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Closer (Tunnels #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,683 ratings  ·  159 reviews
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 April 30th 2010 by Chicken House Ltd
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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
Jackson Chapman
Closer by Roderick Gordon is a very interesting book. Will is in the center of the earth, in a place no one knows even exists. He and his friend Elliot have to escape from this world deep inside the earth to prevent the evil Styx from using a virus to take over the outside world. On the surface, Drake, another of Will's friends, plots against the Styx and tries to stop them. I liked this book because it had a lot of action and suspense, like when Drake is carrying out on his plan to stop the Sty ...more
Karl Orbell
Well, that was another rollercoaster.

My good friend who read these before me said, in answer to my question about whether they were still as good this far in to the series as they were at the start, that they were getting better if anything. Perhaps, yes, perhaps. Certainly no worse, still intense and vaguely infuriating in the way of all slightly bleak situations that aren't going the way one would hope they might.

The series has a terrible, though entertaining, habit of people not dying when th
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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
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Al igual que el anterior, es de lectura rápida y ágil, especialmente porque gran parte de la novela está centrada en la acción y los peligros a afrontar, se consumen con velocidad las palabras y las páginas porque ansiamos llegar a las respuestas y la sensación de poder refugiarnos en un lugar seguro para poder detenernos a pensar. Así mismo hay varios personajes nuevos que traerán nuevas historias y nuevas esperanzas para salvar a la superficie, como Eddie, cierto styx que tiene mucho que conta ...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
Leila Bathke
Closer takes you on a ride of surprise and suspense through the adventures of Will, Chester, and Drake. It was such an exciting story appropriate for many ages. Seeing Chester's character deepen and develop in this book is very interesting, though depressing. Chester has changed so much since Tunnels by strengthening his will and power. Having not read this series in a long time, I forgot how alluring the story was and the thrill of the plot.
Another engaging part of this fabulous story is Mrs. B
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?
Vicki Macroberts
They just keep getting better and better. I thought around book 4 things would start to slow down, and the book would hit the classic #4,let's wrap this up quickly and be done with it cliche, but it doesn't! 527 pages of stress, drama and excitement, and thankfully, the authors killed off one of the main characters, and it was the one that I just absolutely could not stand, so yay for that. (I am in no way endorsing murdering someone that you don't like, but I'm sick of reading about this fool, ...more
"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
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
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
Ira Book Lover
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
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
Michelle Mouse
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
Aurora Dimitre
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
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
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
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
Jono Mcdermott
It's getting CLOSER!

The title says it all: it's building up. Everything's in the air (four thousand kilometres beneath us, mind you) and it's starting to become clear that nothing really is clear at all. More than half of this thick volume was digested ravenously in one afternoon as I scrabbled for the end…

Oh, and there's the adventure aspect, too. I can really call it scenery, not imagery, because it's so fantastically described (and yet not in a way that takes too long either).
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
A very good addition to the Tunnel series. You just keep page turning without a worry or a care in the world, that you're might missing something better. This is entertainment at is softest.

The plot keeps getting interchangeable between the different characters which in turn, continue to evolve themselves.

They can't get deeper in the world after this one. So right now, the whole world is a possible canvas for the next books.
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Tunnels (6 books)
  • Tunnels (Tunnels, #1)
  • Deeper (Tunnels, #2)
  • Freefall (Tunnels, #3)
  • Spiral (Tunnels, #5)
  • Terminal (Tunnels, #6)
Tunnels (Tunnels, #1) Deeper (Tunnels, #2) Freefall (Tunnels, #3) Spiral (Tunnels, #5) Terminal (Tunnels, #6)

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