Off the Shelf: The Time Pirate

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The Time Pirate: A Nick McIver Time Adventure

By Ted Bell

This is a worthy sequel to the enormously fun Nick of Time. The young hero again uses a time machine, this time to fight nefarious pirates, Nazi invaders, and General Cornwallis. Along the way he is befriended by the Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington; even Winston Churchill is amazed by the plucky Nick. Implausible, of course. Card-boardy characters, ethical questions (why does Nick lie so easily to his parents?), minor editing boo-boos, and some plot holes (why does Billy Blood go ahead with his ambush even after his plans are stolen?) make this adventure less than perfect-but only just. A great page-turner for kids (and their dads), well told.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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