The Tripods Attack! (The Young Chesterton Chronicles)
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The Tripods Attack! (The Young Chesterton Chronicles)

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They are coming! Sixteen-year-old Gilbert Chesterton is orphaned and friendless, stuck working a menial job in grimy turn-of-the-century London. Then one night strange lights fill the sky, and a hail of giant meteors crashes into a field outside the city. The next day Gilbert is amazed to find himself hired by a newspaper and rushed out to investigate the scene. Is it a ha...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 27th 2008 by Sophia Institute Press
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Currently rereading this because I've just gotten a copy of the second book in the series and want to be able to judge it in the context of the first.


Hey, still good the second time around!

In an alternate universe, young G.K. Chesterton meets the young H.G. Wells while on assignment to write about some strange "meteors." Yep, it's the War of the Worlds as the Martians invade England. The two young men are soon joined by Father Brown and a mysterious fellow known only as The Doctor (but n...more
Marlene  Schuler
At first glance, this looks like an amazingly nutty book. I mean... personally, if this did not have "The Young Chesterton Chronicles" brandied across the bottom of the cover, I probably would not have picked it up.

Do not let the cover fool you.

It's not what it seems. There is so much in between the covers of this book- action, adventure, Steampunk inventions, an alternate universe, Martians, Catholicism, Chesterton, debates, philosophy... it's mind boggling, fresh, exciting, and like nothing...more
Jeffrey Arrowood
Despite criticisms from G.K. Chesterton purists, Tripods Attack deserves lauds for a number of reasons. First, it's just a good piece of fiction in its own right. John McNichol incorporates a classic War of the Worlds theme within an alternate universe. The story itself is well-written, gripping and captivating.

Second, the Catholic worldview is woven into the text in a natural, unobtrusive way. It is simply part of the fabric of the story. It very much reminds me of the unique quality of Catholi...more
Julie Davis
I read the second book first just because this original novel was being reprinted at the time. Here I got the backstory for a steampunk world where young Gilbert Chesterton, recently orphaned, went from his home in Minnesota and found himself working in a computer factor in England (they call it something else, but punchcards and machines work everything so these are early computers). Downtrodden, barely making a living, and with no discernibly bright future, Gil is unexpectedly called into the...more
I'm really excited for the next one to come out. It was a pretty good book that reminded me a lot of "The Man Who Was Thursday," probably because it was written in the style of Chesterton... I thought it was fascinating that the main characters were based off of H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, and Fr. Brown from the Father Brown Mysteries Series (by G.K. Chesterton). Good read. I'd probably have to read it again to catch everything I missed the first time. :)
Amusing, well-written historical fiction that blends Christian and steampunk elements.
This book gets an overall meh. Poorly written, cliched, and with in-your-face-but-trying-to-be-subtle-ish Catholicism. However, I did enjoy it. The idea is fun, if silly (a teenaged G. K. Chesterton reimagined running through an alternate version of Edwardian England as an American (!!!) while aliens attack), it's mildly entertaining, has occasional flashes of humor and is edifying in the sense that it is a harmless diversion with Catholic themes. In other words, it's like Regina Doman writing a...more
It was okay.

I was never truly interested.

The characters weren't as brilliant as I expected for who they were supposed to be.

The Doctor was a huge letdown. He was cruel and just horrible. I wasn't sure if the author was implying that this "Doctor" was a version of "the Doctor" from "Doctor Who" or what. If so, that would make it doubly worse.

The writing dragged on and on and on.

Plot was iffy at best. Rather a "War of the Worlds" theme.

I probably wouldn't recommend it.
Jennifer Fitz
I really enjoyed this. Learned about it via Jeff Miller at the Curt Jester, and snatched it up at my local Catholic bookstore. No regrets, I'm now a member of the John McNichol fan club.

Recommended for folks who like fun genre action-adventure, and particularly those with a fondness for GKC. Suitable for middle school and up. Has a couple gory alien battle scenes that squeamish mothers might want to skim, but boys seem to like, go figure.
First, be warned that the "Chesterton" of this steampunk novel is not really Chesterton, but an AMERICAN character from an alternate history. And WATSON as a villain! Words fail me.

I was also disappointed by apparent plagiarism from "The League of Extraordinary Gentlement".
Much better than I thought it was going to be.
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John McNichol was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1970, and spent the first eighteen years of his life there before attending Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he met his wife, Jeanna. Today, they live with their seven children in Vancouver, Washington, where John earned Master's degrees in English Literature and Education, and teaches middle school.
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