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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 (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rachel 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Few books that I have read were as compelling and addictive as this one, and with 3 more published in the series and a 5th on the way, it will provide many more hours of entertainment. This book was hard to put down. I just kept saying to myself as reading, one more section, one more chapter, and yet kept reading when I should have put it down. I had to stop reading it at work because I would not want my break or lunch to end. The story is fast paced, the plot twists uncanny, the characters incredibly interesting and the concept chilling.

Will Burrows (pun intended I am sure) is obsessed with archaeological digs, a passion his father has encouraged. His father is the curator at the local museum and dreams of finding something to put his academic career back on track. But they dig in secret, hiding their tunnels and their finds. Will works on projects for his father but also has his own side digs in areas of interest for himself. And in some ways he feels more at home underground than above. But when his father goes missing, and Will discovers a mysterious tunnel and journal, he and his friend Chester go digging, looking for Dr. Burrows. What they find will surprise them and just might cost them their lives.

The greatest strength of the story is the uniqueness of the story line. The plot is so enticing. Discovering an underground world and civilization is not a new plot, but how this one came about, and its interactions with topsiders, is unique and fascinating. Overall it was an excellent read and I cannot wait to read more books in the series. (Note this book was originally published as The Highfield Mole.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 21 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
As you can tell from all of the reviews here this book starts slowly and gradually develops some momentum once we head underground. It has a sort of cliffhanger ending, (actually more of a "more to come" kind of teaser), and lots of readers held out high hopes that the series would pick up steam and really turn into something.

I've tried books two and three, and I'm done. Didn't even thoroughly read them. Everything gets dark and complicated. The multiple plotlines drag and the story is bloated by a kitchen sink approach. The characters don't develop into much and at least I didn't become invested in finding out anyone's fate. There is non-stop action and a piling on of wilder and wilder developments, so the series could be three books or ten or an infinite number.

The good news is that you can read and enjoy this Book One and then stop there or at Book Two without missing out on much or being left to wonder how it all ends. Unlike some, I thought the initial setup was interesting and a bit different. Once we started exploring there were some nice creative touches, interesting developments and compelling action sequences. The ending is enough of an ending that with just a little effort you can quit at that point.

So, while this series never developed into the next big thing it was hoped it would be it is a fine and interesting adventure, and worth a look.
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