The Doomsday Code (TimeRiders, Book 3)
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The Doomsday Code: the third book in Alex Scarrow's exciting TimeRiders series. Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, 'Take my hand ...' But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history...In 1993 British computer hacker Adam Lewis finds his name in a coded manuscript that is almost one thousand years old. How did Adam's name get in there ...and why? Confronted by Adam in 2001, the TimeRiders travel back to Sherwood Forest in 1193 to discover the origins of the ancient message. But when a strange hooded man appears interested in the same thing, they begin to wonder what terrible threat this cryptic link from the past holds for the future...Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist, then he became a graphic artist, then he decided to be a computer games designer. Finally, he grew up and became an author. He has written a number of successful thrillers and several screenplays, but it's YA fiction that has allowed him to really have fun with the ideas and concepts he was playing around with when designing games. He lives in Norwich with his son, Jacob, his wife, Frances, and two very fat rats. The TimeRiders series: TimeRiders; Day of the Predator; The Doomsday Code; The Eternal War; Gates of Rome; City of Shadows; The Pirate Kings Alex's thrillers for adults: A Thousand Suns; Last Light; october Skies; Afterlight; and, The Candle Man.
are on the page. Have you got any cardboard?’ Normally there were half a dozen pizza boxes lying around, but she’d binned a whole bunch of them the other day. ‘Uh? What do you want cardboard for?’ Sal looked around at the filing cabinet to the right of the computer table. Liam had left a breakfast bowl up there and, being the scruffy shadd-yah he was, the box of Rice Krispies. She reached for it. ‘This any good?’ Adam grabbed it. ‘Yeah. Scissors?’ Both girls shook their heads. ‘This isn’t a
siren. ‘Becks?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘I need to discuss something. It’s something that –’ She frowned as she tried to find the right words. ‘It’s something I’ve been keeping from the other two, because … well, because I have to. But I need someone else to talk to about it. It’s driving me nuts.’ ‘You wish to talk to me confidentially?’ ‘Yes … but I know everything I say to you becomes data. Everything you see, hear, becomes data that’s available to the others.’ ‘I can partition my hard drive and create a
has ever discovered that cave, or written a paper on the Windtalkers and their language.’ ‘Why not?’ ‘I guess because no other palaeolinguist has discovered the cave since.’ ‘And why didn’t you make yourself famous then? Go public with your find?’ He shrugged. ‘Various reasons. I wanted to understand it first. I wanted to keep it to myself. It’s also a unique character set. Perfect for encryption.’ He grinned coyly. ‘I use some of it in the work that I do now, creating software security
‘It tickles!’ Stepping inside the sphere of energy, she could feel the concrete floor beginning to flex beneath her feet, like the canvas of a trampoline somebody else was already jumping up and down on. Then very quickly it softened and sagged like tissue paper … and then all of a sudden the floor was completely gone. ‘Jahulla! I’m falling!’ she yelped as her arms and legs flailed and she felt herself tumbling through air. ‘Don’t worry about it!’ she heard Liam’s voice say, but already it
uninterrupted for what seemed like ages. Finally, describing Bob chasing Locke off into the woods and retrieving the box. She now knew everything he did. ‘Then there may be strategically important information we can retrieve by decoding this document,’ she said calmly, gazing at the wooden box in Liam’s hands. ‘Exactly … and the only way to do it is using this grille thing out there, in King Richard’s possession.’ She shook her head. ‘What?’ ‘I believe there is another factor involved.’