If We Survive

If We Survive

by Andrew Klavan
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richardblake More than 1 year ago
A Masterpiece of Action, Adventure, and Spine Tingling SuspenseAward winner author Andrew Klavan has produced another winner in “If We Survive.” This is a young adult fiction novel filled with intrigue, revolution, jungle survival, Christian core values, adventure, and nonstop action. Klavan has a writing style that allows the reader to get into the “soul” of his characters, their thinking, their fears, opinions, biases, and values. Sixteen year old Will Peterson relates the story of a volunteer short term mission project in Central America turned from a service motivated commission to a nightmare of horror as terrorists take over the country. Americans become targets as enemies of the new government and Will’s team find themselves in danger of imminent death. They are fire at by machine guns; then stalked by wild beasts and the danger of crocodiles and water snakes in the foaming white rapids over the rocks rushing toward the falls, as they seek refuge in the density of the jungle. Klavan’s characters grow and learn through their experiences as the plot progresses; they show maturity in judgment and trade cowardice for bravery when faced with difficult decisions requiring sacrifice and selflessness. A reading guide is provided for group use. This is a book for anyone who has ever volunteered for a short term mission project in a country where political may break out into a crisis of danger, fear and horror. “If We Survive” is a masterpiece of action, adventure, spine tingling suspense. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
ReadSomeMore More than 1 year ago
Right from the opening line the author pulls you into the story. As a homeschool mom I was looking for an interesting read for my teen boys...I was hooked and have now purchased copies for all my teen relatives! Enjoy!
PlantsandPillars More than 1 year ago
The Story: Mission trips are usually normal. Usually. Especially mission trips to help school children in Central America. Will Peterson and his three friends, are sheltered, rather pampered, highschoolers who can't wait to return to their video games and shopping excursions. They are in Costa Verdes to build a wall with their pastor. Partly out of a want to serve and partly to earn required service points. It should be a rather uneventful experience and that's what they get. Until the shooting starts. Caught in the middle of a bloody revolution, Will and his friends are aghast at the hatred surrounding them. Their title as Americans is a death warrant and they are sentenced to death. Their one ticket out is a bitter ex-marine who has turned his back on trusting anyone. Trapped in the jungle with killers, snakes, and lost Indian tribes, they journey to home and freedom. If they survive. Violence There was some violence in this book. Knowing beforehand what the plot line was, I was not surprised at the violence and it was handled very well. One thing I love about Andrew Klavan is his respect for life. Will does kill someone in the book by shooting them. However, he does it out of defense for his friends and it haunts him the rest of the book. A wiser man explains to him that it is good and right for him to regret having to end a human life, but that sometimes that is the only way to end evil and protect those you love. Again, wonderfully handled and shouldn't be a problem for a mature audience. Indecency A kiss is exchanged. Other than that the only thing is when they are *spoilers* in jail. The girls are separated from the boys and apparently made to endure the soldiers' comments. Eventually one of the girls slaps the soldiers and tells them they wouldn't want their sister treated this way. The only reason the heroes weren't at the girls' sides was they were imprisoned. Another great theme in Klavan's young adult books his the great respect the boys have for the women. Language None as I recall. Overall Rating 5 star! Great book!
wnk More than 1 year ago
My husband took a look at the cover of this book and thought it was a zombie novel. Sadly, no, you won’t find any zombies in this book. What you will find, though, is a group of Christians fighting for their lives among murderous insurrectionists, poisonous snakes, bone-shattering rapids, and all of the dangers of a Central American jungle. The characters are dynamic, complex, and people whom — despite their flaws — the reader grows to care about and understand. The influence of their Christian faith prevails in this book, as they struggle to see God’s hand at work and to trust Him in all things. There really was very little about this book that I didn't like. I’m not a huge fan of drawn-out action scenes, so some of those got a bit long, but even then,they were peppered with Will — the narrator–’s unique, humorous realism. The fact that shooting a gun for the first time reminds him of playing Gears of War made me smile; it’s exactly the sort of thing that a teen (well, or I) would be thinking in that situation. I also really enjoyed seeing how his admiration for his love interest played out — again, acutely realistic yet somewhat unpredictable. Overall: Klavan once again shows that YA Christian fiction can be exciting, daring, and intense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing the story everything I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read 8 of Klavan's books so far and all of them are amazing
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: If We Survive Author: Andrew Klavan Published: 11-6-2012 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Pages: 340 Genre: Action & Adventure Sub Genre: Teen & Young Adult; Inspirational; Survival Stories ISBN: 13: 9781595547958 ASIN: B008GVZ24Y Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.75 Stars I received a copy of "If We Survive" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Publisher's Description: They came on a mission of mercy, but now they’re in a fight for their lives. High schooler Will Peterson and three friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor, secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their energy and kindness. But in one sudden moment, everything went horribly wrong. A revolution swept the country. Now, guns and terror are everywhere—and Americans are being targeted as the first to die. Will and his friends have got to get out fast. But streets full of killers . . . hills patrolled by armies . . . and a jungle rife with danger stand between them and the border. Their one hope of escape lies with a veteran warrior who has lost his faith and may betray them at any moment. Their one dream is to reach freedom and safety and home. If they can just survive. My Review: What started out as a mission of mercy to others soon becomes a fight for survival for 5 American Missionaries. With a draw like that who could resist reading "If We Survive". Andrew Klavan has created characters that are bold and multi-layered. They are believable and likable. Their journey to freedom is told in vivid detail. Bringing it to life in the minds of the reader. My rating for "If We Survive" is 4.75 out of 5 stars. You can not go wrong on this daring trek to safety as they outrun gunrunners, rebels and various gorilla soldiers out to make examples of the Americans before they reach the border. With only a guide they can't trust, and their faith in God to keep them alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book:}
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best ive ever read. I was hooked from thfirst line. Mr. Klavan, keep on writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that is filled with action, suspense, and adventure. I couldn't put this book down and neither could my 12 yr old son. A great book no matter your age or theme preference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Klavan is my all time favorite author and this is one of his best works ever. Very inspiring and yet very real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most books just have a main plot and only a few action scenes. This one has a new adventure turning every page! I enjoyed this book to its fullest!
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Thrilling Adventure for Teens This is an excellent choice for students who have been on mission trips or know of people who have been on mission trips. If you have been in a third world country, it is easy to see how easily a small number of people could stage a take over. Though I enjoyed it thoroughly, it probably plays better to teens, and is safe for all ages, though there is some violence. School libraries and homeschoolers alike will enjoy the wild ride, and make them think about what it would be like to be in similar situations. It will definitely make an exciting addition to all libraries. 
TheAddLibrarian More than 1 year ago
"We were in the cantina waiting for a bus when Mendoza walked in and shot the waiter dead." ~ If We Survive That opening line hooked me and wouldn't let go. A missions trip in Central America goes horribly wrong when Will and his friends are caught in the middle of a violent revolution. The latest novel from Andrew Klavan, (whom I've raved about before) If We Survive is masterful writing. The non-stop action draws you in and and keeps you furiously turning pages, yet Will's internal struggle to make sense of the violence around him will make you consider your own beliefs about poverty, patriotism, and sacrifice. A great read from start to finish!
Bookishqueen More than 1 year ago
Andrew Klavan is a great writer. This book, along with all the others of his I have read, are described so that I feel like I am there. Usually I really enjoy his books. However, I did not care for this one a whole lot. Immediately, I was drawn into the story with the description of Mendoza and the Cantina. Will is a great hero and feels a lot of emotions that I would probably feel myself. The problems came soon after this. I did not care for any of the other characters. They were all either idiots or the most heroic people ever with no one but Will in between. To make it worse, I always felt like the supporting characters were preaching at me and then not always even about God and faith. Meredith is not afraid of hardly anything and preaches constantly about courage, making her unreal. Jon preaches about American interference and Palmer about how there is never a side that is ever completely right. I felt like I was reading propaganda but was not sure who I was supposed to cheer for or if the point was that I should not care at all.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
If We Survive by Andrew Klavin was interesting but did not hold or catch my attention. The plot was quite interesting and the characters were well developed, but overall it was not a story that I was thrilled to read and therefore it took me awhile. The opening did a good job getting you hooked into the story, however, immediately after the main character simply explained who the other characters were and it was quite childish in my opinion, the way it was written. Following is a brief synopsis of the book: Will Peterson is a high schooler. He and three friends journey to Central America to help rebuild a school. In one very sudden moment, a revolution swept the country and any and all Americans are targeted as the first to die. The story does have great adventure and action scenes. So anyone interested in that will enjoy the book. Thanks Booksneeze for the opportunity to read this book.
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picnerd More than 1 year ago
I read Andrew Klavan's Crazy Dangerous a while back, so I came into If We Survive with some expectations regarding pace, prose, etc. I was not disappointed. This was a very fun, very fast read, which follows a group of kids through the jungles of Costa Verdes, dodging bullets, poisonous snakes, and raging rapids in an attempt to escape with their very lives. The main character is Will Peterson, a 'normal' 16-year-old who wants to be a hero. He went on a missions-trip/school project to Costa Verdes to help rebuild a school, and minutes before they leave the country, a revolution breaks out. Because of their being Americans, and because they tick one of the leaders off, they are set to be executed. They narrowly escape, and it's a run for their lives for the border. In the midst of a gripping tale, Andrew Klavan manages to weave in some complex ideas.....ideas like how to cope with killing someone in battle, the discrepancy between what we read and what really is happening in other parts of the world, and questions like "am I so very different from murderous revolutionaries?" or "what does it mean to be a hero?" Needless to say, I would highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this book from the publishing company and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.