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The Never War (Pendragon #3)

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The third installment in an epic series of adventures
First Earth
Fourteen-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 of Denduron and participated in a civil war. He's also waded through the endangered underwater territory of Cloral. Now Bobby once again
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ebook, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2009 by Aladdin (first published May 1st 2003)
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Victoria
Aug 05, 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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Kyle
Nov 11, 2008 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter/ Twilight readers
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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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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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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.
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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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.
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
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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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
Oct 07, 2009 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
Holland
Mar 11, 2016 Holland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew
I’ll be writing about two main characters. One is Bobby the protagonist and Saint Daine the antagonist.

First, Bobby is the main good guy of the book. He was an ordinary teenager. He loves sports and is a good athlete. He was a basketball star. Then he learned who he really is.

Bobby is a Traveler who can travel to different worlds through gates called flumes. Most of Bobby's’ family is missing (Mom,Dad, and sister) except for his Uncle Press, who is also a Traveler. He also has two friends Mark
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Matthew
Aug 17, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very fun. It was about a boy called Bobby Pendragon who has to save the entire universe from a bad guy called Saint Daine. In this book Bobby's battle with Saint Daine brings him to First Earth (like earth but in the year 1937). When he arrives he finds out that a war was going on between two gangsters called Max Rose and Win Farrow. He also finds out that this little gangster war will eventually lead to the tragedy of the world war 2. If Bobby and his friends figures out how to st ...more
Alex
Nov 06, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
okay whew. 4.5 stars. review hidden under the spoiler.

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Junsei
Oct 26, 2014 Junsei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I belief that the strong image in The Never War is the LZ 129 Hindenburg blowing up. The author wrote it with more sense of reality and it sounded very real. I think the main event is the Hindenburg blowing up too. The author explains how the fight when on between Spader and Winn Fallow and Gunny coming to stop them. Then the author explains where Bobby try to shoot the rocket and his guts fails so he couldn't shoot and Gunny just takes over and aim the rocket, wait for the fire to hit the fuse ...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
Austin Moratalla
this book is about traveler, Bobby Pendragon trying to save the territory of first earth. Saint Dane disguises himself as Esther, Max roses girlfriend, and causes mischeif. In this book bobby has to save the territory and if it falls then it will destroy three territories 3rd earth 2nd earth and 1st earth. 1st Earth takes place in the time era before world war 2.
I thought this book was a great book. It was the fourth book in the series of pendragon and it was just as good as the other books. Th
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Danielle W
Before I read this book, I have a few concerns about the past 2.

1. Since Figgis is a traveler, Bobby should have been able to understand him from the first word.

2. If there is indeed only one traveler per world, how foolish is it to have the only three veteran travelers we know of die within a couple weeks of each other. Is there a master list of planets somewhere? All Saint Dane has to do is go to a world they've never heard of...

3. Why is first earth less than 100 yrs away from 2nd earth?

Aft
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Amrit Arora
Mar 08, 2015 Amrit Arora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After the adventures in Denduron and Cloral, in this the third book of the Pendragon series Bobby, Uncle Press and Spader (traveler from second book territory Cloral) travel to First Earth which is Earth in the year 1937. The story is mostly set in New York of the 1930’s against the backdrop of gangwarsa and the beginning of second world war. Saint Dane the shape-shifting villain is at it again, hatching evil plans to destroy the earth as it exists. In this book Bobby travels to second earth and
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Joseline Pita
Dec 26, 2014 Joseline Pita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was spectacular . This series is full of adventure and surprises . One of the many things that I liked about this book are the three characters Mark Dimond , Courtney Chetwynde , and Bobby Pendragon . Mark and Courtney believe in their friend Bobby and his adventures even if they sound impossible . While Bobby during his adventures is discovering new places and time zones . During this he is finding that sometimes you have to make hard choices for the greater good even if it doesn't se ...more
Anna
May 22, 2014 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Check it out: this has always been my least favorite of the series, and I always just assumed that it was because it takes place on Earth, and is therefore less interesting than all the other worlds we get to learn about. This is still partially the case (also frustrating that Earth has 3 manifestations, and all the other Territories only have one), but I think a few other factors play into my general ho-hum attitude toward the Never War.

Firstly, I miss Loor. Maybe not Loor specifically, though
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Fahad
Feb 26, 2015 Fahad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february-15
In the Book Bobby arrive to Veelox,after his uncle's death. Bobby the main character follows the antagonist, Saint Dane to First Earth. Him and his friend Gunny go to First Earth because there is a firework rocket that is going to hit Hindenburg. Bobby tracks a guy named Rose down and gets him, he also gets to a limousine with a old man. Bobby gives his ring to the traveler gangster and saves the First Earth.

I Picked up the book because i read the other two books from this book series so i liked
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Francis
Mar 09, 2014 Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Never War by D.J. MacHale is the third book in a very unique series. The book is written a little differently from the other books in the series. The other books in the series switch from Bobby's journals to the perspective of Mark and Courtney throughout the book. In this particular one, the first half is Bobby's journals and the second half is Mark and Courtney. Although the format of the book is pretty original, the characters are somewhat cliche which makes them a little boring. Overall, ...more
Fantasy Literature
Note: Contains spoilers for previous PENDRAGON novels.

In The Never War, the third book in D.J. MacHale’s PENDRAGON series, Bobby is now 15 years old and is gaining experience as a Traveler. His job is to protect Earth and other territories of Halla (which includes all peoples, places, and times that have ever existed) from Saint Dane, the super duper evil villain whose goal is to increase chaos everywhere. Somehow, the chaos gives him power.

By the end of book two, The Lost City of Faar, Bobby ha
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Rebecca
Anyone who took a general American History course in the last few decades can appreciate the effort made to recreate life in 1937 as accurately as possible. We can understand the simultaneous confusion and excitement as Bobby adjusts to life nearly a century previous to his home life, and he guides Spader through the hustle and bustle of the mafia, the ongoing battle against St. Dane, and life as a busboy. This third Pendragon installment is action-packed as usual, and is woven with emotional dr ...more
Brista Drake
Jul 29, 2016 Brista Drake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This third installment of the Pendragon series is another one of my favorites. I mean, it’s based off of 1930’s New York City! We got gangsters and flappers, one of my favorite times in American history. Of course, there are still out-worldly elements to the story because Bobby is a traveler.
I think in The Never War, Bobby really matures as a character. This is the territory, obviously, that strikes home with him, and because of that he realizes why it’s so important to protect Halla. I also thi
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Quincy Pham
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. ...more
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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Sarah
Third book in and this series is still pretty 'meh' for me.

In this third installment, Bobby and Spader have followed Saint Dane to First Earth where they soon meet Gunny, the Traveler from First Earth. Per usual, they then spend the next few weeks/months doing their best to blend in on First Earth while keep their eyes and ears open for anything that will let them know who Saint Dane's disguised himself as and what his plan is.

This was certainly the most intriguing of the three books I've read s
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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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