Becky and Joe Mellor return to Bowen Hall for the half term holidays to find things are as unusual as ever. Of course, that's to be expected when you're sharing a stately home with a dinosaur, a winged horse, two sabre-tooth tigers, Will Scarlet and Bowen Hall's latest resident - a dodo named Deirdre. Things, however, get more intriguing when American time traveller, Bruce Westbrook, arrives with two gold doubloons that seem to possess strange, supernatural powers.
So begins a thrilling adventure that leads Becky, Joe, Uncle Percy and Will to 1920s Chicago, Victorian Edinburgh and the 18th Century Caribbean - battling gangsters, pirates, sea-monsters and zombie sharks on a quest for the legendary Pandora's Box ...
The clock is still ticking ...
Well Carl Ashmore has done it again! The Box of Eternity is a fast moving action packed story with everything that you could wish for and more in a sequel.
In the second book of the Time Hunters series, we see Emerson Drake enlisting one of the most notorious murderers of all time, George Chapman aka Jack the Ripper into his ranks. This time Drake and his gang are after an artifact with immense power known as the Box of Eternity and it is up to Becky, Joe, Uncle Percy and Will Scarlet to stop their nefarious plans.
This is a brilliant continuation of the first Time Hunters story. Not only is it an exciting swashbuckling adventure but we get to see how the pieces are finally fitting together. Without spoiling the story, I'll just say that you'll find out why Drake has kidnapped Becky and Joe's dad and what the connection between the Golden Fleece and the Box of Eternity is.
Another neat thing I enjoy is how Carl merges his world with real world events. It always brings a smile to my face when the story reveals how the time travellers' actions have led to the world we know today. Throughout the book you can tell that Carl has put in a lot of research and effort to keep the story as historically accurate as possible.
Just like the previous book, the Box of Eternity is a novel suitable for all ages. It has great characters that your root for and devious villains that you despise. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a fun book to read.
Click here to read my review of the first book, The Time Hunters