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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Dreamhouse Kings (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548153
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Praise for the ''Dreamhouse Kings'' series:

''Dreamhouse Kings is a non-stop action ride into history's wildest adventures. It's my new favorite series!'' -- Slade Pearce, teen actor (October Road)

''A powerhouse storyteller delivers his most fantastic ride yet!'' -- Ted Dekker, bestselling author

''With a house of so many great, haunting stories, why would you ever want to go outside?'' --R. L. Stine, bestselling author of Goosebumps --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Robert Liparulo has received rave reviews for both his adult novels (Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall, and Deadlock) and the best-selling Dreamhouse Kings series for young adults. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their four children.

More About the Author

I've been writing since before I could drive. Short stories, investigative exposes, celebrity profiles, editorials, business columns, radio dramas, screenplays--you name it. For the last few years, I've focused on novels. I'm the author of the thrillers "Comes a Horseman," "Germ," "Deadfall," "Deadlock," "The 13th Tribe," and the young adult series Dreamhouse Kings--"House of Dark Shadows," "Watcher in the Woods," "Gatekeepers," "Timescape," "Whirlwind," and "Frenzy."

Several of my books have been sold or optioned by Hollywood producers. All of them are in various stages of production. I'm also working on an original screenplay with Andrew Davis (director of "The Fugitive" and "The Guardian). I wrote the screenplay for Ted Dekker's "Blessed Child." My short story "Kill Zone" appears in the James Patterson-edited anthology "Thriller," and my essay on Thomas Perry's "The Butcher's Boy" can be found in the anthology "Thriller: 100 Must Reads."

Check out my websites at www.robertliparulo.com and www.dreamhousekings.com. You can find me on Facebook at facebook.com/LiparuloFans.

Hope you enjoy my stories!

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I read all six books in two days.
Enola Faith
It is one you can't put down and then you when are finished can't wait until the next book is out.
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This is a great series for young adults.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on December 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
David's trapped in a crypt with no exit. Unarmed Xander's facing off with a knife wielding Taksidian. Dad's stranded away from both of his boys with a run down car and two slashed tires. Jesse's in ICU, struggling to survive a brutal stabbing. Mom's still missing. That's where the major characters were when Timescape ended, and that's exactly where Whirlwind begins. No one is in a particularly good situation and events seem to be spiraling in a decisively negative direction. How will any of them escape their current situation in order to survive another day? After a six month wait, it's good to finally know.

The Dreamhouse King series is an amazing group of books. I keep thinking at some point Liparulo has to take a step backwards and the next one will not be as good as the previous one. After all, how can he keep improving when each book seems to be about as good as it can get? But yet again, he's managed to write a spectacular book that heightens the already present tension and takes the reader on another thrilling adventure.

As with the previous books, the King family is trying desperately to make sense out of their odd house in order to find their mom. This time they get to learn a few more facts about the house and discover a different way to move between worlds. As expected, Whirlwind provides more pulse pounding adventure, traveling in the histories. They visit some areas they are already familiar with as well as face a couple of new challenges including Hannibal's army in the Alps. Poor David--nothing like showing up to a battle in the Alps, shirtless with a belly scraped raw by a life endangering tumble. If all that's not enough excitement, we finally learn from where and when Taksidian came.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cson on January 14, 2010
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So what would your family do if your mom was kidnapped and dragged--kicking and screaming--through a portal to the past hidden in your attic? Not to mention having to deal with a sadistic murderer intent on having you be the next to contribute a body part to the grotesque statue in his house.

Whirlwind, by far the best in the series so far, is definitely not something to take lightly. It'll have you totally freaked out and sweating from horrifying beginning to cliff-hanger ending. Prepare for a night of incredible thrills.

The Dreamhouse Kings, the first true horror series in the Christian YA genre, is a smash hit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wolfe Moffat on December 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What will he do next? That is the insane question of Thrill Master, Robert Liparulo. And with some of the best company on his side, R.L. Stine joins that mix with an endorsement to die for! Robert Liparulo proves once again to be the author to look for as some hearty competition in this world of thrilling YA fiction. As expected, TIMESCAPE left us with questions, just like it should have. Welcome to WHIRLWIND!!!

Xander and David are on a desperate mission to find their Mother, wherever she may have been taken. And as the suspense increases, the pace only continues to pick up! Dad has his ideas, and Keal has proven to be a worthy guardian, provided he can keep the boys away from danger. But a message from Jesse keeps the boys fixed on the task at hand, and leaving them obligated to do whatever it takes! And the evil Taksidian always has his ideas, even in the company of a cozy cafe, there is always a demented reason to talk about things on his terms. AND THEN...

Well, as you can guess, they story's not quite over. Liparulo always makes it worth my time to crack open his latest, and I don't see a reason to stop now! He delivers his thrills at stunning paces, with the right amount of humor and humility to tug at the heart from time to time. Robert Liparulo has me thrilled once again, and without a doubt, he's got his readers in a FRENZY as to what might come next! Thanks, man!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Kiker on March 18, 2011
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Oh yes this series is a great read! My twins age 11 (below reading level) and youngest age 8 (below 2ed grade reading level) enjoyed these books so much I couldn't keep up with the order as they were reading them, and all 3 HATED to read (being so rebellious, they wouldn't even read the labels on the cereal boxes - hated to read). Mystery, magic, destiny and adventures beyond imagined! The author does do a lot of re-captioning (meaning he reminds you of things that have already happened) but not so much you can miss reading the books ahead of it.
Because of these books and the way God inspired the Author: My kids enjoy reading (more at least :-), they learned the value of family and friends, they saw life with new eyes, were inspired to seek out more of God's truths, and over all have fun in a positive way.
I hope you enjoy these books the way my children and my parents, including myself have enjoyed them. You almost have to read the next word just to find your breath :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on May 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While adult thrillers seem to have stagnated (how many more legal thrillers and serial killer novels can we take?), the young adult market is blooming with creativity. Neil Gaiman, Richard Preston, and Andrew Klavan have applied their skills to this audience, and the recent "The Hunger Games" proves there is lots of room for originality.

Robert Liparulo is there on the front ranks himself. His Dreamhouse Kings series deserves the notice and accolades, but most importantly it's a series that entertains, educates, and thrills us. This fifth book starts in the middle of the action and ends on another cliffhanger. Thankfully, there's no need to wait for the finale. "Frenzy" is already in stores.

"Whirlwind" takes us once again into the adventures of the King family as they search for their missing mother, exploring alternate settings and times in history. While their father tries to save them, and then later discover the mystery behind an ancient language, the brothers join forces like never before to find Mom. They race through Civil War times, coming face to face with Ulysses S. Grant, then later encounter Hannibal's army of men and elephants. I won't reveal their final location, since it is a secret the series has been building toward.

There's not much time here for character development or relational changes, as in some of the previous books, but we do see the boys growing closer and becoming more of a team. The entire family is maturing, standing "strong and courageous," refusing to let fear slow them down. They are also realizing the power each has been given to play a part in history, to make a difference. It's a subtle message, but a potent one.

As with the previous installments, I am left breathless in anticipation for the next. I have "Frenzy" on my shelf already, and I'll soon be diving in for the wild conclusion to this topnotch series.
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