Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Review: The Doomsday Code - Alex Scarrow

Title: The Doomsday Code (TimeRiders #3)
Author: Alex Scarrow
Format: Paperback
Pages: 439
Genre: YA, Scifi
Published: 3rd February 2011 (Puffin)

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 ...

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 ...

Liam, Sal and Maddie are continuing on their mission to save history; to keep events as they are supposed to happen and prevent time shifts in the future. A simple movie poster that wasn't there before, and a warning to watch out for 'Pandora', Maddie and Sal visit a computer hacker, Adam Lewis, who has discovered a coded message in an ancient manuscript. With Adam's help, the team is set on their latest adventure. Liam travels back to the time of the Crusades and Richard the Lionheart. There's a hooded man in Sherwood Forest and Liam must help Prince John regain control in his brother's absence.

I absolutely love the TimeRiders series! Combining science fiction and history is always going to be a winner in my geeky heart. To top it off, Alex Scarrow is an awesome writer who is able to bring a story alive so you feel like you're right there with the characters. Now on the third book of the series, there's a danger of becoming repetitive but although each book follows a similar pattern, with the whole of history to go at, there's no danger of these books becoming boring.

A highly recommended series to anyone which would particularly appeal to fans of Dr Who.

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