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David Anderson lives in Vancouver, Canada but was born and brought up in Northern Ireland, where he graduated from Queens University, Belfast with a degree in philosophy.  His short stories have been anthologised in various publications.  The author of two previous thrillers, Earthly Powers and Meaner Things, The Beachhead is his first Young Adult novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fifteen-year old Will awakens in a vast underground bunker called the Beachhead, controlled by a supercomputer named REX.  Will, like the other twenty-three teenage occupants, cannot remember his past life and immediately vows to escape.  But two years later he’s still there.  Soon there comes a turning point in Will’s life: REX opens an enormous steel door to the outside world. 

While other Beachheaders enjoy their newfound freedom on a tropical island paradise, Will plans his escape.  Gradually he discovers allies: other teenagers in the Beachhead whom he recruits and builds into an effective team.  But who can Will trust and who is going to betray him?  There are rival conspirators, lackeys of REX, watching Will’s every move.  How far are they prepared to go?  Can Will and his friends make it past the perilous sub-levels of the Beachhead and through dangerous forest and swamps?  What secret weapons is the all-seeing, all-hearing REX about to throw at them?

 

 

 

 

 

Will, Kevin, Rose, Quentin and Fiona have overcome supercomputer REX and escaped their island prison for the open sea. 

Instead of sailing to freedom, suddenly everything changes.  Will wakes up on an enormous container ship without knowing how he got there.  He explores blood-stained corridors and deserted cargo holds for his friends, and senses he is being watched.  Then Will encounters something new in his life: adults.  But these are adults beyond Will’s darkest nightmares.    

Will and his four friends link up with a lone doctor who swears he is on their side, but is he?  Who can Will trust and what is really going on?  Will & Co. have to work it out fast and survive in the meantime.  Because unknown to them all, there is something much worse aboard ship and it’s about to emerge . . .     

Rose, Quentin and Fiona have overcome supercomputer REX and escaped their island prison for the open sea. 

Instead of sailing to freedom, suddenly everything changes.  Will wakes up on an enormous container ship without knowing how he got there.  He explores blood-stained corridors and deserted cargo holds for his friends, and senses he is being watched.  Then Will encounters something new in his life: adults.  But these are adults beyond Will’s darkest nightmares.    

Will and his four friends link up with a lone doctor who swears he is on their side, but is he?  Who can Will trust and what is really going on?  Will & Co. have to work it out fast and survive in the meantime.  Because unknown to them all, there is something much worse aboard ship and it’s about to emerge . . .