Tim, Defender of the Earth, is a rock em, sock em thriller filled with smoke, spectacle, and big time adventure Big Ben will fall Westminster Abbey will crumble London will never be the sameTIM, aka Tyrannosaurus Improved Model, is the product of a top secret government military experiment, and he couldn t be loveable Sure, he s an enormous monster to most, but at heart he s just a big, awkward, thirteen yearold who realizes he could be all that stands between the earth and total destruction Take that, GodzillaNow TIM must form an unlikely alliance with fifteen year olds Chris and Anna in order to save humanity from the greatest threat it has ever known Anna s father, the brilliant and demented Professor Mallahide, and his growing tide of vicious, all consuming nanobots Will TIM prevail and save the British Isles and the world from evil We ll all have to hold hands, read, and believe in TIM, Defender of the Earth At first, I was disappointed that Tim was so big After all T Rex s aren t nearly 300 feet tall They are about one tenth that size But I ll tell you what, I just finished watching the 1998 movie Godzilla, and now I can easily picture Tim being as big as he is Sam Enthoven is obviously a fan of the old Japanese Godzilla movies, the King Kong films, and , as am I I used to watch all of these films on the Family Film Festival on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM on KTLA So, when I heard about At first, I was disappointed that Tim was so big After all T Rex s aren t nearly 300 feet tall They are about one tenth that size But I ll tell you what, I just finished watching the 1998 movie Godzilla, and now I can easily picture Tim being as big as he is Sam Enthoven is obviously a fan of the old Japanese Godzilla movies, the King Kong films, and , as am I I used to watch all of these films on the Family Film Festival on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM on KTLA So, when I heard about this book, I became very excited.Tim is a pretty cool character and I liked that he wasn t successful in his first battle It aught him humility I also thought it was smart to make the Kraken the previous Defender of the Earth After all, who could ever beat the Kraken Not Sinbad Not Perseus As for Professor Mallahide, he is not really a bad guy He sincerely wants to help mankind After all, if we were all composed of nanomachines, there would never be any disease or death We could all do just about anything we wanted.But the question comes to mind as to whether we would truly be human any And to tell the truth, I think that the nanomachines warped him somehow Chris is a great lead character as he has a hard time believing that he is importantto anybody Anna is there to support him, but also has to fend off her father who doesn t understand when she doesn t want to be turned into nanomachines like he is.Tim is a awesome character that all readers will thoroughly enjoy I totally fell into this book and couldn t put it down I read it in two days and absolutely loved it I highly recommend TIM Defender of the Earth for any reader of action to all age groups, not just young readers.Sam Enthoven is proving why his is a much desired author as he has written two excellent books now, the other being The Black Tattoo I cannot wait to see what Mr Enthoven writes next All I know for sure is that I don t want to miss it Wow I rated this book a 9 out of 10 The title of this book is brilliant as it is but when you learn TIM stands for Tyrannosaur Improved Model it s mind blowing Scientists have created a T Rex which has been designed for military applications In the tough world of government funding that s moved to a Mallahide, a scientist working with nanobots But when Mallahide turns himself into a nanobot cloud and wants everyone to become like him its up to Tim to fight him Oh and two schoolchildren, one of whom is Mallahide s daughter Th The title of this book is brilliant as it is but when you learn TIM stands for Tyrannosaur Improved Model it s mind blowing Scientists have created a T Rex which has been designed for military applications In the tough world of government funding that s moved to a Mallahide, a scientist working with nanobots But when Mallahide turns himself into a nanobot cloud and wants everyone to become like him its up to Tim to fight him Oh and two schoolchildren, one of whom is Mallahide s daughter This is a mad book but it somehow still works Despite all the craziness it s almost believable thanks to the way we see what the Prime Minster and the world are doing to tackle it and how the news are reporting it Enthoven makes no bones about destroying various famous landmarks of London and that makes it feel like a proper disaster movie.Mallahide makes for a great villain because his intentions aren t all clear He s not inherently evil yet he is doing terrible things and it s hard to know exactly what to feel for him The book is well written and one of the most imaginative I ve read in a long time My only real problem with it is that the build up goes on for far too long The big battle scenes are relatively short and schoolboy Chris takes a ridiculously long time to accept his responsibility And the big draw to the novel, Tim, is barely present for most of the first half.Still, it s a great ride The imagery it creates of monsters in London is fantastic and despite how silly the premise with it not only works wonderfully but even brings up some important issues about humanity and the use of technology You won t read anything else like it A young adult book that would be suitable for advanced primary school readers A bit of scientific explanation before you get to the good stuff dinosaur vs nanobots in the middle of London. At its core, I believe that TIM had some intriguing ideas I think that had those ideas been better thought out, the story could have improved exponentially I, for one, absolutely loved the idea of Dr Mallahide s nanobots They were marvelous, and the possibilities were infinite Personally, I believe that Mallahide was probably right at the beginning Though the prospect of becoming a swarm of machines or adopting a hive mentality seemed repulsive to many of the humans in the book, I would ha At its core, I believe that TIM had some intriguing ideas I think that had those ideas been better thought out, the story could have improved exponentially I, for one, absolutely loved the idea of Dr Mallahide s nanobots They were marvelous, and the possibilities were infinite Personally, I believe that Mallahide was probably right at the beginning Though the prospect of becoming a swarm of machines or adopting a hive mentality seemed repulsive to many of the humans in the book, I would have lined up for the chance to get that Think of it, he was offering infinite knowledge, eternal life, limitless riches and pretty much everything else the universe had to offer I could see how the prospect of becoming machines would terrify the people, but I still think that some of the braver oradventurous people would at least try The way Mallahide went with trying to convince the people was obviously flawed, he should have done further testing and showed his newfound body self to scientists first and have this new post human lifestyle if you can really call it life investigated first, then, if he were to go to the public with his findings, he would have been better received Still, his rash and foolish behavior with his discovery can be discounted as excitement or willingness to share his newfound creations with the world The one thing that I found odd about Mallahide and no, it was not the fact that he tried to turn all of humanity, including him self and his daughter, against their own will into machines was how fast he went bad I know that power corrupts, and maybe when he gave up his human body he lost some of his, I don t know, humanity but it was incredibly easy for him to give up his morals and begin to use his abilities for his own rise to power dictatorship Earlier, he had been all for freeing humanity and such, but immediately after Anna refused him, he lost it Suddenly, in his eyes, mankind did not deserve the right to make their own decisions and did not deserve to be free This was a total reversal of what we had seen earlier form him, which struck me as a little odd Usually, in stories, it can take much longer for power to get to ones head in the sense that it did to Mallahide Then again, his daughter did recently abandon him or so he believed and that could have dealt a crippling blow to his psyche, which definitely played a role in tipping him over the edge When I comes to TIM vs Mallahide, I really had an incredibly hard time believing that TIM managed to last at all against the doctor After all, Mallahide essentially broke himself down to the atomic level He could pretty much become gaz Now even if TIM s scales were strong enough to survive missiles form tanks, punches from Mallahide and what not, there is NO WAY that TIM could have beaten Mallahide In fact, Mallahide could have easily destroyed him during their first encounter Even if his scales were made of freaking diamonds, it would simply not matter TIM, despite being a genetically engineered defender of the earth dinosaur thing, needs to breath It is essential for his continued existence So why didn t Mallahide simply let himself be inhaled by TIM and attack him from the inside After all, your lungs are designed to let particles into your body, and it is only logical that Mallahide would exploit this weakness to absorbed TIM TIM himself is something that I simply could not believe in how on earth was he even possible For starters, I have a very hard time trying to picture how exactly a genetically engineered dinosaur would be helpful to the British military TIM is not exactly a weapon he slike something form Jurassic Park And whose brilliant idea was it to grow a dinosaur in the middle of London I figured that keeping him somewhere secluded would be a no brainer, but apparently I was wrong Then of course, is TIM s improbable sentience The fact is, humans are the only creatures on this earth that are truly sentient, and the next closest things are monkeys Reptiles and dinosaurs are pretty long off TIM also seems to have a bizarre, innate knowledge of our world and it s functions Logically, he would know nothing of the outside world, as he had never been there before and would have a mind akin to that of an infant Instead, he seems to comprehend everything about our world and planet, which though that can be partially explained by the whole defender of the earth still seems a bit off Oh, and if he is underwater talking to the kraken and don t get me started on him , how on earth can he breath The whole defender of the earth thing really annoyed me in the book Yes, the concept at its subject is cool albeit somewhat overplayed TIM and the kraken were just too far fetched for me First off, how on earth did TIM get chosen as defender of the earth He is not at all natural he is a genetic experiment, so how on earth did he get chosen to protect nature And who chooses the defenders The kraken claimed it wasn t him who chose TIM, so who did And how were the defender, Chris and Miss Plimpton even connected Saying it was magic or something like that seems a little too iffy, because frankly, in the past, nearly everything that was unexplained was considered magic so I m wondering if there ever was a real explanation, or if Enthoven just didn t bother come up with an explanation Same thing with the life force of the planet or whatever Chris was supposed to channel into TIM though the bracelet, it was just too much hocus pocus for my liking And if it somehow was magic, well, at least give evidence or a plausible reason for way it works Overall, TIM could have had some potential, but it was not properly executed Instead we ended up with what felt like a half assed, cliched godzilla story that my little cousins would write in school, with dinosaurs and magic and no real plotline