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S. P. Moss’s books get better and better…
I loved the first two books in this series, but ‘The Al-Eden Emergency’, while featuring many of the same characters, is aimed at a slightly older market and is, I think, even better. It’s perfectly possible, however, to read this book as a stand-alone, or as an introduction to the series. If ‘The Al-Eden Emergency’ is your first, I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeking out the other two when you’re done.
Thrills, spills, amazing planes and ancient mysteries, exciting and exotic locations, two young heroes everyone can identify with – this is an adventure story in the traditional mould, but bang-up-to-date as well. Billy is from the present day, but he ends up back in the summer of 1966, meeting his grandfather as a daring young pilot and getting involved in unmasking some very shady goings-on. There’s fun and humour too, and some brilliant characters – good, bad, and somewhere in between. If you’re an older reader, you may well experience delightful nostalgia as the summer of 1966 and England’s winning the World Cup is revisited… with perhaps just a little rewriting of history.
The book is beautifully written and the story bounds along with never a dull moment, though if you’re so inclined there are some interesting reflections, too. S. P. Moss appears to have achieved the near-impossible, in writing a book that will appear to boys and girls not only in the 10–13 target age-group but right up to… let’s just say those who remember 1966 the first time round. (Not that I would know!)
by Sheila Glasbey
The third book in S.P Moss’s brilliant and thrilling time-travelling adventure series is a humdinger of a story. At its centre is thirteen-year-old Billy and his heroic RAF pilot Grandpop. Also taking centre stage is feisty and courageous Radar, a charismatic character who first appeared in “Bother in Burmeon”.
In the “Al-Eden Emergency” Billy has travelled back to 1966 for a roller coaster of a ride involving sharks, scorpions, kidnappings, a stolen astrolabe, chases through souks, sandstorms, hairy rides in classic planes and a sinister organisation led by the shadowy Al-’Aqrab.
With the reappearance of the villainous Featherstonehaugh from “Bother in Burmeon” and “Trouble in Teutonia”, now minus one arm and an eye after an encounter with a crocodile, we have a ruthless villain out to take revenge on Billy and his beloved Grandpop. There are thrills and chases a-plenty, and events that leave the reader breathlessly wondering how Billy, Radar and Grandpop are going to escape in one piece.
The strands of time travelling involving present, past and future interlinked events and characters are skilfully and sensitively held together by the author. S.P. Moss demonstrates that time doesn’t have to be represented in a linear movement but can be seen as a number of parallel worlds or different pages in a book, which time-traveller Billy is able to move between with growing confidence and bravery.
An action-packed and fun adventure story with a difference that will engage girls and boys alike. A story that also makes the reader stop and think at some of the complexities of the plot as past, present and future events are cleverly woven into the mix. A thrilling read and one that is thoroughly recommended.
by Christine Tennent
Flying and travel are in Susan Moss's blood as she visited four of the world's continents before starting school. She read avidly and wrote determinedly in between plotting to become a spy and building brother-proof camps.
She studied Psychology at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking part in some interesting experiments in parapsychology as well as playing trumpet in a Big Band.
A chance meeting in an Austrian ski hut resulted in more travel - this time to Germany, where she now lives in a small town outside Frankfurt with her husband and son.
She still makes use of her trumpet-playing, spying and camp-building skills in her busy life as an author, mother and freelance marketing consultant.
The Bother in Burmeon, her first published novel, won the Earlyworks Press international 'Novels for Children or Teens' competition, and the sprequel, Trouble in Teutonia, was short-listed for the International Rubery Award in 2015.