Saturday, 25 February 2012

Review: The Eternal War - Alex Scarrow

Title: The Eternal War
Author: Alex Scarrow
Series: Timeriders #4
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
Genre: Adventure, Scifi, Children's
Published (UK):
Previous Books in Series: Timeriders, Day of the Predator, The Doomsday Code

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 . . .

A time wave has struck that alters the entire history of the American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln has followed Liam into the present from 1831 - and now the world is in a dangerous state of limbo . . .
If the TimeRiders can't return Lincoln to the past, the Civil War will never end. Can Maddy persuade two colonels on either side of no man's land to cease fire long enough to save the future?

A minor time wave has Liam travelling back to 1831 to investigate and set right an accidental death of a young man named Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln wasn't supposed to die, his destiny was to become President of the United States but someone's been messing with time ... again. After ensuring that Lincoln remains alive, Liam returns to 2001 but somehow manages to bring Lincoln with him. With Lincoln now not being able to have influence on the American Civil war everything changes. The war never ends and instead becomes a battle between the French and British on US ground.

This fourth book takes the Timeriders series in a slightly different direction from the other books in the series. The previous instalments have had a majority of the action happening in the past. This time they are in the present, even though it's a very altered present. There's a very steam-punky feel to the story with the ongoing war drastically changing how science and technology developed. Computers and cell phones are unheard of but genetic engineering is much more advanced.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I was glad the author mixed up it up a bit in terms of the story pattern set in the earlier books. The characters are developing nicely and we're starting to get to know a lot more about the Timeriders agency and how the time travel technology came about. As an extra advantage, I found that I actually learned quite a lot about the American Civil War from reading this book, as I had an extremely limited knowledge of it before hand.

I highly recommend the Timeriders series, particularly to fans of Dr Who and Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series.

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