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4 Stars Out Of 5
Finding the Truth
September 2, 2015
Frank Peretti is one of those storytellers who remain with you for years to come. It has been a while since I have read one of his books and I think to myself, why did I take so long?!
The Springfield family work together as investigators for the Veritas Project, a secret project that searches for the truth. When some teens shows signs of a strange illness, the family is called in to find out the truth behind the situation. Three students are in the hospital with rumors of a ghost attacking them, a ghost controlled by another student. On eat of their lockers is a mysterious carving of a hangman. What is happening to these teenagers? Is there an explanation to all of this or is there something more supernatural happening?
The overlying theme of the novel seems to be anti-bulling and students coming to the realization that their taunts and words are more harmful than they originally thought. As well as the dangers of when those in authority turn a blind eye.
Peretti always has a way with presenting his story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, anticipating what will happen next, longing to find out what is the cause of things as well as who is behind it all. He is able to put everything right in front of your eyes, but then still surprise you with the revelation. His characters are complex and relatable. Elisha and Elijah are representations of someone you could be friends with. Every school has an outcast like Ian Snyder just wanting to fit in as well as bullies like Jay Boltz. The characters he creates elicit emotion and a sense of kinship with.
When all was revealed, I admit, I shuddered because it preyed on my own fears. That in itself adds an effect to the story that other novels don't have because as I am squirming and twitching as I continue to read this novel to the end. But I highly enjoyed the novel and suggest it to others. I cannot wait to find the second novel in this series. I want to see the wild ride Peretti plans to take us on.
Book Summary: They could be anyone, anywhere . . . even the person walking by you right now. The Veritas Project is their code name--but only a handful of people know teens Elijah and Elisha Springfield have been covertly commissioned by the President to investigate strange mysteries that delve into the paranormal and supernatural. Their charge is to find out not only what happened, but why--the veritas (Latin for truth) behind the seemingly impossible phenomena.
Their new assignment: Hangman's Curse In Baker, Washington, three popular student athletes lie in an incoherent coma, with loss of muscle coordination, severe paranoia, and hallucinations. It's whispered that they're victims of Abel Frye--a curse that's haunted the school since a student died there in the 1930s. Now the curse is spreading, and students are running scared. The Veritas Project must go undercover to find the truth . . . before it's too late.
Review: I loved this book. I picked it up at Costco and I read it from beginning to end! This was years ago and yet parts of the witty dialog and storyline still comes to my mind. I remember how I could not put it down. The characters were well written and realistic. I think Veritas Project itself was a cool concept. I found the children to be fun and smart without being a disrespectful pair. They were characters I cheered on and wanted to read more of. The parents were intelligent and part of the team with each person having their own specialty. It is the way families should be portrayed rather than the typical dumb parents, smart kids. My only criticism is that there were only two books but that is tempered by a deep respect for Mr. Peretti who had serious vertigo, I believe around the same time. Now that he is writing again I hope he will pen more of these tails. I also seldom read youth fiction but this was a smart and snappy read many age groups.