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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 2, 2009
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. It's a surprising piece of information that doesn't make the wait till the next book any easier.

Liparulo has again embedded some sweet themes into the story. A great one this time, is intervening to prevent evil or hurtful acts. The quote at the beginning of the book is Edmund Burke's, "All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." This statement is woven through the story and leaves a lasting impression. This idea also spawns another, what are we willing to personally sacrifice in order to help others? There are other equally strong concepts that run through several of the books. Liparulo has done a great job of blending these into his story without belaboring a point or `dumbing' it down. This series is marketed to young adults, but the topics within are worthy of everyone's consideration.

There isn't a lot of downtime in Whirlwind and it concludes with yet another cliffhanger. Six more months and we should find out how it ends. In the mean time, though, it's another excruciatingly long wait.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2010
In this fifth volume in the Dreamhouse Kings series, Xander and David find themselves still stuck where the fourth book left off--Xander is in the evil Taksidian's home, and David is in a mysterious, terrifying chamber.

Their dad Ed King comes up with an idea that may help them discover more about the mysterious giant that keeps coming into their house. There is a bit of an answer that may help explain the origins of Taksidian and Phemus, the mysterious people who keep showing up in their home uninvited.

Perhaps the most interesting occurrence here is that Taksidian begins to talk. And not just menacing talk, but talk that may provide clues to the Kings about how to rescue their lost-in-time mom/wife, and information that may help to explain his motives . . . if he is telling the truth. From Jesse (their long-long relative), too, comes the beginning of answers. For readers like me who feel the series up until now has provided more questions than answers about the time-traveling, there is very welcome information on how and why it happens and what should be done when one is back in time.

It's difficult to believe it has been only over a week since the Kings moved into their family home--they have lived so many lifetimes in such a short span of time! This is another exciting page-turner in the series that's very difficult to put down (I know from staying up until 3 AM a couple of times!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2011
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
on January 8, 2010
The Dreamhouse King series was introduced to me by a friend of my child. I have been stuck on them ever since. Each book leaves you suspended on what is to happen next. And you can't wait to purchase the next book. I love the bond between each family member. And I love how the writer is taking the story. This last book, wow!!!!, to end up in the mysterious world of the lost city of Atlantas. That was a turn I wasn't expecting from the author. As a reader you love to be surprised. I was able to take my imagination from seeing the movie Atlantis from Dysney and applying it to where the boys ended up to imagine what it looked liked. The Dreamhouse Kings is the most exciting book I have got hold of in a long time. It is one you can't put down and then you when are finished can't wait until the next book is out.

Sincerely,
Sharon G. Camp, RN
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2010
There's not much to say about this book other than it's great. Like all the books in this series it's a page turner and leaves the reader on a cliff hanger at the end.

The King family is still searching the worlds of days past looking for their mother. They are no closer to finding her in this book. But they have discovered some new portals and have followed Phemus to his home. About the time the boys jump the portal, their father and sister are learning just where Phemus is from and it's shocking.

No matter your age, if you are wanting to read a good series of books, this is it. However, you must start with the first book as each book just picks up where the previous ends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2010
Whirlwind is the 5th book in the series of the King family and their creepy strange house.

Xander and Dae continue to jump through the time portals while Dad and Toria travel to find the origin of the monster invading their house.

Liparulo continues the high level action and adventure along with the thrills of the first four books in the series.

The series is just a darn good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2010
I've read and loved all of the Dreamhouse Kings series so far--and yes, I'm an adult. :-D I was thrilled to find a new element in this book that had not surfaced in the others, which kept the pacing fresh. I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for a thrilling read.
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