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Roderick Gordon , Brian Williams
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2 July 2007 Tunnels 1
Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows lives with his family in London. He has little in common with them except for a passion for digging which he shares with his father. When his father suddenly disappears down an unknown tunnel, Will decides to investigate with his friend Chester. Soon they find themselves deep underground, where they unearth a dark and terrifying secret \- a secret which may cost them their lives.

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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: 1.3 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunnel into Tunnels! 17 April 2012
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunnels - FANTASTIC 13 Feb 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, better than potter 1 April 2013
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read this book 5 years ago as a school librarian then got hooked and bought the set. have not read the last book yet as if I do then that will be the end, sad yes, but the anticipation is still there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 9 Feb 2011
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Starts off well....
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 more
Published 5 months ago by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
one of the best set of books i have ever read. i hope the author does a spin off set
Published 13 months ago by paul fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get started on this series
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 more
Published 14 months ago by J. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for grown ups to.......
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 more
Published 14 months ago by Diesel Rhat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept
I really enjoyed this book. The writing is easy reading but adult enough to be worth the read. The characters are interesting an diverse and the bond well together. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by Jasmine Dickinson
4.0 out of 5 stars My son really enjoyed this book
It is very difficult to persuade my 11-year old son to read and I have found only a few authors/series of books that my son has responded to, so far. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Y. Moscatelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunnels
I LOVED this book. I first picked it up in a bookshop, desperately looking for something to read. I was interested to know that it had been written by two people, so I bought it. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by Mrs. Sarah J. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars surprised
I brought this book at a charity book sale in aid of haiti that was held at my local pub. Not knowing nything about the book except what was written on the back cover i thought i... Read more
Published on 20 April 2010 by S. L. Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars good but the start of slow pace
its a good stry line but the start and slow pace of the story let it down
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by L. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars I read the first three books in a week and a half.
I am a bit surprised to see all of the negative reviews on this book. I had bought Tunnels from a branch of The Works just because it looked alright (I hadn't been aware of any... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by Earth Angel
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