on 25 December 2006
If you liked Seven Professors, chances are you'll love this one. This is a masterful follow up, avoiding the usual problems of repeating the same story. The characters are developed further, with a collection of new goodies and baddies introduced. The book touches on serious issues of racism and war with a light touch, not getting in the way of the rollocking action.
on 4 March 2008
By Alex aged 10
Zara, Ben, Sam and Marcia are back for another hair-raising adventure of the inventing kind; when they offer to help a lady build a flying boat, who thinks the plane is the best invention since sliced bread. The children find an old photograph in the hangar where they are working; there is a coded message on the back which ultimately leads them to uncover the mystery of the silver turtle. A secret agency called Noctarma decide to keep watch on the hangar because they think that the children and their friends are carrying on the work of a man called Masil Stribnik. During the war the man Stribnik, created an anti-gravity machine which could be used to make anything weightless. Noctarma want it because they want to take over the world with their stealth planes. So on the day of the test flight Noctarma appear and try to take the plane away, but just in time an old woman appears through the crowd and jumps into the plane and takes off. As the plane soars into the sky we are carried away into John Fardell's imagination.
The story is brilliantly written with many witty twists. It takes you from the bottom of lake Geneva, to a doughnut shaped airship captained by a man that makes radar Jammers from sardine tins and to the top of a Swiss castle. This book is a book with something extra.
on 1 May 2014
I have been reading the series to my 6 year old and he loves them. Takes a bit of time to get going, but very exciting at the end, and he loves all the gadgets. One word of warning: there are some very grown up themes. Tis one deals with the Second World War, the nazis and the holocaust. It mentions the wipe out of the Jewish race. The last book (7 professors of the north) talks about genetic engineering of humans, and mentions abortion! Important subjects at some stage, but not appropriate for a 6 year old. I'm glad I was reading it to him and could filter out these buts, but it does make the reading a bit less relaxing for me. An 8 year old would probably be reading these books by themselves, and you may not have the filter option.