Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Secrets of the Castle by Aaron M. Zook Jr. January 27, 2016

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 6:41 pm
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Intrigue and danger surround two young boys and their dogs as they seek to unravel a castle mystery.


A near disastrous car wreck in Germany launches twelve-year-old Gabriel Zanadu, Alexander, his fourteen year-old brother, and their two dogs, Thunder and Lightning, into a sinister adventure near the famous German castle, Neuschwanstein. Unexplained eavesdropping, death threats, and heart-pumping danger drag Gabe, Alex, and the dogs into the clutches of a little-known foreign terrorist network. After they are kidnapped by the terrorists, and even though they are scraped, bruised, and battered, Gabe and Alex use what they’ve learned from their military dad and home-schooling mom to clash with the criminals.


Fear, pain, and failure drive the boys to tears as they struggle to free themselves from their kidnappers’ grasp. The usual brotherly fights must take a backseat as the boys and dogs scramble to break free and to escape from their enemies in the dark, cramped spaces of an underground battlefield. Hiding, out-of-breath chases, and deadly force all come into play. How do Gabe, Alex, Thunder, and Lightning survive and escape? Find out inside.



Aaron M. Zook, Jr., a retired U.S. Army Colonel, enjoys writing Christian books. The Secrets of the Castle, his intriguing middle-reader mystery/adventure novel for boys and the first of the Thunder and Lightning series is available at and other online stores, and is currently on sale for half-price at on sale at Aaron lives with his wife in Belton, TX. They have two married sons.

My thoughts:

I think this book is great for young boys and even young girls. I would aim this book toward 9-12 year olds. Especially if they love dogs:)

There are some serious issues in this book that you can take the opportunity to address with your child, things from a not so distant past that we, as parents, lived through and watched unfold on t.v.

I will say, as an adult, I had a little trouble getting into the story but as I said I think someone who falls into the age range I mentioned above would really enjoy this book.

Visit Aaron here. 

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


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