Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review of Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan

Crazy Dangerous is not the normal book for me to read or review.  When I saw there was a new book by Andrew Klavan, I wanted to read it, though.  I have only read one or two other books of his, but I loved his writing.  He writes Christian fiction, but his books are not overly preachy.  I love that!  This book was a very quick read.  I think it took my two days to read it cover to cover.  My teenage son could not wait to read it when I was finished!  He actually purchased the book on his nook, because I was not reading fast enough for him!  

“You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and—oh yeah—the weird murder . . . you’re definitely going to want to hear about that.”
Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.
But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.
Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here’s the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies—prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.
With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

Crazy Dangerous kept my attention from the beginning until the end!  I did not want to put it down!  Sam is a preacher's kid that falls in with a bad crowd.  I could really relate to him, because I also fell in with a bad crowd in high school.  I was looking for attention from anywhere I could get it because I felt like my parents did not have time for me.  So, the book really hit home.  I was very caught up in the story line and could not wait to see what was going to happen!  The main thing that I carried away from the book was Sam's mantra "Do Right.  Fear Nothing."  I have lived my life in fear and that was very encouraging!  

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishers through their BookSneeze program in exchange for my review.