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Book: Noah Drake And The Return Of The Dragon Hunters: A Christian, Fiction Adventure That Teaches Biblical Creation (Volume 2)
Author: Ben Russell
Cover Illustrator: Jonna Blankenship
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017
Related website(s): http://www.CreationTales.com (series)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Russell, Ben. Noah Drake And The Return Of The Dragon Hunters: A Christian, Fiction Adventure That Teaches Biblical Creation, Volume 2 (Published in 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). What if there was still a living dinosaur? Twelve-year-old, homeschooled student Noah Drake loves everything about dinosaurs. He lives with his dad John, mom Marie, ten-year-old younger brother Nathan, who volunteers in a creation museum, and two-year-old little sister Norah. Noah, who likes to go on dinosaur fossil digs, believes that dinosaurs still exist and claims to have seen one, Champ, the legendary lake monster of Lake Champlain. With their parents away at a week-long homeschool conference, Noah, Nathan and Norah are visiting their Uncle Jim in Vermont and hope to see Champ again.
However, their old enemy, Edwin Slaughter, breaks his grandson Seth out of prison to make a second attempt to capture the sea dragon and takes the Drake family hostage in the process. What happens to the Drakes? Will the criminals destroy the last of this dinosaur species? Or can Noah and Nathan put aside their differences long enough to work together and come up with a solution to rescue Champ? This is Book 2 in the “Noah Drake the Dragon Hunters” Series. Not only is it a fun and exciting story told with a good deal of humor, but it also has a lot of actual information about dinosaurs and creationism, all from a Biblical perspective.
Along the way youngsters will read about what it means to love God and to love one’s family, especially learning how to deal with the issue of sibling rivalry. There is no sex, gore, or bad language. It’s always nice to have a wholesome book that can be read together as a family without worrying about inappropriate content. Kids will appreciate the comical, engaging, and endearing characters in addition to the well written plot that is filled with action, excitement, and adventure and will keep them on the edge of their seats to find out what happens next. The ending is conclusive and satisfying but still sets the stage for Book 3.