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If We Survive
Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Hardcover
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Will Peterson is on a mission trip in Costa Verde to rebuild the wall of a school when a revolution breaks out just before they board their plane to go home. His team must race to escape firing squads, savage animals in the jungle, prison cells, and the dangerous revolutionaries with machine guns. None of them will ever go home the same . . . if they only survive.
They came on a mission of mercy, but now theyre in a fight for their lives.
High schooler Will Peterson and three friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor, secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their energy and kindness.
But in one sudden moment, everything went horribly wrong. A revolution swept the country. Now, guns and terror are everywhereand Americans are being targeted as the first to die.
Will and his friends have got to get out fast. But streets full of killers . . . hills patrolled by armies . . . and a jungle rife with danger stand between them and the border. Their one hope of escape lies with a veteran warrior who has lost his faith and may betray them at any moment. Their one dream is to reach freedom and safety and home.
If they can just survive.
Fast-paced with multiple threats, genuine tension and lots of machine guns. Kirkus Reviews
Andrew Klavan was hailed by Stephen King as "the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich." He is the recipient of two Edgar Awards and the author of such bestsellers as True Crime and Don't Say a Word.
Two-time Edgar Awardwinner Klavan (True Crime) works the YA category with a gripping story narrated by Will Peterson, a teen on a youth mission trip. Will has a jaded view of the group, until building a wall for an orphanage turns into a rush for survival in a fictional Central American country crumbling into civil war. Extensive early character description slows the storys takeoff; characters efficiently develop in action by conquering fears and bonding while being chased by rebel leader Mendoza. With help from a discharged U.S. Marine, the group navigates everything from snakes to firing squads to escape the country. The best part is the narrator, a sort of more hopeful and kindhearted Holden Caulfield, who finds himself in binds that lead him to make tough choices in the heat of the moment: And IWill Petersonsixteen years oldfrom the quiet little town of Spencers Grove, California... I had just killed a man. Klavan turns up the heat for YA fiction, and this book will be a hot Christmas gift this season. Ages 12up. (Nov.) 2012 Reed Business Information
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