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Escape from the Island of Aquarius

(The Cooper Kids Adventures #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,579 ratings  ·  73 reviews
A cry for help from a sinking island...

A rescue mission leads Jay and Lila Cooper to a doomed South Sea island where nothing is as they expected. Instead of a primitive civilization, the Coopers encounter a busy colony with a mysterious leader claiming to be Adam MacKenzie, a missionary once presumed dead. To add to the confusion, someone seems to have pushed the island's
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 14th 2004 by Crossway Books (first published 1986)
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Intense and fast paced. Probably not for younger kids. My sons & I enjoyed listening to the audio book while driving in the car. I liked it better than the first.
A book published by Crossway.
April Nichole
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I liked this one better than the first in the series. It didn’t take as long for me to get pulled into this one. I couldn’t put this one down. It took me about five hours to read it. I had planned on just reading a little and going to bed but it is now 2:30 in the morning.

Frank Peretti is a Christian author so that is always evident in his writing. With his adult books it can be subtle with someone learning a lesson of some kind but with this series Dr. Cooper and his two children Jay and Lila t
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to say I liked this one better than the first. This one had a lot more action to me, particularly with the (view spoiler) I liked the reappearance of (view spoiler) and also the (view spoiler) Once again, the Christian aspect played a large part.
Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Jay and Lila Cooper join their father on a trip to the Island of Aquarius to rescue a missing missionary, Adam MacKenzie. When they arrive, they discover a man claiming to be Adam who has declared himself the leader of a bizarre colony. The man claims his people want to live in peace away from the modern world. But people keep dying. And when Jay, Lila, and their father start investigating, they become the next targets of the mysterious Moro-Kunda. And to make matters worse, the island is in big ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I gave it a three star because the plot was interesting. It could have been so much better if it had better character development though.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
great series for kids.
Stephen Ryan
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in Peretti’s Cooper Kids Adventures series is a vast improvement on the first. This one, like the first, has a great premise. A dead man turns up on the open ocean on a makeshift raft; items on the raft tie him to a Christian missionary currently on the field on a tropical island. The Coopers are sent to investigate and they find everything working as it should be, except this missionary has developed some strange & unorthodox ideas; there are, he says, ancient forces and an ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I'm re-reading a bunch of books I remembered loving in my youth and to be frank...this one has not aged well. Don't get me wrong, Peretti's writing is still as exciting and engaging as ever, but this suffers from some unfortunately racist stereotypes about Polynesian peoples ("primitive" is a word that comes up often, along with sideways glances into childlike behavior. Yikes.) that mar the whole experience. Disappointing, but also unsurprising, both for the time in which it was written and the ...more
Ferson (Jefferson)
5-6 stars!
This book is definitely better than the first book in The cooper kids adventure series! I absolutely loved this book it was a great Godly book! The story was fantastic as was the adventure! The book was filled with suspense and I loved it! I loved the ending it was fast paced and great!

The part where they throw Jay and Dr. Cooper off the bridge I for a second thought that they were dead. Well I guess I was not correct at all! A few times in the book I could literally not pull myself
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christian youth
A great example of Peretti's flare for the spectacular and Divine providence. I read this to my two sons ages 9 and 7 over the course of a couple weeks before bedtime. The Cooper family spends minute after minute in life-threatening, seemingly hopeless circumstances only to be saved at the last minute by divine intervention due to a prayer prayed the minute prior. It's a fun book that drives home good ideas of courage, boldness, and faith. There are questions raised over the nature of man and th ...more
Louie Catabay
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book to read with kids. I enjoyed it, because it was fast pace, and it incorporated God in a natural, unforced way. The book also included a lot of different twists, though some were predictable, and I appreciated it a lot.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the YA books by Frank Peretti in a series that I am trying to complete, The Cooper Kids Adventures. Good stories that mixes adventure and faith.
Penney  Letbetter
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story but it is told from an adult perspective.
Cat Juggler
Action-packed adventure...but wait, there's more!!
Melanie Gering
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great adventure! This story very much shows a mirror of Revelation. I really enjoyed it even as an adult.
Carmen Imes
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A challenging (if unrealistic) story about spiritual abuse. Very intense.
Charis Jackson
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just as good as I remember it being 😊
Rhye Gabrielse
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The mystery always keeps me hooked, and the endings are worth it all.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aborted
I read this at some point when I was a kid, probably in the library of my Lutheran grade school. The religious overtones must have gone right over my head. In the last few years, I had stray memories of the plot and I was finally able to find the title again, thanks to Google. I borrowed the book from the library for an anticipated nostalgia trip, only to abandon it after 30 pages of heavy-handed religiosity and bashing on paganism. Kids deserve better than this from their books. Much better.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the archeologists, the Coopers, who travel to find a missing missionary. When they get to the shore, there is a guy (a native), that was over on the beach with an African wood mask. He said to go away and that it wasn't safe and then fled into the jungle. Then there was another guy, Candle) that said it was safe to come (he was the friend of the missionary). The island is also sinking. The missionary was alive, pushed off into a whirlpool where a cavern was underneath the isla ...more
Anne Hamilton
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read.

Jay and Lila Cooper are caught up in a South Sea adventure when their father is asked by a missionary organisation to check on the whereabouts of Adam MacKenzie. A strange, incomplete message from him was found with a dead man whose remains were discovered floating near the mysterious and forbidding Island of Aquarius.

Ok, get past the fact that Dr Cooper knowingly takes his kids into potential danger of the highest order. And get past the fact that Lila seems to have prescience in an
Chris Perry
At the time that I read the book it was AMAZING!! But I was also a lot younger then and I don't remember much about the book now. I do remember the skeleton outline of it and from that (without spoiling it for any of the rest of you) it is a good "children's read". Ha, I never thought I would say that about Frank Peretti but I guess we all surprise ourselves sooner or later.

I did enjoy the book and I like many of Peretti's other works. I think he is more geared and talented with traumatizing ad
David Natiuk
Book #2 in the Cooper Kids series deals out action, mystery and vivid settings lead by strong bible-believing protagonists. I really am enjoying this series, I think its an exciting read for young-adults with a Christian worldview and positive role models for this sinful world we all live in.

The Island of Aquarius has characters which are a little, hmmm... shallow. The dialogue is more fitting of teenagers, but I think it fits the target market. My big gripe with this story is it feels too much
Kara Rohlman
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, and I still do! I draw fanart, I'm currently writing a script for it, and I'm planning on animating my favorite part of the book!

Speaking of my favorite part of the book; I am looking at the reviews and why is no one talking about Dr. Cooper's rage moment!? I mean, come on! That part gives me goosebumps!
Also, after Dr. Cooper jumped over the chasm, he said "Phew, I haven't done that since high school." How come nobody is taking note of these things and thinking about them? I h
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was so riveting and quite the page-turner!! This is one of the two in this series that I have read, Frank E Peretti has got it loaded with action!! This series should be made into movies, they are just so good. Of course I'm sure the one thing that Hollywood is questioning is all the Christianity that the characters show. You know, if they're OK with Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia, then this would be a great companion to that series. Besides, we need more morals in our movies than ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this one to my 8yo son who was pretty captivated by the action in the story. It was a bit drawn out for me in the back-and-forth towards the end. Who am I kidding, I was ready for it be over and looking for ways to skip paragraphs.

I liked this second book in the series more so than the first, and I am looking forward to finishing the series with my son. It didn't seem quite as cheesy as the Dragon's Throat, but still a bit awkward in its matter-of-fact delivery of the gospel.
Joshua Castillo
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Coopers they were assigned to find out how this man died when these sailors found a dead guy on a raft. They go onto the island and learn that the islanders are in danger of sinking - doomed to perish. Their daughter gets captured at one point in the story and is suppose to be sacrificed to a pagan god (a serpent). She has faith that Jesus will help her thru the hard time. God protects her, she ends up escaping with the help of Candle.
Daniel Routh
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
That's three stars for me, personally. I would give it five stars for a kid looking for something to read. A father and two children go to an island to check up on a disappeared missionary. They meet a man who claims to be the missionary, who is leading a cult on the island. Is there really a snake god at work on the island? And is the island apocalyptically in danger of sinking as some believe? Tune in to find out.
Jan 14, 2017 added it
Read these first four volumes in the early 90s to our daughters. I remember them as fun children's adventures taking intriguing (and sometimes obscure) biblical stories and archaeological finds and weaving them into a solid Christian fantasy. I'm pretty sure they'd make for good, clean reading for children and middle graders today as well.
Carol Caldwell
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dr. Cooper and his son and daughter are the main characters in this adventure tale about rescuing a missionary. The mysterious island is foreboding, even if the people appear friendly at first. Peretti moves his characters in and out of trouble through the plot. But you never know what is going to happen next or how it will end.
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