Reviews for Tim, Defender of the Earth
Booklist Reviews 2008 January #1
The author of The Black Tattoo (2006) lays waste to London in this similarly offbeat tale. This time, he offers a spin on classic low-budget monster flicks. Having at last perfected self-replicating, nearly invisible nanobots that can turn anything into anything else, Professor Mallahide feeds himself to his creations and sets out on a well-intentioned crusade to banish death and unhappiness from the world. With his new capabilities, nothing stands in his way--except his commonsensical daughter, Anna; her shallow but not completely useless classmate Chris; and Tim, a hundred-meter-tall, genetically "improved," preadolescent tyrannosaur created in a subterranean British lab. Although Enthoven has the distracting habit of freezing the action to fret or explain, he pits Tim and his tiny human helpers against scads of thick-skulled politicians, sets up a series of rousingly destructive battles between the titanic dino and Mallahide (who turns himself into a mammoth half-human cockroach for the occasion), and closes with an ingenious twist. This is not quite up to M. T. Anderson's Whales on Stilts! (2006) for sheer zaniness, but it should draw and amuse the same audience. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Secret British military experiment Tim (stands for "tyrannosaur: improved model") escapes from the lab to save the world from a nanobot-mutated mad scientist. It falls to a pair of teens with an unlikely mentor and a magic bracelet to tip the scales in Tim's favor. Action-packed absurdity saves the day in this strongly plotted tale of epic proportions. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2008 January #1
London is in big trouble, and only something really, really big can save the city. Professor Mallahide has invented a swarm of nanobots to be at his total command. When he gives himself up to the swarm, he becomes a monster that will absorb anyone or anything that stands in his way. Apparently indestructible, the world is readying an attack that will destroy all of Great Britain unless another solution can be found. The answer is a humongous re-engineered dinosaur known as TIM--Tyrannosaurus: Improved Model. A teenager just discovering his strength, Tim's not all that bright, but he knows his job is to defend the earth from Mallahide's swarm. However, even he can't stand alone. Teens Chris and Anna are his back-up team, especially Chris. He's been selected by a mystical bracelet to be the channel between the human race and TIM, the Defender. Are they enough to stand up to the evil swarm? Or is the earth finally doomed? Despite a wonderful concept, this book doesn't live up to its premise, and lacks appropriate character development. It can also be confusing, jumping around from one scene to the next. This may be entertaining for some, but the book could have used some judicious editing and another draft before publication. (Science fiction. 12-15) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2008 March
Gr 6-10-- For anyone who has ever thrilled to the sight of gigantic creatures battling it out on the big screen--King Kong, T. rex, Godzilla, Gamera--here comes Tim, short for Tyrannosaur: Improved Model! Tim, a made-to-order superweapon modeled after T. rex but much, much larger, was created in a lab far beneath London's Trafalgar Square. When funding for the project is redirected by Britain's new prime minister, Tim is scheduled for execution. Fortunately for London and the rest of the world, he escapes his fate just in time to fight off a misguided scientist and his terrifying plot to take over the world using nanobots. Enthoven has created two of the most unlikely heroes ever in Tim and his sidekick, Chris, a 15-year-old who desperately wants to be cool and sophisticated, yet finds himself tied to Tim through an odd bracelet given to him by a mysterious woman during a class trip to the museum. Both characters are reluctantly resolute, neither is very bright, but together they just may save the world. This fun, action-driven, science fiction tale will be snapped up by restless boys who can never find books written just for them.--Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK [Page 198]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2008 February
Unbeknownst to most of Britain, a top-secret organization has created the ultimate super soldier, a dinosaur-like creature named Tim. Finding no practical use for him, as well as being a little frightened of the monster, the new prime minister cuts off funding to the project and redirects the money to Professor Mallahide's nanotechnology program. Meanwhile on a museum field trip, teenager Chris encounters a mysterious object that attaches itself to his arm and cannot be removed. Tim, Mallahide, and Chris are destined to come together in a battle that will determine the fate of Great Britain and of the Earth itself. The novel is the first in what looks to be a series and does not quite know yet what it wants to be. There is simply too much going on in this science fiction-fantasy-action-adventure hybrid to keep track, and although it is all fun in an afternoon-movie-blockbuster way, nothing is really believable and there are far too many matinee clichés. Mallahide is an all-too-typical, mad-scientist villain, Chris's character is never really well developed, and Tim seems vacuous instead of innocently un-human. Tim is supposed to be the focus of the novel, yet he disappears from the action for chapters at a time. Reluctant readers will enjoy the fast pace of the book, but for now, series fans would do better to wait for the next Pendragon or Percy Jackson adventure.-Arlene Garcia 3Q 3P M J Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.