The Devil's Triangle: Eye of the Storm, by Mark Robson

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Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)

'Eye of the Storm' is the second book in Mark Robson's 'Devil's Triangle' trilogy. In Book One, Sam and his best mate Callum fell through the Bermuda (Devil's) Triangle during a holiday trip to Florida, and found themselves on a parallel Earth run by the intelligent descendants of the velociraptors of 'Jurassic Park' fame.


In Book Two, Robson cranks up the tension, first reuniting Sam with his mother, who disappeared in the Devil's Triangle nine years earlier, and then putting them both on the run from the vicious raptors. Meanwhile, back at home, Sam's twin sister Niamh is trying to work out what's happened to Sam and Callum - but there's a gorgeous American boy to drool over at the same time!

Will Sam and Callum find a way back to our own Earth? Will Niamh be able to locate the boys, or catch herself a boyfriend? And can any of them stop the increasingly violent storms that are being created on both versions of Earth because of the wormhole between them, ultimately caused by the raptors' dangerous methods of tapping their world's magnetic energy?

This is another classic YA fantasy adventure novel from Mark Robson. Although nearly 400 pages long, I ripped through it in a few days. Robson keeps the pace up from start to finish, putting Callum, Sam and Sam's mother into a succession of ever more dangerous situations that keep you turning the pages. The raptor race are an interesting invention, fleshed out in more detail here than in book one, and the parallel Earth is a great place to explore with the main characters as they rush from one challenge to the next. As might be expected from ex-RAF man Robson, the flying sequences (the book's cover image is a big clue here) are particularly realistic and enjoyable.

If I've got a gripe, it would be about Sam's twin sister Niamh, who seems incapable of controlling her teenage hormones when her gorgeous new American 'friend' Tony is around, even though she's clearly got much more important things to be worrying about - like the fate of her father and twin brother. That may be how some teenage girls act in real life, but it doesn't make for the most dynamic of female protagonists.

Nonetheless, 'Eye of the Storm' is great entertainment, showcasing Robson's trademark pace and invention. It's a worthy successor to the first book in the 'Devil's Triangle' trilogy, and sets things up very nicely for the series finale to come!
 

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