Wednesday, 25 April 2012

12+: TimeRiders 5: Gates of Rome - Alex Scarrow

Release Date: 02/02/12


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 ...Project Exodus - a mission to transport 300 Americans from 2070 to 54AD to overthrow the Roman Empire - has gone catastrophically wrong. Half have arrived seventeen years earlier, during the reign of Caligula. Liam goes to investigate, but when Maddy and Sal attempt to flee a kill-squad sent to hunt down their field office, all of the TimeRiders become trapped in the Roman past. Armed with knowledge of the future, Caligula is now more powerful than ever. But with the office unmanned - and under threat - how will the TimeRiders make it back to 2001 and put history right?


When an author has written for the adult market and then breaks into the YA they have to make sure that they don’t talk down to the reader and secondly that they give the reader exactly what they want. What Alex’ TimeRider series has done is consecutively allowed a world to flourish with characters that have not only grown but gone from strength to strength in each subsequent story.

Add to this an overall arc that is hidden within the mists of the authors mind and you know that its going to be something not only huge but wonderfully action packed throughout. Finally throw into the mix Ancient Rome (a world that a certain other Scarrow knows too well) alongside familiar faces and it’s a story that will entertain with huge action sequences, some smarts as well as characters that readers have grown to love over their previous outings. Great stuff all in and real series to recommend to any fans of Time Travel.

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