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  • Perfect Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: FTL Publications (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982523254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982523254
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,361,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony Taylor is the author of Arctic Adventure!, an official Thunderbirds novel based on the iconic British television series by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. He's also written Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Complete Series - Volume 2, which includes reprints of the classic Gold Key comic book stories and The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim, chronicling artist Mike Trim's career designing models and special effects for Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO, and illustrating the cover for Jeff Wayne's musical War of the Worlds album. He was a monthly columnist for Toy Shop Magazine for 12 years covering garage kits and sci-fi collectibles. In addition, Anthony was a regular contributor and editor for the British magazine Sci-Fi & Fantasy Models International, and contributed a chapter on the Flying Sub miniatures from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea for the book From Sketch to Screen. His articles have appeared in Monsterpalooza, Fangoria, Famous Monsters of Filmland, FilmFax, Amazing Figure Modeler, Effects Special, Modeler's Resource, and many other magazines. Anthony also designed and co-edited the CultTVMan's Ultimate Modeling Guide to the Jupiter II as well as the CultTVMan's Ultimate Modeling Guide to Classic Sci-Fi Movies.

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Anthony Taylor is the screenwriter of the film Pledge Trip, and the author of Arctic Adventure!, an official Thunderbirds™ novel based on the iconic British television series by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. He's also written Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Complete Series - Volume 2, which includes reprints of the classic Gold Key comic book stories and The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim, chronicling artist Mike Trim's career designing models and special effects for Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO, and illustrating the cover for Jeff Wayne's musical War of the Worlds album.

He was a monthly columnist for Toy Shop Magazine for twelve years covering garage kits and sci-fi collectibles. In addition, Anthony was a regular contributor and editor for the British magazine Sci-Fi & Fantasy Models International, and contributed a chapter on the Flying Sub miniatures from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea for the book From Sketch to Screen. His articles have appeared in SFX, Famous Monsters of Filmland, FilmFax, Fangoria, Monsterpalooza, Screem, Amazing Figure Modeler, Effects Special, Modeler's Resource, and many other magazines. Anthony also designed and co-edited CultTVMan's Ultimate Modeling Guide to the Jupiter II as well as CultTVMan's Ultimate Modeling Guide to Classic Sci-Fi Movies.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Taylor on October 25, 2012
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As I began to read Arctic Adventure, memories of my days as a Marine Corps aviator began to come to the forefront. This book brought back so much of my past that it almost seemed I was back there, except for a time span of a hundred years. When I finished the book, I immediately turned to page one to begin reading it again. No doubt, after I finish this second reading, I will keep it near my bedside and refer to it often.

Several adjectives may be applied to Arctic Adventure: well-researched, gripping, spell-binding. Need more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. McCarthy on November 20, 2012
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This latest novel in the FTL Press series cleverly extends its range. The earlier books by Joan Marie Verba are family-friendly, ideal for reading with children aged five to eleven - the target of the original TV series. They help to build vocabulary and reading confidence by creating stories that are fun, with just the right amount of challenge in comprehension and narrative, but age-appropriate.

Anthony Taylor has kept the strong values and humane outlook of the TV show and Verba's earlier novels, but has taken the concept further. He's written a story with maximum appeal for twelves-to-teens, especially those notoriously hard-to-attract boys. The stunning cover art will encourage them to look inside. The balance of science geekery and action-adventure gives the book a powerful edge, and the fact that bespectacled, stammering Brains turns out to be believably good with girls as well as calculations adds extra nerd appeal. The positive messages about acceptance, difference and what each of us can contribute don't overwhelm the story and action, but young readers will finish the book understanding why the Tracy boys love and respect Brains just as much as their father does.

Of course, nobody can write a Thunderbirds story without taking account of the legion of fans whose teens are a distant memory. Those of us who were around when the show was on TV back in the 60s, and have followed its revivals and re-versionings, have nothing to complaint about in this book. It's faithful to the original concepts and characters, and gives us an enjoyable new story. So whether you're an original TV series fan or a parent who wants to encourage the kids to keep reading, this book is a must-buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Revie on October 20, 2012
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Arctic Adventure! is the latest in a series of young adult thrillers spun off from the original 1960's Thunderbirds television series. This time Brains is in danger as his test flight of a new aircraft equipped with a stealth system he invented is shot down over the Arctic. Brains is injured, his test pilot is unconscious, and the wreckage of the aircraft is quickly sinking beneath the icy waters. Before the International Rescue team can reach him, the agents of the outlaw state of Reznia converge on the crash site and everything starts going wrong for his rescuers.

Set in the near future (2060), this one is non-stop and sure to appeal to young adults craving action and suspense combined with sophisticated technology and supersonic air- and spacecraft. It is also family friendly--perfect for younger readers needing something more challenging than juvenile-level stories. As a librarian, I love it when I discover these kinds of gems that I can get into the hands of reluctant readers.

Read-alikes: Alex Rider Series, Young James Bond Series
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Very pleased to discover that Anthony Taylor has got a similar touch to Verba, and this book slots neatly into the collection of all the Thunderbird stories from this publisher. It is a well-written story with a clean, straightforward plot, containing all the suspense you'd expect from a daring rescue situation. It also has a nice - though not at all cloying or in-yer-face - observation of character for the leading stars of the Thunderbirds world. So often the Tracy family comes across as rather bland and stereotypical, but not in this book. An added pleasure is that we see this through the eyes of Brains, a rarity in most Thunderbirds fiction. The reader gets the chance to see Brains's genius in action, his ingenuity and intellect...and also a depth of character that the TV series lacked. Taylor's delve into Brains's head matches exactly what I thought would be going on in there. The guy is human and thoroughly likeable - I'd love to read more like this!
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