The Never War (Pendragon Book 3)

by D. J. MacHale

Paperback, 2003



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PB Mac




Aladdin (2003), Edition: Repackage, 352 pages


Bobby and the Traveler from Cloral--Spader--have flumed to New York City, 1937. Against a backdrop of gangsters, swing music, and the distant sound of a brewing war, the two must uncover the evil Saint Dane's newest plot.


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352 p.; 5.13 inches

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LibraryThing member snowkid
The Never War
By D.J. MacHale
The Never War is the third book in the Pendragon series although I ended up reading the whole series this summer I decided to write about my favorite. To know about this book you have to know about the series in general. Bobby Pendragon is a kid who finds out that he
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is actually responsible for keeping the balance between worlds which they call territories (dimensions). In the first book he saves a territory, Denduron from crumbling. In the second book (which happens to be my second favorite in the series) he also saves this territory from crumbling but also meets a fellow traveler Spader. Now if you don’t know anything about the series you might be wondering why these territories are crumbling, well with every protagonist there has to be a villain and that villain is Saint Dane. He wants the territories to crumble so they can merge together in order for him to be able to pick up the pieces and rule them as one.
The third book starts out with Bobby Pendragon following Saint Dane into another territory this territory is first Earth. It is one of the three Earth territories Bobby being from second Earth. First Earth is set in 1937 and the major turning point of this territory is actually the crash of the Hindenburg. Spader goes with Bobby to help him save this territory but when they get there Bobby feels that Spader’s revenge will get the better of him (Saint Dane killed Spader’s father in the second book). When they arrive they find the traveler from First Earth, Gunny. Gunny is the bell captain at the Manhattan Towers Hotel. He finds them a room at the hotel where Bobby and Spader can plan their next move. This by far is my favorite part of the book when Spader and Bobby actually get to chill in the hotel. Because all of the books are filled with action 100% of the time and when you finally get to see Bobby have a little down time its pretty cool. So after that Bobby and Spader eventually find out that the turning point on the territory has to do with a New York mob boss Max Rose. See it turns out that Max has put every penny to his name into helping the Nazis create the atomic bomb before the U.S does. He is using his informants in the Manhattan Project to supply the Nazis with information.
The whole turning point is that the payment for all of this priceless information is on the Hindenburg in an assortment of cash, art and diamonds. But the whole objective of the turning point is that Bobby and Spader have to let the Hindenburg crash. Bobby finds this out when he goes without Spader to Third Earth to a scenario super computer. So Bobby has a choice to either save the future of three territories or save the lives of 37 people.
As I said before this is my favorite Pendragon book that they have come out with so far. I definitely give it two thumbs up. All of these books just are so easy to read not because they are simple but because the suspense that the author creates is amazing I ended up finishing this one at 4 o’clock in the morning and resting the whole day thinking of how amazing the book was.
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LibraryThing member hoosgracie
Cool addition to the series which takes Bobby back in time to First Earth, which is in 1937. He has to figure out whether he is supposed to try to stop World War II or let it happen. Shows the choices we all have to make - good and bad.
LibraryThing member JessicaB1
This is once again, an AWESOME book that is filled with more action. The Pendragon books NEVER get boring to read, and are even good enough to read over and over and over again!
LibraryThing member scratch1
This book is a great read because of it's Thrilling adventure and how the Reality of the whole story is so lifelike
LibraryThing member savageknight
Another excellent adventure in the Pendragon series! This time, we're in the past - 1937 to be exact - and we battle with our inner demons on the right course to take. What will be the biggest impact on the planet? Saving the Hildenburg... or letting it crash?

The series continues to entertain as
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Saint Dane's machinations get more and more evil in his quest to take over Halla. The more I read, the more addicted I am to this series and can not recommend it enough!
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LibraryThing member BrWe0309
The never war by D.J. Machale is a book of realistic fiction that captures an idea that things happen that we don't know about. this book is all about one kid, bobby pendragon goes on an epic quest to save all three earths from the evils of saint dane.
LibraryThing member Bubbleteax3
D.J. MacHale's Pendragon: The Never War petrified me with a thrilling story.

The writer makes the character 'Pendragon' belivable because in most of his actions he acts like an adult but in a kid body. It is also belivable because in the book it said that the main character Pendragon had feelings
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and senses of whats going on and around him. I like Pendragon because he is smart, a good way to find resources. He's an adventurous guy who doesn't take no for an anwser. He might of messed up some times, but he got back up and faced forward. This is why i like the main character Pendragon .
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