Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan (A Review)

I picked this book up late one evening to read thinking that I’d read it during the evenings all week this week and ended up reading it before work the next day. I just couldn’t put it down. Crazy Dangerous is one of the most engaging, adventure paced Young Adult novels I have ever read.

The main character Sam lives a believable, yet fast paced adventure. He’s a likable guy who just wants to be liked and be part of a group… any group. He makes some pretty dumb decisions along that end up costing him. Mysteriously in the mix of all the action he picks up the motto, “Do right, fear nothing” off a small statue in his Father’s office and presses on with the motto to get himself and others out of some pretty tight jams.  A little bit of heroism and virtue go a long way in helping him to protect a friend and save his town from destruction.

I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a well written, well told adventure story. It is about the best I have ever read in Christian Fiction. You can score a copy at Amazon.com for a little more than ten bucks. I give it Five Stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of the BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A Review of “Possession” by Rene Gutteridge

Possession by Rene Gutteridge is a fast paced action thriller with a subtle bent towards Christianity.  The D.C. sniper case becomes an excellent background as the lead character Vance Graegan, a former detective sells everything to move his family across the nation to California to start over.  However, in the process of the movers decide to hold the Graegan’s possessions for ransom.  enraged, Vance puts his background as a detective to work to reclaim his family’s belongings.  However, everything soon gets complicated as secrets about Vance’s past come to light.

I was very drawn into reading this book.  The author has an excellent knack for timing and setting the hook of a story.  I found myself very engrossed in the drama and dialogue.  The first two-thirds of the book were very well-developed.  However, the last third of the book, though still a good read, seemed somewhat pressed.  I felt as though more could have been done to flesh out the character of the villan and some of Vance’s past secrets.  I sense that if the author were to add 100 pages of refined plot development along these lines that the book would read much better all the way through.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to read clean action oriented fiction with a Christian sub-text. The retail price of Possession is $12.99 (Paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $9.87. I gave it three stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Tyndale Blog Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Prince’s Poison Cup (Children’s Book Review)

The Prince’s Poison Cup written by R. C. Sproul and Illustrated by Justin Gerard is a great allegory for children and parents alike.  I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading it again and again to my daughter.  Dr. Sproul does a great job of taking something that kids are familiar with (like having to take medicine) and pairing it up with a theme from Scripture.  Thus taking the readers along a journey from the common to the sacred.

The Illustrations are also fantastic.  The images are child friendly, yet compelling as the story unravels.  I was amazed at the range of illustrations that took place in this book.  Every thing from a mysterious villan in a dark robe, to the King of Life, to a grandfather and his grand-daughter.

The book was a great read.  Perhaps the strongest aspect of the book was the parents section in the back.  Parents are given great questions to ask their kids and help draw the connections between the story they have just read and the scriptures.  We read lots of books at our house, but this element really seems to make this book especially useful.  I’ve noticed most all the childrens books published by Reformation Trust tend to have this element and its worth noticing the lengths the authors and publishers are going through to produce quality childrens literature that goes beyond entertainment and into training and guidance.

Over all this was a fantastic book and I highly recommend it for parents with young children.The Prince’s Poison Cup is an excellent resource. The retail price is $18.00 (Hardcover), and is available at places like Amazon.com for $12.24. I gave it four stars.

Disclaimer: A PDF of this book was provided for review by Reformation Trust Publishing. They will send me a complimentary copy after they see my revies.  There was no requirement to give it a positive review, just for me to call it like I see it.