Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
To escape the emotional turmoil of his father’s death 12-year-old Kevin Tobin has retreated inside himself, developing his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes everyone with his superhero antics, his ability to escape inside himself becomes critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father’s death. When a mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted by a ruthless villain who is determined to retrieve the package, which holds the key to his plans for world domination. After enlisting Kevin’s teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the group escapes into the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado and eventually discover that Kevin’s entire existence is because of the love of someone we never expected.
Kevin's Point of View is Del Shannon's debut novel and shows a deep appreciation for the powers of imagination, family ties, and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it. The fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style makes this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages. Description from GoodReads.
Hang on to your hat, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Because this book takes you on an adventure.
Kevin is the main character who is really a character. He escapes inside his mind to filter out reality when things are tough. One minute he is Kevin, the next he is Captain Disaster, the hero who finds a way out of a difficult decision or situation. He started escaping into imagination when his father died the year before.
Now that the stage is set, a surprise package comes. It has been misaddressed and Kevin is the recipient. It contains a dangerous device called the influxitron. The evil man who is looking for the device comes looking for Kevin and his friends intent on killing them and taking the device. Turns out the device is a time machine. Kevin begins to think about saving his dad.
At times the adventure seemed a bit too much, without much of a break in between. But kids will love it. I might try to get my reluctant reader who is 11 years old to read this. I have to think on that one, because I have no intention of handing him my iPhone where the book is located.
I received an eBook copy from the author to review. He's trying to get the word out about his book, and I really hope I have helped.