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June 15, 2012

Blog Tour: Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klaven – Review with Giveaway

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“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 and how I found out about it—you’re definitely going to want to hear about that. But first, I have to tell you about the stupidest thing I ever did . . .”
Sam Hopkins is bored with his status as a preacher’s kid. So when a group of guys notorious for being in trouble offers him friendship, he accepts. Before long, he has several new skills—including hot-wiring cars.

At school, there’s an eccentric loner named Jennifer. When Sam defends her from being bullied, she begins to seek him out as her only friend. Her ramblings often seem illogical . . . but then start to contain grains of truth. One leads Sam to discover that one of his new friends has been killed. And then she tells him, “I’m looking for the devil.” Sam doesn’t know what that means, but he knows it’s a matter of life and death that he figure it out.

Everyone else thinks Jennifer is suffering from schizophrenia. But Sam is starting to wonder if there could be something prophetic in her words. Discovering the truth is going to be both crazy and dangerous.

Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan

Publish Date:  May 1, 2012

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

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We were in no way paid for our opinion **

Car chases, murder, and prophecies?  I would describe Crazy Dangerous as a Nancy Drew type novel…but to the extreme!  It was one wild rollercoaster ride that I was not ready to get off of yet.  From the opening paragraph to the very end, Crazy Dangerous had my complete attention.

Told primarily through the eyes of main character, Sam Hopkins, we are carried off to a world of mystery and truth.  Sam Hopkins is your average teen…just trying to survive high school and feel accepted.  As the son of a preacher, Sam feels that he has to work harder at being accepted by his peers since he is expected to act like a son of a preacher….always good, can do no wrong, etc., etc.

Sam finds himself running every day in hopes to be able to be part of the track team next year.  It’s during one his runs that he encounters the school bullies and known thieves and thugs Jeff Winger, Ed Polanski, and Harry Macintyre.   It is at this point where we see just how brave Sam is.  Even though the odds are totally against him (3 vs. 1) he punches Jeff.  Did I expect Sam to get beaten to a bloody pulp?  Of course!  Did I think that would be the start of a crazy “friendship” between Sam and the three thugs?  Not at all.  Taking Sam under his wing, Jeff shows Sam the ropes of lock picking and the ins and outs of car theft.

Knowing that nothing good can come out of this newly formed friendship, Sam realizes that he has to cut off all ties with this crew before it’s too late.  How exactly is he going to do this?  Enter Jennifer, a teen from Sam’s school who believes that demons are talking to her and telling her of upcoming doom.  Blood, death…bodies everywhere.  Sam chances upon Jennifer one evening.  Being the white knight that he is, Sam takes it upon himself to protect Jennifer which in turn makes him a target.  At this point, Sam finds himself involved in a murder and begins to believe Jennifer may, in fact, be a prophet.

Andrew Klaven’s Crazy Dangerous was fantastic.  I totally believed I was reading the story through the eyes of a teenage boy.  Klaven’s description of the events that happened throughout the book had me completely immersed.  I didn’t even want to blink, thinking that I would miss something.  I, personally, was able to figure out what was going to happen midway through, but that didn’t stop me from continuing to read this fantastic book.  There was so much that was going on in the pages that it felt like one of those perfectly executed movies.

Fans of mysteries, action, and are looking for a hero need not look any further.  Crazy Dangerous has it all, and perhaps a little sprinkle of magic.  You won’t be disappointed.

Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world. His latest novel for adults, The Identity Man, has been praised by Nelson Demille as “fast paced, intelligent and thought-provoking; a great read!” Television and radio host Glenn Beck says “Andrew Klavan never disappoints…one of the best illustrations of the power of redemption that I’ve ever read.” His last novel Empire of Lies was about media bias in the age of terror, and topped Amazon.com’s thriller list. Andrew has also published a series of thrillers for young adults, The Homelanders, which follows a patriotic teenager’s battle against jihadists. The books have been optioned to be made into movies by Summit Entertainment, the team behind the mega-successful Twilight film series.

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8 Comments

  1. Ashley
    6/15/2012

    I’m not one to do many crazy things but this one time I did jump a rope bridge over a waterfall…it was funny to see all my friends freak out. Anyways thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  2. leannessf
    6/15/2012

    For my friend’s 30th birthday, we had a skydiving party! We did a tandem jump at 13,0000 ft!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Leanne

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  3. Carl
    6/15/2012

    Surfing on a moving car while drunk? Not just dangerous but pretty damn stupid too. How did I ever make it out of my teens?

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  4. Nikki
    6/15/2012

    Skinny dipping during the day in the middle of a lake in MAY…cold.
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  5. Wow, some really adventurous people (and answers here)…but I’m really not all that adventurous. The craziest thing I’ve done is drag race on a mile-long stretch in the mountains of a Caribbean island called St. Kitts. I didn’t win, but it was a crazy adrenaline rush that ended in my car doing a 360…thank God we didn’t flip. Stupid, reckless but thank God there were no other people around to witness my shame…
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  6. I stripped down to my hiking boots at the base of a glacier and did the first mile of the hike naked (I have photographic evidence of which I will not share) This winter I joined the -50F Club and Rode a polar bear ice sculpture for the UAF photographer in my bikini at -53F (I live in AK usually it involves doing something crazy and stupid in arctic temps!) I do have photographic evidence and it can be found at http://www.uaf.edu
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  7. Larissa brunken
    6/17/2012

    I drove 115 down a dirt road

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  8. HollyB
    6/19/2012

    Wow, I’m sooooo boring. Not to mention old. Even if I HAD done something – anything – crazy when I was younger, I don’t think I’d remember it!!!! So sad. ;-) Hey, what can I say?! I’m a mom now…you know once you become a mom, the crazy things you may have done in your younger years are just wiped clean, right?! If they weren’t, you wouldn’t be able to tell your child he better NEVER do anything crazy with any authority!

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