Sunday, March 20, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: TimeRiders: Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow

On October 15th 2010 I posted my review of TimeRiders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326924] the first book in a new series (planned nine Books!!) by Alex Scarrow and liked it a lot. There was no doubt that I will continue to read the TimeRiders series.

Today I deliver you my review of the second book in the series: TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326931] by Alex Scarrow.
It is up to you whether you want to read the official blurb or my humble overview.
The cover shows some hints like the three main characters, dinosaurs and the Twin Towers.
TimeRiders: Day of the Predator is the sequel of the incredible story of three teens who got the choice either to die or to work for a secret agency. Meet
- Saleena "Sal" Vikram (13) who should have died in a fire in 2026
- Madeleine "Maddy" Carter (18) who should have died on a plane in 2010
- Liam O'Connor (16) who should have died on board the Titanic in 1912

Their headquarter is in a time bubble located in New York 2001. The bubble spans only two days (10th and 11th September) and is repeated again and again.
Sal, Maddy and Liam still have a lot to learn. And when you learn you make mistakes like poor Maddy. She send Liam and a couple of students back in time. the group strand in a dangerous time sixty-five million years in the past - DINOSAURS!!
How can the group survive and return to the time they belong to without destroying history?
How will the new support unit Becks - the name is a short version of Rebecca - act? How can Sal and Maddy support Liam and the group? What is the the secret of "Pandora"? And who is in the lead of the agency? A lot of questions. TimeRiders: Day of the Predator delivers answers but not to all of them. Quite the contrary!

I found it a bit difficult to review TimeRiders: Day of the Predator. In principle I could repeat what I wrote about TimeRiders. There will be in sum nine books and I expect that they all will follow the same structure. Someone will change the time line and it is up to Sal, Maddy and Liam to fix the problem. In order to solve the problem it is up to Liam and a support unit to travel in time. They will be supported by Sal and Maddy who remain in the time bubble. The books will be divided into many most short chapters. And there will be a table with time lines at the end of each book.
Don't get me wrong. This is no criticism. I think it is good to know what you can expect on the formal site of the books.

The challenge for author Alex Scarrow will be to deliver a fascinating story including interesting time travels to times we may know more or less. Beside that the development of the main characters Sal, Maddy, Liam and the different support unit will have a great impact. And for readers like me it is important to get two new questions for one answer. I love books in series which end with either a cliffhanger or a bang.

I think dinosaurs are still a hot topic. Therefore I can understand why Alex Scarrow chose a time travel sixty-five million years into the past. I appreciated that he avoided to make T. rex to the secret star of the book. He has had another clever idea.
The whole story shows clearly the development of the characters. This development has an impact of the outcome of the story. And with the introduction of other characters - will there be a new team member? - who interact with the team leads to a new scope.

Alex Scarrow continues the series on a high level. I must admit that I liked the first book a little bit more.

Do you like time travel, history, action, mystery, technology, developing characters, fast-paced story telling and imagination? You look for an entertaining time travel novel?
Then I recommend to read TimeRiders: Day of the Predator.
I also recommend to read the previous books too because you will definitely miss a great story, the development of the main characters and most important you will miss some of the secrets.

The series will continue with TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141333489]
"In 1993 British computer hacker Adam Lewis finds his name in a coded manuscript that is almost one thousand years old. How did Adam's name get in there ...and why? Confronted by Adam in 2001, the TimeRiders travel back to Sherwood Forest in 1193 to discover the origins of the ancient message. But when a strange hooded man appears interested in the same thing, they begin to wonder what terrible threat this cryptic link from the past holds for the future..." [Source]
You will get the review until the end of March 2011

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