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Nightmare Academy

(Veritas Project #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,333 ratings  ·  204 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 Springfield's continue their own investigation. The twins--Elijah and Elisha--go undercover, posing as runaways. What happens next will keep readers ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by Tommy Nelson (first published July 7th 2002)
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Stephanie - Books Less Travelled 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, an…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)
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Jul 22, 2012 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.

Ashley Bogner
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Calvin Edwards
This book was not as good as the first. It was kind of disappointing. So I would rate it 2 and a half stars.
Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Of the two in the series, Hangman's Curse and Nightmare Academy, I think Nightmare Academy is my favorite. I'm not sure why...maybe because Elijah and Elisha are taken and have to depend on their own wits to get themselves out.

What an adventure! Frank Peretti presented an awesome story plot with memorable characters. I loved the lesson you learn about truth in this one.

Peretti needs to write more on this awesome team!
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty intense! The message was really deep and I'm quite sad because there are no more books of this series.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Peretti's writing, if not as the most realistic, but as very illustrative of a point.
-More to come-
Erika Hayes
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book. Clearly geared toward a younger audience but still had a good story. I remember my kids listening to "Mr. Henry" a storytelling series that Frank Peretti did several year ago. I feel like this is the next level for kids. Peretti has a fantastic imagination and I bet he and I would have been fantastic friends if we met when we were kids. Don't get me wrong I have never met Mr. Peretti, but his stories are fun and quirky. NOW, his adult series of books are not at all like that ...more
Dani Scott
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but I found it really weird (as all the other Frank peretti books I have read are) Personally, I enjoyed the first Veritas Project book 'hangmans curse' more. But this book was just as enjoyable.
Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 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 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
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
kind of confusing in the beggining
Jannielle K
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 06, 2011 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.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I'm being honest, I didn't enjoy this second book as much as I did the first one. Being as this book was published in 2002 and there have not been any more additions to this series, apparently the author decided to not continue on. I'm not sure why because I do still believe the concept had potential, simply the plot for this particular one just wasn't able to fully deliver for me.

The point of the series was to follow the Springfield Family, a family of undercover agents, who work for a secre
Emilie S
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Elija and Elisha, twins, are working another case for Veritas, this one involving a hidden academy where the main curriculum is teaching the students absolutes do not exist.

A little more subdued than the last book, Nightmare Academy takes the common story of an alleged utopia campus for struggling children. Although slightly lacking in the world-building department (History and Talk-About-Our-Feelings classes, volleyball and video games seemed to be the only activities for the kids to do) the st
Keturah Lamb
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than Hangman's Curse.

What if truth was just whatever you felt it to be? What if nothing was real - if asked a question your only logical answer was "I don't know." For logic can't be, truth won't be - just your own perception.

And whoever was held the power - that's all that would matter.

But it would be OK. Because people are good and will do what's best in the very end.

Or will they? What is truly good when power rules outside of truth?

Twins, Elijah and Elisha find themselves separat
Naomi Craig
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 things from Nightmare Academy
by Frank Peretti

1)Elijah and Elisha are teen twins investigating the mysterious appearance of a crazed teen.
2)They go undercover at Knight Moore Academy where truth is relative, and the kids are given freedom to do what they feel is right.
3) Homeschoolers being brilliant (trajectory of the earth's angles based off of stars, articulate views of "what is truth," self-defense, etc.)
4)A maze where nothing is certain, everything defies logic and there is no truth.
Matt Starr
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Charles Banks
A serviceable teen fiction by the inimitable Frank Peretti, that, while well written, wacks the reader over the head with the simple idea that truth is truth, and that subjective personal truth is a lie, to the extent that nothing makes sense other than that. There's some good drama, and even action sections, but the over complicated plot, all too simplistic villain motivation of "world domination," and the unsatisfyingly sudden ending make this a fun but forgettable read.
Hannah Towe
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good but not great story

This book was engaging and offered scenarios that provoked thought about absolute truth. That said, the plot often felt somewhat contrived or forced, as did the writing. Frank Peretti is a storyteller, and this story, though not his best, doesn't disappoint.
Murrel Lowry
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Second book in author Frank Peritti's Veritas Project and again i was well pleased. Had me completely engrossed from the opening pages to the grand finale. It makes you think, what kind of world would we have without God's Truth! I don't even want to know. I'll take His wordsover all others. Thank you Frank E. Peritti. Well done.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this because my Dad recommended it to me. I didn’t even realize it was a Christian book. However, I absolutely loved the way he so accurately described the importance of right and wrong and why morals are so important. The story was exciting and thrilling but also had really important implications for real life.
Morgan Rutherford
A real page turner.

I decided to reread some of Peretti's books again and thought I'd get a few more. I like this series so far. We are living in a time where God's absolute truth is being challenged by - literally - a present darkness. Those of us who call ourselves by His Name can be encouraged by the message in this series and stand up for what we believe.
william moyer
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good story, really enjoyed it Peretti was up to his masterful self

Kept me reading from 9pm to 4am could not put the book down. Will recommend this book to my friends and family . Well done to Mr, Peretti..
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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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