The Time Pirate-Ted Bell

The Time Pirate

Ted Bell

St. Martin’s, Apr 13 2010, $17.99

ISBN: 9780312578107

In 1940 the Nazis invade the British Channel Islands.  To repel the enemy, teenager Nick McIver teaches himself to fly an obsolete WWI fighter plane that he had found in an abandoned barn. From the air, barnstorming Nick photographs minelayers and patrol boats during the day and conducts bombing raids over Nazi airfields at night.

Meanwhile his enemy pirate Captain Billy Blood wants possession of Nick’s time machine.  Using his own, he travels to Greybeard Island where he kidnaps Nick’s sister Kate, and takes her back  to 1781 Port Royal, Jamaica; but he leaves Nick a message that in exchange for his sibling he wants the time machine.  Traveling to the late eighteenth century, Nick of Time learns of a plot that could result in Washington’s defeat as Blood has amassed an invincible armada.

Fighting in two wars over a century and half apart, heroic Nick hopes to be on time to save his sister and for his side to win twice.  Incredibly fast-paced with over the top happenstances, this lighthearted fun teenage pulp fiction is very entertaining though not deep in either era except when blood and tomatoes mix as Nick battles The Time Pirate.

Harriet Klausner

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