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Spiral

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Spiral

In this fifth installment of the Tunnels series, most of the main characters are back on the earth’s surface. Will, Chester, Elliott and Drake are stationed at a secure remote location, waiting for the next plan of attack. While Will and Chester train physically and mentally under the strict eye of Drake’s father, Elliott is embracing her feminine side for the first time in her life. But the blessed quiet and recuperating time won’t last long. The Styx army is about to enter a new phase…

"The newly introduced Phase is the ultimate shock wave, a grotesque, monstrous atrocity that will rivet readers to the bloody pages in horror. As for the rest of the book...it offers nonstop action in the most imaginative plot possible, a quest for both the mind and the heart."

The evil Rebecca twins are busy organizing the next step in their plans to take over the world. They are entering the Phase, a special time for their people that only comes around every once in a great while. The first step is to secure a safe and remote location. The second is to use the Dark Light treatments on hundreds of unsuspecting humans to control their minds. The Phase is a messy process, best done without witnesses or resistance. The Styx are building their army to finally stomp out the human race.

But a handful of Styx soldiers don’t believe in what their leaders are doing. Eddie, Elliot’s father, and his rebels have broken free of the Styx army and are willing to help Drake, Will and the rest defeat these blood-thirsty monsters. They inform our heroes about the upcoming Phase and together organize a plan. Unfortunately, there is a traitor in their midst, someone who will bring demise and danger to the group, leaving them buried alive and slowly running out of oxygen. They struggle and pool all of their meager resources to escape their death tomb. But even then, it’s far from finished. In order to save the human race, Will may have to face his fears and return to a place he never thought he would see again: back down the Pore and into the “Land of the Second Sun” located in the very center of the earth.

Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams are gaining a bit of a reputation for dropping staggering bombshells of shock and surprise, and SPIRAL may be the mother lode. The newly introduced Phase is the ultimate shock wave, a grotesque, monstrous atrocity that will rivet readers to the bloody pages in horror. As for the rest of the book, just like the others in the series, it offers nonstop action in the most imaginative plot possible, a quest for both the mind and the heart. They are masters of building suspense, and the torturous wait is always worth it when the truth is finally revealed. The solid and colorful characters are the second stars of the show: vivid, diverse, heroic, brave, daring, evil, twisted, devious, and even a few oddballs. We meet some new personalities, but there are a few goodbyes as well; no one is safe under the hands of these talented and unpredictable authors.

Gordon and Williams also leave some of our heroes dangling in some sticky situations at the end, thus leading up to the series finale, which promises to be a bittersweet farewell to an unforgettable adventure.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on July 27, 2012

Spiral
by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams