HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Jonathan Park Book 3: Return to Hidden Cave
Authors: John J. Horn with Pat and Sandy Roy
Cover Illustrator: Daniel Privlovsky
Publisher: Vision Forum, 2013
Related websites: http://www.jonathanpark.com (series), http://www.visionforum.org (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 8-12 but suitable for everyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Horn, John J., with Roy, Pat and Sandy. Jonathan Park Book 3: Return to Hidden Cave (published in 2013 by Vision Forum Ministries, 4719 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78212). In this third book of the Jonathan Park Adventure series, the Park and Brenan families continue on their quest to open a creation museum at the Brenan ranch near Abiquiu, NM. Jonathan Park, his dad Dr. Kendall Park, a vertebrate paleontologist, his mom Angela, his older sister Katie, and his grandfather Benjamin, Jessie Brenan, her dad Jim, her mom Martha, and her younger brother Ryan, and their friends are working hard to make their dream a reality. But how will their plans be affected by art thieves who kidnap Katie and Ryan, a mysterious van that crashes then disappears resulting in threats against the creation museum, and the return of Simon Addleman with his bumbling henchmen who now work for electronics hijackers?
Return to Hidden Cave is adapted from the Jonathan Park radio episodes 9-12 in the audio album Jonathan Park Volume I: The Adventure Begins. Both audio stories and books are designed to provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God, primarily on the subject of evolution but on other topics too. The plots are exciting, there is nothing morally objectionable, and it is always refreshing to read about even fictional situations where people make life decisions based upon their faith in God. I also like the portrayal of good family relationships. We have enjoyed listening to some of the audio compact discs which we borrowed from friends, and I have enjoyed reading the books which include a few scenes not included in the radio drama episodes. I, for one, hope that there will be more radio dramas and more books.