Sunday, March 27, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow

What kind of review do expect when it will be about the third book in a series? I think it should deliver what you can expect without giving away too much from the predecessors. Even all the books follow the same scheme (to be honest that is no criticism) the review should show the uniqueness of the book within the series. Let's see what I deliver with my review of TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (February 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141333489] by Alex Scarrow.

"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]
Most of the time I try to deliver my own summary/blurb of a book. In case of TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code I decided to post the official one because I think it fits for the story itself. But for newcomer it is necessary to give basic information about the TimeRiders. Fortunately you get these information on the back of the book.
"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 ..."
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. And there are support units (a kind of robot). Even after the third book we do not know much about the agency...

I don't want to bore you with a long and detailed analysis of TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code.
Instead I prefer to tell you what I liked/disliked.

To be honest I do not have any real complaints. I know there will be six more books in the series. So it will take time to get more information about the agency and the role of Sal Vikram.

What I really liked is that the story was more complex. Writing and reading about time travel can lead to knots in your brain. The whole story is a great mix real existing mysteries like the famous Voynich manuscript, myths like the Holy Grail, historical legends like the hooded man in Sherwood Forest, the excellent described computer nerd Adam and all the time travel inventions including the ominous agency by the author. Alex Scarrow weaves an intriguing web which you can't escape. All this is enriched with the careful development of the characters including the support unit. And not to forget there is a lot of action. Like TimeRiders: Day of the Predator the
TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code ends with a bang which leaves you with a ton of questions about past, present, future of time travel, the agency, the main characters, the people we met during the story. Finally there is one thing you can learn. Every secret has its own time of revelation.

You look for intelligent entertainment which delivers history, time travel, mysteries, action, technology, myths, developing characters, a secret read thread and plots which are getting more and more complex then there is no way out to read the refreshing and fascinating TimeRiders series

I liked TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code a bit more than TimeRiders: Day of the Predator. But the first one is still my favorite.

The series continues in August 2011 with TimeRiders: The Eternal War. Next stop is the American Civil War ...

And this is the promising cover:

Of course I ordered a copy in advance!

You want to know more about the series?
Then read my review of TimeRiders (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326924] the first book in a new series (planned nine Books!!) by Alex Scarrow and my review of the second book in the TimeRiders series: TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141326931] by Alex Scarrow. And of course visit the offical TimeRiders site.

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