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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 Jan. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GKB9TN2
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The Pirate Kings: TimeRiders, Book 7 Audiobook – Unabridged
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We've had everything that Alex Scarrow could possibly throw at his series. Dinosaurs, Romans and now finally we've reached pirates (with Mayans to come in book 8!!!) To be honest, this could have been a hit or miss for me. Pirates aren't my favourite subject, but Alex draws you into a world that is totally believable, and so visually wonderful, that readers can practically smell the salt water dripping off the pages.
Of course, after the events of the last book, TimeRiders: City of Shadows (Book 6), the readers have followed Maddy, Liam & Sal to 1889, and London, at the latter end of the nineteenth century. They travel back in time to see the Great Fire of London, and this is when the book really begins to kick off. I was smelling smoke, I'm surprised it wasn't for real, I was turning the pages that fast! I was waiting for Herbert "Bertie" Wells (a small nod to another famous time traveller writer) to make another appearance, but he drifts through a couple of scenes without much to notice. Hopefully, we'll see more of his character in future books.
Once again, Liam takes centre stage. I've previously griped about Sal being like a supporting cast member, rather than one of the main members of the book. But for all those other readers out there who agree with that sentiment, she finally comes into her own about three quarters of the way through this book. It was a bit of a rehash of Maddy's big moment from City of Shadows, but with slightly different consequences. I was a little bit disappointed to find I had to wade through two or three chapters of Liam doing his swashbuckling routine, before getting back to find out what Sal was up to. Thankfully, Alex has always stuck to quick chapters, otherwise I might have started skipping pages!
Bob and Becks, the robotic supporting cast, are quite underused in this book, compared to previous books. Although Bob is still filling the pages with his cheeky one liners, including a completely laugh out loud one that had me giggling away. But I think Bob and Becks deserve to take a back seat for once, I can't imagine how they would have coped on the high seas!
As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I've been hooked on this series from the very first book, and will definitely be re-reading them all again, before book 9 is released. They are quick books, and I finished this in a little under two days - although if you added up the total time reading, it would be no more than a few hours. I am hoping for a happy ending (Alex has said in interviews, that he has the whole story arc in his head, and knows how it is going to end), and I suspect there will be a few tears along the way. After the shock in City of Shadows, this book was more than a little filler in the series, but still very much enjoyable, and I am now counting down the months until July.
Alex has some very clear strengths in his writing: Characters and his audience. He writes some of the best characters in YA fiction and he knows his audience...Sometimes i think he might not actually have grow up beyond a Teen himself, and other times i remember he has his own to compare too, and also he travels to so many schools to meet his audience its ...well exhausting reading about them all. But the net result is he know who he is writing for and what they want.
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All i need to add is that i read the book in a single sitting. You don't want to put the book down and begrudge any interruption. The story line gets better and better with each book and the only blight on this is that the series is nearly done. Coming to the end of each book is hard enough...but the series....(sigh)
Buy this book, don't worry about age you will love it, for its clear voice and powerful story.
Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.
But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history . . .
Relocated to Victorian London, the TimeRiders joy-ride back to 1666 to witness the Great Fire of London. In the ensuing chaos, Liam and their newest recruit, Rashim, find themselves trapped between the fire and the Thames. They escape onboard a river boat, only to be confronted by an unscrupulous captain with his heart set on treasures of the high seas . . .
Back in 1888, Maddy and the rest of the team are frantically trying to track them down. But with limited resources at their new base, can Liam and Rashim survive the bloodthirsty and barbaric age of piracy long enough to be rescued?