HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Escape from Gehenna
Author: Bradley J. Knefelkamp
Publisher: Riven Publishing, republished 2020
Related website(s): https://knefelkamp.wixsite.com/author (author)
Language level: 1
(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 10-14
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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Knefelkamp, Bradley J. Escape from Gehenna (Published in 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; republished in 2020 by Riven Publishing). Chanse and Chelly Adaman are twelve-year-old twins and live in the country of Gehenna whose evil dictator Dymorius enslaves the young. Taken the day they turn six, children work in the dark iron mines of Tartrus beneath the ground until they reach adulthood, only to be released into the service of Dymorius. Their task-masters are vile creatures called Batrauks. Chanse and Chelly’s friends are Drake, Breena, and Ricker. One day, the five young people stumble upon a way out, and the twins make for a country beyond their borders of which they’ve heard rumors. However, when Dymorius finds that two have fled, he has his own reason for tracking them down before they can escape.
Therefore, the brother and sister find that the path is not easy with Dymorius hunting for them, and not everyone they meet wanting to help. Do they manage to make it out of Gehenna? Or are they caught and returned? And what happens to their three friends? Escape from Gehenna is a story of perseverance, hope, and love that weaves together Christian principles and Biblical parallels in a fast-paced adventure with humor and suspense to portray an interesting look at how the paths we choose affect ours and others’ lives in more ways than we may imagine. Well written and delightfully told, it’s a great story with a great pace that will keep the readers wide awake, on the edge of their seats, turning pages, and rooting for the main characters throughout. I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable and suitable for any age, from five to 85. This thrilling tale of excitement is the first of a series chronicling events in an age between myth and legend.