DAY OF THE PREDATOR (TIMERIDERS #2)
by Alex Scarrow ★★★★★
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 2029.
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 . . .
When Maddy mistakenly opens a time window where and when she shouldn’t have, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years ago in the hunting ground of a deadly—and until now—undiscovered species of predator.
Can Liam make contact with Maddy and Sal before he’s torn to pieces by dinosaurs—and without endangering history so much that the world is overtaken by a terrifying new reality? [Goodreads]
Alex Scarrow has followed book one with a cracker.
Day of the Predator is just as exciting and addictive as book one.
Liam, Maddy and Sal have settled into their own groundhog day (time cycles) as members of a highly secretive time agency. Their task? … looking out for ripples in time in New York City. Bob, the super strong half robot/half human support unit had a rough time at the end of book one and his AI has taken up residence in the main computer. It’s time for a new Bob, so the gang create a new one after locating the necessary ingredients in an olden day bank vault. But, here’s a tip … the new Bob is a little different to the first one. We also find out about Sal’s original rescue from certain death by Foster, which resulted in her arrival on the time travel scene.
One day an unexpected message arrives, which signals the start of a new mission. Things don’t go quite as expected, and an unfortunate turn of events results in Liam and the new Bob heading way way back in time. That’s not all of the bad news though. Our pair of time traveling heroes have a number of unexpected guests to contend with. The worst being some mysterious and deadly creatures that seem to have all of the nasty attributes that dwell in our nightmares.
Maddy and Sal are devastated at the unexpected loss of their colleagues in the endless realm of time. The race is on for those in the past to somehow get in contact with those in the future. All the while there is the constant threat of the nasty critters that pursue Liam and his companions. Will Liam and the new Bob find a way to contact Maddy and Sal while avoiding the dangers of dinosaur times? It’s another edge-of-your-seat adventure where the constant danger of contaminating the past threatens the future.
As with the first book, this one is aimed at YA. For any of my usual Middle Grade followers, here’s a tip. There are some rather nasty species in this who aren’t really a good fit for Middle Grade readers. But those ’older’ MG genre readers (I know you’re out there) who love suspense, mystery, creepy critters and thrills should love it.
My bottom line: This is another awesome book. I’m so keen to move on to book 3 as soon as my to-be-read pile allows it. My thanks go out to Alex Scarrow for such a great adventure. No wonder I get the feeling that his fan-base is very strong and loyal.
Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.
Check out my previous review of Alex Scarrow’s talent below:
Here is the Day of the Predator (TimeRiders #2) trailer from when
the book’s launch was looming.
Want to hear from the man himself? … then check out this intro to the TimeRiders series