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The Tube Riders: The Tube Riders Trilogy #1 [Kindle Edition]

Chris Ward
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Beneath the dark streets of London they played a dangerous game with trains. Now it is their only chance for survival...

Britain in 2075 is a dangerous place. A man known only as the Governor rules the country with an iron hand, but within the towering perimeter walls of London Greater Urban Area anarchy spreads unchecked through the streets.

In the abandoned London Underground station of St. Cannerwells, a group of misfits calling themselves the Tube Riders seek to forget the chaos by playing a dangerous game with trains. Marta is their leader, a girl haunted by her brother’s disappearance. Of the others, Paul lives only to protect his little brother Owen, while Simon is trying to hold on to his relationship with Jess, daughter of a government official. Guarding them all is Switch, a man with a flickering eye and a faster knife, who cares only about preserving the legacy of the Tube Riders. Together, they are family.

Everything changes the day they are attacked by a rival gang. While escaping, they witness an event that could bring war down on Mega Britain. Suddenly they are fleeing for their lives, pursued not only by their rivals, but by the brutal Department of Civil Affairs, government killing machines known as Huntsmen, and finally by the inhuman Governor himself.

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    About the Author

    About the Author A proud and noble Cornishman (and to a lesser extent British), Chris Ward ran off to live and work in Japan back in 2004. There he got married, got a decent job, and got a cat. He remains pure to his Cornish/British roots while enjoying the inspiration of living in a foreign country. In addition to The Tube Riders, he is the author of 33 published stories and seven unpublished novels, some of which, thankfully, will remain so. “Like” Chris on Facebook at Chris Ward (fiction writer) or follow on Twitter @ChrisWardWriter. Chris also has a blog about his writing and his life – There will be a second Tube Riders novel if time and energy allows. The author would love to hear your suggestions and comments. Please email them to –

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3001 KB
    • Print Length: 449 pages
    • Publisher: AMMFA Publishing; 3 edition (14 Jan. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007LVFSP8
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,558 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    Chris Ward is a native of Cornwall, England, but currently lives and works in Nagano, Japan. He is the author of the novels The Tube Riders, The Man Who Built the World and Head of Words, as well as numerous short stories and collections.

    He spends his time, snowboarding, writing, playing guitar in his rock band, Steampunk Unicorn (www.reverbnation/steampunkunicorn), and generally having too much to say about just about everything.

    Thank you for stopping by. Like Chris Ward (Fiction Writer) on Facebook for regular updates, or follow Chris's blog at

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty realisim of a possible future 22 May 2013
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    3.5 if I had the option....

    I liked this look at a very potential future. It was gritty and did not hold back on the violent lifestyle of this dystopian, deprived world Chris Ward has created. Set in London, Bristol and Cornwall, the reader follows a group of young adults called the Tube Riders, named for their love of a dangerous sport; riding the side of tube trains in London's Underground. Those who seek thrills, don't care about dying or are simply looking for a way to forget the hardships of London life come together and have formed a 'family'. This for me was a fantastic idea and reading how Chris Ward came about it at the end of the book made me grin.

    The Tube Riders soon find themselves in a heap of trouble when a rival gang find their location and call for their deaths. They run away and stumble on a murder that the government want keeping quite. So now they are on the run from the gang and the government. As their stories unfold the reader is subjected to the starkness of their terrible lives, everyone is struggling to survive one day to the next. Rape, Murder and Riots are minutes away on every street. Children learn how to wield weapons from a young age to protect themselves. Its bad enough on the surface but deep down there are worse tortures. The government steal people off the streets to use in the Labs, creating all types of monsters. Part men, Part Canine and Part Cyborg creatures come from these Labs called the Huntsmen and they are used when the government need to take out their enemies fast. The Tube Riders are their enemies.

    The character development was great, the Tube Riders all had a heartwrenching past, they all had suffered, lost loved ones and struggled to get by.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Riveting! 24 Sept. 2012
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    It is 2075 and Britain is now a dangerous, frightening place, ruled over by a cruel despot. The cities have become the stalking grounds of thugs and psychopaths and have been walled in to prevent the insalubrious citizenry from escaping to the countryside where the nice people live. Government agents prey on the people, transporting children to factories as slave labour or worse, to be fodder for the strange cyber experiments going on in secret places underground. Every so often space rockets are launched and fall back to earth, but nobody knows why. Somewhere in London the sinister 'Governor' controls the country but few have seen his face and there are rumours he has incredible supernatural powers.
    There is no future and no hope for the young people of this shadow-land, so they find their excitement where they can. One small band rides the tube trains - on the outside, clinging precariously to wooden 'clawboards' clamped to the side, looking in at the terrified passengers. They become their own legend. Their ghostly faces peering through the windows assumed to be the wraiths of the dead - they are The Tube Riders.

    This is, without doubt, the most exciting book I have read for some time. I was gripped from the first page. Chris Ward's dystopian 'Mega Britain' is chilling and utterly believable, as are his characters. I loved them all - the brave young people who strive not only to survive, but to incite rebellion and bring freedom to the oppressed people of the cities, the thinkers who keep their heads below the parapet and plan for the new day, even the dreadful cyber creatures, the 'huntsmen', who never asked to become monsters. Terrible things happen in this book, but there are also ingenious strategies and heroic stands. And most of all, there is love.

    This is an epic work created by a superb writer. It is one of those books you will want to read over and over again, that will stay in your memory forever.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars From slow start to thrilling read. 6 April 2013
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    Like other reviewers here I gained this novel on a special offer - and probably wouldn't have chosen it otherwise, as I don't usually read sci-fi - however I do read Thrillers.
    After a bit of a slow start where I wasn't 'in the world of the book' nor 'caring enough about the characters' I was suddenly tipped into a Thriller (albeit set in a dystopian future) with the whole government backed horror driving the story, characters (now fully fleshed out) to care about, and a goal to achieve that will not only save their skins, but the future of mega-britain and all who live there - hence ending up as a gripping read!
    I see Chris Ward has now released this as a 3 part trilogy - It was a very long book so this might have been a wise move! Just let me say - give the story time to grow on you - you should be well on track before the end of 'London' but 'Bristol' and 'Cornwall' are full steam ahead!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling read - don't miss it! 13 Oct. 2014
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    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale. In all fairness, this has been the first book that I've read, in full, for many years....since my youth, actually.

    After nattering to Chris on a forum a while back, I decided to pursue the story and finish it - boy was I glad that I did. The concept is great and Chris' ability to paint a true image of a futuristic world left me wondering if this book is based on fiction or, potential, fact.

    After watching Divergent recently, I couldn't help but smile in the fact that I'd read Chris' book way before seeing a movie that has trains featured heavily in its story - not that there's any significance - I just wished to mention that fact.

    Part two is out now and, needless to say, I shall be picking that up in the coming future and, judging by this book's story, so should you!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Published 1 day ago by W. G. Hall
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mega tale of Mega Britain
    I was drawn to this book because it is set in the city in which in I live, London. However, the London of The Tube Riders is a dystopian metropolis of violence, poverty and... Read more
    Published 7 days ago by WAYNE POWTER
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read in line with the 1984 book
    This is an excellent read with a lot of changes, pity that it leads into book so need to read it to see what happens
    Published 25 days ago by Bryan Hume
    5.0 out of 5 stars I now look at the tube trains in London and wonder... could I ??
    Having read this book, I now look at the tube trains in London and wonder... could I ?? Then I return to my senses an accept that at 58 years old, no I can't. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by PAUL RAWLINSON
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I loved this book, can't wait to read the rest. Well done!
    Published 1 month ago by Oberon De Monet
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Poorly written.
    Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Ann Macleod
    5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
    loved this book. tube riders are very daring kids felt as if I was there with them, trying to escape will read more from this author a good read
    Published 2 months ago by jaycee
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with excellent pacing
    I'll give any indie author a chance. Most of course aren't worth it, but Ward is, and I'm glad I did. He's in what I call the 2SD zone: better than 95. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Chris Worth
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Need to read the sequals but looks very promising.
    Published 5 months ago by Duncan Haggart
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story one of the best.
    Very entertaining and enjoyable book.
    Very good fast moving story. Can't wait to down load the next in the series.
    Published 6 months ago by Helen Grice-Roberts
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