Book Review – Time Crashers

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Time Crashers: Fire on the Mountain by Michael Brewer


With danger (or shenanigans!) at the turn of every page, the fate of the Time Crashers is in your hands with this interactive interactive adventure book! Perfect for ages 8-12.

A time machine, three friends, and a dad who is lost in the past. That’s the Time Crashers Series. Loaded with humor, adventure, and mind-bending puzzles to solve, the second book of this popular 3-book kids fiction series sends you through an action-packed journey where you can learn to trust God for all your choices.

It sure gets toasty when you and your two best friends travel through time, landing in ancient Pompeii just as Mount Vesuvius spews molten lava all over town! The Time Crashers leap into history only to find themselves desperately trying to return before they get cooked. With interactive puzzles and mysteries built in, YOU shape the story. Learn valuable lessons like the Armor of God and the Fruit of the Spirit with this awesome interactive adventure book! The choices you make either save or doom our heroes. There’s danger at every turn, but the Time Crashers find wisdom and strength in the Bible. Are you ready to face gladiators, an angry mob, a runaway chariot and a roaring tsunami? The choice is up to you!


If you’re searching for a fun adventure that will keep your kids entertained for hours, this book might be for you. When my children were younger, my husband had tracked down a few old copies of some choose-your-own-ending stories that he had read when he was a kid. They loved being able to change the story and would read those books over and over to discover all the possible options. So, when I recently came across this Christian book with the same premise, I was quite excited.

Fire on the Mountain is actually the 2nd book in this unique series – I somehow missed that little fact – but it didn’t matter at all. The premise of the series was easy to understand. The father of one of the main characters is a scientist who has invented a time machine. When something goes wrong and he disappears, the three friends begin time-traveling in search for him.

This book finds them in ancient Pompeii – the day of the fateful Mt. Vesuvius eruption. The many choices that the reader can make gives this book an extra element of fun. Through the different pathways the reader learns about ancient Italy, gladiators, the persecution of early Christians, and the destruction of Pompeii. Besides the historical facts, there were Bible verses to learn and a few puzzles to decipher along the way. This fun story has lots to offer.

A Note From the Reviewer:

As a writer and a mother, I’m always searching for wonderful Christian books for teens of all ages. I truly believe one way we can encourage teens in their faith is through fiction with positive messages, embedded in great stories. There are many fantastic Christian and Catholic teen novels out today but they can be hard to find. I’m excited to share some of these books with you.

Leslea Wahl

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