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The Tripods Attack! (The Young Chesterton Chronicles) Paperback – March 27, 2008
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The conspiracy and eugenics-flavored metaplot that bubbles up here and there, especially in the epilogue, definitely has me hooked. I can't wait to see where the series goes.
I cannot get over how excellent this book really is. Author John McNichol brings together elements that you wouldn't think would fit together at first, but which wind up working excellently, much like a well-made anime series, and I could see this book brought to life as an animated series or a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, in the order of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition). There are echoes of all kinds of things: the real G.K. Chesterton's own Father Brown is a main player, as is a character eeriely like the insidious Professor Moriarity from the Sherlock Holmes series; the plot heavily evokes both H.G. Wells's "The War of the Worlds" and also C.S. Lewis's "Space Trilogy" (Out of the Silent Planet, and Perelandra, especially); "gosh-wow!Read more ›
"I LOVED The Tripods Attack because there was lots of violence. I liked how it had sadness in the end, like most of the books I read. Finally, I loved how they had the flame thrower and the .45 colt."
The Tripods Attack! is wonderfully bloodcurdling and gruesome, although its dizzy Victorian setting and many in-jokes keep it from getting too dark. Steampunk is a rather Chestertonian genre to begin with, and The Tripods Attack! resembles Chesterton's own fiction in some ways. It helps that Father Brown is a character in it, as well as Chesterton himself and a young HG Wells. But there are other characters as well: the girl "with hair as red as a Welsh sunset" that Chesterton dreams of, who is really a secret agent; and the natty and evil Doctor, who proves remarkably hard to gt rid of. The end of the book is the perfect setup for the next volume, which for all I know has not even been written yet.
This book is full of action - high marks for a scene on a runaway train and for an underground cat-and-mouse chase that is almost worthy of "Alien" - and its fractured fantasy world is vividly described. The writing is always solid and often clever. The messages do stick out, as one reviewer said, but they are never allowed to get pointier than the deadly Martian fangs or the stilettos wielded by Chesterton's rogue secret agent mother. (Did I mention that this book is surreal?) Father Brown is GKC's Father Brown, and he *does* launch into the same theological expositions. McNichol could afford to be less on-the-nose next time... however, the book *works*, and it knows that even though it is a tribute to Chesterton published by a small Catholic press, it is a story, nothing more - and nothing less.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book and I'm sure you will also. You might want to check out his other books. I am on the third one now...Published 9 months ago by M. Ray
Fantastic Book!!!...at the edge of my seat waiting for a break in the action which never came; I lost a few hours of sleep not being able to put it down.Published 10 months ago by Doug Anderson
Like a little thought-provoking philosophy mixed into your wild sci-fi adventure? This book has all of that and more. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Spectre
In this first book of The Young Chesterton Chronicles, we have a young, skinny (I know, right?) Gil Chesterton, born into a completely foreign universe. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Erin McCole Cupp
I bought this book a few years ago (yes, I thought I had rated/reviewed it already and noticed I did NOT while looking it up again :-/ ) for my son because it was recommended. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Lori Lett
This was enjoyed by my two teenage children and by me. It is a good cliff hanger. I would also warn about letting a younger tween read it (mine has to wait) as there are some... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by C. Green
ALL OF CHESTERTON IS GOOD AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. THIS WAS FOR MY GRANDSON AND HE WILL GET IT FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.Published on September 7, 2013 by JAMI
For those looking for a book that is filled with good values, truth, and action-packed adventure, look no further! Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by JoeBenClarkKent
Gave this to my 17 year old nephew..... i don't know if hes read it yet. He is an avid book reader and I am hoping that he will like this.Published on December 30, 2012 by Donnamarie Arnold