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TimeRiders: The Eternal War (Book 4)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2011
Another excellent book by Alex Scarrow. Really good teen fiction can be read by all ages just take Mr Potter as an example. Now in their 4th adventure the time travelling trio find themselves in the company of Abe Lincon. It was one of those plots that after I had finished reading it I really did wonder if one man could make such a difference. If you have read the 1st three, get this one with confidence. If you haven't read the earlier book I would suggest reading those before this one as there are a few sub plots that appear in earlier book. Roll on book 5!! Out in Feb '12 I think!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 July 2011
TimeRiders Book4, a series that grows and improves with every book, and that's not a simple compliment to the author because book one was a 5 star excellent read.
This is a fun series for any age, i'm 40 and i love them, I have bought all of them for myself, my 21 year old son, my 15 year old nephew, 12 year old niece, various cousins and my friends kids and they all love them.

Book 4 is a return to the brilliantly written characters that Alex Scarrow is so well known for and his greatest talent, the last book has been awarded the Red House Children's (older readers) book of the year 2011 for writing those amazingly real and likeable characters.

The story as usual roars along at a frenetic pace, so fast in fact that you will struggle not to devour the book in one sitting
As usual we get a further peek at the overall series back story that gathers pace as the series progresses, as story within a story, and at the end we are left to wonder where this writers imagination can take us next. This is a Book and series that has more awards in it and a writer that has further brilliance to put onto paper.

For those who have not, I suggest you go read his other thrillers, A thousand Suns, Last Light, Afterlight and October Skies all also brilliant stories.

Highly recommended.
(Parm)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2011
I found this latest book in the series to be a fantastic read. I have been hooked on all of the books in the Time Riders series and I am 57 years old and I believe they are written for the teenage market.
If you love time travel this is a series for you and this book 4 is amazing.
Well done Alex I can't wait for the next ones.
Tony from London
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2011
Alex has done it again, he takes a piece of history and wraps a story around it. His writing and attention to detail keep you on the edge of your seat. you even get to thinking Bob & Becks are real people. If you think time travel is high Tech! Think again. It's about a group of people trying to protect our world as we know it. The stories are so absorbing you can actually see what's happening.The whole series is a "What If" moment
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2011
This fourth installment continues this remarkably clever and exciting time travelling saga with yet another fast paced rollicking adventure featuring our very likeable young heroes.

Each book features a fascinating time in history which encouraged me to find out more about historical figures and events. The first book featured World War 2. The second book went a tad further back...into the Jurassic period! The third book ventured to 12th century England and finally, this latest installment takes us to...the present, well sort of, a changed present in which the American Civil War never ended.

By now our young heroes have matured given the horrors and adventure they have been through in the past 3 books. So too have the human androids who remind me of Arnold's T2 character even down to the relationships with the youngsters. Yes, there are nods to many elements in other classic films and books but I have no complaints when they are cooked into a most deliciously inventive feast as this.

One highlight about these stories are the author's interpretations of popular historical figures of the past which whilst can be true, gives a nice twist to their characters' true motives. This is no exception where the character of Abraham Lincoln features prominently in this story and is quite a delight to read.

Another highlight is the inventive vision of how technology would evolve in a different timeline. Very imaginative and believable in how certain areas of technology accelerated further than what we have today whereas other areas had not progressed since the 18th century.

If I do have a gripe, it would be that the sense of urgency pattern has become a little repetitive. Having said that, the predicaments our protaganists find themselves in are highly imaginative and are still a rapid page turner.

There is a bigger and very intriguing story arc to the series. I am slightly dissapointed that only a few pages were devoted to this arc but then perhaps that would be too revealing. Then again, the whole first chapter was devoted to it, so perhaps I may be too greedy! The series will be 9 books in total so this arc has a lot of books to span out in. The author has already finished the first draft of number 5. So at this rate we should have book 9 within 3-4 years as the author is quite prolific so far. He has the ending planned out from the beginning so is not making it up as he goes along which is re-assuring. In fact he dedicated this book to 3 people who are the only other people to know how it all ends.

Although these books are marketed towards Young Adults fiction, they read almost like a Michael Crichton novel and they dont even shy away from blood and gore either, so a warning to you if you are quesy about reading that sort of thing.

Now I need go read up a bit more on what this American Civil War was all about :)
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on 24 April 2015
This may be meant for teenagers; but as an adult I have to say they are thoroughly enjoyable and will keep you from watching TV . you will find these especially interesting if you also enjoy such programmes like Doctor Who or Star Trek even. The series or this book rather concerns 3 teenagers who have the means to travel either forward or back in time. No more can be said; it will spoil the reading of these books for you. I wish I had come across these books sooner
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on 3 December 2012
Even though I am an adult (and a senior!) I really enjoyed this book as I have all the others in the series. The characters are developing well and there is plenty of action. I quickly move on to the next book as I finish one. I find the whole 'What if' style of history quite fascinating and I think that Alex Scarrow produces very creditable scenarios - in this case an unending American Civil War owing to the premature death of Abraham Lincoln.
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on 13 November 2012
Good quick read, I tend to read these books in between some of my heavier sci-fi/Fantasy novels. As usual it is fast paced without too much in depth background and a popular concept of time travel. Obviously aimed at teenage market, which I most definately am not,they grab you quickly and are an easy read but always end leaving you wanting to know more with the little undercurrent plot running through them all so far.
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on 14 April 2014
I have read the series up to this point and enjoyed the plots . This particular one I just could not get into somehow. Maybe a bit of a mix match. Did not feel the need to find what happened next and was relieved when it ended. I suppose it happens some times when reading a series. I will still buy the rest in the series, I am sure they will be enjoyable reading and very entertaining as were others I have read.
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on 23 September 2013
I have been hooked from book one and cannot put them down. I really love the way historical fact is mixed in with the authors imagination of how the timeline would alter. This series is a must read for all sci-fi fans. I am fascinated by time travel and came across these on a time travel search and downloaded the series. Brilliant and not disappointing.
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