The Hippo-Chronos AKA the Antikythera Key by Matt Ritson
  

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The Hippo-Chronos AKA the Antikythera Key by Matt Ritson

When Alex, his enigmatic dog Boris and his best mate Conna meet up with the new girls in school, Maddie and Bex, they witness a bizarre explosion at his reclusive neighbour Tom's house. They are first on the scene and discover him lying hurt beside a strange mechanical sculpture, The Hippo-Chronos. Urgently, the dazed old Greek confronts Alex with a fantastic story which shocks the normally level-headed boy to the core: his father is not only alive and well, but trapped in Alexandria - in 48 BC! Over a period of days, the four listen while Tom tries to convince them of how the design and development of an ancient time-machine was entirely possible in the Great Library of Alexandria, just before it mysteriously burned to the ground. Is Tom going senile? Is there another more logical explanation to Alex's dad's disappearance? Or, could the whole intriguing tale somehow, just possibly be true after all? The Hippo-Chronos is a 2,000 year old mystery adventure which opens up a whole ancient, yet rational world for readers aged 14 and over. It is not a stuffy history lecture, but a bittersweet tale and very human adventure story of both modern and ancient youth. The story will be concluded in The Hippo-Tempus AKA The Alexandria Key.

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An entertaining, engaging and intriguing story of humanity, peppered with historical facts and ancient gadgetry. I look forward to reading the sequel! -- Richard Windley

About the Author

Matt Ritson was born and raised on Britain's north-east coast, where he lives with his son and their extraordinary dog. He studied Ancient History and gained his MA in Industrial Design Engineering at London's Central St Martin's College. Matt's hobbies include ancient history, hiking, scuba diving and horology.

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Format

Paperback
368 pages
Interest Age: From 14

Author

Matt Ritson
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Publisher


www.troubador.co.uk

Publication date

1st December 2011

ISBN

9781848767317


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