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The Time Pirate by Ted Bell

The Time Pirate

by Ted Bell

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Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

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, Nick discovers Captain Blood's plot to attack a French fleet on its way to Yorktown to prevent the retreat of General Cornwallis. The interruption of this battle could change the outcome of the American Revolution. Can Nick stop these time pirates from changing history and save his sister at the same time?

THE TIME PIRATE is a fast-paced, action-packed time-travel adventure. The story is intense and unique. The mixture of history and science fiction is well-crafted. The characters are well-developed and likable. Readers who like science fiction, historical fiction, and adventure will truly enjoy reading this book. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 14, 2010 |
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 good versus evil and Gunner stays at his side throughout most of it. I liked this book better than the first as it seemed to be more exciting now that we have all of the plot points down with how the time machine works, who’s who, and what’s what.

History lovers and those looking for an adventure will be sure to find what they are seeking within this series of books that just keep getting better. With all the time in the world at Nick McIver’s hands, Bell has endless opportunities to continue on with this series. He would never run out of events or historical people for us to meet. Thus far, he has chosen the events wisely and the people that took part in these events are the icing on the cake. Each character, no matter how short lived in the story, is complete and realistic. ( )
1 vote highvoltagegrrl | Jun 16, 2010 |
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 trait from his dad, who was a heroic flying ace in the RAF during the First World War. Along with his sister Kate, his friend Gunner, who had served in the Navy and some other help along the way, Nick leads us from one hair breath escape to another in a continuous romp that will leave you asking for more. This is book two of Nick McIver's adventures in time. Hopefully not the last. ( )
1 vote Ronrose1 | May 14, 2010 |
Couldn't get into it at all. I didn't believe for one second that a Sopwith Camel biplane was going to be any use against the Luftwaffe. ( )
  picardyrose | Apr 26, 2010 |
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 for the inevitable coming war. The year is 1940 and as we start out this installment, the Nazis are slowly approaching and inching their way to invading the islands. Nick McIver’s friend Winston Churchill is doing his best to forestall the onslaught, but the powers that be have British troops retreating leaving the islands demilitarized and abandoned to fight for their lives on their own.

This story is pretty complex and involves many paralleled events that put Nick McIver and his friends Gunner, Lord Hawke, Commander Hobbes and his adorable little sister Katie, in quite the tailspin as they once again risk their lives for home and country. One day Nick uncovers his father’s old WWI fighter plane, a dilapidated old Sopwith Camel. With the help of Gunner, the islands Inn owner, they rebuild and rejuvenate the old plane to it’s original glory. After Nick presents his father with his old war prize, Angus McIver teaches his son to fly it himself just in time to do some real live spying and reconnaissance work for Churchill as his daily flights take secret mission photographs of the enemy. Death defying barnstorming scenes with Nick in the air shooting at Nazi’s, and German parachuters sailing onto home grounds, have Gunner and Nick realizing it’s time to fight. Together with the help of weapons specialist Hobbes, they create apple size bombs that allow our young hero to teach the enemy a few lessons.

But that’s not all that’s in store for Nick McIver. His old arch enemy, the evil pirate of the Caribbean, Billy Blood, is out for revenge after Nick sliced of his hand and comes to kidnap his sister and bring her back to 1781. Billy Blood wants the second time travel orb that Nick has in possession and uses Katie as bait to get Nick to travel back to the high seas to get his sister back in trade for Leonardo Da Vinci’s time machine. And while we the readers witness more high seas battles of wit with cannons firing and pirates dueling, Nick uncovers Billy’s secret mission to band together 100 pirate ships that will attack and overtake an armada in the Americas. His plan involves another historical event that involves George Washington, and General Lafayette amidst the American Revolutionary War at Yorktown Virginia, the crucial battle that ends the winning war for America that sent the Redcoats packing! Masquerading as a British drummer Boy, Nick goes undercover surviving in the wilderness alone, killing indians and becomes a double spy for both England and America, helping George Washington win the war.

This is a superb action novel that never lets up. It is finely written with wonderful characters both good and bad, and reflects detailed historical research on the author’s part that surely adds to the success of this series. When it comes to action and a hero destined for the classics, you can’t beat Nick McIver and his Time Travel adventures. Time Pirate has you hearing the clang of Pirate swords, cannon fire exploding upon tall ships of the high seas, the sound of blunderbusses and flintlocks, cavalry horses stampeding, and droning airplanes complete with bombs and bullets flying as Nick McIver once again saves the day Fabulous, absolutely positively fabulous! ( )
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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 photography armed German minelayers and patrol boats, and executing incredibly perilous bombing raids over Nazi airfields at night. Meanwhile, the evil pirate Captain Billy Blood, still desperate to acquire Nick's time machine, returns to Greybeard Islands, kidnaps Nick's sister, Kate, and transports her back to Port Royal, Jamaica, in the year 1781.--From publisher's description.… (more)

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