Publisher's Note:  

Continuing the heart-pounding, time-bending action of the TimeRiders series, The Eternal War brings readers back to a pivotal time period in American history: the Civil War. Only this alternate history is one where a young Abraham Lincoln has somehow followed Liam into the present from 1831, and the entire course of American history has changed. If the TimeRiders can't return Lincoln to the past, the country could be trapped in a dangerous state of never-ending civil war. Can Maddy persuade two colonels on either side of no man's land to cease fire long enough to save the future?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children's Books

TimeRiders: The Eternal War

by Alex Scarrow

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Overall Review:  

After reading Alex Scarrow's first TimeRiders book I was happy to discover there were plenty more to read. The eighth book of the series was published in August of 2013 and The Eternal War is number four. The great thing about this series is that you can pick up any of them in any order because Scarrow quickly covers the basics with each book to catch you up. Of course after reading one you'll surely want to read them all so you might as well start from the beginning.


Imagining what life would be like if Abraham Lincoln hadn't become a U.S. President is quite intriguing and Scarrow's vision of what he thought might and might not occur was fascinating. He included details and events that most would probably not even think about. Things get pretty intense on several occasions and plenty of surprises keep you on the edge of your seat. The audience for this book is quite large, really anyone who enjoys a little "what if" will find it highly engaging.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  91 religious exclamations; 31 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity.


Violence/Gore:  Many (32) brief incidents including verbal threats; character wanting to hurt someone; character thinking about getting shot; second hand report of young character's parents dying in a fire; second hand report of characters nearly dying; references to 911 and people dying at that time: viewing a city that was destroyed during war; characters remembering and talking about war; reference to character remembering killing someone; characters shoved, punched and shot at; character intentionally makes another pass out; fantasy characters die during war and otherwise; second hand report of fantasy characters having killed people; character punches a dinosaur; fantasy character decapitated after dead; rats killed to be eaten; fences and property damaged by a vehicle; characters killed during war; character gets hit by vehicle and dies; large populated city poisoned and many killed; shooting and killing during war. Two extended incidents including war scenes with fighting and death.


Sex/Nudity:  Few (4) brief incidents including hugging; character's hand kissed; innuendo.

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War; Death of a Family Member; Racism.

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Cigar store mentioned; character has tobacco stained teeth; adult character drinking at bar; adult character smoking cigarette; characters make reference to typically drinking when they get together; magazine pictures of drunken celebrities; two adult characters drink whiskey; liquor spilled all over from vehicle carrying it gets out of control.

Reviewed By Jenny
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