Thirteen-year-old Robert Kin and his two best friends,
Chris and Rinnie are members of the motorbike-racing club, the Wild Boars. The
teens live in a suburban town in the '80s. With the help of their technology
teacher “Doctor” Howard, a new bike is built for Robert — enhanced and more
performing. His dream is to conquer Danger Peak, the same dream his older
brother, Danny, died trying to accomplish. But does he have what it takes to
scale the treacherous mountain and see what lies beyond?
Danger Peak by
Michael Thomas Perone is fierce, laden with humor, and features characters that
come alive through the pages. Through the eyes of Robert Kin, readers
contemplate what it means to be passionate about something and the thrill of
adventure. Themes of teamwork, loyalty, friendship, and adventure are so
skillfully woven into this tale. Perone's characters are richly written and
believable. Chris is fun to be with — witty and engaging — and Rinnie's empathy
shines through the narrative. “Doctor” is a quirky character who immediately
inspires laughter. These characters make for a wonderful company and while this
adventure features teenage characters, it contains lessons for older readers.
It is fast-paced and exhilarating, a story you can't put down. It is intriguing
to discover how the challenges encountered shape the inner worlds of these
characters. The writing is wonderful, filled with vivid descriptions, and
whether it is what Robert feels riding down the street or his experience as he
watches his brother lying in the casket, there is an inebriating sense of
realism that permeates the writing. A delightful read, indeed.