Chronically shy throughout his childhood, he sought refuge in drawing and writing, and whilst at the Hall School, Hampstead , he had his first short story published in the school magazine, at the age of twelve. He went on to public school at Oundle , and then attended University College, London , where he read biology specializing in genetics. It was here that he met his future collaborator on the Tunnels series of books, Brian Williams, who was at the Slade School of Fine Art. They became friends in the summer of , and kept in touch until, some twenty-three years later, they finally began to cooperate on their writing. Here he worked in corporate finance, specializing in private equity transactions. In , after a nine-year stretch with an investment bank, Roderick was made redundant, something that he has since described as a blessing in disguise.
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Plot summary[ edit ] Closer, Further Part 1 The opening chapter describes how Chester Rawls is the first to regain consciousness on a fungal shelf deep down in the Pore where he, Will Burrows, Elliott and Bartleby have crash landed. The task of moving through the passages with the burden of Elliott and their equipment is made easier thanks to the reduced gravity at this depth in the Earth.
They are saved by the intervention of a new character called Martha. She takes them to where she lives, a shack evidently built by the survivors of a galleon which was sucked down another of the giant holes like the Pore, so she can tend to Elliott and protect the two boys.
Meanwhile, the Rebecca twins, who were pushed into the Pore by Sarah Jerome in her last dying act, are aware that Will is alive, and begin to plot against him with two Styx Special Forces soldiers, called Limiters. Burrows, and attempt to bully him into finding them a way out of the Pore. Burrows seems to have very little comprehension that the Styx are dangerous and capable of great cruelty and murder. Will appears to give her the benefit of the doubt, but Chester and Martha are highly skeptical.
Will is further won over by the Rebecca twin as she gives him two phials, which purportedly contain the Dominion virus and its antidote. Although Martha is reluctant for them to risk the long journey, she eventually leads them to a "metal ship" which her son had stumbled across.
The Metal Ship Part 3 When they get there, it turns out that the metal ship is actually a modern Russian nuclear submarine, and they are forced to shelter inside it while Elliott responds to the antibiotics.
There is also the added risk that they may be attacked by "Brights", giant moth like flying creatures. As they finally set off from the submarine, the second Rebecca twin makes her appearance with Dr.
Burrows and the two Limiters. Will realizes the twin who surrendered to him has been lying all the time, as she orders Bartleby to attack him — the Hunter has been conditioned to follow her orders after being Darklit in the Colony.
One of the Limiters is killed by a "Bright", but the Rebeccas still have an edge. Just when it appears as if all is lost, Elliott reveals that she is half Styx, and saves the day by priming one of the explosives from her rucksack. In the subsequent explosion, Will and his father are separated from Chester, Elliott, Martha and Bartleby, while the Rebecca twins and the surviving Limiter seek refuge in the Russian submarine, which is knocked down the giant hole it was in by the explosion.
The Underground Harbour Part 4 Separated from his friends and not knowing whether they are alive or not, Will is persuaded by his father to travel upwards, and they stumble upon an underground harbour, a deep-level fallout shelter from the Cold War. After Will has helped himself to various weapons from the armoury in the shelter, they manage to get an outboard engine to work, and attach it to a launch.
Then they travel up a subterranean river linking the fallout shelter to the surface, and emerge in Norfolk, from where they make their way back to Highfield, and are reunited with Drake. Highfield, Again Part 5 Mrs. At Dr. Burrows and Will are back Topsoil. Then there follows a parting of the ways as Mrs. Burrows remains on the surface with Drake, who has asked Will to return into the Earth and make sure that the risk of the Dominion virus has been neutralised.
Burrows as bait. But the mission fails and Mrs. Burrows is captured and taken to the Colony where she is Darklit being casted by Styx by the Dark Light. Meanwhile, Will is accompanied by his father as they retrace their route to where the submarine was blasted from the ledge in the giant hole Will has named "Smoking Jean", and he is reunited with Chester, Martha, and a fully recovered Elliott. Burrows, in a literal leap of faith, throws himself into the pore, followed by his son, and eventually by Elliott and Bartleby.
Burrows, driven by his conviction that there is a world at the centre of the Earth, risks all their lives as he makes sure that they have no option but to continue towards it. They finally make it through to the "Garden of the Second Sun" - a hidden world at the center of the Earth, complete with its own sun, mountains, oceans, and animals long since extinct on the surface.
Assisted by Will, Dr. Burrows begins to investigate one of three Mayan-type pyramids they find there, and it seems as though they are finally safe from the Styx until Elliott spots some footprints.
She, Will and Bartleby follow the trail and discover that the Rebecca twins and a Limiter have also made it through to the hidden world. After Elliott sets an ambush to deal with the Styx for once and for all, Will disobeys her and sneaks in to retrieve the Dominion phials. He is discovered by one of the Rebecca twins, and in the firefight and explosion which follow, both the Rebecca twins and Limiter perish, while Will makes off with the phials.
Burrows spots a WW2 German bomber, a Stuka, in the sky. Publication history[ edit ] Freefall was released on 4 May in the U. The fourth book in the series, Closer , was released on 3 May U.
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