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Hangman's Curse (Veritas Project #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  7,223 Ratings  ·  289 Reviews
One of the most popular Christian fiction titles ever written for teens, this riveting book addresses the topic of peer abuse and its devastating effects. The message of Hangman's Curse on the wounded spirit is one that teens will never forget. In this gripping mystery/adventure a mysterious curse appears to be spreading throughout Baker High, attacking popular student ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Transit (first published January 29th 2001)
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Anna Ivanovna
Jan 13, 2015 Anna Ivanovna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Raymond
Nov 27, 2009 Raymond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash-bin
I'm gonna say it. I don't like this book because it is touted as a "Christian" book. What it means by Christian is limited to right wing concepts of Christianity.

The author has no respect for real science, true diversity (read the chapter entitled The Forbidden Hallway)and probably would agree with, ""When I said during my presidential bid that I would only bring Christians and Jews into the government, I hit a firestorm. `What do you mean?' the media challenged me. `You're not going to bring at
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Jill Williamson
Dec 05, 2008 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
In Baker, Washington, three football stars fall into mysterious, hallucinating comas. Rumor is they are victims of Abel Frye, a dead student’s ghost who curses those who would pick on the less popular. Enter the Springfields, an undercover family of four who are secretly commissioned by the president to investigate strange mysteries, crimes, and unusual occurrences. They are The Veritas Project.

Elijah and Elisha, teenage twins, go undercover at the school but what they find only leads to more q
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Katie
Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And, if anyone knows me really well, they know I am NOT a big fan of creepy-crawlies so...yeah...there were parts where I was officially creeped out. Reading this book late into the night, there were times that I stopped and checked around me to make sure there wasn't any spiders crawling out from under my bed or door. :-P lol!

I love the Vertas project! Elijah and Elisha and their parents make an awesome team. While I think the next in the series, Nigh
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Timothy
Jul 26, 2015 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in less than a day. I could not put it down until just a while ago and had no clue it was after 4am! Love the final couple chapters to draw this young adult novel to a close. . .moving!
Victoria Gurr
May 26, 2008 Victoria Gurr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This messege was a great messege for teens, the overall book was great! I did cheat and see the movie first, but I think it was pretty good compared to what the book said verses the movie. I wouldn't say it was scary just more like a little freaky.
Ron
Oct 02, 2008 Ron rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Well done, young adult book. A slightly different approach than his "darkness" books. It worked for me; it may not for others.
Tabitha Marian
Reading this book again for the second time. :) I love it!
Yvonne
Jan 29, 2008 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very very good. I wish there was more to the series than just 2 books! No fair, Frank Peretti!
Amy
Oct 11, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
I love anything by Frank Peretti. The Oath, The Prophet, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness are all terrific reads and excellent books. As you can guess, I was pretty excited to read Hangman’s Curse. Specifically written for teenagers and the first book in The Veritas Project series, it turned out to be quite different from what I expected.
Elijah and Elisha (pronounced E-lee-sha) Springfield are not your average teenage twins. Along with their parents, they are the Veritas Project
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John
I saw the movie version of this a long time ago and wasn't very impressed. Thankfully, the book is much better. If you can get past how completely dumb the initial set-up is, you'll find yourself absorbed in one of the better YA mysteries around.
The ridiculous set-up is this: The sitting U.S. President establishes a task force, called the Veritas Project, to investigate situations that normal law enforcement would not involve themselves in. Despite the fact that the services of this task force a
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C.J. Darlington
Even from the start it's creepy: Jim Boltz, star quarterback for Baker High School suddenly freaking out on the playing field. Bizarre hex signs scratched on the lockers of other jocks gone crazy. And the legendary Abel Frye, the ghost of a guy who killed himself in the 30's, the whispered cause of it all.

In Peretti's masterful style you'll follow the mysterious Veritas project, a family investigative team, as they attempt to unravel the secrets surrounding the strange Baker High events. Underco
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Ryan Anderson
Oct 30, 2009 Ryan Anderson rated it really liked it
Hangman’s Curse
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense, it is a good book to read if you are looking for a thrill. My least favorite character in “The Hangman’s Curse”, was Abel Frye. I thought that he was really mean, and he just tried to go around and haunt people. My favorite character of the book is, Elijah. He is the best one at investigating, and he is cool. He isn’t scared of anything, and that’s how I am so I can relate to him. This book hooked me in because I like to re
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Photina
Mar 12, 2012 Photina rated it really liked it
Photina Haumschilt
Mystery

The Springfield's are a family who go undercover to find the Truth. Tom and Sarah, with their twin children Elisha and Elijah, are part of a privately-funded group called The Veritas Project. They are sent on assignment to different places to find the Truth about what is really going on. They end up in Baker, WA where some students have mysteriously gone crazy and are slowly dying. The students think it's the ghost of Abel Frye getting revenge. Is it really the curse Abe
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Jerry
Jul 02, 2012 Jerry rated it really liked it
I'm giving Hangman's Curse a positive review, but, frankly, I think I'm a bit biased. Why? Well, the book was one of the few that I enjoyed during my middle and early high school years, and reading it again a few years ago as well as a third time this week has made me love it again. In many ways, it was my introduction to not only Frank Peretti, but Christian fiction in general. Teens and even adults will find enjoyment in Hangman's Curse; an elderly friend from church even told me she read it a ...more
Lauren
Jan 10, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it
POPSUGAR's 2016 Reading Challenge: A book from the library.
Characters were meh but it was easy to read. High school sucks. And people can be so mean. The best part about reading this book is the fact that there's been a spider lounging on my living room ceiling for a couple weeks now. Am I worried? Umm only a little bit after reading this story. Also, my library book actually fell apart when I began reading it. Farewell, ole copy.
Holly
Oct 05, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, very creepy! I have a whole new respect for spiders. Tbis is geared towards young adults, butmyself being no young adult really enjoyed this. Especially the message about God. Im on to read the second one in the series.
Lou
Is this book really writen by Frank Peretti? I can't believe the huge difference between this one and his others works. I'm in love with this series! I was so sure that this book would be something like 'The Oath' but I was wrong... This is so great than the others!
ⓝⓐⓣⓗⓐⓝⓐⓔⓛ♦Depression Sucks♦
Great book,Must read.
Whitaker
Dec 10, 2010 Whitaker rated it liked it
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Amy
Nov 09, 2016 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my shit. No. 100 plus pages and that's all i could force myself to read. At least I'll never be tempted by another Peretti! Sheeze. DNF.
Cassandra
Oct 17, 2016 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, 12-16
Hangman's Curse. What can I say? I read this book years ago, (as it is sort of a older child book.) This book kept me up all night. It was the first book I read with a 'haunting', and I wasn't prepared. I do recommend that adults read this book too, even though it's a 12-16 book (in my opinion.) There is also a movie, that was very well done.
The writing was concise, as it is geared for younger audiences, so it wasn't clogged up by a whole bunch of completly useless and muddy and annoying and un
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Tori
What do two spunky kids, their dog, and their parents have to do with the investigation of a curse and mysterious hallucinations? Everything. Elisha and Elijah aren't just your regular kids, they're trained sleuths who work undercover to do everything from busting drug rings to investigating the mysterious appearances of Abel Frye, a school ghost who has been see by the latest occupants of the ICU.
Frank Peretti is famous for his Christian thrillers, but never having read any of his books before
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Steven
I respect any author who ventures to write Christian fiction. This is because the writer has to do a balancing act with his/her story. On the one hand you don't want to come off as too preachy and turn off your readers. When a typical person picks up a novel, Christian or otherwise, they seek to be entertained, not to have one message or another thrown at them. Plus a lot of the entertainment factor is watered down so as not to cloud the author's message or to offend their Christian audience. ...more
Emerson Schlegel
Sep 22, 2016 Emerson Schlegel rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book other than being confusing at some part because it is a mystery book. The details to describe things were very well written. I would recommend this to people who are very interested in the mystery genre. I would probably read this again if i had the time.
Jenna Rose
Aug 24, 2013 Jenna Rose rated it really liked it
This rating is on the book, Hangman’s Curse written by Frank Peretti. I really liked this book. It wasn't scary, if you were wondering, but it was very suspenseful. The book is about a group of high school students in Baker Washington. Three of the schools star football players fell into a coma. Everyone thinks they are victims of “Able Frey”, the ghost that hung himself in the basement of the school years ago and continues to haunt the school to get revenge for the students that get bullied all ...more
Hannah Ruthie
Aug 01, 2010 Hannah Ruthie rated it really liked it
This was the first teen / young adult book I've read by Peretti, having read all his original adult books some years ago. This is in a very different style, without the elements of spiritual warfare, but still with a strong Christian undercurrent, which I really appreciated. In general I find the genre of highly readable Christian youth (fiction) books to be lacking somewhat, and this helped fill the gap.

At points it is a bit 'preachy' and I did find myself wondering if some of the messages he
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Robin
Jun 28, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
Hangman's Curse
Frank Peretti

Book Summary: They could be anyone, anywhere . . . even the person walking by you right now. The Veritas Project is their code name--but only a handful of people know teens Elijah and Elisha Springfield have been covertly commissioned by the President to investigate strange mysteries that delve into the paranormal and supernatural. Their charge is to find out not only what happened, but why--the veritas (Latin for truth) behind the seemingly impossible phenomena.
Their
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Hannah
Jun 26, 2010 Hannah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to read something different
Shelves: book-club
This story is about a family that works for the government to bust drug rings. After their most recent drug bust, they are assigned to check out a highschool that have had students go mad and end up in the hospital in critical condition. The two teenagers are sent to the school as new students and are instucted to learn all that they can about the story of the students gone mad. The father takes a job as a janitor for the school, and the mother is the one who takes all the information given and ...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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