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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141336498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141336497
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Scarrow spent the first ten years out of college in various rock bands trying to get a record deal. Then, failing miserably at that he went into the computer games business as a digital artist.

After a decade in the games business, he ended up as a senior designer working on high-concept projects for next generation consoles.

Finally he got bored of all of that and turned his hand to writing. His first manuscript, A THOUSAND SUNS was published in the UK by Orion in 2005. He now has a number of thrillers out and written the nine-book teen series TIMERIDERS which has won a number of awards, been nominated by Puffin as BEST ADVENTURE FANTASY in their recent BEST SEVENTY CHILDRENS BOOKS OF ALL TIME press release.

And coming soon, released exclusively on Amazon Kindle, is the ELLIE QUIN SERIES, which Alex describes as a chase story across a future universe that looks a bit like 'BladeRunner meets Douglas Adam's Hitch-Hikers Guide'. He has also described it as 'Bridget Jones in Space'.

Which is intriguing.

Alex Scarrow is fast building a reputation as one of the UK's most original writers.

"Alex is plugged into the zeitgeist - his themes of religious chaos, environmental catastrophe and the dangers of unchecked power are perfectly in tune with the times." - Orion Books.

Alex is represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates

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A thriller full of spectacular effects (Guardian)

About the Author

Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist, then he became a graphic artist, then he decided to be a computer games designer. Finally, he grew up and became an author. He has written a number of successful thrillers and several screenplays, but it's YA fiction that has allowed him to really have fun with the ideas and concepts he was playing around with designing games.

He lives in Norwich with his son, Jacob, his wife, Frances, and his Jack Russell, Max.

www.time-riders.co.uk


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been a loyal follower of Alex Scarrows TimeRiders since book 1, and have also followed his adult thrillers since the very first one, I have seen his writing grow and grow along with his ability as a story teller.

The TimeRiders series in my opinion is his master piece, his ability to see into the mind of the young adults that the book is mainly targeted at is a skill that should not be ignored. This book does not talk down to them, it does not try to be hip or have pretencions above what it is, which is a fantastic Sci-fi adventure that captures the imagination.

This series IMHO is better written and better executed that the recent spate of Dr Who stories to hit the TV, and given the popularity of these books the BBC should be taking a serious look at Mr Scarrow for some screen writing, Dr Who needs a shot in the arm, a dose of something new and TimeRiders style exciting.

Book 5 of TimeRiders takes us further into the tale of our TimeRiding Team with a tale set back in Ancient Rome as a reviewer you cant expand on what, why and what happens without major spoilers, but as per every previous book, there are revelations a plenty and shocks galore, add in the fantastical working of Alex's mind, the intricate workings of the Time waves and then throw in 2 very old favourites borrowed from his brother Simon Scarrow (and the great Eagles series) who BTW Alex wrote so well i wondered for a bit if Simon Ghost wrote them (I'm reliably informed he didn't), and you have the best book in the series so far... the only worry for me..How the hell is book 6 going to top this book?

VERY VERY Highly Recommended

(Parm)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Hampson on 13 Sept. 2013
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Lets keep this simple,i'm 40, and these books are great,yes they are meant for young adults,but you know what, it really dont matter..I have blasted my way through 7 of the books so far and wil very soon be ordering book 8... I would like to bring you a new word which i think best describes Timeriders....UNPUTDOWNABLE..!!! Keep up the great work ALEX...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Ayres on 18 May 2013
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in a word brilliant.
A must for every age but start from book one you will not be disappointed. buy now
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Stacey on 5 May 2013
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The story is really well told and good fun. Quite suspenseful in parts and fast moving. Loved it! Would happily recommend the series.
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Hooked on the whole series. Didn't realise this was mean't for teanagers, but very clever plots and twists.

waiting to receive the next book as I'm writing this.

If you're in to science fiction with a bit of period settings.

also try Alex's brothers book set in the roman period, very good. The two sets of characters meet in this book.

recommed both sets of brothers books
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2012
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Alex Scarrow provides another action-packed, fast-paced and excellently written book, continuing and adding to the previous books in the series. This instalment takes a slightly different angle to the earlier ones, with all three of the TimeRiders being in the past together (usually at least one of them is back in the field office). This leads to a bigger sense of apprehension as not only are they trying to correct the time line, they're also trying to find a way to get home. Previously they've been stuck in all kinds of war zones but this time, Liam describes altered Rome as the worst place he's ever been. There's violence, gangs and an insane Emporer who's becoming more and more powerful. This book really steps up and somewhat pushes the boundaries of Young Adult fiction in terms graphicness and description.

Gates of Rome is the middle book of the TimeRider's series (there's nine planned all together) and as such the overall story arc is becoming more prominent, with more insight into the TimeRider's agency and the future. There's also a message of environmental and ecological concern which plays a part to the story and that's becoming more and more evident as the series continues, although it doesn't come across as preachy at all.

I can't wait for the next book, City of Shadows, which is due in August 2012.
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By R. Hart on 6 April 2013
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Just when I thought it might be getting formulaic but good even so he changes what you're expecting. I no longer read the reviews of the next book as they tend to give a clue as to what happens in the previous book. Although targeted at teens it is just as good for someone older and father to a teenager.
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Part of the series. I totally recommend this author, and indeed the whole Timeriders series (the last book of which was published last year). Alex Scarrow has other super books out there too. Never heard of him? Why not?? Give him a try. I am a great-grandmother so he doesn't just appeal to children.
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