Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Captain Disaster - Del Shannon

Publisher: Story Arts Media
Pages:  236
Genre:  Middle Grade

Kevin Tobin is an ordinary twelve-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's tragic death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his super hero antics, his ability to escape inside a character's head becomes critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father's death.
A mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination, and after enlisting Kevin's teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the secret of Kevin's whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected.

This is a book that I read and reviewed a while back.  Since that time the book has been picked up by a publisher and been republished under an new name with a new title.
Kevin's Point of View was one of those strange books that grabbed me at the beginning and then confused me a little.  I decided to hang in with the reading thinking it was my inability to focus due to intermittent reading while I tried to prepare for company.  I'm glad I stuck with it.  The books starts out with Kevin having a delusional moment.  He's lost his father in the past year and is having an extremely hard time dealing with it.  Counseling doesn't seem to help.  Then we switch to a device called an Influxitron.  Kevin has received this mysterious gift and doesn't know what it is or who it is from.  The device is dangerous and suddenly Kevin and his best friend, his sister and her boyfriend all find themselves being pursued by someone who is evil.  I will stop there because to try to explain anymore will give it away.  I will tell you that I was totally blown away by the ending.  The twists and turns this book took kept me reading and I did not expect the ending at all.  For me it is a gift when an author can write so that you think one thing and then bam you are hit with something you weren't expecting.  I was asked to read and review this e-book and I want to thank the author for allowing me the opportunity.  It truly was an awesome book.

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