Kids, Review

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

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

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

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.

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My Thoughts

The Secrets of the Castle is a middle-reader chapter book about two brothers, Alex and Gabe, and their talented dogs, Thunder and Lightning. Alex and Gabe are on a homeschool field trip with their family and the family of their friends, Jenna and Peter. The families are living in Germany and visiting Neuschwanstein castle.

My 10-year-old daughter loved this book so much that she has read it multiple times. She enjoyed the descriptions of the rolling hill country and ancient castle. The boys had a realistic brotherly relationship full of teasing and rivalry. Alex and Gabe have a tight-knit, Christian family as well as close friends. My daughter loved the mystery and suspense.

I would definitely recommend this book and will seek out other titles by the author.

I received my copy of this book from the author through The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.



About the Author

Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

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. Aaron lives with his wife in Belton, TX. They have two married sons.

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