"Crazy Dangerous" is a great story from beginning to end. Written primarily for teenage guys, it has a little bit of everything they're known to love: action, adventure, mystery, suspense, supernatural elements. There's even an unattainable girl, admired from afar.
The book has some deeper, more disturbing themes, thoughâ€”mental illness, high school bullying and violence, and dabbling in the occult. Author Andrew Klavan researched and presented the mental illness issue especially well.
The overall theme of the book, printed on the cover, is "Do right. Fear nothing." This is a great message for teenage guys. Yet, in order to do right, the main character often disobeys his parents and breaks laws, the message becoming, "The end justifies the means." But lives are at stake, time is short, and, in the cases when he does try to communicate with adults, they don't listen to him. So it's all kind of sticky. This concerned me at first, but a) the father often talks with the son about better ways he could have handled things and b) the discussion guide at the end of the book brings these points to readers' attention, helping them to think them through. These would be discussions worth having with a teenage son, if both parent and son read the book and if they enjoy talking about the books they read.
Thomas Nelson Publishers sent a complimentary eCopy of this book for my honest review. I was thankful for the opportunity to read it. The story was intense!
I just finished the book CRAZY DANGEROUS by Andrew Klavan, and I must say, I loved it! This was one book I literally could not put down. I received the book in the late afternoon, and finished it the same night.
There are several factors as to why I enjoyed the book so much. For starts, the style of writing was smooth reading, as the story is told from the view point of the main character, sixteen year old Sam Hopkins. The reader quickly develops a bond with the young man. I thoroughly enjoyed the snippets of humor Sam exhibits. But what good is a great character without a decent plot? Crazy Dangerous has a great plot! I have always enjoyed books where we, the reader, can see the hand of God, even when the characters themselves do not. The story moves along quickly. We are immediately drawn in, and not let go until the end. The author, Andrew Klavan, does a great job showing us God working, without being preachy at all. If there is any downside to the book, it is the lack of preaching. The subtleties used may be lost on a non-Christian audience. Lastly, I was pleased to see that his mention of demons did not create scenes that were graphic or frightening, as it would be deemed unnecessary in this storyline.
In short, if you are looking for a clean fiction book, one with a charming main character and fast paced plot, then this is the one for you.
A marvelous new book has come out by Andrew Klavan called Crazy Dangerous. Published by Thomas Nelson, it is slated as a teen novel but I think anyone would enjoy it. The story was so intense that I did not want to put the book down.
Sam is an ordinary preacher's kid who doesn't seem to fit in at school. After a run-in with Jeff, the local bad boy, Sam joins in their inappropriate behavior hoping to finally fit in. Even though he knows it's wrong, he can't seem to get out of the bad situation until the day, Jeff and the gang harasses Jennifer, a very odd girl from school. Sam steps in and saves Jennifer and suffers a severe beating. His new friend begins to share her "secrets" with him. Sam is not sure whether Jennifer is schizophrenic or whether her hallucinations are real when she begins to share about seeing demons and death. Until the day that Jennifer's "hallucinations" become all too real and Sam is arrested for murder. The evil seems more insidious than Sam ever thought possible. Is she a prophet or is she mentally ill? Sam must decide for Jennifer's next vision is a matter of life or death for a multitude of people. What will Sam do when no one, including the police, will believe Jennifer's stories?
This story truly keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is called a Christian novel so I was looking to see how God was going to help Sam in his dilemma. This never happens, although at one point, he encourages a friend about God. If you are looking for a thriller with a interesting twist at the end, this is the book for you!
I received this book through the Booksneeze program and am under no obligation to give a positive review.