Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea

by Frank E. Peretti
Series: The Cooper Kids #4
144 pages, Suspense
Reviewed by The Hermit

A search and rescue story of a girl who needs to make amends with her family.


After having a dispute with her dad, Lila Cooper just wants to return home to the U.S. Unfortunately, she becomes entangled in an international weapons struggle against the Communists. Stranded in the South Pacific, she must learn to have patience and to lean on the Lord as her family tries to rescue her.


Crew members give the escape pod to someone else even though it means they will die. Disagreements are fixed between people. The Communists show a disregard for life and like threatening the characters.

Spiritual Content

Jonah's prayer is quoted in the book. Characters often ask God for help and learn that they need to trust Him.


People are held hostage, shot at, threatened with dynamite, and are knocked over the head. A snake is killed.

Drug and Alcohol Content

A man drinks some alcohol.

Sexual Content

Lila's midriff is seen on the newest book cover.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Some people have a snail eating contest and we are told a man uses very salty language.


This is an exciting adventure: it has cannibals, islands, and planes. The story teaches us to not let the sun go down on our anger and to listen for God's will. It's a fun book for younger readers who enjoy a good suspenseful yarn.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 8-10

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