Exceptionally believable, lovable and fun characters. The writing is engaging and accomplished. A...reminiscent of Rowling - Bookbag
When thirteen-year-old Johnny's specially programmed computer, Kovac, detects an extraterrestrial signal, his life is set to change for ever. Until then, stuck in his children's home in Castle Dudbury New Town, with the nasty cook Mr Wilkins watching his every move, football had been his only escape. But soon things start happening around him that Johnny doesn't understand. Why is his mother, who is on life support in a hospital for the criminally insane, being guarded by sinister looking men? And why was a journalist murdered shortly after Johnny talked to him? When Johnny finds out he has a sister, he decides to run away to find her. But his search for answers take him beyond Earth and into a spectacular adventure through time and space where he visits new worlds, meets aliens, and along the journey discovers the truth about his parents and who he really is.
From the Author
Gaze out across the London skyline and what do you see? If you think your eyes have been drawn to the beautiful new curved tower known as `the Gherkin', then think again. The Spirit of London, the spaceship given to Johnny Mackintosh by the Emperor of the Galaxy, looks exactly like Lord Foster's Gherkin but, when Johnny's on Earth, it's this secret starship we see at the centre of London's financial district. The original building is folded away into hyperspace, yet still allows workers to pass in and out oblivious to the change - the spaceship's brain projects images from the outside world onto their windows, albeit with a 2 nanosecond delay.
From the Inside Flap
It's 64,874,261 years behind Galactic Standard Time in outer space and thirteen-year-old Johnny is a long way from his Essex children's home.
It seems a lifetime ago that he escaped the clutches of the evil, insect-like krun. With the support of powerful friends from the galactic capital he had been heading for home in his own spaceship, the Spirit of London. But inadvertently he has sent himself back in time and set a giant asteroid careering in the direction of Earth. The journey home is about to become even more spectacular.
From the Back Cover
Why has Johnny been lied to about his parents?
Who are the sinister forces watching him?
When strange things start happening, Johnny runs away from the children's home to find his sister... and falls straight into alien hands. Kidnapped and sent into outer space, he must escape to discover the truth about who he really is.
Danger follows at every turn... Can he ever make it home?
An incredible adventure across time and space with the ultimate hero, Johnny Mackintosh.
About the Author
Keith Mansfield began his career as a writer and publisher working for Robert Maxwell - he never got round to starting a pension. Having studied mathematical physics at Trinity College, Cambridge, his career followed the expected route so now he writes children's fiction and scripts light entertainment programmes for popular television. Along the way, he's published a few books for Oxford University Press, Pearson and the British Film Institute, as well as helping to create The Science of Spying at London's Science Museum.
Based on childhood daydreams of being captured by aliens and escaping to see the wonders of the Galaxy, this is his first novel. In reality, Keith lives in London's East End. Every window of his Spitalfields home looks out onto Norman Foster's beautiful Gherkin ... or is it the Spirit of London?