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Closer (Tunnels #4)

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At the centre of the Earth, in a world that no one knows exists, Will is in trouble. His enemy, the Styx, are close behind. They'll pursue him to the ends of the world - any world. Meanwhile Drake - with help from the unlikeliest of allies is preparing to fight the Styx from above. But will his daring plan bring him closer to victory ...or to certain death?
Paperback, 508 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by Chicken House Ltd (first published January 1st 2000)
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Brilliant addition to the Tunnels series. Very fast paced and action heavy, it was a quick read and better than the book that came before (Freefall, which was also excellent).

This book is an excellent addition to the Tunnels series. It follows on from 'Tunnels' 'Deeper' and 'Freefall'.

'Closer' is as much a page-turner as the other three and it is slightly easier to read and enjoy. This could be partially related to the plot being interchanged between different members in the group, as well as d...more
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Ages 10-14. Book 4 of the Tunnel series. In this futuristic world, Will, Elliott and Dr. Burrows have left Rebecca One for dead and have taken a "journey to the center of the earth", where they've discovered pyramids and vestiges of an early civilization. Chester is taken hostage by crazy Martha on their journey Topsoil (aboveground), and must escape to find his parents. Drake, taken for dead, has made an alliance with Elliott's father, a Styx (the enemy) who claims to be against the Styx's camp...more
I actually never finished this one. I meant to come back to it, I did, but it was a library book already a month overdue, and honestly, I was getting bored. The plot was exciting enough (full of things you would never even think would make a good story but somehow do) and I liked the characters, but I don't know, there were just parts -long, dragging parts- where I found myself skipping more than half a page just to find something interesting. I realize that these are long books and it's bound t...more
I loved the series because they use strong vocabulary and description, so I learn a lot of new words. The characters are always scheming, and making plans that depend on many factors, I would find it hard to be able to come up with things like that.
...You've probably read the other 3 tunnels books... if you haven't.... suffice it to say.... Get. Them. Read. Them. Love. Them.
I love this series.

P.S. If you have red this... poor Chester gets all the badness... badosity? Badovity?
I've always assumed that the adventure of Will Burrows and friends are over in Closer. I was completely wrong. The story gets bigger and better and all the more addictive. I couldn't put it down.
Casey Middlebrooks
This is one of the better books of the series, but I am ready for the story to wrap up. How long are they going to milk this story; when can we expect the conclusion?
"Closer" is the fourth book of the "Tunnels" series and it is very emotional. We left off at Doctor Burrows and Will at the world in the center of the earth. P. 264 "Everyone in the pyramid heard the distant report of a weapon going off. There was a fraction of a second's delay before the bullet found its mark." The book is full of tension between the characters along the way. "Closer was an amazing book made by Roderick Gordon. I hope you all read the "Tunnels" series for yourselves. Follow the...more
Victor Jara Sanhueza
Es un libro muy bueno.

Creo que cada libro supera al anterior, la forma de escritura de los autores no se pierde.

En esta entrega Will, Elliot, y el Doctor Burrows se lanzan hacia el centro de la tierra, hacia "Los Jardines del Segundo Sol", donde se encuentran con nuevas amenazas, de las cual aún siguen las enemigas styx Rebeccas.

En la superficie, Drake, La Sra. Burrows, y Chester se enfrentan a un nuevo "enemigo".

Espero que el 5° libro sea igual o mejor de bueno que este, ya que aún no me han d...more
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
I had been waiting for months for the fourth installment of the Tunnels series, "Closer", to be released.

And finally it has.

I read the book in a couple of days, so caught up was I in the ever-developing story of Will and friends.
The previous three novels have been a joy for me, pure ecstasy.
I adore the whole world Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams have spun from their creative imaginations and I am so glad I have had the privilege of seeing the plot bloom and thrive, pulsate with excitement and...more
Timothy Kisare
By: Roderick Gordon
pages: 508
Genre: Fiction

"Closer," (the fourth installment in the "Tunnels" series) is probably the best one since the very first book, Tunnels (also the name of the book series). In the series, protagonists Will Burrows and Chester discover an hidden hole outside Will's house, which they explore and eventually leads them to a massive underground city called The Colony. From there, Will and Chester must adapt to the new life there while trying to find a way back home. In...more
Ira Mustika
Setelah penyerangan mendadak oleh Will dan Elliot, kembar Rebecca terpaksa harus melarikan diri. Parahnya lagi, Rebecca Satu terluka. Rebecca Dua pun berusaha menyelamatkan saudaranya dan akhirnya berhasil tiba di suatu tempat yang penuh dengan pasukan Jerman.

Sementara itu, Chester dan Martha berhasil menuju permukaan bumi. Malang bagi Chester, begitu sampai ke permukaan, kelakuan Martha semakin menggila. Martha menyandera Chester untuk memastikan agar anak itu tidak kabur. Martha member...more
I guess maybe you had to have read the first books in the series. I like a page-turner fantasy, especially an alternate-world type. This one was about a race of people who live way below the surface of the earth and tunnel up to have a hand in the course of world events. I picked the book up at our local library and so it was very much like coming into the last part of the last season of a series. There were lots of cuts to different scenes, lots of back story, and lots of tying of loose ends th...more
La cuarta entrega de Túneles verdaderamente lleva tus emociones al límite, estamos más cerca del final, más cerca de la verdad y más cerca de entender quienes son los verdaderos enemigos.

Es cierto que muchas de las acciones de los styx no están encaminadas por el camino del bien pero también es cierto que ellos lo único que quieren lograr es la salvación del planeta que comparten con los seres de la Superficie. Aquellos seres de la Superficie han acabado con el planeta Tierra y no son los único...more
The only reason this book is four stars is because I haven't read the others in this series for a long, long time and really had no idea what was going on. Half of the people I didn't remember, apart from the main characters.

But, all of me not remembering what this series is about aside, this is a seriously good book. Before reading, I remember thinking that they should just end the series already, but now that I've read this one... there's a lot more stuff to wrap up. Maybe it's because Freefa...more
Jan 04, 2012 Kayla rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who have read books 1, 2, & 3 and loved them.
Recommended to Kayla by: That one girl Megan :)
Imagine a pile of snow blowing up in your face. That's what reading Closer is like.
Why snow? Because if snow did happen to blow up in your face one day, you'd probably think, "What the--? Snow doesn't do that!! That can't happen!!" And while reading this entire book, you're bound to think the same: "What the--? That can't happen! That did not just happen!" Well, it did. In the form of pure awesomeness.
***I will warn you, there are some spoilers from here on out. If you wish not to be spoiled, th...more
Closer is a book based in present day London. The two main characters are Will Burrows and Dr.Burrows who find an inner world on their treacherous journey to the surface of the Earth. While they are there Dr.Burrows is shot to death by his fake daughter Rebecca who turns out to have a twin sister. Closer involves many shoot out scenes and and numerous deaths perfect for people who like action and adventure

Closer is also a very strong page turner because every page is filled with suspense built...more
Julie S.
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I've generally enjoyed this series so far, but with this book and the one before, I've had a hard time sympathizing with any of the characters. I know most sci-fi is plot-driven rather than character-driven, but I feel so disconnected from these characters at times that when one character dies in this book, I was actually glad to be rid of that person. The characters are flat, and some of the events of the last two novels seem unnecessary. I'm still not sure what the function of the Land of the...more
Closer was the 4th book and the next part of the adventure to the Tunnels series. If you didn't read the last 3 book, then you will be lost right from the start. I read the last book in February and I almost forgot the situation Will was in against the Styx. All the character start out being separated in the center of the earth. Like all the other books, Roderick Gordon takes way to long to get to the main story. Gordon seems to keep relating things to Freefall the last book. Will and his fathe...more
Eric  C
Chester in my book reminds me a lot of BJ Wallace, because he's always willing to do whatever it takes to reach his goal, and when the time comes he is very brave. This connection affects what I think his choices will be because I often think that he will want to go with Drake a lot, which is what BJ would want to do.

I thought that this book really helped me get more pumped for the other books in the series, which was the exact opposite of Deeper. I think that the most boring book in this series...more
A world under our, Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams have returned with the book, CLoser, and it is more dangerous, more exciting, and more intense than ever. I could not put the book down and now I can't wait for the next book, Spiral. If you have read the past book, you will enjoy this one as well.
What shocked me the most was the return of the world's most hated enemy from World War II, the Nazis. Working along side the Styx to take over the world. What also shocked me was that the twins ha...more
Zev Motew
The story picks up following the events of Freefall. In the world with its own sun in the center of the Earth, the Rebecca twins, they both look exactly the same had dived into a pool in order to escape an explosion set off by Will and Elliott, the evil leaders and eventually are able to survive by breathing air they find trapped in the roof of some underground tunnels. Chester and Martha return. Chester is basically the big brother of Martha. They can both protect them selfs its just Chester ha...more
I have continued to enjoy the series and actually felt this one was a bit better than the last one, but I still feel like the characters are a bit flat or that they are just kind of annoying to a point. When certain characters died I wasn't really saddened as much as I was glad to get back to the story. I did like the addition of a new character or two but only because these characters showed more character than many of the more simplistic ones. I'm looking forwards to the end of the series thou...more
oooohhh, How much I love this book No.4! At the end all characters are reunited!!! Am so happy! and I love that Eddie Character.. I think Drake and Eddie are perfect partners! But can't blame Drake after all the Limiter has done to him.. and Eddie is an ex-Limiter, but whatever that is his motive is still being questioned.. I love this book series so much! it's dark, taunting, and smart! Very nice read and won't get bored, because it's such a captivating adventure story. I have read the other th...more
Reese Copeland
It was great to finally get the last book (but is it REALLY the last book?) in the series. This was a page turner, you can't really put it down without feeling some kind of pain because you want to know what's happening next. I felt wholly disappointed at the ending however. Without spoiling it for everyone, I was greatly disappointed in the ending, and see how they could have "book #5". I really hope they don't add insult to injury thought. Some of the things come full circle here, but for the...more
I really did like this book a lot. Action, great characters. It has been so long since I read the first three in this series there was a lot of background I had forgotten but much of it was mentioned in this volume so it helped to bring me up to speed. Main characters, Will, Chester and Elliott have survived, barely, to help others try to save the planet from the underground dwellers called the Styx. But, to continue to survive they must involve other Topsoilers who they must trust to keep their...more
This is an extraordinary continuation of the tunnels series. It has to do with another world at the center of the earth inhabited by tree men and a race of Germans who went there during WWII. The Germans had an agreement with a race of people called the Styx who are intent on killing all "Topsoilers" (all who live on the surface of the earth, because they live below the surface). This agreement entailed assistance from the Germans but they don't know that there is much backstabbing going on on t...more
Eva Chafi
Nov 13, 2013 Eva Chafi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eva by: Violante
Uno de los que más me gustó de la saga.
Ver a las Rebeccas desde adentro fue muy interesante (¡ya era hora!), y me gustó que avanzara un toquecín la relación de Elliott y Will.
¿Qué más? Mistress Burrows es una genia, me encanta cómo un personaje insoportable se convirtió en una heroína, aunque sería hora de empezar a llamarla por su nombre, ¿no?
Las aventuras de Chester me gustaron, pero se hicieron repetitivas después de un rato.
Adoro en general la mayor participación de los padres en este libr...more
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Roderick Gordon is the author of the Tunnels series of books. Born in 1960, he grew up in Highgate, North London, and eventually went to University College where he dabbled in genetics and listened to Joy Division. After graduating without the faintest idea what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, he spent some time in the wilderness when he played in a few bands, then somehow fell into a jo...more
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