Monday, March 3, 2014

Dead Man's Switch by Sigmund Brouwer -Review

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Dead Man’s SwitchWhen a teen boy receives a written warning from his friend - he is terrified - his friend died weeks ago!  He knows danger is ahead when he realizes his friend's dead man's switch computer program has been activated. Unsure who to trust, he sets out alone to try to unravel a dark conspiracy. Soon, the seeker becomes the sought. Is there any hope for escape? Is there anyone he can trust?

This book is available through Harvest House PublishersDeeper Shopping, and other online retailers.

About the Author:
Sigmund Brouwer is a popular author of more than 40 novels and numerous non-fiction books. Sigmund inspires teens to read through speaking engagements at schools across North America and through his programs. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan and they have two daughters.
This is the first book I have read by this author.

I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. 

My Thoughts:
This book totally got to me! I had to hurry and finish it, just so I could sleep at night! I love a good suspense, but I also like sweet dreams.  This reminded me a bit of the "Hunger Games" type story-line. Although I have to admit I only watched the movie.

In the book, Blake, stumbles on a secret. He is a resident on a prison island -where there is no easy way off. He takes action and sets up a trigger - the dead man's switch -just in case someone finds out that he knows. After his death, King, his friend receives an email from him. Blake warns him to "trust no authorities". Even King's dad becomes a suspect in the "crazy and insane things that are happening at night".  By triggering the dead man's switch, King sets in motion a course of action he cannot take back. One things leads to another - suspense filled, you will not be able to put this book up til the last page is read. Who can King trust? Will he make it off the island alive? Get ready to sit on the edge as the twists unfold.

There was just one thing in this book that disappointed me some. On one occasion in the book, King's dad uses a situation to introduce God. This was a possible life and death for the both of them scenario, and yet, after explaining how he came to believe in God after fathering King, he simply says, "I can't make you have faith in God... Here's my biggest and sometimes my only prayer. That whatever happens in this lifetime we'll be a family beyond." But he never explains the gospel to King so he can get to the "beyond"! To me, it seemed like a lost opportunity for a Christian author to have presented Jesus!
But overall, I did much enjoy the plot and story. I believe this is a teen fiction, but I am not sure I would recommend for young teens unless they have read such kinds of books in the past and can "handle" it. It gets a little intense at times!

What about you? 
Would this be your style of literature? I would love to hear what kinds of books you like to read. 

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