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The Pool of Fire (Puffin Books) Paperback – Import, January 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Series: Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: PUFFIN BOOKS; New Ed edition (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140316868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140316865
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,534,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

These books are great fun, suspenseful and kind of eerie.
Craig A Gaylord
A quick read and a great series conclusion; this book really stands the test of time.
K. Eckert
This entire set is an excellent read that both young teenagers and adults will enjoy.
K. Frazier

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Xavier E. Suarez on May 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Pool of Fire is the last of The Tripods Trilogy. In this novel the reader enters the fascinating world where humans no longer are in control of the planet, but are enslaved by the ruling cast referred to as the masters. Will, Jean-Paul, Henry, and fritz are left with the challenge of aiding the rebellion in hope of destroying the Masters before it was too late. John Christopher has a wonderful style of capturing the readers and especially my attention in this novel. Of course there are some very important details that John Christopher could have done to improve the novel and to reach its full potential, such as the descriptions of many of the events and actions that were undertaken by Will and his companions. This left me with some sense of yearning and disappointment for more descriptions of the events that took place. Also it left me astonished that John Christopher did not attempt to mold the character of Will by the end of the story or even all three of the books that this character has been in. The ending was also vague and skipped many years in a short amount of pages. This left me wondering what happened between the time of the defeat of the Masters and the development of a space ship. This was disappointing considering that I was looking forward to reading this book and finding out that the ending was in all not that exciting or interesting. Considering that this is the last book of the Trilogy John Christopher should have taken more measures to see to it that the ending was more informative of the aftermath of the events. After the climax it just completely died and just left me. John Christopher also did not manage to say how the world recovered from the grip of the officious Masters. Yet despite these faults, there were many qualities that Christopher John managed to succeed.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 9, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The novel The Pool of fire is a very enjoyable book to read. It held my interest because of it's thrilling rush of action, which John Christopher has a great style of this technique.

In the novel a few favorite passages were made. As a tripod destroys Will's boat while they are traveling in the war. This interested me because it put a true meaning to true meaning "up a creek without a paddle" and all the gear that was saved had to be carried. Another part of the book that interested me was when Will had to escape slavery by going down a sewage pipe. The reason this drew my attention was because of the humor.

In The Pool of Fire John Christopher has a great way of keeping my interest. He managed this by always has something big or major going on.

As I read this novel I learned some great vocabulary. I would also recommend this book to any body because it's so action packed.

Ryan

Creston Ca.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ganger on September 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great series for kids of all ages. We are reading it to our 6 year old who is inthrolled and cannot wait for the next night and the next chapter! My mother in law read it to my husband and he is thrilled to be reading it to his child!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Frazier on November 5, 2006
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This is the fourth and final book in the Tripod series. In order, they are: "When the Tripods Came", "The White Mountains", "The City of Gold and Lead", and "The Pool of Fire". This entire set is an excellent read that both young teenagers and adults will enjoy. My daughter and I really enjoyed these books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dykhuis VINE VOICE on May 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I do not think there are three juvenile novels that I enjoy nearly as much as these three. The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire are absolutely perfect examples of Juvenile fiction. The books teach moral lessons as well as tell a rip roaring good tale.

Without giving to much plot away this tale is covers a not too distant future when Aliens who roam the Earth in giant Tripods rule the land. Every person who reaches puberty is capped and there mind is controlled or at least molded by the Tripods.

These three books follow a group of runaways and rebels who have never been capped and who desperately want to free Earth and its inhabitants. This band of rebels must find a way to defeat the Aliens without knowing who they are, what there weaknesses are or any worthwhile knowledge. On top of this the `rebels' have to defeat these space age aliens with technology at roughly 19th century levels.

The first book was a mystery unfolding and the second was the most emotional. This book is really the were you feel the most tension and triumph

These books are even more remarkable as they were written in the late 60's. I first read these books as a cartoon serial in `Boys Life' in the early 80's. I enjoyed the tale back then and still enjoy the stories now. I highly recommend all these books for kids and or there parents. Read and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kylaekeen@hotmail.com on February 1, 2001
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This was and excellent book. If you are online trying to find a fast-paced action-adventure thriller, look no further. The book is amazing. I thought it was a great end to a marvelous series.
Will Parker and his friends have finally found the information that will free mankind from the ruthless ruling of the Masters. He starts off by going around the world earning new recruits to help fight the Masters. Then Will and Fritz and some other boys penetrate into the Master's City. The way to stop the Masters is found and excuted. But will it be enough? (Remember, they had a ship on the way with more materials so the Masters could turn the atmosphere into the kind that was on their planet!)
Through this great adventure, many moral lessons speak out. Impatience nearly keeps Will from being part of the squad to penetrate the city. Friendship is held in high regards. We see how bad humans can be, and the petty things we squabble over. Will has to learn to keep his impatience and head-strong qualities in check to be a help, rather than a hinderance, to the cause.
Very well written. John Christopher has an amazing way of adding details to paint the pictures in your head. Reading this book is fast and easy. But if you are like me, you will not be satisfied by the ending. I hope Mr. Christopher comes out with another book, that will let the end be the end.
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