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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
How exciting could life possibly be with no cell phones, computers or video games? Very! While I wasn't head-over-heels crazy about the first book of this series, Nick of Time, Book 2 is a different story (pun intended). Less nautical jargon, same vintage feel and a much better story!

Other than the prologue (which, to me, does nothing except make the book fourteen pages longer), everything about The Time Pirate is fun. The main characters we met in Book 1 are all here again, but Nick is much more front and center than before. In this adventure he travels to 1781 and meets such legendary characters as George and Martha Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Bad guy Billy Blood has used his own Tempus Machina to threaten the very existence of the United States of America, and in order to save his own dear England from the Nazis in 1940 Nick must fight against her in the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War.

This might be a fun book for middle school teachers to use during a unit on Revolution as much of the story takes place before and during the Battle of Yorktown. There is some battle-related violence, but no bad language...a great book for kids and the rest of us who love to dream about time travel!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
In 1940 the Nazis invade the British Channel Islands. To repel the enemy, teenager Nick McIver teaches himself to fly an obsolete WWI fighter plane that he had found in an abandoned barn. From the air, barnstorming Nick photographs minelayers and patrol boats during the day and conducts bombing raids over Nazi airfields at night.

Meanwhile his enemy pirate Captain Billy Blood wants possession of Nick's time machine. Using his own, he travels to Greybeard Island where he kidnaps Nick's sister Kate, and takes her back to 1781 Port Royal, Jamaica; but he leaves Nick a message that in exchange for his sibling he wants the time machine. Traveling to the late eighteenth century, Nick of Time learns of a plot that could result in Washington's defeat as Blood has amassed an invincible armada.

Fighting in two wars over a century and half apart, heroic Nick hopes to be on time to save his sister and for his side to win twice. Incredibly fast-paced with over the top happenstances, this lighthearted fun teenage pulp fiction is very entertaining though not deep in either era except when blood and tomatoes mix as Nick battles The Time Pirate.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Time Pirate, Ted Bell's new Young Adult novel and sequel to Nick of Time, comes back full steam ahead with a rip-roaring action packed adventure story for boys and men of all ages! 464 pages of non-stop thrills and chills that will have you on the edge of your seat from page one to the end.

Time Pirate picks up right where Bell left us at the end of Nick of Time, on the island of Greybeard in the British Channel Islands, with 12 year old Nick McIver getting ready for the inevitable coming war. The year is 1940 and as we start out this installment, the Nazis are slowly approaching and inching their way to invading the islands. Nick McIver's friend Winston Churchill is doing his best to forestall the onslaught, but the powers that be have British troops retreating leaving the islands demilitarized and abandoned to fight for their lives on their own.

This story is pretty complex and involves many paralleled events that put Nick McIver and his friends Gunner, Lord Hawke, Commander Hobbes and his adorable little sister Katie, in quite the tailspin as they once again risk their lives for home and country. One day Nick uncovers his father's old WWI fighter plane, a dilapidated old Sopwith Camel. With the help of Gunner, the islands Inn owner, they rebuild and rejuvenate the old plane to it's original glory. After Nick presents his father with his old war prize, Angus McIver teaches his son to fly it himself just in time to do some real live spying and reconnaissance work for Churchill as his daily flights take secret mission photographs of the enemy. Death defying barnstorming scenes with Nick in the air shooting at Nazi's, and German parachuters sailing onto home grounds, have Gunner and Nick realizing it's time to fight. Together with the help of weapons specialist Hobbes, they create apple size bombs that allow our young hero to teach the enemy a few lessons.

But that's not all that's in store for Nick McIver. His old arch enemy, the evil pirate of the Caribbean, Billy Blood, is out for revenge after Nick sliced of his hand and comes to kidnap his sister and bring her back to 1781. Billy Blood wants the second time travel orb that Nick has in possession and uses Katie as bait to get Nick to travel back to the high seas to get his sister back in trade for Leonardo Da Vinci's time machine. And while we the readers witness more high seas battles of wit with cannons firing and pirates dueling, Nick uncovers Billy's secret mission to band together 100 pirate ships that will attack and overtake an armada in the Americas. His plan involves another historical event that involves George Washington, and General Lafayette amidst the American Revolutionary War at Yorktown Virginia, the crucial battle that ends the winning war for America that sent the Redcoats packing! Masquerading as a British drummer Boy, Nick goes undercover surviving in the wilderness alone, killing indians and becomes a double spy for both England and America, helping George Washington win the war.

This is a superb action novel that never lets up. It is finely written with wonderful characters both good and bad, and reflects detailed historical research on the author's part that surely adds to the success of this series. When it comes to action and a hero destined for the classics, you can't beat Nick McIver and his Time Travel adventures. Time Pirate has you hearing the clang of Pirate swords, cannon fire exploding upon tall ships of the high seas, the sound of blunderbusses and flintlocks, cavalry horses stampeding, and droning airplanes complete with bombs and bullets flying as Nick McIver once again saves the day. Fabulous, absolutely positively fabulous!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
THE TIME PIRATE, by Ted Bell, is the second installment in the Nick McIver Time Adventure series (the series has apparently been renamed between the first and second books). Our intrepid heroes, 12 year old Nick McIver, and his fearless little sister, Katie, are still having fascinating adventures and preserving the flow of history. And this time, loyal, duty-bound Nick must betray his country, his beloved England, in order to save it.

Like all young boys, Nick McIver wants to grow up to be hero like his father, a highly decorated WWI ace pilot. The values of loyalty, honor, and duty are part of Nick's very soul. Nazis have invaded his home, one of the British Channel Islands, and Nick knows that he must do whatever he can to protect his home, his family, his friends, and his country. To this end, Nick lovingly restores his father's old WWI Sopwith Camel biplane, takes flying lessons from his father, and conducts secret air raids on the neighboring Nazi compounds. Ever brave, Nick faces his fears and does his duty. But his duty comes on other fronts as well. As we learned in the first book, Nick is in possession of one of two time machines invented by Leonardo Di Vinci. The evil pirate captain, Billy Blood is in possession of the other. Blood plans to change history, by ensuring that the Americans lose their battle for independence. Nick realizes that if America never achieves independence, then she cannot come to the aid of Britain in 1940, and his country will be conquered by the Nazis. Nick must travel back to a critical turning point in the American Revolution and give aid to General Washington. But, to do so will be an act of betrayal against England. Can he do it? Can Nick live with the results of his choices? Can Nick alone defeat Billy Blood, and preserve the course of history?

THE TIME PIRATE starts off with a bang and plunges forward with excitement and adventure to the very end. Along the way, Nick meets a number of historical heroes, and he does his very best to do what he thinks is right. I love the values and morals of these books; they are filled with duty, honor, family, country, and politeness - all things I want my children to know. I also love that Nick and Katie's parents are alive, loving, and supportive, and that they form a strong family unit. His parents may not know everything Nick is doing, but they know enough, and while they worry, they understand his motives.

Although it is marketed to grades 5 through 8, THE TIME PIRATE is really for the adventurer in all of us. I wish I had had something like this when I was learning history; history might have "stuck" with me better. I definitely would have enjoyed it more. And I did some checking: while the story is fictional, the facts are not. THE TIME PIRATE is rich in details and history of the both wars- the American Revolution and WWII.

IMHO, THE TIME PIRATE does what most sequels fail to do; it not only equals the first book in the series, it surpasses it. THE TIME PIRATE is a grand mash up of the best of Horatio Hornblower and Harry Potter. I hope Ted Bell plans many more books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a great adventure book for kids and their parents who are not too old to still enjoy a rollicking yarn filled with pirates, George Washington and the American revolution, Sopwith Camels, and spying against the Nazis in World War II. How exactly, I'm sure you are asking, can you fit all that into one book. Well it helps if you have a working model of Leonardo da Vinci's, Tempus Machina, a time machine. Nick McIver, our twelve year old hero, is game to try anything. He probably gets this trait from his dad, who was a heroic flying ace in the RAF during the First World War. Along with his sister Kate, his friend Gunner, who had served in the Navy and some other help along the way, Nick leads us from one hair breath escape to another in a continuous romp that will leave you asking for more. This is book two of Nick McIver's adventures in time. Hopefully not the last.Nick of Time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2010
The year is 1940, and the peaceful life on England's Channel Islands is being threatened by invading Nazi armies. Twelve-year-old Nick McIver enjoys helping his dad and some of the other islanders spy for Winston Churchill. Churchill has high hopes of defeating the Nazis, but he knows that Britain will need the help of the Americans to do so. In the meantime, Nick has another idea. With his old pal Gunner's assistance, he pulls his father's World War I plane out of its hiding place and restores it to its former glory. Then his father teaches him how to fly. Nick takes to the skies, discovering new ways to spy on the Nazis, and even plans a daring night raid to bomb their artillery building at the Nazi camp.

Nick is exhausted, barely surviving his raid, but he quickly learns that there is no resting for an adventurer in the middle of war. While he is gone, his old nemesis, the pirate Captain William Blood, returns for revenge. And he does so using his time machine. Leonardo da Vinci invented a time machine and created two of them; Captain Blood has one, and thanks to Nick's ancestor, Nick has the other. Now Captain Blood wants both of them. So he travels forward in time to 1940 and kidnaps Nick's little sister, Kate, taking her back to his time of 1781. If he wants his sister back alive, Nick must follow and exchange his time machine for Kate's life.

Nick quickly follows them back in time and finds that Kate hasn't sat idly in captivity. She eavesdrops on the pirates and learns of their plan --- an ingenious scheme to build a huge pirate army and take over the seas. Their first plan of attack is the French fleet commanded by Admiral de Grasse, traveling from the Caribbean to Virginia to help George Washington in the Revolutionary War. Nick knows from his history books that de Grasse assists with the Battle of Yorktown, which helps to end the war. If Captain Blood attacks de Grasse, and de Grasse never makes it to Virginia to help Washington, America will lose against the British. Which means America won't exist to help Britain defeat the Nazis in World War II. But if Nick goes back to 1781 to stop Captain Blood and help America win the Revolutionary War, it would mean he would be committing treason against his own country of England. How does our young hero ever hope to make the right decision in an impossible situation?

Filled with conniving pirates, nasty Nazis, heart-pounding plane rides, daring escapes, tricky time travel, courageous spy strategies, and mind-gripping history, THE TIME PIRATE is sure to please almost everyone, especially the guys. Ted Bell writes with a very classic style, right up there with Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain. His adventurous imagination pulls readers into this spirited and deep, multilayered story. All of his main characters are unique and well, from the tenacious seven-year-old Kate to the 80-year-old Baroness spying on the Nazis, to our likably and courageous hero, Nick. Bell also takes a unique approach to description, using lots of intricate and interesting details --- for example, the restoring and flying of the WWI plane. Fans will love this outstanding sequel to NICK OF TIME.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Time Pirate is the follow up to Nick of Time, which we reviewed here on the blog recently. Nick of Time was great and The Time Pirate is even better. Ted Bell never loses his pacing, keeping the story constantly moving along. We get to meet even more wonderful characters (I never knew Martha Washington could be so charming) and venture over to America in this tale.

Nick takes flight in this book; don't worry he still sails on ships as well. He continues to fight Billy Blood in the battle of good versus evil and Gunner stays at his side throughout most of it. I liked this book better than the first as it seemed to be more exciting now that we have all of the plot points down with how the time machine works, who's who, and what's what.

History lovers and those looking for an adventure will be sure to find what they are seeking within this series of books that just keep getting better. With all the time in the world at Nick McIver's hands, Bell has endless opportunities to continue on with this series. He would never run out of events or historical people for us to meet. Thus far, he has chosen the events wisely and the people that took part in these events are the icing on the cake. Each character, no matter how short lived in the story, is complete and realistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gold Star Award Winner!

It's 1940, and the British are preparing for a Nazi invasion of England. As a resident of Greybeard Island, the smallest island of the British Channel Islands, Nick must help to save his homeland.

The Nazis aren't Nick's only enemies, though. When Nick's sister, Kate, is kidnapped by his arch-rival, Captain Blood, and taken back to Port Royal, Jamaica, in the year 1781, Nick must use his time machine to go back in time to save her.

While in Jamaica, however, Nick discovers Captain Blood's plot to attack a French fleet on its way to Yorktown to prevent the retreat of General Cornwallis. The interruption of this battle could change the outcome of the American Revolution. Can Nick stop these time pirates from changing history and save his sister at the same time?

THE TIME PIRATE is a fast-paced, action-packed time-travel adventure. The story is intense and unique. The mixture of history and science fiction is well-crafted. The characters are well-developed and likable. Readers who like science fiction, historical fiction, and adventure will truly enjoy reading this book.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2010
The Time Pirate is another great adventure series taking you to several different points in our history. A good read for the tweener's, but as an adult I liked it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2010
It was such a good book that I read it cover to cover in about 2 hrs. It had alot of history about America and information on our big wars which I like.
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