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Gates of Rome (TimeRiders #5)

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Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.

But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history...

Project Exodus—a mission to transport 300 Americans from 2070 to AD 54 to overthrow...more
Paperback, 437 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Puffin
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Stu - (Sequere me in tenebras)
"My fellow Romans and Americans - this happened in 54 AD"

Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant Caligula, aka 'goat legs' or if you prefer 'little soldier's boots' - I'd suggest not calling him goat legs, apparently it never ends up well for the speaker.

"Come in, come in, meet my new senator" said Caligula

"Who is it" asked the newcomer

"My horse" responded the Emperor

He LOVED that horse.

Book 5 of Alex Scarrow's Timeriders series sees Liam, Maddy, Sal and Bob going back to 54 AD. The timeline has b...more
I discovered something about three-quarters of the way through this book that I hadn't thought of up until now. It's something obvious, but something I just hadn't considered, perhaps because I hadn't needed to yet. And that's this: this time-travel series doesn't have near as much time-travel in it as it does adventure. And that may be fine for some people. It's not that all the fighting ancient Romans and defending ancient castles isn't fun. But it's just not as much fun to me as the actual tr...more
Darren Hartwell
We are half way into Alex Scarrow's brilliant TimeRiders series and I am finding it increasingly difficult to review these books for fear of giving away massive spoilers. I tried to write a review for TimeRiders: The Eternal War when I had read it but found it so difficult I eventually gave in, and simply writing "It's brilliant, read it immediately" was, I felt, a little too brief for a blog post. Now that I have finished this fifth book, Gates of Rome, I am still a little hesitant (it could be...more
Ananya~Fantasy bookworm~
This was a good book but for some reason did not have me glued to the book or leave me hanging in suspense. Liam, maddy and Sal, the main characters are further developed and there is a surprising turn of events as robots sent from the future start attacking them and New York suddenly turns out to be like Ancient Rome. The three friends and their faithful (or programmed to be faithful) meat-robot, Bob helps them gain a place among the people of Rome.
Secrets are finally coming out! Problems are being solved and of course created! I found this book funnier and more gripping than the others.
I have to admit, I've loved the TimeRiders series from the very first book, and I only bought it on a whim because it mentioned the word "Titanic" in the blurb. I eagerly devoured the first three and eagerly passed them onto my Dad to read, while checking to see when the next one was out.

And then I got book 4, The Eternal War (bear with me!). Once again, it had been pre-ordered, and once again, I read it straight away, even though I had enough books to be getting on with. But it left me feeling...more
Being a fan of this series, I pre ordered a limited collectors edition of this 5th instalment and it was surprisingly delivered to me 2 weeks in advance of general release.

The book is yet another brilliant and relentlessly rip roaring page turner, hence I am able to write this review already...once I got my breath back!

While every book so far have been terrific time travelling adventures, there is a major underlying story arc which spans all 9 planned books. By now readers will have been investe...more
Score: 3.5/5 stars Been in the mood to do some reviewing recently.

Been a fan of TimeRiders series ever since I had read the first book, TimeRiders. It's an interesting concept to take people who are going to die and give them a chance to live again; to work for the TimeRiders agency.

4 books later, I was a bit apprehensive on reading this novel. The same formula was applied to the previous books. Although set in different situations and they faced different dangers, it felt too similar and famili...more
Christine Blachford
The sixth installment in this time travelling adventure, and things are starting to become far less fun and much more serious. This outing also breaks the mould again – rather than Liam heading back to fix things whilst the others wait and watch, they all end up jumping about time all over the place.

Now it seems as though the secret is out and things are beginning to ramp up. Not just in terms of them as an agency, but within as well – Maddy finally decided to open up to her friends, which was q...more
Dustin James
I've got to say that I was disappointed with this book. I felt that this book was more of a plateau for Alex Scarrow's brothers book series. Alex admits that he used two characters from his brother's series that takes place in Ancient Rome. I felt that this book became more of a "get to know these two characters" as if Alex was promoting his brother's series. Unfortunately, I felt it took away from the main characters of Time Riders. The beginning and end of the book was the best because it real...more
Another time wave has Liam travelling back to Roman times to investigate the cause. Meanwhile attack on the remaining TimeRiders, sends Maddy and Sal fleeing - their only escape being to follow Liam and head through the portal. With no one left in the office (except Computer-Bob), they have no means of returning. Nor do they know what might be waiting for them if they ever do manage to get back.

Trapped in a time when Caligula is ruling years after he should have died, knowing that the time blip...more
I somehow skipped book four so missed a few plot points. This one seems slightly sketchy on the plot - but as I missed book four I have to give that a pass at the moment. The Roman history it build on is good - I like how he illuminates Caligula and builds on what might have happened had he continued to reign. I also liked how he brought in why he was termed Caligula and all of that. Nice touch with the "just because they are from the past doesn't mean they are dumb" aspect either. Shame you did...more
Robin Carter
I have been a loyal follower of Alex Scarrows TimeRiders since book 1, and have also followed his adult thrillers since the very first one, I have seen his writing grow and grow along with his ability as a story teller.

The TimeRiders series in my opinion is his master piece, his ability to see into the mind of the young adults that the book is mainly targeted at is a skill that should not be ignored. This book does not talk down to them, it does not try to be hip or have pretencions above what i...more
Gail Jones
Time Riders – Gates of Rome by Alex Scarrow. Young Adult novel. Liam and Bob head back into Roman times to resolve a time contamination. While they are gone, other time agents attack the field office leaving Maddy and Sal to escape into the past. All the team are now stuck in ancient Rome unsure how to get back to their own time or why they have been attacked. This is an excellent premise and the subject of ancient Rome is a good one, however, there is a lot of wasted time. There was much repeat...more
Robert O Mahony
Now that's more like it! Gates of Rome was a definite improvement over the last 2 Timeriders books. The existing characters were developed nicely, and the new characters (Caligula, Rashim) were interesting and entertaining. However, he spent too much time on the side characters in the middle of the book in my opinion. I would've preferred to have been reading about Liam, Maddy and Sal than Cato and Macro, and while it might have advanced the plot, I felt that it bogged down the book a bit. (view...more
Scott Vout
Book 5 in the series.

I really took to this series for the first three books, but book four started my decline in interest in the series. I gave this one a go in hopes that it was the mood I was in when I read book four. But alas, this book did not rejuvenate my interest in the series.

It is a good book, don't get me wrong on that point. The characters continue to develop and the story line is advanced quite nicely. It even has begun to get darker which is something I like in a series like this....more
Mind blown.


You can tell with this book that we're starting to come to the pointy end of the series. Where the protagonists begin to question what they're really doing, for whom and whether it is the right thing to do or not.

More humour. More action. More Liam and Bob being the hilarious people they are.

My sister read this and noticed something funny. Somewhere in the book, this charrie called Crassus apparently 'widens his already big eyes rounder' (or something) then two paragraphs dow...more
Jason Chan
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Bilal Ibrahim
This book shows that the series is not completely science fiction, it is more an adventurous saga of these three protagonists.
Caleb Townshend
This is definitely my favorite in the Time Riders series.
Jamal Hadjkura
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Although it was funny, it was thought provoking as well. A small part of the truth behind the "agency" that Liam, Maddy, and Sal work for is revealed in the prologue, and it just left me wanting more. The chapters ended with either reveals, or cliffhangers. This made me want to keep reading the book.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone interested in Science Fiction, particularly anyone that likes time travel, since this series features it heavily. I'm...more
Jun 19, 2012 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chris by: Michelle
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Another great entry in the series, this time set in Rome in the time of Caligula, who has overstayed his welcome! These books flow so well and are so easy to read, while also containing fascinating plotlines and thought-provoking ideas and conumdrums, as well as throwing in the usual time-travel paradoxes. It did seem to get a little stuck in Rome, like the characters, and it all seemed to resolve very quickly at the end, while leaving the door open for more to come.
But a good, exciting, fast-mo...more
Anne Barwell
Another gripping installment of the Time Riders series. I love the way the author tells a complete story with each book, yet only gives tidbits of the overarching 'background' story that is, in part, pushing everything forward.

Loved Spongebubba. Holding out for the next book to see how the extra 'Timeriders' fit in.

Also was interesting having Macro and Cato from Simon Scarrow's books along for the ride this time. Because I really need another series to follow :P
Very interesting time period! I really felt the insanity of Caligula and really wanted him to die. I learnt a little more about the Roman time period and I really enjoyed the adventure of the three TimeRiders. The end set up the story for the next book. I'm really excited!
Elif Gencer
It is awfully sad how it took Alex Scarrow 5 books to get the series interesting. Incredibly sad. Although I am happy that he picked the storyline back up as I've gone back to reading the series again - I had stopped in book 3 as it was a bore to read it and what usually took me a day or so to read, would take me a month, maybe even more...
Another favorite in this series! I felt immersed in Ancient Rome in the best way possible.
Sean Randall
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the rest, but mainly because Rome has never been a fictionalised setting I like. It's still very clear that there are plans afoot, though, and that this series isn't going to dry up or suffer from its own success too soon.
I am a little disappointed by this - I loved the first books but I felt that this didn't have well, as much "oomph" as the others and I want to know more about what is going on in the grand scheme of things; but it was a nice book to read for a few hours!
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