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Escape from the Island of Aquarius

by Frank E. Peretti
Series: The Cooper Kids #2
160 pages, Suspense
Reviewed by The Hermit

A suspenseful read with Biblical teachings, but a lot of violence and some darker elements.

Plot

A ship captain finds a dead man on a raft bearing tokens from the Island of Aquarius. A missions organization has been out of touch with the missionary they sent to that island over a year ago. Searching for answers to these puzzles, Jay and Lila and their father, Jacob Cooper, go to the tropical island. There they find a man who claims he is the missionary and has deceived former Americans into believing he is God.

Morality

The Coopers, Adam MacKenzie, and Candle are God-honoring and are moral. Lila becomes angry at God during one point though she knows she shouldn't. A man pretends he is a Christian but quickly shows who he really is.

Spiritual Content

The Coopers consistently trust God through all situations. A man styles himself as God, but obviously is not.

Violence

People fall off a cliff and are pushed into a beast's cave. The evil dictator is eaten by a wild animal. There are gunshots and explosions, but they don't kill anyone. At the beginning of the book a ship captain discovers a dead man who was purposely and indirectly murdered. People are trapped in a cave with seemingly no way out; someone's leg is broken; and there are killer insects later on.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

This is a book that does not allow the reader to put it down. It is fast-paced and interesting, and has some good Biblical lessons in it. It has, however, darker elements that can be unfit for younger children and a good deal of violence - both semi-graphic and non-graphic.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 8-10

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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