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The Influxitron (Captain Disaster, #1)

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Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary twelve-year old dealing with the aftermath of his father's tragic death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics, his ability to ...more
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Published April 10th 2013 by Story Arts Media (first published October 26th 2010)
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Heather
May 12, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Hi! I'm Kevin Tobin and well, this is my Point of View. See, the lady that runs this review page- she's been really busy lately with some personal stuff, you know, grown up things, so she asked me to tell you about my book, my Point of View. Sooo, here I am! This book is about a time in my life- a very eventful time in my life- when everything was going wrong- including me. But I learned that sometimes, wrong is the only way to make it right-ya know what I mean?

Anyway, one way my life was wrong
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Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
The Good
Kevin's Point of View is not my typical read. But when Shannon contacted me to review his book, he presented it in such a way that I had to know what this book was about. And I can honestly tell you I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It has non-stop action, a great protagonist that you continuously cheer for, and a seriously evil bad guy that you can't help but yell out "Why won't you die?" every time he shows up to once again wreak havoc.

I was surprised how heartf
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Sandra Stiles
Kevin's Point of View was one of those strange books that grabbed me at the beginning and then confused me a little. I decided to hang in with the reading thinking it was my inability to focus due to intermittent reading while I tried to prepare for company. I'm glad I stuck with it. The books starts out with Kevin having a delusional moment. He's lost his father in the past year and is having an extremely hard time dealing with it. Counseling doesn't seem to help. Then we switch to a device ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Twelve year old Kevin has a very active imagination, and it's his imagination that helps him deal with the death of his father, and keeps him and his friend Tony alive after their hair raising adventure. What I liked about Kevin is he can turn the most normal, every day and even boring thing into some sort of fun game. He becomes whatever character he can imagine, doing what every daring thing he thinks up. I couldn't help feeling sympathy for Kevin, he was doing the best he could in co
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Vicki
Sep 27, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read the blurb for the book, I thought it would be a fun read. Then I saw that it was 400 pages and thought, oh crap. Anyone who knows me or reads my blog, knows that I like shorter books, between 200-250 pages, but lately all the books I’ve been reading have been 300 or more. But 400… I rarely read a book that long unless it’s author is my all time favorite, S.K., but I decided to give it a try since I loved the synopsis. I opened the cover and started reading, hoping I didn’t get ...more
Jessica
Feb 17, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kevin's Point of View was a very different book from what a usually read. It was a little strange but absolutely wonderful at the same time! It was full of adventure, twists and turns and even humor.

Kevin's world changes when he loses his father. He deals by escaping into his own world and finding the courage to face danger. Then Kevin gets a gift from an unknown source called The Influxitron. The gift ends up bringing danger to Kevin, his sister and her boyfriend and Kevin's best friend. The e
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Hang on to your hat, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Because this book takes you on adventure.

Kevin is the main character who is really a character. He escapes inside his mind to filter out reality when things are tough. One minute he is Kevin, the next he is Captain Disaster, the hero who finds a way out of a difficult descision. He started escaping into imagination when his father died the year before.

Now that the stage is set, a suprise package comes. It has been misaddressed and Ke
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Karielle
Aug 04, 2012 Karielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Kevin's Point of View by Del Shannon
Release Date: May 19th, 2011
Publisher: Flatiron View (self-published)
Page Count: 395
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonize
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Aeicha
Oct 12, 2011 Aeicha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

When author Del Shannon approached me to review his book, I was immediately drawn to the book’s synopsis. Kevin’s imagination filled world and aching grief pulled at my heart and I just knew this would be a story worth reading. And I was right. Kevin’s Point of View is a fun, fast paced, exciting story with a lot of imagination and a lot of heart.

Kevin Tobin lost his father a year ago, and deals with his pain, anger, and loss by escaping to a fantasy world where he becomes a myriad of h
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guiltlessreader
Mar 18, 2012 guiltlessreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lauren
May 15, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Kevin’s Point of View
Author: Del Shannon

Book Summary:

“Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning, his ability to escape inside a character's head become critica
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 07, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eleven and unders
*this book was read and reviewed by Greta’s son, Mickey


The Plot
In the book, Kevin’s Point of View, Kevin is being chased around Colorado and through time itself by a man named Devin. It began when Kevin got a package and inside was the device called the influxitron that allows people to go through time. Kevin doesn’t know how to work the influxitron so Kevin can’t make his own mission any easier to get away from Devin. Devin’s mission is to kill Kevin and anything that stands in his way to get t
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Emi
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Kevin's Point of View was a strange book. Yes, a strange--but humorous--book that grabbed my attention right from page one. Shannon did a wonderful job capturing the personality and imagination of a twelve-year-old, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Kevin's mind switch from reality to role-playing mode as he battled the bad guys throughout this story. Watching him escape his troubles by retreating into his imagina
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P.E.
Feb 18, 2012 P.E. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Kevin's Point of View was a really imaginative read unlike anything I've read in a long time. Unfortunately, I didn't really feel like I was the right audience for the book and because of that it didn't work for me. However, I think this is just the read a bunch of younger boys I know of would enjoy, and I'll pass it along to them.

Kevin's Point of View is about a normal 12 year old boy with a heck of an imagination. Ever since his dad died, Kevin can retreat his mind to somewhere else if he does
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Lyrical
Jan 11, 2012 Lyrical rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a woman in her twenties, I have to confess I'm a real sucker for a middle grade male-oriented action adventure. But I need to be more specific: I like middle grade male-oriented action adventure that has depth and doesn't patronise the reader and it is without doubt that Kevin's Point of View fits very comfortably into that category.

I found the lead character, Kevin, immediately both intriguing and engaging. He is a boy who lives in his imagination, blocking out reality by immersing himself
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Tiffany
Mar 29, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Kevin Tobin is your average 12-year-old. He goes to school, harasses his sister and is always causing trouble with his best friend, Tony. Unfortunately, Kevin's father passed away a year earlier in a terrible accident. Since then, Kevin has been getting into far more trouble, especially when he escapes to his imagination and dreams that he is someone else. Almost a year after his father died, Kevin receives a strange package in the mail. When he and Tony start messing around with it, they ...more
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
What I Liked: 1) The plot. This story was quite a bit deeper than what I was initially expecting. There is an interesting psychology behind the reason Kevin is the way he is, and the way his family and friends act around him. While I view this book as a middle grade chapter book, that's something that will strike older readers and keep them flipping pages. 2) Kevin and Tony's friendship. It's an interesting insight into the relationships of guys. Of course, these are 12 year old guys, but I ...more
Kelly
Nov 29, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not expecting there to be so much action in Kevin's Point of View, but it turns out it's a fantastic adventure story with great characters, an interesting plot, and a psychological aspect that I found fascinating.

I was sucked in from page one. Kevin's Point of View is one of those books I just couldn't stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen next. There's a lot happening in the book, but Del Shannon weaves it all together wonderfully. I love how he handled Kevin's issue of day
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Kristi Bernard
Mar 18, 2012 Kristi Bernard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If it's been a longtime since you've sat down to read a really fun adventure “Kevin's Point of View” will give you the rush you've been looking for. Not only will you flip through the pages eagerly, you will enjoy the experience through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. With an imagination the size of a skyscraper, Kevin will bring you into his world of superheroes and avengers.

Kevin Tobin and his best friend Tony DiViette are not strangers to trouble. Kevin's mother is completely exhausted fro
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Alysia
Jul 11, 2012 Alysia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
First, this is my first ever book from an author for review! Ok, now for the review.
I can't remember the last time I read an adventure book. This book reminds me of the Classic movie "The Goonies". I was a little reluctant to read it and I have no real reason why, but when I did I jumped into the 12-year old mind of a boy named Kevin and his BFF Tony.
At first, I was a little confused as what was going on. Kevin takes the reader (me) on his personal adventure and lived them out in the presence o
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Kristan (Lost Amongst the Shelves)
http://lostamongsttheshelves.blogspot...

Kevin's Point of View is a hilariously fun and adventurous ride into the wild imagination of a 12 year old boy. After the death of his father, Kevin begins to unleash his imagination, taking over the life of Captain Disaster or Marine Boy, covering the pain and allowing all sorts of comical madness to ensue. When one day he accidentally receives an unknown package in the mail carrying the Influxitron (a time machine) Kevin becomes the prey of an evil madma
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Naj (Unputdownable Books)
I can't believe it took me so long to pick up this book. Kevin's Point of View overstepped my expectations and simply blew me away. This is one book I will surely read to my kid brother, my son and even my future husband (who is in-touch with his inner child).

Kevin's Point of View is about Kevin, a very creative 12-year-old boy who's father recently passed away. Because of the pain and hardships he faced during the time of his fathers death. Kevin develops an imaginary way to overcome them. He s
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manda-rae
Aug 12, 2012 manda-rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This book was too cute. Even though it's set in the 'real-world', I'm labeling it as fantasy because it definitely has some fantasy aspects. The book starts with a running start right into the story, and you get a feel for Kevin almost immediately. He's just your typical almost-teenager boy who likes to torment his sister and mother. And he also has an imagination he uses to escape from difficult situations. And who can blame him? I don't know what it feels like to lose a parent...

So what's in t
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Reading Vacation
After his father’s death, Kevin allows his very active imagination to take over. He can take the most ordinary situation and turn it into something extraordinary. Kevin imagines that he is a superhero, a hockey player, a character called Marine Boy, and even an alien. It’s exactly the sort of thing I picture my little brother doing – pretending he is Super Mario or Pikachu from Pokemon. Kevin's craziness got on my nerves a bit sometimes because it was like he just couldn't be himself.

Kevin’s ad
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Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Kevin’s point of view is the first full length novel from author Del Shannon. Kevin is a 12-year-old boy who escapes into his imagination after the death of his father. Kevin’s role-playing is his coping mechanism but his family and his friend don’t understand it and find it to be a constant annoyance. One morning Kevin receives a mysterious package by mistake, within the package lays the influxitron. The original owner of the influxitron, Devin, will stop at nothing to get it back. Kevin will ...more
Faye
Aug 01, 2015 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I don't know exactly where to start with 'Kevin's Point of View.' There were so many great things about it! I loved the story! It was cute and light but it still had depth and was completely engaging. From the first few pages you are sucked into Kevin's world and you get stuck there. I just wanted to keep reading because it was such an amazing story.

My favorite character in the story, hands down, is Kevin. I loved that you actually get to see his immaturity and how unpredictable he is. I found m
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Masquerade Crew
Jul 14, 2012 Masquerade Crew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BEC'S REVIEW


For a book called Kevin’s Point of View this book spent less than half the time telling the story from Kevin’s point of view. The rest of the story was split between Kevin’s best friend Tony and the villains, Pudge and Devin. However once you get past the misleading name it was clear that this is a ‘boy’s book’ in that boys aged 10 and upwards would enjoy it (or girls who are into car chases and the like, I’m not saying girls can’t like it). The book is filled with action and chase s
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Big Book Little Book
Jack(11): www.bigbooklittlebook.blogspot.com
Book recieved from author in exchange for an honest review.

Kevin’s point of view is a really great book that is about a normal 12 year boy still suffering from the quick, and suspicious, death of his father a year ago, who he loved so very much. He deals with this by wondering deeply into the depths of his talented imagination - separating himself from the rest of the world. A few days before he goes on his school field trip to the Rockies, a strange p
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Larissa
Jun 11, 2012 Larissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 TURTLES: A really great read, I highly recommend!

chock-full of action! Being a chronic day-dreamer myself, albeit not to Kevin’s extent, I loved seeing inside his head and how he used his imagination to get out of even the toughest situations. Del Shannon’s writing sucks you right then and holds your attention until the end. The style reminded me a bit of Eoin Colfer’s style (one of my favorite children’s authors by the way).
Not only did I love Kevin, but I fell in love with the who
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Tracy
Nov 19, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, nov-2011
First off? What a fun, fun, fun read this was! Kevin's Point of View quite honestly surprised me. Kevin and his best friend Tony, gave me many laugh out-loud moments. I love Kevin! I had read some other reviewers mention that Kevin's little 'episodes' with his imagination were very confusing and they did not enjoy them. I for one LOVED it! I guess for me, Kevin reminded me a lot of my oldest daughter...she has quite the vivid imagination as well. I kept her in mind as I read this book and I will ...more
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Del Shannon is a civil engineer and works on water projects around the world, and is also an independent writer and author. He lives with his wife and two children in Boulder, Colorado.
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