- 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 (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tunnels (Tunnels 1) Paperback – 2 Jul 2007
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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.
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
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.)
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The content of the book with its story sucks you in instantly. Not long after I started wishing there would be a film also.
This book looked a promising an exciting read. A load of tunnels discovered underground which promised of either underground civilisations, creatures or aliens, but apart from the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by FAMOUS NAME
one of the best set of books i have ever read. i hope the author does a spin off setPublished on 5 July 2013 by paul fisher
Don't get started on this series. It is a waste of time and money. The writing style starts off abysmal but somehow it gets even worse. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This story had me gripped from page one.A great read, looking forward to book two. The book brings me back to my childhood playing in the local gravel pits and dare I say it... Read morePublished on 18 May 2013 by Diesel Rhat