Je n'aime pas dans les vieux films américains quand les conducteurs ne regardent pas la route. Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie n'est que l'interminable répétition d'une représentation qui n'aura jamais lieu.

The Door in the Dragon's Throat (1985) - Frank E. Peretti

I was a devoted acolyte of Frank Peretti in my younger years.  I devoured his Cooper Kids Adventure series as a youngster and then moved on to his horror based adult fare as I became a teenager.  Decided to do a revisit.  This is the first book in his Cooper Kids Adventure series.  Intrepid archaeologist/adventurer Jake Cooper and his two precocious kids, Jay & Lila, head into the desert of a generic African nation.  A strange door lurks deep below the ground in a supposedly cursed cavern called the Dragon’s Throat; other adventuring teams have vanished after venturing into the cavern or returned having lost their minds.  What evil awaits behind the massive door?  Peretti’s young adult books were always a lot more obvious about his Christianity; his adult books were often more allegorical or symbolic in that regard. This one’s pretty preachy and the writing is pretty bad. It’s a great framework and a genuinely good plot with slowly building mystery leading up to a big finale.  It would make a great movie or something if you edited out a lot of the preachy monologues; that way you wouldn’t have to deal with the rather bad prose.  But it’s Peretti’s first novel; I’ll keep reading and see how he develops.  2 stars.    

tl;dr – great premise & good plotting, but the Christianity is preachy, even for me, and the prose is pretty awful.  2 stars. 

More Book Reviews!