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  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905294425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905294428
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By stclementsYear6 on 17 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I have recently read Tunnels, the first in a series of five (soon to be six) amazing books.

In this story we meet Will Burrows, the fourteen-year-old albino son of Dr. Burrows and his wife Mrs Burrows. We also meet Rebecca, Will's sister, and his best friend Chester Rawls.

When Dr. Burrows goes missing, Will and Chester go on a quest to find him; a quest that will change their lives for ever; a quest that will lead them into the dangerous, underground world of Tunnels.

I read this book because my Nan had bought me a box of books and this book; with its intriguing title immediately caught my eye.

I was amazed by this fabulous, gripping tale, so much I could barely stop reading it. It has great description; so great that you feel like your right there in the action and the plot flows brilliantly.

In conclusion...
This is a truly griping story, five stars, ten-out-of-ten, however you say it, this is a absolutely amazing book, therefore you should get a copy right now!

Ethan (age 10
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98 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mihalik on 15 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Barry Cunningham is best known for being the publisher who brought Harry Potter to the world by signing then unknown writer J.K. Rowling after she had been rejected by numerous other publishers.

Since then, I'm sure he's been on the lookout for the "next big thing". Apparently the wait is over. In what's touted to be the "next Harry Potter", Mr. Cunningham has signed another unknown author, or rather pair of authors, Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. Gordon and Williams had previously self-published their book as "The Highfield Mole". After what I'm sure was exhaustive marketing analysis, the book's title has been changed to "Tunnels".

It's an unfair comparison to call a new book the "next Harry Potter". It's akin to saying a company is the "next Microsoft" or an up-and-coming band is the "next Beatles". There is no way any book will live up to the hype. And this book should not be compared to Harry Potter. It is its own animal. And it's pretty good.

"Tunnels" is interesting and entertaining - eventually. I won't recap the plot here because you can read the official description above. The problem is that it takes 170 pages before anything happens. I almost gave up on it. None of the characters introduced in the first third of the book are compelling. They just don't come to life.

Also, the writing in the first part of the book isn't that great. It's too wordy and over-laden with adjectives. It also suffers from "adverb disease" ("Will said quietly", "Rebecca said triumphantly", "Chester said awkwardly"). It's a chore to read.

Then Will and Chester go underground. The writing improves in the second half of the book as things begin to happen and some interesting characters emerge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Tivey on 13 Feb 2010
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I can't believe that there are so many reviews saying it's poorly written and dull. Give them a try they are fantastic. This was a really exciting read. I had to go straight out and get the next 2 in the series and now I have a long wait till the 4th one comes out. It is a really good storyline, with loads of twists along the way. Both myself and my 11 year old son have loved them. Since reading Alex Rider and Harry Potter he's been trying to find a worthy alternative and this is definately it.
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Fair-skinned, white haired Will has little in common with his neat-freak younger sister, Rebecca or tv-obsessed mother but his father relies on Will's love of digging to help him carry out archaeological excavations. When Will's father goes missing, Will enlists his best friend Chester to help find him. Doing so brings the pair into contact with a mysterious society that exists below London and is controlled by the brutal and ruthless Styx, people intent on keeping their society a secret. Unable to escape the hidden world, Will and Chester discover dangerous secrets, including one that will tear Will's dysfunctional world apart and threaten their lives.

Over 150 pages of this novel consists of establishing scenes, including countless ones of Will and Chester digging tunnels only to find them mysteriously filled up again, Dr Burrows stumbling across a theory that might bring him the fame he craves and Will wondering why his dad's gone missing. There's nothing really exciting about them either and the tedium of having to trawl through them may well put may readers off.

Once Will and Chester arrive in the underground society, the story picks up its pace, with the authors doing well to create a sinister parallel world that exists in tandem to ours and is both threatened by and suspicious of the world above. With its quasi-religious rules (including a requirement that inhabitants go to church once a day) and cunningly brutal Styx (a type of secret police force), there is a real sense of menace surrounding Will and Chester and tension is well maintained.
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