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Fathom Five

(Chas McGill #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Chas McGill, inveterate collector of war souvenirs, has just found a strange contraption washed up on the beach after a U-boat attack. Is it a detonator? Could it be some sort of tracking device? Chas thinks it might be a radio transmitter that a spy is using to sabotage was shipments in the local harbor - and he's determined to prove it.
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Paperback, Rev. ed., 249 pages
Published 1982 by Puffin Books (first published 1979)
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Huw Collingbourne
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Robert Westall was a wonderful writer. This book continues the story of the characters introduced in his marvelous book, The Machine Gunners. This sequel is not up to the high standards set by that book but it's a good read all the same. It has perhaps a bit too much in the way of a "ripping adventure" to be entirely satisfying (to me, an adult reader). All the same, a book well worth reading.
Wayne Farmer
If you haven't read the Machine Gunners then you should get it now

The Machine Gunners

The Machine Gunners was one of my favourite books as a kid - the story of a boy called Chas who
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Ria
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, full of thrills and excitement at the height of World war II.
Chas McGill is convinced there is a spy in the midst of the village where he lives.
At first his theories and ideas are just laughed off as the imaginings of a boy but Chas is right and due to the disbelief things take a drastic turn which leads to danger, murder and information falling into enemy hands.
Can Chas unmask the identity of the German spy or will he be too late to save his village and help the war eff
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David Tendo
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to The Machine Gunners - one of my childhood favourites - how could I resist? Although not quite as good as it's predecessor - it feels too much like an afterthought, I didn't think that The Machine Gunners needed a sequel, this almost felt unnecessary and unrelated to the events of the first book - but still, it's a riveting read.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author by this name in the Goodreads database.

Robert Westall was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1929.

His first published book The Machine Gunners (1975) which won him the Carnegie Medal is set in World War Two when a group of children living on Tyneside retrieve a machine-gun from a crashed German aircraft. He won the Carnegie M
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Other books in the series

Chas McGill (3 books)
  • The Machine-Gunners
  • The Haunting Of Chas McGill And Other Stories
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