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Someone is trying to kill Luke Challenger. Being garrotted with cable car wires is not the way he wants to end his life! Luke and his friend Nick flee the would-be assassins into the deepest Brazilian jungle – where they enter a lost world of real-life dinosaurs. Then a mysterious cult comes after Luke. Why are the sinister Sons of Destiny hell-bent on destroying him? Action-adventure, dinosaurs and espionage: this is an unforgettable heart-pounding thriller.

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ISBN: 9781409520177
Extent: 336 pages
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm

Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

Steve Barlow lives in Somerset with his wife, daughter and son. When he’s not writing, he enjoys sailing. Steve Skidmore lives in Leicester and trained as a teacher of Drama, English and Film Studies before becoming a full-time author. He is a great rugby fan (he supports the Leicester Tigers). The Two Steves began collaborating in 1987 after meeting while working at Fairham Comprehensive School in Nottingham, and have produced a large body of work, which they are actively involved in making available as Apps.

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“With Conan Doyle’s "The Lost World" as inspiration, the authors present a new series of adventures, set in the 1930s with lots of thrills, spills and world survival hanging in the balance with young Luke Challenger the only one capable of sorting it all out.”
“Luke is a hero who will appeal especially to boys, and they will also appreciate the blood-and-guts plot (particularly when the dinosaurs attack!)”
“Luke’s mum has been kidnapped on a hunt for some heinous dinos! On a rescue mission, he travels to the jungle on a totally bodacious hot air balloon! It’s the start of an awesome adventure! The verdict: 4/5 A crazy adventure with dinosaurs!”
“The story is full of twists and turns and becomes compulsive reading for the usually 'less than enthusiastic' reader.”
“A roller coaster adventure that will grab readers from the dramatic dare devil opening and hold them gripped throughout. Luke is only fourteen but he has an adult-sized thirst for invention and exploration. Following the strands of these exciting, interwoven stories is thrilling.”
“An action-packed heart-pounding thriller and historical adventure for 9+ year olds that takes its inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, The Lost World.”
“A superb reworking of Conan Doyle's original story, combined with the non-stop action that modern readers adore. The two Steves have taken the premise set up by the original story and used it to create a fast-paced adventure story, which feels both retro and modern at the same time. It feels retro in that it is set in an era that is not often used in kids adventure stories these days (and yet proved so apt for my all time favourite film, Raiders of the Lost Ark); it is all also a good old-fashioned adventure story, without gadgets, mobile phones, the internet, etc. Yet it feels modern as it is written to appeal to children of today, and therefore has a very fast pace, and many a set-piece action scene. It this respect is almost cinematic and I would love to see this on the big screen.”
“Air battles, ambushes, lethal assassins, kidnappings, smuggling and dinosaur attacks...are you out of breath already? You will be when you turn the last page of a brilliant all-action story from the pens of two former teachers who know just how to keep a boy happy...With the dinosaur dilemmas of Jurassic Park, the espionage excitement of James Bond and the thrills and spills of Indiana Jones, Return to The Lost World is guaranteed to put the fun back into reading.”
“My son, who is ten, is a reluctant reader, but he was instantly drawn to the dinosaurs on the cover. I found him picking up this book and reading it on his own in his bedroom at night time. That shows that it has captured his imagination and he wants to find out what happens next in the story. It is action packed and fast moving. Any book that captivates his attention is definitely a must have and this certainly did that.”