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The Tube Riders (The Tube Riders Trilogy #1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Ward
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Book Description

Beneath the dark streets of London they played a dangerous game with trains. Now it is their only chance for survival...

Britain in 2075 is a dangerous place. A man known only as the Governor rules the country with an iron hand, but within the towering perimeter walls of London Greater Urban Area anarchy spreads unchecked through the streets.

In the abandoned London Underground station of St. Cannerwells, a group of misfits calling themselves the Tube Riders seek to forget the chaos by playing a dangerous game with trains. Marta is their leader, a girl haunted by her brother’s disappearance. Of the others, Paul lives only to protect his little brother Owen, while Simon is trying to hold on to his relationship with Jess, daughter of a government official. Guarding them all is Switch, a man with a flickering eye and a faster knife, who cares only about preserving the legacy of the Tube Riders. Together, they are family.

Everything changes the day they are attacked by a rival gang. While escaping, they witness an event that could bring war down on Mega Britain. Suddenly they are fleeing for their lives, pursued not only by their rivals, but by the brutal Department of Civil Affairs, government killing machines known as Huntsmen, and finally by the inhuman Governor himself.

Excerpt from The Tube Riders (Chapter One)

"As the others said their goodbyes and left, Marta stood for a moment, looking out across the park towards the huge elevated highway overpass that rose above the city to the south. Half finished, it arched up out of the terraces and housing blocks to the east, rising steadily to a height of five hundred feet. There, at the point where it should have begun its gradual decent to the west, it just ended, sawn off, amputated.

Years ago, she remembered her father standing here with her, telling her about the future. Things had been better then. She’d still been going to school, still believed the world was good, still had dreams about getting a good job like a lawyer or an architect and hadn’t started to do the deplorable things that made her wake up shivering, just to get food or the items she needed to survive.

He had taken her hand and given it a little squeeze. She still remembered the warmth of his skin, the strength and assurance in those fingers. With his other arm he had pointed up at the overpass, in those days busy with scaffolding, cranes and ant-like construction workers, and told her how one day they would take their car, and drive right up over it and out of the city. The government was going to open up London Greater Urban Area again, he said. Let the city people out, and the people from the Greater Forest Areas back in. The smoggy, grey skies of London GUA would clear, the sirens would stop wailing all night, and people would be able to take the chains and the deadlocks off their doors. She remembered how happy she’d felt with her father’s arms around her, holding her close, protecting her.

But something had happened. She didn’t know everything – no one did – but things had changed. The government hadn’t done any of those things. The construction stopped, the skies remained grey, and life got even worse. Riots waited around every street corner. People disappeared without warning amid tearful rumours that the Huntsmen were set to return.

Marta sighed, biting her lip. Her parents and her brother were gone. Marta was just twenty-one, but St. Cannerwells Park was the closest she would ever get to seeing the countryside, and the euphoria of tube riding was the closest she would ever get to happiness.

She gripped the fence with both hands and gritted her teeth, trying not to cry. She was tough. She had adjusted to Mega Britain’s harshness, was accustomed to looking after herself, but just sometimes, life became too much to bear.

As the rain began to get heavier, tears pressed from her eyes and rolled down her cheeks."

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2853 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: AMMFA Publishing; 2 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LVFSP8
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tube Riders by Chris Ward 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dystopian Adventure-a True "Don't Miss" September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Review of The Tube Riders by Chris Ward

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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Riveting! September 24, 2012
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk about a wild ride! October 3, 2012
By Yzabel
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 is as high as ill go
Fairly good concept and pretty well written but i felt like it started to drag on at some point. I finished it but probably wont continue the series.
Published 7 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Excellent story, I am looking forward to reading the second and third book
Published 6 days ago by William J. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Tube Riders is a great read. Well-written, engaging plot, the atmosphere of a country-turned-refugee camp, the original take on classic monsters made scifi. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Joseph Tierney
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good series
Published 17 days ago by John E Spewak
5.0 out of 5 stars ... found The Tube Riders trilogy #1 to be a great read. I like to...
I found The Tube Riders trilogy #1 to be a great read. I like to read new authors, fresh material.the right literary chemistry for me. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Atoning
5.0 out of 5 stars action? adventure? intrigue? All of the above
Outstanding adventure/action have to read the next two sequels to determine if they can live up to the excitement and reality of #1/The Tube Riders. Read more
Published 28 days ago by fauxplay frm. VA
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast reading scifi. Far from believable but very entertaining ...
Fast reading scifi. Far from believable but very entertaining and characters are interesting. Look forward to reading book two in the series.
Published 29 days ago by John Greenfield
4.0 out of 5 stars a worthy read
My son said that I would enjoy the book, and though I have read quite a few dystopian books, with some pleasure, I wasn't expecting to like it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tube Riders
The story was interesting and different.
I would have liked to have seen a few more twists and turns within the story, as there were a few good leads into the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karin Nomura
1.0 out of 5 stars wish I could've read more
Unfortunately, in the first few pages, the first "F-bomb" was dropped and, therefore, so was the book. Deleted from library. But, wow, I still get to rate the thing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G.
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More About the Author

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.

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