"Well-written, and the highly engaging secondary characters, especially Dakota Smith, will quickly draw readers into the story. In Mike Keats, Brouwer has created a well-rounded male protagonist, a young man desperately searching for a good role model during the difficult period between boyhood and manhood. Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine
"The short chapters, rapid action, and adept hockey writing make this a prime choice for reluctant readers and hockey lovers." (NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"A substantial read with a unique plot and compelling characters...The excitement surrounding hockey and crime-fighting is sure to entertain." (Resource Links
"Brouwer's use of controlled vocabulary and first-person viewpoint will succeed in enticing [reluctant readers] to attempt a novel. The emphasis on action keeps the plot moving swiftly." (VOYA
From the Back Cover
The red 4X4 spun sideways as the driver slammed on the brakes and yanked the steering wheel. The truck skidded toward Dakota's truck. I couldn't see the driver because the passenger side was sliding towards us. I could see the passenger though. He wore a mask over his face. And he was pointing a rifle at us through the open window. Hockey stars Mike "Crazy" Keats and his Cree Indian friend, Dakota, are caught in a web of violence which makes winning this year's hockey league championship the least of their concerns. Mike's new to the Seattle Thunderbirds, and Dakota seems like a good guy to have for a friend. Unfortunately, not everyone accepts Dakota's Indian heritage as easily. Spin-off racial hatred takes Keats and Dakota into a life-threatening situation.