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Closer to victory...or closer to death? An army of darkness is on the march: Who won't escape with their life? The fourth book in the New York Times Bestselling TUNNELS series!

At long last reunited with his dad, Will now spends his days exploring the "land of the second sun," decoding the cryptic glyphs carved into its three mysterious temples--or eyeing the wild animals with renegade girl Elliott. Chester, meanwhile, has finally returned Topsoil, where his homecoming is ...

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Overview

Closer to victory...or closer to death? An army of darkness is on the march: Who won't escape with their life? The fourth book in the New York Times Bestselling TUNNELS series!

At long last reunited with his dad, Will now spends his days exploring the "land of the second sun," decoding the cryptic glyphs carved into its three mysterious temples--or eyeing the wild animals with renegade girl Elliott. Chester, meanwhile, has finally returned Topsoil, where his homecoming is rapidly becoming a horror show. But an army of darkness is on the march. And the ruthless Rebeccas have once more cheated death. With a corps of cold-blooded Limiters at their command, they're determined to hunt Will to the bitter innards of the earth. This time, who WON'T escape with their life?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
The end is getting closer, but has not yet arrived, in this fourth entry in the Tunnels series. It all started with Will and Chester digging tunnels, trying to find Will's missing archaeologist father. After digging Deeper and experiencing Freefall into the subterranean depths of the Earth in books two and three, the two boys continue to battle the malevolent Styx, and to survive in book four—but in different arenas. Chester joins Drake and a possible Styx ally on the surface, while Will, his father, and Elliott (the girl Drake trained to fight) encounter pyramids and a World War II German Army deep in the bowels of the Earth. The Styx are hot on their trail because the teens stole the virus created to destroy all humans. There are tragedy and triumph as the action switches back and forth, following the adventures of both sets of characters. This novel begins with a bang, and the pace never falters. There is very little background information, so newcomers should start with Tunnels. But fans of the series are going to have a hard time putting it down. There is a lot of action; lively dialogue; diabolical villains and feisty teens; clever cat-like companion hunters; things that blow up; torture and mind manipulation; family and friends in danger; and trust and betrayal. Tune in for more fast-paced action and edge-of-your-seat suspense in the next installment (Spiral). This is a great science fiction adventure series for boys, and of course, girls will enjoy it as well. (Tunnels Book 4) Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Set in multiple layers and locations under present day London, this fourth installment in the "Tunnels" adventure series is also told from multiple perspectives. Start with the first book of the series if you hope to have any understanding of the complex plots and relationships between characters that drive this book. Teens Will and Elliott, and Will's father, Dr. Burrows, are busy excavating pyramids in a subterranean world where the sun always shines. Friend Chester and a crazy misfit hermit are making their way back to the surface world most of us recognize, called Topsoil, in Chester's bid to return home and reassure his parents that he's alive. Temporarily allied with one of the enemy Styx—named Eddie—Drake pursues his ongoing battle to stop the worldwide release of a deadly virus called Dominion. Will's mother, Mrs. Barrows has apparently not died from torture at the hands of the Styx but is now another creature altogether. Unfortunately, the Rebecca twins, who were supposed to have been destroyed at the end of the previous book, Freefall, have survived and are continuing in their efforts to recover and release the Dominion virus. There is one small speech in the book about the Styx's justification for their drastic plans, having to do with saving the earth from the irresponsible consumption and pollution of its surface inhabitants. Various inhabitants of the underground worlds, the Prime Minister of England, Chester's parents, Drake's father, and two great dane-sized hairless cats also play roles—although the story is never told from their perspective. This is an adventure story likely to appeal to boys or girls since there are teen protagonists of both genders; although, the daunting length will deter some. The ending leaves most important issues unresolved, so the reader must be prepared to dive back into the planned sequel, The Spiral. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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They got CLOSER!

"Fans are going to have a hard time putting it down. There is a lot of action; lively dialogue; diabolical villains and feisty teens; clever cat-like companion hunters; things that blow up; torture and mind-manipulation; family and friends in danger; and trust and betrayal. A great science-fiction adventure series for boys, and girls will enjoy it as well." -- VOYA*

"Gordon and Williams move plotlines around like two generals directing a simulated battle. The authors have created quite a world." -- Booklist

They fell for FREEFALL!

“Gordon and Williams are one of the world's hottest writing teams.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press

“The perfect adventure in which to completely bury oneself.”
www.kidsreads.com

“Propelled by chases, attacks, explosions, cunning deceptions, and acts of heroism and stupid bravado.”
School Library Journal

They dug DEEPER!

“An amazing world . . . with astonishing twists and surprises hiding around every darkened corner.”
www.teenreads.com

“What a story. Seriously awesome. True thrills and adventure.”
wwww.apatchworkofbooks.com

They dug TUNNELS!

*“Compelling.”–Booklist, starred review

“Exciting.”–Kirkus

“Thrilling.”–The Columbus Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545201155
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Tunnels Series , #4
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 239,685
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author


RODERICK GORDON and BRIAN WILLIAMS are coauthors of the international bestsellers TUNNELS, DEEPER, FREEFALL, and CLOSER. Williams divides his time between London and his native Liverpool; Gordon lives with his wife and children in Norfolk, England.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    LOVE TUNNELS SERIES

    IT IS A 100% WITH A BUNCH OF ZEROS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

    read it already

    hey anynomous is you want to read it sooner do what i did and buy it from the UK where it is already out.. i have already finished it

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    This book is great

    Get it and the others in the series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Great books. I absolutly love the tunnels books.

    The best books I have ever read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Spiral when r u coming out

    I got this book last year 2011 and it was good and i cant wait till the next book comes out it is called spiral and is supposed to come out this year i tried to search it on the nook but cant seem to find it if it is out i am so excited to read the book i cant wait!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Fast-pased thrillride that doesnt disappoint

    Closer by Roderick Gordon is about Drake Chester Will Elliot and a reluctant styx Eddie, Elliot's father as they attempt to stop the Rebecca's from releasing the dominion virus, a plague that will kill every topsoiler. An ex ellent read, one almost as good as its sequel, SPIRAL.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Closer....... Drake Lover <3

    This book was amazing... Drake is by far the best guy to be helping Elliot, Will, Chester,& Celia. I have read the next book Spiral that ain't ever the last book. There is one more, & I can't wait for it to come out....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Cant wait for nextt onee

    Dude, this book is so good its amazing. Like i read it in one night cuz it was so amazing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Read the caption.

    Wait the rebechhas are STILL alive?!?!?!? Can't wait till the read the book..... Geting the sneek peek....... ~ Darkscar

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!

    I loved Closer, as I have all the others in the Tunnels series. Can't wait for Spiral!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Ya

    Itwas definetly aq great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Can't wait for this book to come out!

    I have just finished the 3rd book in the series Freefall not 20 mins ago. So i am super anxious to get the fourth book! I have no doubt in my mind that this book will be increadible. I give it an overall 110% on the entire series. If you havent read any of the books in this series I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Great

    I love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    YOU JELL!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    So so

    This book is eh

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Leo

    Wats wrong?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Awsome

    This is a great book

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Awesome

    When does spiral come out

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2011

    Well Thats A Good Idea

    HEY!!!!! Anonamys (or how ev. u spell it) wat a good idea just buy it from the UK...i like you...LOL Maybe some how u can lend it to me:) Just write back ur e-mail address ur first and last name and ur age. Oh and yes...i am a girl

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 28, 2011

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