Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code, the third book in the TimeRiders series, read by Trevor White.
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...
©2013 Alex Scarrow (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
For anyone who has read my gushing reviews of TimeRiders Book 1 and 2, let me prove I am not completely biased by saying Book 3: Doomsday Code was weak compared to the first two in terms of its standalone plot.
The setting of medieval England and exploration of the ‘robin hood’ mythology was cute but it definitely lacked the peril and punch of the first two
Where Doomsday Code shone though was delving a little deeper into the growing mystery of the whole series. Each book has supplied some new information about the origin of the TimeRiders, the creators of time travel and the bleak future where time travel has been invented and is seen as humanities only hope. This story cemented some suspicions and frame, what I hope, will be some really meaty future conflicts in the series.
Some readers might be disappointed then with the lack of resolution to major plot elements in the book but as this is only Book 3 of a so far stellar 8 book series; I’m prepared to forgive it.
If you’re already on the TimeRiders journey, definitely pick up Book 3 but be prepared to lose a little momentum in the so far, action-packed series. It’s not entirely a bad thing and the series continues to be excellent value.
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