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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dolphin; 1st edition (3 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858817218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858817217
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major book festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan has recently embarked on a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to reevaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

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'This book has something for everyone - action, excitement, anger and suspense. You'll not want to put it down!' --Sheryl Fenwick EVENING CHRONICLE (DURHAM)

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A gripping, contemporary fantasy thriller with a Greek myths setting.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a primary school teacher and was covering myths and legends with my class in literacy. This book was recommended to me by a friend who had read it to their son. The children in the class were engrosed in the story from the start. The great thing about this book is that it combines Ancient Greek history with computer games. Many of the children did not realise until I asked them to wite a review, how much of the story they had retained. Phoenix, is a character that all of the boys wanted to be and many of the girls could relate to Laura's strong minded character. My class and I would recommend this book to anyone, even if this type of genre is not what you usually read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
Reading the blurb I was not particularly keen, but I was looking for something new so I though 'Why not?' After reading only a few pages, I knew my first thoughts were wrong because the story is so much more complex than it appears.The story was based on a myth, but at the same time there is plenty of reality with characters you can relate to. Having the two together in one story is such a excellent idea, and the way they are brought together through the works of evil create all the suspense needed to make this a book that you can't put down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trickster on 29 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I am 14 years old and if I'm being perfectly honest I don't enjoy reading, but this book is very easy to get stuck into, once you've got past the first chapter. Throughout the story it keeps you on edge. I personally enjoyed the book and recommend it to people who don't do reading.
The story begins with an exciting description of a violent encounter between a boy and a Minotaur. The boy has no weapons, whilst the Minotaur has huge horns and `sharper fangs than a lion'. The Minotaur is a carnivore and the boy knows that if he catches him, he will become the monster's next meal! This opening chapter made me feel as if I was actually there with the boy,
Phoenix (the main character) is a teenage boy. His dad brings home the latest computer game from his company called "The Legendeer". It is a game where you have to battle against mythical creatures. However, it is more than just a game as it lets the player actually feel and touch the game. Phoenix becomes addicted to the game, even when it becomes so real that he suffers cuts and pain. He soon realises that there is more than just a game happening. His dad and Adams (Phoenix's enemy) and Laura (Phoenix's best friend) are sucked into the game and cannot escape. It is up to Phoenix to be brave about his fears and rescue his dad, Laura and his enemy Adams. But Adams has teamed up with the evil Game Master. Will Phoenix manage to defeat the game?
Alan Gibbons won the Blue Peter Book Award 2000 'The book I couldn't put down' for this book, which I think is a fair judgement. I can tell you that I managed to finish it and the last time I read a whole book was in year 4 and I'm now in year 10!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book grabs your attention right from the start. It is about a boy who is fascinated by the computer game his dad is working on, but he and his dad realise too late that the game has a mind of its own, and it is evil! The boy, Pheonix, and his friend Laura get trapped in the world of the Greek myths and must battle against the snake-haired Medusa and the rampaging Minotaur to beat the game and return to their own world. There are many twists and turns in the plot, some quite gruesome, and each chapter leaves you in suspense and wanting more. It is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes an exciting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Reviewer... on 30 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
This trilogy is on the top rank of my book collection. It is about a boy (Phoenix) whose dad is working to develop a new type of virtual reality game, called "Shadow of the Minotaur". Phoenix is allowed to test the game. He thinks it's amazing until one time, he can't get the mask off...then he is sucked into the game, the only way out being to beat the whole game.
This book was really thrilling. It wasn't really scary, just thrilling. The writer goes into vivid description of the minotaurs lair and, for that matter, everything in the book. Buy it.
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I thought this was a great book. Incredibly vivid description, emotionally deep and morally interesting. I am a primary school teacher looking for a good novel for a book study for year 5 to tie into their ancient greek topic. I'm hoping the children will be as hooked as I was. I then read percy jackson and the lightning theif and thought gibbons' book was much more gripping and a better read for children in the english school system.
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I read this book as a child in primary school and I thought I fancy reading it again I'm glad I did I enjoyed the book all over again. I was not disappointed it's a good story that takes you in and makes you feel as though your in with the characters. I'd recommend this book to anyone and especially children who enjoy a thorough and good read!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2001
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Shadow of the Minotaur is a really enthusiastic book. It is all about Myths and legends and two different worlds and a bridge to one another through a computer.Phoenix finds himself in a game that seems so real but yet it isn't,or is it?.This book is the type that no matter what happens you don't want to put it down,it's great.Read it if you dare!
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