Off the Shelf: Nightmare City

Books that have caught my eye.

Nightmare City

By Andrew Klavan

Klavan combines elements of mystery and horror genres in this title (Thomas Nelson, 2013). As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Jordan writes a story that enrages many, in which he claims that the championship football team of three years ago used steroids and other drugs to improve their performance on the field. After experiencing backlash from his article on many fronts, Tom wakes up to an empty house and a silently eerie, fog-filled world. Where is everyone? Why are there monstrous creatures chasing him? Friends from school appear, but they are ghostlike, and it soon becomes apparent that there are very few people Tom can trust. Then the plot twist is revealed, connecting the newspaper story with the terrifying images Tom is experiencing. Suspense is built by the methodical pacing. … Give this to your Stephen King fans.

John Wilson gave me a copy of this book because he knows I have boys. Last night my older son, Peter, read it in a few hours. His review: “pretty good,” though he said he could see how the plot would unfold ahead of time.

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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