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Nightmare Academy (Veritas Project #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  4,555 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
The Veritas Project team has a new assignment: To find the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of two runaways. When one runaway turns up totally out of his mind, and a government agent steps in to take over the case, the Springfields continue their own investigation. The twins, Elijah and Elisha, go undercover, posing as runaways. What happens next will keep readers ...more
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Published October 1st 2003 by Thomas Nelson (first published July 7th 2002)
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Stephanie I would love for this to be continued for a long time, but it's unlikely seeing as how long ago it was written/published. I love both books though,…moreI would love for this to be continued for a long time, but it's unlikely seeing as how long ago it was written/published. I love both books though, and am glad I found them.(less)
Grace He kept repeating various verses from the Bible. Also his sister sending him help through her coded messages helped him hold on to the fact that he…moreHe kept repeating various verses from the Bible. Also his sister sending him help through her coded messages helped him hold on to the fact that he wasn't in reality.(less)
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Ashley Bogner
Deep and thought-provoking.
ⓝⓐⓣⓗⓐⓝⓐⓔⓛ♦Depression Sucks♦
This also Is a great book.
I wish there were more in this series.
When an group of twisted misguided individuals bring children together to form an messed up utopian society with no right or wrong, no winning, no losing, everybody "equal", no either\or, only both\and. Did I mention no right or wrong? Did anyone actually think it would end up all right!? Not I. Elijah and Elisha are brother and sister and when their family goes undercover to try and find out what "Knight-Moore" Academy is, Elijah and Elisha are separated from their parents and taken to Nightmar ...more
Pretty intense! The message was really deep and I'm quite sad because there are no more books of this series.
Oct 22, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, christian, suspense
"Nightmare Academy" is a young adult suspense/horror novel. It reminded me of "Lord of the Flies," but Peretti is more heavy-handed in making his point. This novel is the second in the series, but you don't have to read the first one ("Hangman's Curse") to understand this one. However, I liked "Hangman's Curse" better.

The novel was fast-paced and a fast read. The twins were clever and engaging characters who were willing to stand up for what's right and to protect others. The suspense was create
Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review by Gretchen Hoffman

A fifteen-year-old boy shows up along a highway interstate. He doesn’t know his name, how to dress himself, and has no memory of what’s happened to him. He simply repeats the words, “Nightmare Academy.”

This is when teenage detectives Elijah and Elisha come into play. They go undercover as runaways where the boy and his friend were last seen before their disappearance. The twins are quickly headed on the right track, but things change when they too disappear. They invest
Oct 14, 2016 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nightmare Academy has a very interesting premise and I've been wanting to read this novel for years. Literally. Years.

Now that I have finally read it, I must say that I was a little disappointed. I found some of the scenes slightly cheesy. That's why I rated it TWO STARS: it was okay. That being said, the action was great. I read it in less than a week and of course I learned to love the characters again, even after reading the first book, Hangman's Curse, years ago. Peretti will always being
Jul 22, 2012 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank Peretti takes the Springfield family, whom we were introduced to in Hangman's Curse, and sends them on an even crazier adventure that will have your head spinning and your mind thinking. My only complaint? That this is the series' finale! The Veritas Project had such potential; there could have been at least four or five novels instead of just two! Still, Nightmare Academy is worth reading for all fans of Christian literature, whether or not you fall into the "young adult" category.
Anna Ivanovna
May 21, 2008 Anna Ivanovna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 09, 2010 JNSmile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kind of confusing in the beggining
Oct 06, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book in the series was a lot better than the first. Frank peretti is awesome.
Mar 15, 2017 Harriette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner by Frank Peretti. It depicts a human experiment to re-educate teens to envision the world with no right, wrong or logic. The results are reminiscent of Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies and pages of history where dictators rule.
Jan 31, 2017 Phillip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-6-8, high-9-12
4.25 stars
Kyle Morris
Mar 11, 2012 Kyle Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terror, fear, loss of all truth. The Book Nightmare Academy was an exceptionally well written novel. The author Frank Peretti had this book published in December of 2003 by Tom Jones in New York. This book was a wonderful book that challenged the thoughts of the reader in a way never previously experienced. The characterization, setting, and great use of mood got the theme of this book through to the reader very easily.

The characters in this book were marvelous. Through their wit and inquisit
K.M.J. K.M.J.
Feb 12, 2015 K.M.J. K.M.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hey ya'll,
So one book that captivated me from start to finish would have to be Nightmare Academy by Frank Peretti. I loved how well executed his novel was. Peretti brought me action, adventure, and mystery all at once which is sometimes not an easy task for authors due to them not being skillful at writing their books that way.

I really enjoyed the bonding relationship between Elijah Springfield and his twin sister Elisha. It really allowed me to think on my own relationship with my brother becau
Plot synopsis: The Springfield family is asked to investigate a secretive, sinister "academy" that has been set up to try to erase the idea of Truth from its attendees, and possibly drive them stark raving mad at the same time. Essentially a Lord of the Flies type of environment has been set up among the teens, with the adult "teachers" basically egging them on. Our two main characters (teen twins named - get this - Elijah and Elisha) end up as somewhat unwilling students at this academy, and tr ...more
Nightmare Academy is a mind boggling book that plays with your mind. Two kids who are investigating a murder of a kid are swept into another world and have no idea how they got there and hav eno communication to the outside world. They together try and find a way out and try and keep sane while they are in the Knight-Moore Academy. On the other side their parents are trying to find out what happened to them and what is going on with the murder and the kids disappeared and how they are connected. ...more
Kat Warrior
Jul 13, 2008 Kat Warrior rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Peretti that'd on my shelf of "read" books. I must be more addicted to this guy than even I had realized! I don't think I noticed that until I signed up on this site.

Anyway, this is part of the same series as his book "Hangman's Curse". This book, however, does not have a misleading film adaption. That could be one of the reasons that I enjoyed it far more than its prequel.

The beloved family team is back to uncover yet another mystery involving a peculiar tragedy involving our nation's y
Oct 10, 2014 Cdlafrenz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read other Frank Peretti books before, so I knew what enjoyment and excitement I was in for. The mystery and suspense of the book is heart wrenching. The Springfield family is not your average christian family. Nate and Sarah have two children named Elisha and Elijah. The Springfield family could be considered as the gang from Scooby-Do. The investigation of a recently found boy causes great concern die to the fact that he has no recollection of anything but the name Nightmare Academy. No ...more
Jennifer Love
While I did enjoy Hangman's Curse, I'm not sure if this one is better or about the same.

It's a very Lord of the Flies type read, and I must say I highly prefered when the story focused on the kids. It seemed like there was too much switching back and forth. I would have liked to see less of what the parents had going on, as the suspense would have been hightened. I love very nearly everything Peretti has written, and this book is no exception!

Overall, it really does force you to take a close lo
I wish I'd read this when I was about 9 or 10. I'm sure I would have loved it back then, just as I loved Peretti's other YA books. Unfortunately, when it first came out, I was already 21.
After HARRY POTTER became such a phenomenon, writers of YA fiction started trying a lot harder to appeal to adult audiences. But NIGHTMARE ACADEMY came before all that, and it was clearly written without adults in mind. It's a good story concept that would make a cool X-FILES episode, but, practically-speaking,
Jan 25, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun Christian children's mystery book. 16-year-old Elijah Springfield and his twin sister Elisha, along with their parents, are a family of investigators. When a run-away boy is found, confused and traumatized, saying something about a Nightmare Academy, the investigation is on. Elijah and Elisha, disguised as homeless teens, are approached by a woman and recruited to join Knight-Moore Academy. They are wired, and their parents are listening in a surveillance van. The teens are taken to a shel ...more
Jannielle K
Dec 08, 2016 Jannielle K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I thought about the book is that it is creepy. In the beginning there was a boy who didn't know who he was it was like his memory was washed away but he kept on saying Nightmare Academy
There were some pretty good action scenes that were probably good because I felt I could really care about the characters. However, there were some parts that were slow.I didn't know it was supposed to be Christian, so at first I thought the book was kind of weird for being so blatant about religion, but now it makes sense.
I liked that there were some references to Idaho, because I'm somewhat familiar with the area.
The ideas presented by the author were interesting, and they were presented in an
Victoria Matta
Nightmare Academy takes what we know as normal and twists it upside down. Kidnapped and cast into a world where there is no absolute truth, the main characters, a set of fraternal twins, are forced to question everything that they know. As Christians, they question the teachers at the Academy, knowing in their hearts that there is an absolute truth. By the end of this book, the entire Academy is turned upside down as the students take over.
This book was very interesting. The language was slight
Valerie Andrews
This book feels a bit like an opportunity to capitalize on young adult readers that want more along the lines of the Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games youth vs. the world genre. I didn't love it, but there's probably an audience for it. Mom and Dad are some type of agents, and they use their children as part of their missions. When the kids get "accepted" into a mysterious school that seems a utopian setting for those disenfranchised youth who are runaways or homeless, they have to play it by e ...more
Keilani Ludlow
Aug 16, 2010 Keilani Ludlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would call this a modern version of the kind of books they make you read in school, like the one about the farmyard where the animals take over and then start controlling each other, ok, I know the name but can't think of it. Now, combine that with the politically correct stuff that you hear people parrot, stuff that sounds good and warm and fuzzy but in reality takes away your freedoms. This is a story about a family and mysteries they solve, but it shows how social manipulation is worked and ...more
Havebooks Willread
This particular book was especially intriguing as it addressed the idea of absolute truth. Is there such a thing? Wouldn't we all get along better if we just stopped believing in such a thing and thus stopped disagreeing?

Imagine government-funded research to "explore new techniques in education from a global perspective" culminating in the recruitment of runaways living on the streets to participate in an experiment to eradicate belief in absolute truth. Throw in a little Lord of the Flies flavo
Ashley Chambers
Oct 08, 2012 Ashley Chambers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is packed with excitement and action and yet it still shows how we need God's power and control. The two teenagers Elija and Elisha are taken to this experimental teen resort for runaways. They then have to battle the adults and students who are trying to create an environment where there are no rules and the students can govern themselves. They are faced with challenges that test their faith and what they really know and ultimately have to stand up for their lives and others. Through ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone!
A boy lost on the highway....his memory erased....he can only repeat one phrase intelligently...NIGHTMARE ACADEMY! But what does it mean? The Springfields (Nate, Sarah, Elijah and Elisha *pronounced EE-Lee-sha) are called in to investigate. almost immediately the kids are kidnapped, the youth center they were in replaced in a matter of hours by a hotel. Where have they gone? Knight-Moore academy. through the course of three days the campus becomes a war zone, a dictator arises, and an evil plot ...more
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With more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.”

Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local blueg
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“Mankind without truth, without God-given morals...has strength...can think...can feel things emotionally–but if he isn't given a good, solid standard for right and wrong, then there's nothing to keep him from using strength and reason and feelings in selfish...even destructive ways...We wonder why people do such evil things, why there's so much violence in the world, why people rob and cheat and betray each other. But when we erase truth from our thinking and say there's no right or wrong except for what each person thinks is right or wrong, well, we get the world we deserve...when there's no truth that applies to everyone, then there's no way to argue for the rightness or wrongness of anything...” 16 likes
“If Truth is taken away from us, then Right and Wrong are taken from us as well. If we don't know Right and Wrong, then we can't, we won't control ourselves, but will look to someone else to bring order through brute force and raw power. We will be controlled by a tyrant, and we will no longer be free...” 14 likes
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