Reviews for Arcadia’s Children 3 : Pushley’s Escape
Just the sequel I have been waiting for! As always, the story-telling is great and the realm painted in this book feeds our imagination and the visual imagery that comes to life with the way the book is written…a treat that was worth the wait!
A very interesting and exciting continuation of this series where we get to see the action and adventure of our favourite characters all over again. I loved the action scenes, the way Pushley was handled by Tarmy and the joint effort by his team including Claire.
This riveting series is only getting better and I can’t wait to read what’s next for Arcadia. After reading the final bit of update on Tarmy and his team and even more excited to read where this ride takes us next.
Irene Roth FIVE STARS
This is a sci-fi mystery thriller that is a sequel to Arcadia’s Children 2: The Fyfield Plantation. The story is as complex but even more jaw dropping than the first two books in the series. It is a story that will make you pause everything until you find out how it is going to end. It’s another story that has breath and depth.
Ed Pushley is an archaeologist. But he isn’t just any ordinary archaeologist. His mind has been taken over by a ghost named Irrelevant. His nickname is quite a metaphor for the kind of existence the author wants to create for Pushley. As a philosopher, it certainly opened a lot of avenues of reflection for me. It gave Pushley a depth and a fascination for me like no other Williams has created so far in his trilogy.
Irrelevant and Pushley are one and the same mind. The sci-fi background to this premise gives it an added layer of fascination. When Irrelevant dies, Pushley becomes a captive. He tries to escape, yet it isn’t easy to do. I mean, how do you escape something that becomes so much a part of you?
However, Pushley doesn’t give up. He keeps trying to escape without ceasing. He discovers that through perseverance he can remove his isolation helmet and even use it to his advantage so that he could finally escape. Then he uses Irrelevant’s psychic powers to finally regain his freedom.
Once Pushley finally escapes from his captivity, he has a choice. Does he retaliate and seek revenge or just leave things be?
This is another well-paced story. The plot is intriguing, and complex. The scenes are poignant and well-illustrated. It is a story that will linger with you for a long.
Enter the world of Arcadia and read a spell-binding sci-fi adventure.
The author of this exciting science-fiction story, Andrew R. Williams’ ‘day job’ is a Chartered surveyor, however, by night this mild-mannered English author can be seen with his wife Geraldine staring up at the sky, watching the stars, and plotting his exciting space adventures.
Susan Keefe Five Stars
Pushley’s Escape is the third book in the Arcadia’s Children series and from the very first page, the reader is hooked. As in the previous two books, the main characters are Mick Tarmy, Claire Hyndman, and Nonie Tomio. We learn that Ed Pushley is an archaeologist whose mind has been taken over by a spettro Mick Tarmy nicknamed Irrelevant. However Irrelevant has died and their minds have fused giving Ed Pushley incredible psychic powers.
Pushley has been taken captive by Alton Mygael and desperately wants to escape, and with determination, he manages to free himself from the isolation helmet. However, once free a high priest appears and announces that the Great Ones want to speak to him. These are the same beings who had condemned Irrelevant to death in the past and understandably Irrelevant’s soul is indignant. He gets Pushley to ask, why a slave now free would want to go back into bondage. The cleric’s response is to explain that the Great Ones want to offer a genuine partnership, and he then goes on to remind him of a past event, and show him images. What will Pushley do, and what will his future hold? To tell you more would spoil the story…
This author’s imagination is beyond belief, he weaves a clever story and takes his readers on an exciting adventure as they find themselves in another world. A world which comes alive for them through his amazing penmanship which paints vivid scenes, exciting scenarios, and wonderful settings.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of science-fiction. As a fan, I couldn’t wait to read this story and I was not disappointed! This author has written a real page turner, with excitement galore, a storyline full of twists and turns and incredible characters. It is sci-fi heaven, beaming you into another world with mind control, aliens, transporters, and everything you could wish for! Oh, and if Steven Spielberg reads this, yes, it would make a wonderful movie! Me. I can’t wait to read Williams’ next book.
Nayab Five stars
Arcadia’s Children 3: Pushley’s Escape is the third novel in the Arcadia’s Children series and needless to say, that it could not get any better. My expectations for this book have been pretty high since after I read the first two books and honestly, I am not disappointed. This installment is up to the par, there are absolutely no boring moments and is a total page-turner. I would totally recommend it if you are into sci-fi or you are looking to try this genre.
This book is exciting, stimulating, and totally captivating. I honestly loved the writing style of the author. It was easy to understand and very smooth. I have always admired this author’s writing style and such intense and exceptional characters and how are they described and especially that character development throughout the three books.
It is all about revenge and regaining freedom and there is obviously magic to keep you hooked till the end. Here is an excerpt from the book that beautifully portrays at what length to the parents can go to protect their children and was indeed very powerful.
Glancing at Chou and Bryn, Tarmy said, “We all need to talk in private, including you Alex.” He then began walking towards the opening in the cross wall. After checking no one could overhear, Tarmy said, “I have to go back to the Fyfield Valley.”
Tarmy swiftly explained how he’d managed to organise his daughter’s escape from Arden. From there, he told them why her flight could be in danger.
“I still don’t see why you have to go back,” Bryn Rosslyn said.
“Blackmail, pure and simple,” Tarmy said. “If I destroy the plantation, my daughter goes free. If I don’t, she’ll be returned to Arden and Samantha will send her back to prison, or worse. I can’t let that happen.”
Chou Lan said, “It’s madness for you to go back into the Fyfield Valley.”
“As I just explained,” Tarmy said, “My daughter and my friends could be in serious trouble if I don’t.”
“Blackmail is a nasty crime. The victim keeps on paying,” Chou lectured. “You’re a case in point. You’ve already been blackmailed. Now you’re being blackmailed again.”
The comment brought a wry smile to Tarmy’s lips; as an ex-police officer, he was only too well aware that blackmailers kept turning the screw if they thought they could. Despite that knowledge, he said, “This will be the last time it will happen.”
“So, you’re determined to go back?” Bryn said.
“I don’t want to go back,” Tarmy replied. “I have to go back.”
When Tarmy said, ‘’I don’t want to go back, I have to go back.” I felt it. If you are craving for the cracking good read or you like science fiction, fantasy, and other futuristic sci-fi titles, this is the perfect book for you. This series is totally worth your money and your time and you most definitely will not regret it. This is one of those books that you can proudly make a part of your collection in your library and take it out every now and then. I rarely reread books, but I find myself rereading this series repeatedly.