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The Time Pirate (Nick McIver Adventures Through Time #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  489 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
A thrilling sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Nick of Time, in which the young time traveler Nick McIver must prove his courage once more, on two fronts: in World War Two-era England, where Nazis have invaded his homeland, and in America during the Revolution, where Nick stands shoulder to shoulder with General George Washington

It's 1940 and the Nazis are inv
ebook, 464 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2010)
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Kerry Frey
Apr 21, 2010 Kerry Frey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed The Time Pirate alot. It's fun to experience Nick McIver growing in confidence as the story builds. He is no longer unsure of being the hero - like he was in Nick of Time. I liked the whole plot development around the Nazis invasion of the Islands - and the introduction of the female spy. That has great potential in future stories. The whole episode where Nick bombs the Nazi airfield is masterful - you feel you are in that plane with young Nick. If I have one complaint
William Bentrim
Apr 08, 2010 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids grade 5-10
The Time Pirate by Ted Bell

In the tradition of Tom Swift and The Hardy Boys this book is a rollicking good time for the young reader and those of us young in heart. Nick McIver is a young man with a time machine. In this adventure he faces historic events in American history, pirates and Nazis.

Ted Bell does an excellent job of recreating the feel of the grand adventures I read as a boy. Nick McIver is pure of heart and free of malice. He attacks life with gusto and with the characteristic disre
Jeannie Mancini
Apr 22, 2010 Jeannie Mancini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rollercoaster Ride Through Time

Time Pirate, Ted Bell’s new Young Adult novel and sequel to Nick of Time, comes back full steam ahead with a rip-roaring action packed adventure story for boys and men of all ages! 464 pages of non-stop thrills and chills that will have you on the edge of your seat from page one to the end.

Time Pirate picks up right where Bell left us at the end of Nick of Time, on the island of Greybeard in the British Channel Islands, with 12 year old Nick McIver getting ready f
Apr 22, 2010 Kipi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Time travel geeks
How exciting could life possibly be with no cell phones, computers or video games? Very! While I wasn't head-over-heels crazy about the first book of this series, Nick of Time, Book 2 is a different story (pun intended). Less nautical jargon, same vintage feel and a much better story!

Other than the prologue (which, to me, does nothing except make the book fourteen pages longer), everything about The Time Pirate is fun. The main characters we met in Book 1 are all here again, but Nick is much mo
Dec 27, 2014 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Time Pirate is an exceptional sequel to Nick of Time.

So much adventure! So much intrigue!

As a note to parents: The story sometimes gets pretty violent, especially considering that a 12-year-old boy is shooting down Nazis from his tiny plane. There is warfare and battles that take place. The descriptions of these scenes are never gory, but provide a good enough illustration in your head for you to fully understand the violence taking place.

Halfway through, I felt so much despair for the chara
Great adventure story -- blend of Robert Louis Stevenson, H G Wells, and Percy Jackson -- and it features actual historical figures.

Nick finds himself tangling with Billy Blood again while having his hands full with the impending Nazi invasion of his beloved Channel Islands in the summer of 1940. We get an age-appropriate taste of Nazi occupation. In addition, the notorious Captain Blood is stirring up trouble and Nick must ensure the correct outcome of the Battle of Yorktown -- or there might b
Mar 24, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the second book of the Nick McIver series, Ted Bell continues the epic story of a young boy and his quest for right and honor in the midst of human evil, both in the present day and even back into history, ever mindful of the mantra of his hero, Lord Nelson, "Nelson the strong, Nelson the brace, Nelson the Lord of the Sea."

Picking up on the first book, Nick continues his adventures at first with the Nazis who have now invaded his more island. Nick bravely learns the art of flying his father's
Jul 24, 2016 Lillian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read Nick of Time, which I have not.
"The Time Pirate" is a pretty good book, and well written, but I have one complaint. Anyone who has carefully read Harry Potter will notice a few thefts. "Mrs. Harmsworth Pettigrew" and "Monsieur de Lupin" are examples of British names that I would let slide... if the author, Ted Bell, wasn't an American. Then there are some phrases. The villain, for example, comes very close to having Voldemort's "high, cold laugh." I think that these things are subconscious, and therefor not a fault of Bell's, ...more
Cameron Ley
Apr 24, 2015 Cameron Ley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted Bell's sequel to Nick of Time, was a thrilling, mind blowing, universe stretching book. The pace was fairly slow in some parts of the book, but always kept the reader in focus of what was going on in the plot. The book gets more interesting as you read along, first, Nick McIver learning how to fly his old father's plane in defense of their little island in the English Channel against the Nazis in World War Two. But, also, Nick travels back in time to the Revolutionary War, where he stands si ...more
Adaline Griffiths
Jan 15, 2016 Adaline Griffiths rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eva Schon
Feb 18, 2014 Eva Schon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It’s 1940 and the Nazis are invading Nick’s beloved home, the British Channel Islands. So Nick takes to the skies: He has discovered an old World War One fighter plane in an abandoned barn. Determined to learn to fly, he is soon risking life and limb to photograph armed German minelayers and patrol boats, and executing incredibly perilous bombing raids over Nazi airfields by night.

Meanwhile, the evil pirate, Captain Billy Blood, still desperate to acquire Nick’s time machine, returns to Greybear
Jul 19, 2016 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bell picks right up where he left off in book one and tosses the reader deep into the action. Now the Nazis have invaded the channel islands and war is not only imminent, it threatens Nick and his family. Deeply devoted to his country, Nick sets out to do a little guerilla warfare of his own against the occupying and invading force.

Nick has grown confident since the first adventure, so it's no longer a question of "do I have the 'stuff' to be a hero?" Now he squares his shoulders and sets right
Mar 13, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this one for VOYA. Completely fun and engaging. If you have a middle school boy in your life, they would enjoy it.
The first book in this series, Nick of Time, was very enjoyable. The second book didn't really come close. Young Nick McIver lives with his family on one of the Channel Islands. In the first book he used an interesting time machine to travel back to help his hero, Lord Nelson, defeat both the French and a murderous pirate, while back in present time he and his sister work to find out more about the Nazi U-boats prowling around their islands. In this outing, the Nazis invade the islands, but not ...more
Michael Jones
I'm not actually sure why I read this book. I had read Nick Of Time (actually, listened to it via audiobook) and I was surprised that, for a time travel story, there was so much buildup in the "now" (Nick McIver's time, the years building up to World War II) before any time traveling at all happened. This sequel is no different: roughly half of the book takes place in 1940, and the rest takes place (view spoiler) ...more
Maria Kramer
Nick and his sister are back for more time-traveling adventures. The invasion of the Channel Islands has begun in earnest, and the British government has decided to let them go rather than fight the Germans for them. Nick and some of the other island resdents are not inclined to surrender however, leading Nick to refit his father's Sopwith Camel for daring and dangerous raids. As if that weren't enough, pirate Billy Blood is still trying to obtain Nick's golden time-travel orb by any means, incl ...more
Awesome adventure! It's been too long to remember acurately, but I think I liked it as well as the first. This guy is the modern model for the blood and morality tale genre of years gone by. It is very obvious that he grew up and was nourished on Haggard, Forester, Marryat, and others.

These books are set on a tiny island near Guernsey and Jersey, Great Britian at the beginning of the German invasion during WWII. The hero is a very enterprising and brave 12 yo boy.

He writes quite well, the bomb
Jessica at Book Sake
The Time Pirate is the follow up to Nick of Time, which we reviewed here on the blog recently. Nick of Time was great and The Time Pirate is even better. Ted Bell never loses his pacing, keeping the story constantly moving along. We get to meet even more wonderful characters (I never knew Martha Washington could be so charming) and venture over to America in this tale.

Nick takes flight in this book; don’t worry he still sails on ships as well. He continues to fight Billy Blood in the battle of g
Oct 13, 2011 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I enjoyed the time travel and Nick's adventures, but the book required a lot of suspension of belief. I was a little surprised that so many people were okay with allowing a 12-year-old to drop bombs on enemies, but I was even more shocked by Nick's reaction. "He opened up with his twin Vickers and was pleased to see the deadly effect of his machine guns as German soldiers either dove for safety or fell mortally wounded or dead." Now I've never personally been in war, but I don't understand that ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
Nick’s adventures continue. The Nazis have invaded France, Poland, Belgium, and Holland. England has declared war on Germany. Winston Churchill is the new Prime Minister of England. America has promised aid to England. And the first of four tiny Channel Islands has fallen to the Nazi invasion. Will Nick’s island be next? Not if he can help it!

With is friend Gunner’s help, Nick rebuilds the old Sopwith Camel biplane that his father flew in the first World War and learns to fly it—then stages a on
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for

It's 1940, and the British are preparing for a Nazi invasion of England. As a resident of Greybeard Island, the smallest island of the British Channel Islands, Nick must help to save his homeland.

The Nazis aren't Nick's only enemies, though. When Nick's sister, Kate, is kidnapped by his arch-rival, Captain Blood, and taken back to Port Royal, Jamaica, in the year 1781, Nick must use his time machine to go back in time to save her.

While in Jamaica, however,
Apr 16, 2011 Corwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very suspenseful. It's about Nick (the main character) flying his dad's old war plane and attacking the Germans during the night. His friend Gunner is a whiz at making, building and remodeling planes and other war vehicles. He has to fend of the Germans so their town does not be a new P.O.W camp or a place for the Germans to make or keep their ships. Nick decides to go on a bombing run and bomb the ammunition building. Gunner builds the bombs and Nick is off on a suicide mission. On ...more
I read this aloud with Amber (10), and she and I have entirely different opinions of it, and, David, who listened in on most of it, pretty much agrees with her, which makes me think that I just wasn't the right audience.

It's 1940, Nick McIver, a 12 year-old boy must defend his home, a small British island, against the looming Nazi invasion. But the Nazis are not his only enemies; using a time-travel device invented by da Vinci, he also battles 18th-century pirates who've kidnapped his sister. To
Ronald Roseborough
This is a great adventure book for kids and their parents who are not too old to still enjoy a rollicking yarn filled with pirates, George Washington and the American revolution, Sopwith Camels, and spying against the Nazis in World War II. How exactly, I'm sure you are asking, can you fit all that into one book. Well it helps if you have a working model of Leonardo da Vinci's, Tempus Machina, a time machine. Nick McIver, our twelve year old hero, is game to try anything. He probably gets this t ...more
This book had many many many action packed scenes, but there were some chapters that were unneeded. Such as chapters with not many details or some chapters with bland details that were unneeded. I would only recommend this book to someone with very well reading skills and can take in all the details
I love the opening chapter to remind readers about events of past books but I couldn't get past a 12 year old boy learning to fly this old plane and then taking out a bunch of nazis and then ditching it in the ocean without dying. I can believe he is smart enough to come up with a plan to out wit the pirate and time travel but not that. Also, what is wrong with the dad? He had to know what the kids was going to do but did NOTHING to caution the kid and all the other adults encourage his life thr ...more
May 17, 2015 Footwork rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

this book was total genious. i loved learning about and getting to know all of the characters like george washington and de grasse and other important historical figures in a way you cant get from history books. absolutely brilliant!
This was such an enjoyable read! The main character, Nick, reminded me of Tom Sawyer, likeable, intelligent, caring, courageous, and adventurous. He began by doing a good deed for one of the most important people in his life, and ends up helping so many people through some of the hard times that the German occupation brings to the Channel Islands.
The story involves Nazi's, pirates, and untold adventure.
Will the choices we make today impact the future of our world for generations to come? I know
Stephen Taylor
I liked this book because it is an action packed book with all kinds of adventures and you will love this book even more if you have a good imagination to go a long with the adventure on this book, it is a very good read.
Sep 28, 2015 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books. I actually read the second one before I even knew there was a first book. But I could still understand the second book without reading the first. I recommend this book to ages 10 and up.
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Ted Bell, formerly Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University and Writer-In-Residence at Sidney-Sussex College, is a full-time writer. He is the author of 9 consecutive New York Times Bestsellers. His novels include the Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers published by Harper & Collins. And the Nick McIver Time Travel Adventures published by St. Martins. His books are international bestsellers, pu ...more
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