TimeRiders, by Alex Scarrow (Walker and Company, 2010)

In 1912, Liam O’Connor is rescued from certain death as the Titanic sinks. In 2010, Maddy Carter is snatched away from an airplane just before it crashes. In 2026, Saleena Vikram is taken away from a fatal fire. All three teenagers have just been recruited as the next set of operatives for the TimeRiders. Their mission: to live just outside of time, in order to spot temporal disturbances and prevent changes to history. With Saleena as the observer, Maddy as the analyst, and Liam as the field operative, they’re tasked to do the impossible every day. Trained by Foster, only survivor of the last team, and backed up by Bob, a vat-grown humanoid with a computer brain, they’ve barely settled into their new assignments when history is changed in a major way.

Now they have to defeat a time-traveling madman who altered the outcome of World War 2 for his own benefit before painstakingly obscuring his tracks. With the team scattered across decades, rapidly running low on resources, they’ll be tested like never before. But history’s not done changing, and with each shift, things get much, much worse. If they don’t succeed, humanity will have no future.

TimeRiders ia a fast-paced, intense adventure that hits the ground running and never looks back. Obviously, mixing time travel with alternate World War 2 scenarios is nothing new, but in this case, it still serves as an adequately entertaining launchpad for an exciting story. I’ve always been a sucker for good time travel adventures, and this one delivers in full, with action-packed scenes set over multiple decades. From the war-torn past to the apocalyptic future, there’s plenty going on here. I’ll be interested in seeing what sort of adventures our heroes get into with future installments.


TimeRiders, by Alex Scarrow (Walker and Company, 2010) — 2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review Michael. Over here in the UK we’re onto book three already! In fact, I’ve just finished writing book four which will be out in august. Really glad you’ve enjoyed the first and I can tell you the next crisis the team face is very different.

    All the best

    Alex Scarrow

    • Thanks for dropping by, Alex. I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open for the next books when they land over here. I’d intended to cover TimeRiders for my Realms of Fantasy column, but it had already been out for several months by that time, and my editor has a thing about timely reviews. So it ended up here. :)

      Man, you guys in the UK, always several books ahead. It makes me jealous sometimes.

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