The Door in the Dragon's Throat, by: Frank E. Peretti, is the first book in the Cooper Kids Adventure series.
Lila and Jay Cooper are excited to be included on a trip with their archaeologist father, Dr. Jake Cooper. Greedy President Al-Dallam asked their father to come and find out what lay behind a door, in a cavern called "Dragon's Throat," that has been a mystery for years. Many people had tried to open it, but they had either died horrible deaths or fled in terror. Why would the Coopers be any different?
Presiden Al-Dallam thought that since the Coopers believed so strongly in their God, perhaps their God could help them make it onto the other side of the door. He was not so curious about what the Coopers would find behind the door, but more about the treasures he expected them to find. Rumor had it that behind the door lay Nimrod's treasure!
Gozan, a nervous, selfish man who believes in the curse that was said to be real, was elected to accompany Dr. Cooper, Jake, Lila, and their crew (three men) into the "Dragon's Throat." Gozan did not want to help, he merely wanted the riches he was told were behind the door, same as his boss, President Al-Dallam. But he planned to take the treasure for himself, and not give it to his boss as he had said he would. When they got into the cavern, the earth began to shake, sending nervous Gozan fleeing in terror. Sounds, like an angry beehive, came from behind the mysterious door. Between Dr. Cooper's kids being kidnapped by a shaman that needs help and President Al-Dallam getting mad at him for bringing his kids at all, Dr. Cooper has his work cut out for him. It is up to the Coopers and their crew to find out what is behind that door. And when they do find out, it is nothing they ever could have imagined. It was far more dangerous then they ever could have dreamed. Behind that door is something waiting to be let out.
I really enjoyed this book and Frank E. Peretti's other books too. While this book is quite interesting, it is also kind of scary. Even my thirteen year-old sister finds this book too creepy and doesn't like reading it. I, on the other hand, enjoy that sort of book, so I liked this story immensely. In this book there are a few moments where the Coopers could have been killed or crazed like so many other people who tried to open the door were, but God protected them.
Ten to fifteen year-olds.