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Closer (Tunnels Book 4) Hardcover – February 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545201152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545201155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From VOYA:
The end is getting closer, but has not yet arrived, in this fourth entry in the TUNNELS series. It all started with Will and Chester digging tunnels, trying to find Will's missing archaeologist father. After digging DEEPER and experiencing FREEFALL into the subterranean depths of the Earth in books two and three, the two boys continue to battle the malevolent Styx, and to survive in book four—but in different arenas. Chester joins Drake and a possible Styx ally on the surface, while Will, his father, and Elliott (the girl Drake trained to fight) encounter pyramids and a World War II German Army deep in the bowels of the Earth. The Styx are hot on their trail because the teens stole the virus created to destroy all humans. There is tragedy and triumph as the action switches back and forth, following the adventures of both sets of characters. This novel begins with a bang, and the pace never falters. There is very little background information, so newcomers should start with Tunnels. But fans of the series are going to have a hard time putting it down. There is a lot of action; lively dialogue; diabolical villains and feisty teens; clever cat-like companion hunters; things that blow up; torture and mind manipulation; family and friends in danger; and trust and betrayal. Tune in for more fast-paced action and edge-of-your-seat suspense in the next installment (SPIRAL, Fall 2012 publication). This is a great science fiction adventure series for boys, and of course, girls will enjoy it as well. (Tunnels Book 4) Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel

About the Author

RODERICK GORDON and BRIAN WILLIAMS are coauthors of the international bestseller TUNNELS, which Roderick followed with the sequels: DEEPER, FREEFALL, CLOSER, SPIRAL and, finally,TERMINAL. He lives with his wife and children in Norfolk, England. Follow him on Twitter @RoderickGordon or find him on Facebook.

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Roderick Gordon is the author of the Tunnels series of books. Born in 1960, he spent his childhood in London and after surviving a rather severe boarding school somewhere in the Midlands, returned to London to attend university where he dabbled in genetics and listened to Joy Division. After graduating without the faintest idea what he wanted to do, he played in a few bands before somehow stumbling into a job in corporate finance with an investment bank in the City of London. He genuinely thought this was all that the future held for him until he was made redundant in 2001.

Roderick surprised himself by attempting to write a book with help from an old friend from university and, in 2005, he self-published it as The Highfield Mole, which caught the attention of Barry Cunningham, founder of Chicken House, a publisher of children's books. Following a period of editing, Barry republished it as Tunnels in July 2007. After intense media interest around its launch, Tunnels became a New York Times Bestseller, and was published in forty different countries, achieving sales of more than a million copies worldwide. Shortly after publication the film rights were purchased by US-based Relativity Media. Tunnels was followed by further books in the series, Deeper (2009), Freefall (2010), Closer (2011), and Spiral (2012).

One last book, Terminal, will be released in 2013 to conclude the Tunnels saga.

Roderick currently lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and two sons, but is known to sneak back to London for reasons of sanity.

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I bought this book for my 12 year old son and he absolutely loved it!
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This book keeps you interested the whole way through with a great plot, action scenes and many different story lines.
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I had just gotten a slew of library books when I got this in the mail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In CLOSER, three of our heroes are stranded in a strange world called the "Land of the Second Sun," which is located at the very center of the earth. But none of them are overly concerned with their predicament. In fact, they all feel relatively safe and even satisfied with their circumstances. In the case of Dr. Burrows, he is ecstatic to discover a new world to study and spends his hours crawling over the bizarre pyramids, recording everything in his journal. His son, Will, is happy to help, grateful to be with him and even more thankful to spend some time alone with Elliot as she scouts out the area, finding food and shelter.

However, their peace is about to end. Another group of people call this place home: Germans who sought a safe refuge during WWII and who have successfully created a new civilization called New Germania. But even they aren't the real threat to Will and company; that comes when the evil Rebecca twins finally catch up to our heroes. They are desperate to recover the vial of the nasty virus that Will and Elliot had stolen, and they will do anything --- even murder --- to get what they want.

Will's best friend, Chester, finally reaches the earth's surface again, along with Martha, the strange, somewhat unstable woman they had encountered in the depths. Chester is eager to ditch her and finally get back home to let his parents know he's okay. But Martha has developed an attachment to Chester and isn't about to let him go. The "warped, psycho granny," as Chester calls her, locks him in the closet of an abandoned house and has no intentions of ever losing him. Chester can only think of one way out of his nightmarish situation: try to get a signal to Drake.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mm on May 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love this series- great for kids. This book keeps you interested the whole way through with a great plot, action scenes and many different story lines. The ending of the book left me a little disappointed. I am not sure if the series will continue, but I was hoping for a better closing to all the story lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steve murray on August 16, 2013
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Just like the first three books, Closer did not disappoint. Good story line & new plot twists to keep you engaged. I love how the story is developing. Enjoy!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By darknessinfinite28 on January 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm currently reading this, and its amazing. If you go to tunnelsthebook.com, it states that Closer is NOT the last book in the series; book five will be called Spiral and then there will be one more book after that to conclude the series( 6 BOOKS TOTAL IN THE TUNNELS SERIES).

I am extremely happy.
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Good book. Lots of twists and turns. The valley of the second Sun and the hollow earth theory were especially interesting. The underground WWII era German city they stumbled upon was very imaginative. Best book in the series yet by far.
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By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2014
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as per my expectation. good condition. I can recommend to my friends. This book is useful for my daughter's homework.
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By Liza Kimball on April 27, 2014
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I bought this book for my youngest son for Christmas this last Christmas and he had been wanting it, came in good shape.
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Can't wait for the next move and it is hard to put the book down. Well written for adults as well
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