominated by screens and state of the art gadgetry. He aims to track down species hitherto unknown or long thought extinct - their DNA perhaps with clues how to improve health and combat disability. Can a Yeti (or whatever) truly have been sighted in Georgia? From his home he will mastermind an expedition - his representatives on it freerunner Gecko, computer hacker Tara, self-obsessed Natalie (she destined for overdue attitude-changing shocks).

Far-fetched? Of course it is, but entertainingly so - the telling so inventive and sure that the reader is simply swept along. Added to the mix are dastardly villains keen to maim or to kill, resourceful guide "Rhino" Gillis, awesome robot Arlene - and, not least, a sinister all-powerful corporation full of dirty tricks.

I was won over instantly Calum turned out to be the great grandson of Professor George Challenger, he of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" - my copy decades ago read so often it fell to pieces and had to be replaced. (No screen adaptation has been a patch on that novel.) A character called Roxton features here and in that book - a coincidence or with a significance to be revealed in a sequel? (Be assured that, although this is the first of a series, the adventure is self-contained - albeit ending more hurriedly than some would wish.)

Calum greatly intrigues as, indeed, do his friends. There is scope here in plenty for many more adventures - good news indeed for what will assuredly become a growing legion of fans.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2013
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Despite being in my early forties, I'm a fan of the young Sherlock Holmes series for which Andrew Lane is best known. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up. Set in the modern day, it's about a 16 year-old boy who is paralysed from the waist down, and lives in a hi-tech apartment where he plots expeditions to locate animals thought to be extinct. So far so good.

Without giving any of the plot away, there's simply a lot of scene-setting that is no doubt providing the groundwork for what comes later in the series (there are more books planned). If one ignores the fact that the entire premise is somewhat ludicrous, generally not a lot seems to happen. Maybe I'm just too old for this sort of book, but it just doesn't have the excitement that Lane's Young Sherlock books have. There are a few promising elements, however - the characters are ones that you can care about, and there's a great Conan Doyle link that fans will spot. If this is simply a prelude to what comes next, then that's fine - but if the next book isn't better, then my journey through the Lost Worlds will come to a premature end.
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