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A proud and noble Cornishman (and to a lesser extent British), Chris Ward ran off to live and work in Japan back in 2004. There he got married, got a decent job, and got a cat. He remains pure to his Cornish/British roots while enjoying the inspiration of living in a foreign country. In addition to The Tube Riders Trilogy, he is the author of the acclaimed novels Head of Words and The Man Who Built the World.

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  • File Size: 3001 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: AMMFA Publishing; 3 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LVFSP8
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Chris Ward is a native of Cornwall, England, but currently lives and works in Nagano, Japan. He is the author of The Tube Riders Trilogy, The Man Who Built the World and Head of Words, as well as numerous short stories and collections.

He spends his time snowboarding, writing, playing guitar in his rock band, Steampunk Unicorn (www.reverbnation/steampunkunicorn), and generally having too much to say about just about everything.

Thank you for stopping by. Like Chris Ward (Fiction Writer) on Facebook for regular updates, or visit Chris's website at www.amillionmilesfromanywhere.net.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Christy @ Captivated Reading Reviews on July 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Such an action-packed adventure from the very beginning, The Tube Riders had me on the edge of my seat from the very first chapter. This book is so incredibly orginal in its plot and it was so extremly pleasing to read something that has a powerful story and captivating characters. I would classify this book as a YA, dystopian but most enjoyable for all ages.

This story takes place in Great Briton, in the future, in a world that doesn't exist in reality. But, fictionally, it's terrifying and alluring all the same. Coming from someone who is DEFINITELY not a risk-taker, I couldn't help but be drawn in to the idea of tube riding. I can see why these characters make tube riding their life.

The author has the "good guys" and the "bad guys" in this story. And then--to make matters even crazier--we're smacked in the face with a whole other group of antagonists that is almost scarier than the first.

Our main protagonists have to embark on a journey for their lives. After seeing something that they shouldn't have, everything is on the line.

The story kept me engaged, the characters kept me rooting for them. Chris Ward has made me a fan!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mallory A. Haws Reviews on September 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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An amazing adventure through a dystopian futuristic Britain that I sincerely hope no one ever lives to witness, "The Tube Riders" is an immensely creative and thoroughly imagined, riveting novel. I couldn't step away and I doubt any other reader could. Marta, Simon, Paul, Jess, Switch, and later Paul's brother Owen, and young Carl, undergo danger, horror, adrenaline surges, friendship, family loyalty, deaths galore-and what doesn't kill them does indeed make them stronger. "The Tube Riders" possesses incredible characters, and not just the "heroes." No, even the "villains": Dreggo, Clayton, the Huntsmen, Dr. Karmski, and the mysterious, elusive, incredibly powerful Governor of Mega Britain, are vividly imaged and truly four-dimensional.

Author Chris Ward weaves Dystopian society and culture with a natural outgrowth of the current rush-to-collapse seen in some segments of contemporary society, and with the history of decades of scientific experimentation, vivisection, and genetic engineering and manipulation. The quest to engineer a "Super-Man" in the Nietzschean sense is well more than a century old, but in the deft hands of this author, the quest reaches a horribly ugly but effective conclusion.

I was provided with an e-book copy of this novel by the author, Chris Ward, on Sept. 12, 2012, via the Goodreads Group Making Connections, in exchange for my fair and impartial review.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jennytwist on September 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
It is 2075 and Britain is now a dangerous, frightening place, ruled over by a cruel despot. The cities have become the stalking grounds of thugs and psychopaths and have been walled in to prevent the insalubrious citizenry from escaping to the countryside where the nice people live. Government agents prey on the people, transporting children to factories as slave labour or worse, to be fodder for the strange cyber experiments going on in secret places underground. Every so often space rockets are launched and fall back to earth, but nobody knows why. Somewhere in London the sinister 'Governor' controls the country but few have seen his face and there are rumours he has incredible supernatural powers.
There is no future and no hope for the young people of this shadow-land, so they find their excitement where they can. One small band rides the tube trains - on the outside, clinging precariously to wooden 'clawboards' clamped to the side, looking in at the terrified passengers. They become their own legend. Their ghostly faces peering through the windows assumed to be the wraiths of the dead - they are The Tube Riders.

This is, without doubt, the most exciting book I have read for some time. I was gripped from the first page. Chris Ward's dystopian 'Mega Britain' is chilling and utterly believable, as are his characters. I loved them all - the brave young people who strive not only to survive, but to incite rebellion and bring freedom to the oppressed people of the cities, the thinkers who keep their heads below the parapet and plan for the new day, even the dreadful cyber creatures, the 'huntsmen', who never asked to become monsters. Terrible things happen in this book, but there are also ingenious strategies and heroic stands. And most of all, there is love.

This is an epic work created by a superb writer. It is one of those books you will want to read over and over again, that will stay in your memory forever.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Yzabel on October 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A long book packed with action and events, for sure, and one that I had a hard time putting down whenever I had to.

First, the theme. A book about young people riding trains, barely hanging onto them with tiny boards, and using them first for games, then to escape and run for their lives. In Tube stations and tunnels. In the hands of a reader who's been known to ride the London Tube and explore corridors and stairwells there just for fun. Awesome. Also, I think the author did a good job depicting his world. Granted, there were a few points on which my suspension of disbelief was somewhat stretched at times (some of the experiments, and a couple of plot junctures). But Chris Ward quickly falls back on his feet, giving us explanations about Mega Britain's shortcomings, that make it more understandable why a group of fugitives manages to outsmart officials for some time. If anything, I would've liked to know a little more about how exactly that country and government came to be; on the other hand, the books is already quite long, and this probably isn't absolutely essential in order to enjoy it (it's just me being curious).

The characters portrayed throughout the story were all heroic in their own ways, while remaining very humane, with both merits and flaws. Among the heroes, I especially liked the street-savvy Switch, always so resourceful, and Jess, who had to wade through so much grief and try to find her own answers. The villains themselves had humane sides and redeeming points, in spite of their vices; the Huntsmen were clearly victims before being monsters, and Dreggo herself had a vulnerable side and a very hard past that made her anger and resentment all the more understandable. For sure, she was a resilient and interesting adversary.
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