Title: The Secrets of the Castle (Thunder and Lightning #1)
Author: Aaron Zook
Age: Middle School
Publisher: Bold Vision Books
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this story through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the book:
Intrigue and danger surround two young boys and their dogs as they seek to unravel a castle mystery.
An incredibly well written adventure story!
Both Gabe and Alex are very realistic youngsters. They have a normal relationship with each other fights and disagreements included. I really liked the relationship that they had with their parents though. The fact that their father has taught them a lot of wonderful survival skills was apparent and very helpful as they faced excitement and adventure. This story reminded me a lot of the Hardy Boys Mysteries that I read growing up.
An added level of enjoyment for me was all the descriptions of Germany and things there. My husband and I spent 6 years in West Germany with the U.S. Air Force and this book brought back a lot of memories for me. This included the region, the way houses were furnished and a lot of the food. The descriptions were very accurate.
I was fascinated with the explanation of the training they had given their dogs. I had no idea what type of instructions could be given using specific key words. The level of tasks they were able to get both Thunder and Lightning to do for them amazed me.