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Nightmare Academy: The Veritas Project, Volume 2

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Nightmare Academy: The Veritas Project, Volume 2

In Frank Peretti's second installment of the Veritas Project series featuring the Springfield family of four, this dynamic, multi-talented Christian team is called upon to investigate a mysterious government-sponsored education project. Or does the government even know about it? No one seems to know the real truth.

The story opens with a teenager whose mind appears to have been erased. Piecing together the connection between this runaway boy and an enigmatic school (which sets up shop around the country and then suddenly disappears) called the Knight-Moore Academy, the Springfield twins go undercover. Posing as runaways, they are quickly intercepted by a professional-looking woman who invites them to a shelter for the night and then issues a formal request for them to join other teens at a resort-like retreat where they can "get away from distractions and hassles..." as well as participate in a variety of enticing leisure activities. The kids agree, knowing full well that their parents are listening in on the conversation and tracking their movements.

Elijah and Elisha take on aliases and are relatively sure that they are in control of the inquiry to this point. By morning, however, it's clear that more devious minds are at work and that they've been kidnapped and removed to the Knight-Moore Academy while drugged. Their parents, Nate and Sarah, lose their kids when elaborate schemes to elude detection are put into motion. Despite their best efforts to continue tracking their teens, they're devastated when it's clear that the twins have been taken away. As the elder two Springfields continue to search for the kids and enlist other trusted professionals in the hunt, they discover how deep (or high up) this governmental conspiracy goes.

Meanwhile, the twins are thrown into an environment where right and wrong cease to exist, where truth is anyone's perspective. It doesn't take long before the entire "school" of teens starts threatening the bogus teachers and rebellion spreads throughout the campus. Elijah and Elisha find they are fighting for the truth and for their lives as aggression and violence take precedence over learning.

Unbeknownst to them, this highly elaborate "school" is a test. Unfortunately for the students, the final cost isn't a failed grade or expulsion from the program; it becomes a life-and-death battle against a most powerful evil. By the closing chapter, readers will appreciate more fully the value of developing the skill to think critically in every circumstance.

Reviewed by Michele Howe on October 18, 2011

Nightmare Academy: The Veritas Project, Volume 2
by Frank Peretti

  • Publication Date: December 4, 2003
  • Genres: Christian, Thriller
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • ISBN-10: 1400303400
  • ISBN-13: 9781400303403