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TIM Defender of the Earth [Paperback]

Sam Enthoven
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Book Description

17 Jan 2008

TIM is Tyrannosaurus Improved Model. He's a genetically modified dinosaur that the government have been growing in a secret bunker under Trafalgar Square. And he's on the loose, after the Prime Minister decides he's just too expensive to keep. He's huge and clumsy, and with just a few steps could crush much of central London. He tries to get away but something's calling him back...

Professor Mallahide is very very clever. But also slightly crazy. He's developed an amazing new invention, where nanotechnology means that objects and even people can be taken apart, remodelled, changed and used for any purpose. It's an incredible tool - but also could be a very dangerous weapon in the wrong hands. Unfortunately it's in the hands of a mad scientist...

Chris and Anna are classmates - and after a trip to the British Museum, they're caught up in something very big and scary. Chris is the human link to TIM - can he help control this hugely terrifying but goodhearted monster? And Anna is the Prof's daughter and the only thing keeping him under control . . . for now. Can these two kids help at all as TIM and Professor Mallahide do battle?

A spectacular novel of goodies and baddies fighting it out in London, using Big Ben as a spear and throwing themselves into Buckingham Palace. Hilarious, wild and utterly original.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (17 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038560968X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385609685
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,143,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi! I'm Sam Enthoven. I was born in 1974, I live in London, England and I write fantastical action thrillers aimed at eleven to fifteen year olds. For ten years I worked part-time in a bookshop on London's Charing Cross Road, helping people to find the most thrilling books in the world while chasing my dreams of becoming a published author myself. In 2006 that dream came true with my debut novel, "The Black Tattoo." My follow-up (but /not/ a sequel) "Tim, Defender of the Earth" was shortlisted for the 2008 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. My latest, a superfast, supertense survival horror novel called "Crawlers" has just been published as I'm typing this (April 2010). My sinister masterplan continues: MOO HOO HA HA! erm, sorry. To find out more about me and my work check my homepage: www.samenthoven.com

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If ever a children's book deserves to be given the big-screen treatment, this is it SFX Magazine 20080301

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A huge, hilarious, monster of a story, pitting giant dinosaurs against evil professors...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 27 Mar 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
On a school trip to the British Museum, Chris wanders off alone and discovers a private room in the basement. A strange woman appears and shows him a special display case. The object in the case starts to cast a strange glow around the room. The lady opens the case and places the object, a bracelet, on Chris's wrist. It clamps shut and Chris is unable to remove it. With the cryptic words "You've been chosen" uttered to Chris, he is sent back upstairs to join his class and try to figure out what it means.

Seventy stories below the center of London, a strange creature has been created and slated to be destroyed. With voices inside the creature's head, it starts to fight and break its way to the surface and to freedom.

And in another secret location in the city, a brilliant scientist is given the funding from the British Government to proceed with his illegal experiments that will break the Nanotech Non-Proliferation Treaty. Little does the British Government know that the scientist has a secret agenda of his own.

The city of London is under siege by a swarm of nanobots controlled by Professor Mallahide. The hopes and future of the city, and ultimately the world, rest with a boy and a mysterious creature named TIM (Tyrannosaurs: Improved Model). With the help of Ms. Plimpton from the museum, and Anna, a schoolmate and the daughter of Professor Mallahide, Chris and TIM stand a chance of fighting the swarm and the Professor.

I have to admit that I offered to review this book because my son is a dinosaur fanatic. The concept sounded interesting enough on its own merits, so I gave it a go. Well, I was hooked from the first page! For fans of Michael Crichton, TIM, DEFENDER OF EARTH will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TIM!! 24 Jan 2013
By Lyndsey
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Although im 26, i absolutely loved this book!! if you enjoyed reading Black Tattoo, you will enjoy TIM. Cant wait for the next master piece from Sam Enthoven!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off from the title 3 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I was cautious at first when I was told about this book due to the title but after picking it up I couldn't put it down. TIM is a great character and a real page turner I spent a good few hours on the couch with him. Can't wait for it to be brought to life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars absolute enjoyment 11 Jun 2011
By Narcolepticgi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you're looking for a stretch of the imagination, this is the book for you.
I find, in order to enjoy a fiction novel, it must be able to make me see and hear through the main characters eyes and ears. The movie maker in my mind must begin to create the scenes. Sam's book TIM did that for me.
It is an interesting story line with lots of turns and twists and ended with me wanting to go to the theater to see the movie. It would be a terrific Godzilla feature, perhaps someday it will be. One can only hope.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 4 May 2009
By Mercedes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
SPOILERS ALERT!

From the first page, I loved this book. An advanced dinosaur, a T-Rex, has been created. When the prime minister comes to see what all the research funding has been spent on he's very disappointed. Tim is just a big dinosaur to him. He orders him to be exterminated and moves the funding to another scientist who's creating something for the military. When Tim is being gassed he panics and breaks out of his cage underground and appears in the middle of London. He's attacked by the scared tiny people and he runs to the sea. There he meets the one and only Kraken, who is the old Defender of the Earth. He explains to Tim what his duty is; to protect the planet and the life on it.

The funding is moved to a scientist who has created a nanobot. After showing how he can change a species to another species the prime minister is not impressed. He demands to see what kind of a fighting machine the nanobots are. After being shown in a matter of seconds how quickly the test subject is destroyed he approves funding. After the prime minister leaves the scientist brings the test subject back to life and makes a terrible decision.

Chris takes a school trip to the museum and ends up with a bracelet on his wrist that can't be removed. He soon discovers he's supposed to be the strength for the defender of the earth. When the scientist's good intentions turn into a power trip Tim comes to the rescue to fight him and destroy him, however, without Chris' help Tim just can't seem to make a dent. When the United States informs Britain they are going to be destroyed because of the nanobot monster that's eating up all living things and threatens to take over the world Chris will finally step up to the plate. Tim is all but dead and comes back to life with Chris' help and the crazy nanobot/man is destroyed.

This was a page turner, keeps you interested from the get go. I think this would make a great movie. I recommend it to all.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Boy And His Dinosaur Versus The Evil Cyber Professor 29 July 2008
By Mel Odom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sam Enthoven's new book, TIM, DEFENDER OF THE EARTH, is a blend of fantasy, science fiction, and giant monsters that tends to range all over the place. Honestly, he does a pretty good job of mixing all the genres because not one of them can completely exist without the other. This is a confection aimed at young male readers and it shows, though there's a scrappy girl character that I enjoyed a lot too.

It's really hard to discuss the book without giving away some of the novel's progression, but I'll try to keep all the mysteries intact as much as I can. Enthoven braids his story together by bringing his characters together, and the story summary on the book's jacket gives away a lot.

In the beginning, there's TIM. Yep, all capital letters. It stands for Tyrannosaurus Improved Model, and that's exactly what he is. For years, scientist have labored in a laboratory seventy stories below the earth's surface to blend DNA to create a new soldier. They tried blending several different creatures, but the tyrannosaur model was the only one that became viable - for reasons they still don't understand.

Then we get introduced to Chris Pitman, a young slacker coasting through school and trying to fit into the cool crowd. He exists on the fringes of it, never quite getting into that longed-for territory. He's also the guy that gets outfitted with the bracelet that links him to TIM and to the magical power of the earth. He doesn't learn that for a while. I liked Chris a lot because he never comes across as the superhero type. He's just a guy who's stepped into a situation that's over his head.

Anna Mallahide is the daughter of Professor Mallahide, and she ends up being the strong, scrappy girl I enjoyed getting to know. Her life hasn't been easy because her dad has been working on nanotechnology even after international agreements between countries stated they would not. After TIM's funding is cut, Professor Mallahide's project is totally green-lighted. And it doesn't take long for the professor to make himself into one of the most nefarious villains I've seen in a long time.

I loved Mallahide's presence in the book because the author talks about nanotechnology and what might eventually come of it. He plays fair to both sides, building a case both for and against the advance of nanotechnology, and he does so with clear-cut examples.

But most young male readers aren't going to be there for a discussion of nanotechnology. They want to see the battle royale between TIM and Professor Mallahide. There are a couple of warm-ups to the main event, and those only build the feeling of the coming fight. The hardback edition of this book also contains a pull-out poster of TIM and Professor Mallahide as they carry on the battlefield.

The book is wildly inventive and a lot of fun, but there were a few places where the action seemed to come to a standstill. Information we'd heard was sometimes repeated. Still, if you've got a young male reader in the house, this book will probably keep him occupied.
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 27 Mar 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
On a school trip to the British Museum, Chris wanders off alone and discovers a private room in the basement. A strange woman appears and shows him a special display case. The object in the case starts to cast a strange glow around the room. The lady opens the case and places the object, a bracelet, on Chris's wrist. It clamps shut and Chris is unable to remove it. With the cryptic words "You've been chosen" uttered to Chris, he is sent back upstairs to join his class and try to figure out what it means.

Seventy stories below the center of London, a strange creature has been created and slated to be destroyed. With voices inside the creature's head, it starts to fight and break its way to the surface and to freedom.

And in another secret location in the city, a brilliant scientist is given the funding from the British Government to proceed with his illegal experiments that will break the Nanotech Non-Proliferation Treaty. Little does the British Government know that the scientist has a secret agenda of his own.

The city of London is under siege by a swarm of nanobots controlled by Professor Mallahide. The hopes and future of the city, and ultimately the world, rest with a boy and a mysterious creature named TIM (Tyrannosaurs: Improved Model). With the help of Ms. Plimpton from the museum, and Anna, a schoolmate and the daughter of Professor Mallahide, Chris and TIM stand a chance of fighting the swarm and the Professor.

I have to admit that I offered to review this book because my son is a dinosaur fanatic. The concept sounded interesting enough on its own merits, so I gave it a go. Well, I was hooked from the first page! For fans of Michael Crichton, TIM, DEFENDER OF EARTH will not disappoint. The action is fast, the science fantastic, and the mounting tension almost too much to bear. I wanted to get to the end to find out if Chris and TIM can save London. Except for the technical, scientific jargon, the book is appropriate for all ages. I can easily picture this being made into a motion picture with the stunning special effects that the swarm would create, as well as the larger-than-life descriptions given to TIM.

I give this book a Gold Star as it's one that I will definitely be recommending to others.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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