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Summary

In the final book of John Christopher's classic series, Will Parker returns to the headquarters of the Resistance after several months in the City of Gold and Lead. He travels to Eastern Europe and the Middle East to set up resistance cells with young boys who question the power of the Tripods.

When they are able to capture one of the Tripod 'Masters', they unlock a secret that they use in attempt to finally wrest control of the earth from the Tripods, and maybe - just maybe - save humanity.

©1968 Samuel Youd (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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Not Just for Young Adults

Having enjoyed the BBC Tripods series as a teenager, I couldn't resist trying the audiobooks. As this is a 'young adults ' series, my expectations were not high, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Although not without plot holes, the story moves forward at a pace, and young Will's excitement, enthusiasm, and rashness all make for a very engaging narrative. This is complemented by the excellent narration of William Gaminara. I thought initially to only listen to the first book, but ended up getting the whole trilogy. Highly recommended!

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A whole new world.

The audio books and my kindle have opened up a whole new world to me. Having had reading difficulties throughout my early life I am now able to enter a whole realm of adventure. I have devoured the Tripods series The Pool of Fire is the third book and continues the longing to follow Will's challenges to escape; his life as a slave to discover the Tripods life style and use it against them. I never ever considered I would become a bookworm but I'm well and truly hooked and can't wait to listen to the next chapters. If you like adventure, science fiction and suspense, the whole series is a must and i'm so glad I purchased them.

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Dated

Strangely, the presence of the alien tripods seems to have corresponded with the absence of any female characters. It's ok. It wraps things up but is a disappointing, and very dated, conclusion to the trilogy.

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Enjoyed listening to the whole series. Read the books as a child when they first came out.

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The much bigger struggle

The best and most realistic ending to the story one could have possibly have wished for.

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  • Jennifer
  • 20-03-13

awesome book!

What made the experience of listening to The Pool of Fire the most enjoyable?

I was able to close my eyes and picture the story as it was being read.

What other book might you compare The Pool of Fire to and why?

i cannot compare this book.

Which character – as performed by William Gaminara – was your favorite?

Henry

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

free the minds

Any additional comments?

this review is by a 13 year old boy who enjoyed the book very much.

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  • Robert
  • 14-11-12

The End of the Tripod Trilogy!

This is the final book in the Tripod Trilogy. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others, but it's still good regardless! Of course, I had to find out what happened to the boys and whether or not the Resistance would succeed shaking control away from the alien Masters!

William Gaminara narrates all of the Tripod books, and he does a good job reading the story and distinguishing the boys from one another with various accents.

I read the prequel "When the Tripods Came" right after this in order to finish off the series.

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  • matthew
  • 23-09-20

classic

I have loved these books since childhood, in the 80's. The audio version is really good. I'm going on a John Christopher binge now. There aren't many audio books available, but plenty of old paperbacks on ebay. He's a great author, something about his writing really draws me in and keep my attention.

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  • Kindle Customers
  • 26-03-12

Preteen book

I can remember this book from late grade school, and wanted to revisit the past, This book and the other two in the series were entertaining then and somewhat now. Mr. Christopher had a good introduction as to how and why the series came about. I think he achieved his goal.

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  • Jess W. Walczak
  • 09-10-21

Great Book. Must listen to.

Really loved this series as a kid. Brought back nostalgia. Would recommend. The narrator was also great.

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  • MzWellZ
  • 08-08-21

A classic series comes to life!

The reading of this series was superb! I highly recommend listening to all 3 originals and the prequel. Excellent in every way!

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  • Robert Solomon
  • 23-03-21

Just as I remembered

I first read this in early 70s and I loved the trilogy. This audio book is true to the book. Recommended

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  • Dustin
  • 08-11-19

loved it

its amazing to think this series was written so long ago. Its so good! It was like i was sucked into tje story

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  • Elisabeth
  • 18-09-19

Enjoyable even as an adult

I read this as a ya, and picked up the first one a year or so ago (and the others this summer). While it’s more simplistic than I remember, it still holds up well. Definitely a fun read.

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  • Scott Sexton
  • 22-05-19

An excellent last book in a series beyond YA.

A more than fitting ending for a meaningful journey in both humanity and friendship. As always in good fiction, the time and place are secondary to this good story. I do wish women were more represented as one of the protagonists, but the slight is far from intentional. I love this trilogy of books.