This is the third book of the “Gatekeepers” series. It takes place a couple of weeks before the end of book two. The Nightrise corporation is looking for teens with unusual abilities. Two twins, Jamie and Scott are telepathic. During their Las Vegas show, Scott is kidnapped, and a stranger saves Jamie just in the nick of time. Jamie learns some surprising and frightening secrets about Scott’s kidnappers. To save Scott, Jamie must get arrested, and it is up to his new acquaintances to arrange it. During his captivity, Jamie is shot, and during his recovery, he finds that he has been transported ten thousand years in the past. Jamie enters this world to find it is dying. Jamie must join four other teenagers and the few remaining members of humanity to stop the Old Ones and save the world. Jamie also finds out that his trip to the past will determine his future. It may also be the key to saving Scott. Will Jamie get back to the present in time to save his brother and stop the Old Ones from opening the next gate? Reviewer: Jennifer Mitchell
VOYA - Sarah Flowers
The third book in Horowitz's Gatekeepers series focuses on another member of the Five Gatekeepers whose job is to protect the world from the Old Ones. Jamie Tyler and his brother Scott are orphans who have always been able to read minds. Now fourteen, they are working for their latest foster parents by doing a mind-reading act in a rundown Reno theater, until the day two men from the Nightrise Corporation visit the theater and try to kidnap Jamie and Scott. Complications ensue, including a plot to kill a presidential candidate, a midnight raid on a correctional facility in the Nevada desert, and Jamie finding himself suddenly transported to Peru 10,000 years in the past, where he meets the other four Gatekeepers-or at least, one version of them. It turns out that the Five exist in more than one time and place, and Jamie is called upon to help the others defeat the Old Ones in this earlier time before returning to the twenty-first century to find Scott and ultimately fight the Old Ones again. In yet another exciting adventure story, readers learn a lot more about the Five and the Old Ones, getting some inkling of where the story might be going in future installments. Horowitz picks up the pace in this book, and ratchets up the tension in one more winner.
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
Only the Gatekeepersfive brave teenagerscan prevent the return of the evil Old Ones who seek to destroy humanity. Fourteen-year-old Native American twins Jamie and Scott are Gatekeepers, though at first they don't know it; all they know is that they have psychic powers and can read and even control minds. A sinister international corporation called Nightrise, controlled by the Old Ones, learns of the twins' telepathy act on a Reno, Nevada stage and tries to kidnap them, but Jamie manages to escape with the help of a woman who is seeking her own kidnapped son. In order to rescue his twin, Jamie must gain entry to the juvenile correctional facility in the desert where Scott is being held. But there is even more at stake, Jamie learns, as in a dream world he meets the other Gatekeepers and prepares to do battle with them against the Old Ones. Oh, and he has to prevent the assassination of a presidential candidate in our world, too. There's no lack of plot or action in this breathless fantasy thriller, with more in the series yet to come. It's as exciting and over-the-top as Horowitz's Alex Rider spy series, with an extra helping of horror. Fans will be eager to meet the new Gatekeepers and gallop along on their adventures.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 -Twins Jamie and Scott have psychic powers and Nightrise, a multinational corporation which has been kidnapping children with special abilities, wants them. Scott is captured but Jamie escapes and, in trying to rescue Scott, travels back in time where he learns that he and Scott are two of five child gatekeepers who are deterring "the Old Ones" from destroying mankind. The five defeat the old ones in a violent battle in the past, but Jamie learns that the threat is starting again in his time and Nightrise and its preferred presidential candidate are part of the threat. They plan to assassinate their candidate's opponent who is favored to win the election. Jamie must try to stop them. Anthony Horowitz has written a suspenseful story (Scholastic, 2007), and British actor Simon Prebble's narration helps keep listeners riveted. A few misplaced emphases in narration are a minor flaw, but generally the production is excellent with clear sound, well-paced reading, and appropriate voices for the characters. While listeners new to the series will have no trouble following the story, they will probably request the previous books/audiobooks in the series and eagerly await the next title.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
In this third of the Gatekeepers series, Horowitz ups the ante considerably when he brings the third and fourth of "The Five" into the story. Identical twins Scott and Jamie, abandoned in a cave sacred to the Washoe Indians, have bounced from foster home to institution and are headed for much, much worse. A preemptive strike by the evil Nightrise Corporation makes Scott a captive and leaves Jamie, the less effective of the mind-reading twins, to make the rescue. Time travel, visits to a dream universe and mind control add a fascinating occult element to this thriller. Horowitz truly knows his way around a plot; he keeps the tension at a nail-biting level throughout and makes the apocalyptic situation clear without getting bogged down in description of the two previous books. Characters exist to drive this plot-with the twins and a couple of others well-developed and the rest edging into stereotype. The smashing climax is totally satisfying while anticipating the world-saving to come. Stock up-it should fly off the shelves! (Fiction. YA)