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The Never War (Pendragon #3)

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Bobby Pendragon has visited the alternate dimension of Denduron and waded through the endangered underwater territory of Cloral. Now Bobby once again finds himself thrust beyond the boundaries of time and space into a place that seems somewhat familiar: First Earth.
Bobby and the Traveler from Cloral—Spader—have flumed to New York City, 1937, where they must uncover the evi
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Published May 20th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 1st 2003)
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Victoria
Aug 03, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think what I love most about this series is the different worlds. Every book, there's a completely new setting to lose yourself in, complete with a new cast of characters. But of course, sometimes the best ones from previous novels come along for the ride.

Bobby Pendragon now finds himself in a very familiar territory indeed; First Earth, his home planet in the 1930's. And he quickly discovers that the "tipping point" here has everything to do with time. Somewhere, someone, helped along by none
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Jake
Oct 27, 2010 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many types of themes and issues that are happening in “pendragon” right now. Here they are: Friendship issues, War vs. peace, Good vs. evil, and a bunch more. The main one for me though is Friendship issues. The main character, Bobby, and his friend, Spader, are having friendship issues.

Spader is mad at an evil guy named St. Dane for killing his father. Spader goes wild with anger when he hears about or sees St. Dane. This doesn’t help Bobby stop St. Dane from destroying Halla (Everyt
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Kyle
Nov 06, 2008 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter/ Twilight readers
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Never War (Pendragon, #3), D.J. MacHale
من اینجا هستم، در زمین اول، ویلاکس در گم کن بود. من و اسپیدر با ناودان به ویلاکس رفتیم، اما فهمیدیم آن جا خبری نیست. خبرها اینجا در زمین اول بود. میخواهید بدانید زمین اول کجاست؟ بهتر است بپرسید زمین اول کی هست؟ الان سال 1937 است و من در شهر نیویورک هستم. دقیقش را بخواهید، ماه مارس سال 1937، دقیقترش یازدهم ماه مارس سال 1937. من این روزنگاشت را روز تولدم برای شما مینویسم. چه قدر عجیب، مگه نه؟ اگر من در سال 1937 هستم و امروز هم روز تولدم است، پس چه جوری پا
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Halley Hopson
-- Reread 2016 --

This was never a favorite of mine, especially back when I originally read it simply because things like the mafia and gang wars combined with history don't usually interest me. But I feel like I enjoyed it a little bit more this time around and can appreciate how vital it is to the series as a whole.

I love Gunny, who is introduced in this book, and I like that this story keeps you guessing of who exactly Saint Dane is taking the form of to cause the tipping of the territory of F
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Readhead
Dec 11, 2007 Readhead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Actually, historical fiction lovers
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a unique Pendragon book: It takes place on Earth. Even more unique: In the 1930's. I don't want to spoil anything, but Machale did an amazing job with this book, piecing it together and making it sound realistic. I really enjoyed it.
Sharon Ryan
Ok, I'll shut up about the Doctor Who mash up thing, but this one kinda reminded me a little of Bioshock infinity.
Guinevere Thomas
Actual Score: 2.25

Let's see...Where have I left off with this series?

Im three books deep. Let me just say, I love these books. I don't see many traditionally published series' that are this entertaining, while representing diversity.

My rating may not reflect how much I enjoy the books, but there are tons of things I can't give passes for, even with a good story.

The Never War is Book Three in the Bobby Pendragon series, a teenage boy who finds out he can travel to other worlds.

It's easier to po
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Max
I think this had to be the most interesting book in the series partly because it took place in 1937 which according to the author is considered "First Earth". There are also a "Second Earth" which takes place in present day Earth, and also a "Third Earth" which takes place in 5010, the future of Earth. I really liked this book because it was in the times of World War II and I've always thought that particular point in history is way interesting! The year was 1937. Through the flume, Bobby Pendra ...more
Kira
Mar 03, 2009 Kira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this had to be the most interesting book in the series partly because it took place in 1937 which according to the author is considered "First Earth". There are also a "Second Earth" which takes place in present day Earth, and also a "Third Earth" which takes place in 5010, the future of Earth. I really liked this book because it was in the times of World War II and I've always thought that particular point in history is way interesting! The main event that is talked about is when the Hi ...more
Mackenzie
Apr 16, 2008 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book yet in the series, you can really conected with this territory!!! Bobby must not only save one world he must save three the past the present and the future not to mention Halla which is every thing in all of space...No pressure... wrong Bobby,spader and Gunny,must find the turning point of the teritory First Earth..If something gose wrong not only one territory will be destroyed but three and to make matters worse this is could really hit home for Bobby (literally). Join Mark an ...more
Jack von Quilich
The third installment of the pendragon series was amazing. They travel threw the flume to first earth, the time period before second earth. Saint Dane is continually trying to tear down halla and turn all he territories into his worlds. Bobby is still sad about uncles death. They work threw the events throw at them discover that the Hindenburg is the turning point of first earth and that people are trying to save it. But these events must happen for the sake of halla. No matter how bad they are.
Farya
Jul 23, 2016 Farya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
از نظر من اين كتاب بهترين قسمت از مجموعه ي پندراگنه شايد به اين دليل كه در زمين اول يعني در سال1937 اتفاق ميوفته و مارو با زمان هاي ديگه آشنا ميكنه اينكه گذشته ي زمين چطوري بوده و آيندش چطور خواهد بود و چطور بابي بانجات دادن زمين اول از نابودي زمين دوم و سوم جلوگيري ميكنه.بالاخره زمين خونه ي ماست ديگه!!!:)
Kat  Hooper
Nov 10, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5
Athimar
Feb 17, 2017 Athimar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished my first re-read of Mr. MacHale's The Never War. I really like this series - depending upon the territory being visited, the series crosses genres. Denduron is a mid evil territory so The Merchant of Death was like fantasy, while Cloral, being similar to our world but underwater, gave The Lost City of Faar an alternative reality sort of feel. This novel, set in First Earth, the same as Second Earth but 80 or so years into its past, made this a piece of historical fiction. And ...more
Tiffiny
My son got bored about halfway through. He got up to Journal #11 (in case he decides to take it up again). :)
Kylie Behnke
Dec 16, 2016 Kylie Behnke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Not my favorite adventure, but there was a lot of important character development. This book really sets the tone for the remainder of the series.
Aparajitabasu
Moving onto the 3rd Installment of the Pendragon series The Never War , was pleasantly amazing for not only does it feature a planet....sorry territory that we are very much familiar about but a territory that is also in reality is the only livable planet in the solar system (maybe the scientists would one day find more about outer space....).

Here is how the summary goes like:

Fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon is a loyal friend, sports star, devoted pet owner and Traveler. Along with his uncle P
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Samuel
Jan 23, 2013 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book that I have read is a very interesting book. It really fits the category of being adventurist. The author D.J Machale purpose for writing this book was to entertain his reader with vast imagination. When I was reading I could find myself imagining what im reading as if it was a movie. Also another theme was that he wanted to show the reader how important it is to help others, because you never know what can happen. Pendragon is a book of adventures but also a book about helpful values ...more
Anneka Lupinek
Jan 03, 2017 Anneka Lupinek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The quigs are dogs
Veronica Gomez
Dec 15, 2016 Veronica Gomez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-4250
The pendragon series should have been the one I should have read while I was in Junior High because I would have enjoyed it more back than as I do now. The other two were great and three didn't disappoint. When Bobby and his uncle travel back in time (or rather to 1st Earth), its great to see how the author managed to keep me interested in the 1930's eras, gangsters and nazis, Love it!
There is always a continuation within the story and its series which makes Pendragon to me one of the best seri
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Ananth Kumar
Although I read this book a while ago, I think this series really needs some more credit for how good it is.
This is the first book where Pendragon travels without his Uncle Press after he died, but he's not travelling alone. Vo Spader travels with him to the Territory of First Earth, that happens in the past of Earth, in 1937. Many historical events are about to come into play. They meet the traveler Gunny, and elderly man with tons of knowledge. Together, they try to prevent war breaking out,
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Cortlyn Matney
Aug 12, 2012 Cortlyn Matney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are initially met with a challenge in this book. We've gone to different worlds with the characters, foreign places to our minds, but we are met with our own past in this novel, and as someone that enjoys things about World War 2, I practically melted when I started to read it and figured out the time period. Spader and Bobby are already on the run from a pair of mobsters, still in the clothes from Cloral. They meet this tall black man, that cleverly saves their life. It's only later that the ...more
Britney Hill
Sep 11, 2016 Britney Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Bobby travels through the flumes for the third time, he reaches a seemingly familiar place: Earth. To be honest, I did not think it was a very good idea for MacHale to set this book on Earth, but upon reading the book I was surprised. The author managed to control all possible aspects of the book that could contradict the general story in any way, and turned a potential disaster into one of the best books I've ever read. This book is situated in very familiar surroundings, and is something ...more
Brielle
Jul 02, 2011 Brielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Fantasy
Title: The Never War
Author: D.J. MacHale
ISBN-13: 978-0-7434-3733-2
ISBN-10: 0-7434-3733-0
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Number of pages: 336
Recommendation: 1

Synopsis (from book jacket):

Fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon is a loyal friend, sports star, devoted pet owner -- and Traveler. Along with his uncle Press, Bobby has visited the alternate dimension od Denduron and participated in a civil ward. He's also waded through the endangered underwater territory of Cloral. Now Bobby once ag
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Maythavee
Feb 17, 2013 Maythavee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Never War brings Saint Dane closer to home when he almost destroyed three territories of Earth at once. We’re introduced to two new Travelers: Patrick from Third Earth and Gunny from First Earth. They were both amazing especially Gunny. Only because the book was focused mostly on First Earth rather than Third Earth. We were lead to believe that the last generation of Travelers was all young people so it was a nice surprise that Gunny was an older man. Having an older Traveler along makes all ...more
B.B.
Nov 27, 2010 B.B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Natalie
Jan 10, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-teens and those who enjoy juvenile sci-fi, adventures
This series is one my girls like me to read with them. I probably wouldn't have read past the first one or two otherwise but I am just glad they still want to include me in their discussions about what they read.

Honestly, I gave this 4 stars because it is just as action-filled and interesting as the first two. As compared to my personal reading, I would probably just give it 3 stars because it is definitely juvenile. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy juvenile fiction quite a lot if it is well-written
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Chase
Mar 28, 2010 Chase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pendragon: The Never War
By: DJ MacHale

Review By: Chase Pixley

Cloral was a sad win for Bobby Pendragon. After saving Cloral his uncle Press died from bullets coming through the flume. After his funeral Bobby and Traveler from Cloral Vo Spader follow Saint Dane to Veelox, where local Traveler Aja Killian tells them that Saint Dane is on First Earth.
Jumping into the flume they appear in... a familiar subway tunnel. Welcome to First Earth, A.K.A 1937. There they meet Vincent “Gunny” Van Dike, cal
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Mika
Aug 31, 2012 Mika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
--MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS--

I don't like writing reviews, I'm too emotional to see the big picture, but this book needs at least some "notes." Firstly, it is tragic. The entire series is that way. The ending of that last book shook me and left me broken. But this is kind of where it begins. They're on First Earth(some of the turning points and continuity in this series aren't the best) which is based in the 1930s. This ends up being about the Hindenburg. For most of the book, they're trying to figur
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D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving sports trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse...in between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended N
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Other Books in the Series

Pendragon (10 books)
  • The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1)
  • The Lost City of Faar (Pendragon, #2)
  • The Reality Bug (Pendragon, #4)
  • Black Water (Pendragon, #5)
  • The Rivers of Zadaa (Pendragon, #6)
  • The Quillan Games (Pendragon, #7)
  • The Pilgrims of Rayne (Pendragon, #8)
  • Raven Rise (Pendragon, #9)
  • The Soldiers of Halla (Pendragon, #10)

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“This was like no library I had ever seen because, well, there were no books. Actually, I take that back. There was one book, but it was the lobby of the building, encased in a heavy glass box like a museum exhibit. I figured this was a book that was here to remind people of the past and the way things used to be. As I walked over to it, I wondered what would be one book chosen to take this place of honor. Was it a dictionary? A Bible? Maybe the complete works of Shakespeare or some famous poet.
"Green Eggs and Ham?" Gunny said with surprise. "What kind of doctor writes about green eggs and ham?"
"Dr. Seuss," I answered with a big smile on my face. "It's my favorite book of all time."
Patrick joined us and said, "We took a vote. It was pretty much everybody's favorite. Landslide victory. I'm partial to Horton Hears A Who, but this is okay too."
The people of Third Earth still had a sense of humor.”
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“Spader and I were nearly killed. Three times. We were also robbed and witnessed a gruesome murder. Happy birthday to me!” 93 likes
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