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If only the dangers of light travel could be contained within one world. It was easier and safer that way, when our families and the ones that we love were not at risk. But after nearly a year's time, back on Earth, these dangers are beginning again, with a deadly malice. “They” are after Timothy, and the rest of the group of light travelers: An unknown enemy, who could be If only the dangers of light travel could be contained within one world. It was easier and safer that way, when our families and the ones that we love were not at risk. But after nearly a year's time, back on Earth, these dangers are beginning again, with a deadly malice. “They” are after Timothy, and the rest of the group of light travelers: An unknown enemy, who could be anyone or everyone, and all that Timothy has to go on is a note given to him by a mysterious vanishing boy. It reads: “You are not safe. Meet me tonight. Stay away from the museum.”


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If only the dangers of light travel could be contained within one world. It was easier and safer that way, when our families and the ones that we love were not at risk. But after nearly a year's time, back on Earth, these dangers are beginning again, with a deadly malice. “They” are after Timothy, and the rest of the group of light travelers: An unknown enemy, who could be If only the dangers of light travel could be contained within one world. It was easier and safer that way, when our families and the ones that we love were not at risk. But after nearly a year's time, back on Earth, these dangers are beginning again, with a deadly malice. “They” are after Timothy, and the rest of the group of light travelers: An unknown enemy, who could be anyone or everyone, and all that Timothy has to go on is a note given to him by a mysterious vanishing boy. It reads: “You are not safe. Meet me tonight. Stay away from the museum.”

41 review for All the Worlds of Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    ** In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.** *Note: after reading #3, I've gone back and amended (read upgraded) my ratings of Books 1 & 2 to reflect the series as a whole and discount the grammar error and typos A year after Book 2, we catch up with Timothy, one of our intrepid adventurers, in Istanbul, where he receives a cryptic note: “You are not safe. Meet me tonight. Stay away from the museum.” Yet he also receives a summo ** In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.** *Note: after reading #3, I've gone back and amended (read upgraded) my ratings of Books 1 & 2 to reflect the series as a whole and discount the grammar error and typos A year after Book 2, we catch up with Timothy, one of our intrepid adventurers, in Istanbul, where he receives a cryptic note: “You are not safe. Meet me tonight. Stay away from the museum.” Yet he also receives a summons to the museum. What's a prince to do? Timothy meets Ata, and they become companions on the run together, through Istanbul and France, and on to other Worlds. Book Three is full of new inventions, including a pair of bracelets that project a force field, protecting the wearer and nearby companions, and another pair of bracelet that work in tandem with a ball to pull the user toward the ball...often away from trouble. Book Three also introduces enemies galore: the Illutū-amu and inhabitants of other Worlds who may or may not be who they seem. I think the combination of Ata's street smarts and his understanding of these devices (which his father invented) and Timothy's experience fighting in Gleomu bring them together and give them an advantage against their common enemies. Eventually, they meet up with Barbara and end up in a completely new world to them, fighting for their lives at breakneck speed. It took several chapters before I really got engaged in this, number three of the series. In the end, though, it was just as good as one and two; however, I missed the character of Mattie... The series continues to provide an interesting blend of sci-fi/fantasy and realistic middle school characters in otherworldly situations to which many readers hope to escape on a rainy day. Carroll has a way with words.Timothy has grown much since his introduction in the series, and his time in Gleomu has clearly influenced his locution. One does not expect such a youngster to utter: "Sir, I think you've forfeited my respect" (page 42), but it suits Timothy here. In addition, intentionally or not, Carroll's wit shines through, reminding the reader this story is not just for children. After Ata and Timothy nearly fall to their deaths, he calls them "newly made fugutives, on the run, and in real imminent danger--the gravity of which they still hadn't known the full extent of" (p. 46). Nice play on words with gravity. The description (p 109) of the multilayered structures was neat and really drove home the space limitations of the island, picturing the heaviest animals on the ground floor, then going lighter ascending. Stylistically similar to 1 & 2, this is ideal as a bedtime story, being broken into perfect little chapter slices with just enough cliffhanging to leave one (the reader or the listener) on the edge of one's seat. Again, Carroll uses more commas than I like, and his tendency to not hyphenate compound adjectives takes some getting used to, but I think if I'd been reading the series one after another, it wouldn't be as noticable by now. A few items of note: -cue (signal) versus queue (line) on p 1 -alright versus all right (p 16, 21, 32) -"an artists depiction" (artist's) p 37 -"glittered in the suns light" (suns'?) p98 -forth versus fourth (4th) p 105 -"the three travels couldn't help themselves" (travelers?) p 109 -"peaked his curiosity" (piqued) p 111 -"covert their money" (convert?) p 120 -"how that had happen" (happened?) p 125 -"run over fragmented of shards glass" p 127 -"she would eventually be force into a world" (forced?) p 134 -"they'd final had a plan" (finally?) p 193

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    In Steven J. Carroll's third book in the Histories of Earth series, "After the Worlds of Men" he has created a unique and imaginative blend of science fiction and fantasy. It begins in Istanbul after Timothy Hayfield receives a cryptic note from a vanishing boy, and his parents are kidnapped by a mysterious and lethal enemy. In an adventure that has him travelling across time and space to save those he loves, Timothy will reunite with Barbara Cholley, make new friends and risk perils and dangers In Steven J. Carroll's third book in the Histories of Earth series, "After the Worlds of Men" he has created a unique and imaginative blend of science fiction and fantasy. It begins in Istanbul after Timothy Hayfield receives a cryptic note from a vanishing boy, and his parents are kidnapped by a mysterious and lethal enemy. In an adventure that has him travelling across time and space to save those he loves, Timothy will reunite with Barbara Cholley, make new friends and risk perils and dangers he never expected. Steven J. Carroll sets the stage for Timothy's fascinating exploits in an exotic vacation locale where he meets Ata, a mysterious boy who with a click of golden bracelets strapped to his forearms and a metallic ball has them flying across the night sky and escaping from the Illutū-amu, an organization of men who control the world through fear, coercion, power and money. The action never stops as Timothy and his friends make one perilous escape after another, even fleeing to a water world where they encounter a heartless queen, a hungry sea monster and fish people. Cleverly, the author has introduced inventive devices like silver forearm bracelets that create a force field around the bearer, a frequency transmitter and a electro-magnetic hyper spacial sphere that Ata uses with his golden bracelets to fly. In a flight of fantasy that blends magic and science, the risks and danger of the adventure are often diminished with a liberal dose of humor and laughter. I especially like the footnotes of interest and clarification that the author adds for the reader's enlightenment. In this story we're reunited with familiar and memorable characters like Timothy Hayfield the brave, impulsive and intrepid Prince of Earth and Barbara Cholley, a vulnerable and often unhappy young girl with negligent parents as well as delightfully intoxicating personalities like Ata, a clever, self-sufficient boy raised in an orphanage who craves the security and love of a family. He finds this with Professor Asim, a brilliant and kind inventor who appears to be a traitor when he helps the man dressed in gray and his henchmen. But it's the heartless,brutal and cruel Illutū-amu that bring danger, fear and violence into the lives of Timothy, his friends and family. All these characters add to the spice, energy and drama of a thrilling adventure youngsters will find mesmerizing from the first page to the last. Although not a middle schooler in age, I thoroughly enjoyed "After the Worlds of Men" and highly recommend it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vermicious Knids

    Book Three of the Histories of Earth was quite possibly my favorite yet of the series. It begins in a Turkish market where a cryptic note is delivered to Timothy. Such promise of mystery and excitement. I warmed up a bit to Timothy, whom I found rather disagreeable in the first book. Timothy meets up again with neglected Barbara. Newly added mysterious and streetwise Ata completes the daring trio as they set off on further adventures to save loved ones kidnapped by the Illutu-ama, an evil Illumi Book Three of the Histories of Earth was quite possibly my favorite yet of the series. It begins in a Turkish market where a cryptic note is delivered to Timothy. Such promise of mystery and excitement. I warmed up a bit to Timothy, whom I found rather disagreeable in the first book. Timothy meets up again with neglected Barbara. Newly added mysterious and streetwise Ata completes the daring trio as they set off on further adventures to save loved ones kidnapped by the Illutu-ama, an evil Illuminati type of organization. The author once again combines magic and science to forge unconventional contraptions the children utilize on their hair-raising escapades. This time they travel to a Kevin Costner’s Waterworld-ish type of land, with a villainous queen, only to flee to safety in city floating in the sky. Timothy (much improved) sacrifices his own safety to try and rescue Barbara only to find them both like Jonah, swallowed by the whale (or in this case, a sea-monster). This book includes lots of perilous twists and shuddering turns. One chapter that included a claustrophobic diving bell descending into the frigid, lightless depths of the ocean was enough to make me cringe. Sometimes, the explanations of the use of the magical scientific contraptions became a bit tedious. Overall though, this book has a fast pace with all the chasing around and jumping from new world to yet another world. In all honesty, I wished the pace had slowed down at times to describe or experience more the worlds rather than skim them. They seemed so interesting. One of my favorite chapters was when Ata and Timothy fled to the safety of Pierre. Here, I felt some connection with the characters, as they were built upon. I really liked unfortunate Pierre and the author really painted their personalities during this wee lull in the storm. Generally well written (a few typos like wrung vs rung); clean and wholesome thrills. I have enjoyed the author’s use of vocabulary and there are always parts I find charming. Disclosure: I read a free copy of the book in return for my candid review. Be assured, my opinion is honest, and I do not owe or know the author/publisher. I sincerely thank the author for sending me the first three books in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    First-Reads winner!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    When I set my mind to it, I can read pretty quick. Especially when I am finishing a journey through some great books. Another giveaway that will sit on my shelves to be read again and again. I can't wait to be able to give them to my daughter when she is much older and can read for herself. I think she will like these. When I set my mind to it, I can read pretty quick. Especially when I am finishing a journey through some great books. Another giveaway that will sit on my shelves to be read again and again. I can't wait to be able to give them to my daughter when she is much older and can read for herself. I think she will like these.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debra Sears

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    Adam Kokkonen

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    Barbara Zitsch

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    Cindy Gates

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    Frederick Rotzien

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    Idahosnow

  22. 4 out of 5

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    Kris Kenney

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Inman

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  40. 4 out of 5

    Millie Joplin

  41. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Weber

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