Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

If you liked Carousel… You’ll love beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie


Beyond Carousel : Carousel - Brendan Ritchie

All of us wanted to survive whatever was happening. Maybe even escape it somehow. But more than that – we wanted to know what it was.


Nox, Taylor and Lizzy have just escaped a nightmare. After months of being trapped inside a shopping centre they are finally free. Free to roam the streets of Perth and free to solve the mystery of what happened outside the doors of Carousel.


But the city is not like it once was, and the dangers are far from over. Loots lurk in the empty streets and packs of dogs are never far behind. Saving those they love will mean risking everything – and time is running out.


This is the thrilling sequel to Carousel.




October 28, 2016 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Survival | Leave a comment

Survivor meets James Bond! Read Kalahari by Jessica Khoury


When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.



September 6, 2016 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

The Wreckage by Michael Robotham

If you enjoy reading edge of your seat action packed thrillers then Michael Robotham’s book are for you.

Set in the turbulent aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, The Wreckage pits Vincent Ruiz against powerful agents who will stop at nothing to bury secrets.

Billions of dollars are missing from Iraqi banks, and journalist Luca Terracini will risk everything to discover where it is. His Iraqi-American background has made it easier for him to infiltrate the darkest corners of the war, but death of his beloved Nicola in a suicide bombing has made him reckless. He has nothing left to lose.

In pursuit of the money, he meets UN representative Daniela Garner, who seems to know more about the heist than anyone else. She’s a valuable asset in Baghdad where the possibility of an explosion lurks at every checkpoint. Luca’s investigation proves volatile as well, and as he gets closer to the missing money, his actions begin to reverberate around the world.

In London, Richard North, a top-tier international banker and the one person who might be able to explain where the money has gone, vanishes. The manhunt for him will get Luca evicted from Iraq, separated from Daniela, and possibly end both his investigation and his life.

As usual, it’s all about the money: who has it, who’s lost it, and who’s ultimately going to pay, as clandestine agents emerge from the shadows and powerful nations seek to control information and bury secrets, whatever the cost.

Two seemingly unrelated stories collide in unexpected ways in this ambitious,  that demonstrates why Michael Robotham is a such a compelling writer.




August 28, 2014 Posted by | Action, Adventure, Suspense | | Leave a comment

Combustion by Steve Worland

Fans of Matthew Reilly will love this fast paced, action filled novel!


Los Angeles. Traffic clogs the streets. Smog chokes the city.
And Zac Bunsen is going to burn it all down.

On a ruthless quest to save the planet, Bunsen releases the Swarm, an airborne nanotech virus that targets combustion engines and detonates their fuel supply. It is spectacularly, appallingly successful.

Terror and chaos reign as the City of Angels explodes. Every vehicle is now a deadly bomb and every freeway a war zone littered with bodies and twisted wrecks.

NASA astronaut Judd Bell and his best mate, Aussie chopper pilot Corey Purchase, must navigate the burning city in a desperate mission to stop Bunsen before he can execute the last phase of his horrific plan and send mankind back to the Stone Age.


September 12, 2013 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Suspense | Leave a comment

Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Volume 1 by J Michael Straczyniski

Wonder Woman: Odyssey Volume 1 Tops New York Times Hardcover Graphic Books Best Sellers List

Wonder Woman gets a bold new costume in this start to bestselling writer J. Michael Straczynski.  In the graphic novel gone is the star-spangled superwoman whose campaign for peace and justice has made her an icon to women around the world. In her place stands a younger, edgier woman of wonder, alone against sinister enemies that destroyed her home in Paradise when she was just a baby.

Due to mysterious circumstances, Diana must track down the truth behind what’s happened to her timeline and face the biggest stunner of all: Who destroyed Paradise Island?If you think you knew who Wonder Woman was – think again! All bets are off in this all-new direction for the long-running series that’s perfect for new readers as Wonder Woman embarks on an odyssey to find her past and gets a new costume, a new set of foes, and a new tone from the ground up. Review by Good Reads

November 22, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Graphic Novels | | Leave a comment

Velocity by Steve Worland

Do you love reading Matthew Reilly books? Are you looking for a book that will leave you on the edge of your seat and has more thrills than a Mission Impossible movie. Then Velocity is the book for you!

The MAN – an astronaut who has lost his mojo.

The MISSION – to seek and destroy a hijacked space shuttle.

The CARGO – enough weapons grade Uranium-235 to irradiate Manhattan.

The STAKES – the woman he loves and the fate of a city.

Strap in for the ride of your life as Velocity blasts off at mach speed. From NASA’s Cape Canaveral to the Central Australian desert, screenwriter Steve Worland’s debut thriller sets a heart-stopping pace.

A cast of brilliant characters combined with explosive action make this hugely enjoyable novel a genuine blockbuster.

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November 15, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Mystery | | Leave a comment

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

With the much awaited hype surrounding the premier of the

 movie The Hunger Games why not find out what all the fuss

is about and read the book first!

Do you love a book full of rip-roaring action, a book that will have you on the edge of your seat and one that you can not put down. Throw in great characters and a bit of romance and you have The Hunger Games.

Winnning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. Let the Hunger Games begin!

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Film tie in, Great series, Survival, Suspense | | Leave a comment

The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 6: The Calculus Affair / The Red Sea Sharks / Tintin in Tibet by Herge

Whether he’s trolling the high seas for treasure or blasting off for the moon, young reporter-sleuth Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, have delighted readers everywhere for generations with their timeless adventures. Join Tintin and Snowy as they tackle the toughest mysteries around the world in The Calculus Affair, The Red Sea Sharks, and Tintin in Tibet


Dan‘s review

Aug 02, 11
5 of 5 stars
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can’t be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead of his time (Exploring the moon, Industrialization, South American political conflict, modern slave trade, extraterrestrial life) and he made certain every detail for every object would be realistic (after the third book at least). Herge’s work can certainly be cited as an influence for any modern day graphic novel or comic book.  Good Reads

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Film tie in, Graphic Novels | | Leave a comment

The Sound of Gravity by Joe Simpson

As her hand slips form his grip, Patrick’s life is shattered, forever changed……..

Joe Simpson is mostly known for his non-fiction work Touching the Void. This classic piece of mountaineering writing recounts the tale of the former mountaineer and his struggle to survive after falling into a crevasse on a mountain in the Peruvian Andes.

Simpson’s most recent novel, The Sound of Gravity is a work of fiction and again is set in a mountainous environment. This novel tells the tale of Patrick and his wife, a mountaineering trip gone wrong and of love, loss, regret and survival. One chilling event on a stormbound mountain completely alters Patrick’s world and 25 years later, we join him, manning the warden hut at the foot of the very same mountain that changed his life forever. After a lifetime of grief and guilt, Patrick is eventually freed from his self-imposed vigil, when an all too familiar event forces him to release his heart-rending secret. Review by Emma Dalby,  BookGeeks

The Sound of Gravity is a harrowing, dramatic and powerful tale of how a haunting spilt-second memory can change the course of a lifetime – a novel of love, loss and redemption.

February 27, 2012 Posted by | Adventure | | Leave a comment

Crescent Dawn by Clive and Dirk Cussler

Packed with breathtaking suspense and fired by an extraordinary imagination, Crescent Dawn is a barnstorming read for all fans of action, suspense and intrigue –  Dirk Pitt returns for another  adventure!

In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire, and to the existence of a mysterious “manifest,” lost long ago, which if discovered again…just may change the history of the world as we know it.  Review by Good Reads

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February 23, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Mystery, Suspense | Leave a comment