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Bunker 10

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by J. A. Henderson

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At eight o'clock in the evening, 24 December 2007, Pinewood Military Installation exploded. The blast ripped apart acres of forest and devastated the remote highland valley where the base was located. No official cause was given for the incident. Inside Pinewood were 185 male and female personnel--a mixture of scientists and soldiers. There were also seven


At eight o'clock in the evening, 24 December 2007, Pinewood Military Installation exploded. The blast ripped apart acres of forest and devastated the remote highland valley where the base was located. No official cause was given for the incident. Inside Pinewood were 185 male and female personnel--a mixture of scientists and soldiers. There were also seven teenagers. This is the story of their last day . . .

Bunker 10 is a high-octane thriller perfect for fans of video games, science fiction, and television shows like 24.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
When a story begins with the dramatic destruction of all the main characters, readers might question whether to invest any time pursuing why this tragic event takes place. Be advised: Continue reading because it will be time well spent. The main characters, an ensemble cast of seven extremely precocious teenagers, are residents of the top secret and isolated Pinewood Military Installation. Their mission is to investigate highly abstract scientific theory, calculate precise mathematical formulas, and stay out of trouble. They have the first two covered; it is the third that they blow-literally. Christmas Eve finds base security slipshod and the youngsters up to mischief. Jimmy wants to impress Leslie by taking her off base for their first date. In planning this event, he unintentionally sets off a chain of unpredictable events involving time travel, genetic mutations, computer simulations, undercover operations, and violent explosions. Although very little is as it seems, masterful foreshadowing and subtle hints allow the last twenty pages to logically explain the situation in the first chapter. With snappy dialogue, short chapters, and video-game-like action, this book will be a good match for many reluctant readers. Boys will likely find the violence awesome, and girls should appreciate the tragic love story and romantic conclusion. The author's plot twists and surprise revelations will appeal to readers who like to be tricked. This book would be an excellent addition to any library or classroom collection. Word of mouth alone should keep it in constant circulation.
Children's Literature - Caroline B. Hopenwasser
On Christmas Eve 2007, Pinewood Military Installation was completely destroyed by an unexplained explosion. Everyone was killed, including the seven children living there. This book chronicles the last day of these genius children as they struggle to fix an experiment gone terribly wrong. The fast-paced plot grabs the reader on page one and never lets go. The author does not sacrifice characters for plot, however, creating seven individuals that the reader quickly comes to like and care about. This book will intrigue young adults who enjoy computer games and the television show 24. The story deftly blends military strategy, time travel, and teenage romance in an engaging and believable science fiction story. This book is perfect for boys and reluctant readers. Fans of books such as Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment will find another exciting read in the pages of this book. Reviewer: Caroline B. Hopenwasser
School Library Journal

Gr 6-10
At 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 2007, a secret military base self-destructs. After that explosive beginning, Henderson recounts the day leading up to that event. Bunker 10 is an exciting, fast-paced, science-fiction thriller that combines genetic engineering, virtual reality, and time travel in a story that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Seven genius kids live and study at Pinewood Military Installation, surrounded by soldiers and scientists. In their spare time they try to outsmart the guards and prove Einstein wrong. When a genetic experiment goes horribly wrong, the base is locked down and set to self-destruct. There's no way out so everyone will die. But is it all real or is it a simulation? Who is human and who is a computer program? Though the character development is weak and the actual science receives too little explanation, computer and gaming enthusiasts will tear through this one and ask for more books like it. Send them on to Vivian Vande Velde's Heir Apparent (Harcourt, 2002) and then to Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (Tor, 1985).
—Anthony C. DoyleCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Every now and then a book comes along wherein the reader is genuinely surprised by a shocking development halfway through. This is one such stunner, constructed like an episode of the television show 24, with chapters broken up into the events of 24 chaotic and confusing hours from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day. A complicated book that demands careful attention from the reader, it includes such current topics as time travel, computer simulations and military planning. While the beginning is a bit difficult, those who make it to the stunning revelation will be completely hooked. Seven children are installed in a high-security military installation with nearly 200 highly trained security personnel. Each child is a genius with his or her own talents and personality. There's an air of mystery about exactly the intentions of the leader of the military post. When one girl is taken to a secret area under the base, all hell breaks loose. The children attempt escape from a situation they have been put in through truly horrendous circumstances by calculating adults. Philosophical issues to consider involve the manipulation of science leading to a truly thought-provoking conclusion: Will computers one day surpass their creators and gain the ability to influence humans? A bit bloody and certainly complex, the story leaves the reader with much to ponder. (Fiction. 12-14)

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.86(d)
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Pinewood Military Installation

Monday, 24 December 2007


The Christmas tree was taller than a military cadet and just as green. It had been decorated with old-fashioned wooden ornaments, wrapped in thick tinsel strands, and dotted with real candles in silver holders.

Five boys and two girls sat on the dormitory floor in a ring, ignoring the thin line of smoke seeping under the door. Simon and May-Rose pulled crackers. Barn, Cruikshank, and Diddy Dave swapped presents. Jimmy Hicks and Leslie had their arms around each other, paper hats upon their heads, pretending to be the King and Queen of Christmas.

“We’ve run out of Coca-Cola.” Barn thumped his chest. “I need more Coke if I’m going to do the biggest burp in world history. And I really am,” he added proudly.

“Give it up for my boy.” Diddy Dave draped a clump of discarded ribbons over his friend’s head. “He be a beast!”

“I’ll get the drinks.” Simon pulled himself up, went to the door, and opened it.

The corridor outside was filled with oily smoke, thickest where it rolled across the ceiling in black folds, a churning, suffocating beast. Two dead soldiers in army uniforms lay on the ground, staring sightlessly at each other. Simon put a handkerchief over his mouth, stepped over the bloody corpses, and went to the canteen. He fetched a bottle of Coke from one of the tall, gray fridges and returned to the party. Shutting the door behind him, he handed the bottle to Barn, who took a huge swig and grinned at the others.


Simon looked at his watch and shook his head.

“It’s eight o’clock,” he said sadly.

Jimmy Hicks pulled Leslie close and held her tight. Barn began praying. May-Rose started to cry. Simon screwed his eyes shut and put his hands over his ears.

A high-pitched sound, louder than the whistle of a steam train, rose from below, and vast white light, bright as the promise of life, enveloped the room and ripped it apart.

At 2000 hours on Monday, 24 December 2007, Pinewood Military Installation exploded.

The blast ripped apart acres of forest and devastated the remote highland valley where the base was located. There were no survivors and no official cause was given for the incident.

Inside Pinewood were 185 male and female military personnel—a mix of scientists and soldiers.

There were also 7 children.

This is the story of their last day.

© Copyright J. A. Henderson 2007

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Meet the Author

Jan-Andrew Henderson was born in Dundee in 1962. After graduating he travelled for several years--but wherever he went, he wrote and staged plays. In 1998, he settled in Scotland and set up Black Hart Entertainment, one of the largest ghost tour companies in the UK. A year later he began writing nonfiction. After the birth of his son, he moved on to writing children's fiction. Bunker 10 is his first novel for older readers.

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Bunker 10 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Clos8 More than 1 year ago
Bunker 10 is definitely a good book for reluctant and all other readers! As the summary says, this book is really about a group of kids that have exceptional intelligence. But it seems even geniuses need their time off, and this story at first appears to be centered on one of the teens attempt to sneak of base for some alone time with a girl. Then all hell breaks loose through a series of coincidences and just bad luck. In Bunker 10 there is a top secret lab that houses the potential destruction of everything we love. Is it a super powerful laser capable of destroying planets with a single shot? No. Is it a biochemical weapon capable of altering the enemies thought process? No, not really. It's a ten year old little girl. I'm not going to go into any more detail because it would ruin some of the surprises that really make this book. But believe me, this book has everything; Suspense, plot twists, time travel, DNA alteration, teenage kids with genius IQs, warfare, survival simulation games, good guys, bad guys, and a whole lot of intrigue.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Seven teenagers, all of them geniuses, live at the Pinewood Military Installation: the most secretive, state-of-the-art military base hidden in the middle of the woods, along with military personnel and some scientists. We don't know what they're doing there; in fact, they're not so sure they know, either. What we know is that on December 24th, the whole place will explode, and there will be no survivors. Or will there be?

What was the cause of the explosion?

Was it related to fifteen-year-old Jimmy's plan to sneak out of the base, by placing transmitters and fooling the guards with his newly created virtual simulations?

Did it have anything to do with the special convoy that arrived on the base mysteriously?

Did the highly classified Project Flower, taking place on the lowest level, go awry?

Did it have anything to do with the disappearance of teen May Rose?

You'll have to read this wildly futuristic thriller to find out.

J. A. Henderson has created an intelligent, suspenseful novel with all the ingredients of the perfect thriller: a confusing plot, virtual simulations, DNA alterations, time travel, shootings, blasts, and, of course, the good guys and the super-evil bad guys.