Simon and Brad's fireball adventures take them to ancient China where they are exposed to incredible practices of mind control.
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Grade 8-10 Brad and Simon, from Fireball (1981) and New Found Land (1983, both Dutton), now journey across the Pacific to China. The medieval scholar Roger Bacon has emigrated to China and developed a philosophy of psychic powers. American-born Brad and British Simon are caught up in palace intrigue, bring down another empire, and, at last, are offered an opportunity to get home. The science-fictional concept of different Earths diverging from critical historical moments has been explored by many authors. Poul Anderson in Operation Chaos (Doubleday, 1971; o.p.) uses it to develop a world in which magic is a science. In The Homeward Bounders (Greenwillow, 1981), Diana Wynne Jones conveys the alienation and desperate hope of teenagers trapped in an infinity of such worlds. In this trilogy Christopher plays with some interesting alternatives to the way our history turned out, but the two lost boys are not engaging characters. They not only slide through each danger but also manage to meet all of the important people and start most of the action. They do not suffer from homesickness or family loss, and their Laurel and Hardy dialogue prevents any depth of character from showing. Christopher did an excellent job in his "Sword" trilogy of involving readers in the fate of an unlikable protagonist, but Brad and Simon simply don't have enough dimension to their characters. That and the far-fetched string of coincidences keep this a shallow adventure story worth acquiring only to complete the trilogy. Carolyn Caywood, Virginia Beach Public Library
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At the start of Christopher's Fireball trilogy, cousins Brad and Simon were thrown into an alternate world where the Roman Empire still held sway. From England they journeyed to and across a primitive America of Algonquins and Aztecs. This concluding volume (the first two were Fireball and New Found Land finds the boys staying with a California tribe, from which they are captured and brought to China. There they are befriended by the lonely teenage Emperor, but palace intrigue soon sends them away to the mountain religious retreat of Bei-Kun, a sect with unusual mental abilities. While grappling with this new discipline and their own beliefs, they unthinkingly propose mechanical concepts that help overthrow the Emperor. This is vintage Christopher; he introduces provocative ideas and their practical consequences in the course of a lively, colorful adventure.
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Descripción Dutton Juvenile, 1986. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0525442278
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