The Phantom of the Fortress by Aaron Zook
A young adult Christian/mystery/adventure novel filled with danger and suspense.
A psychologically disturbed Austrian, who believes he is the reincarnation of Mozart, will hold all of Salzburg, Austria under his spell unless Gabe, Alex, Thunder, and Lightning can unravel the clues, solve the mystery, and capture the master of deception.
Along the way, ticks and traps become more complex as townspeople pay the price for each error made by the boys. Thunder and Lightning, along with a team of the boy’s friends, work to save the town, but a surprise twist puts the fate of Salzburg on the shoulders of Gabe.
Will he crumple under the weight? Will he overcome the madman’s menace?
About Aaron Zook:
Aaron M. Zook, Jr., a retired U.S. Army Colonel, enjoys opening new vistas for YA readers through his Christian mystery/adventure series. His latest release, effective 25 November 2016, is The Phantom of the Fortress, the third book in his Thunder and Lightning series!
Two boys and their two dogs, Thunder and Lightning, grow older and wiser in each book, solving one crisis after another around the world.
Aaron loves to coach writers, lead others in Praise and Worship, and volunteer in the community. For a personal touch, get an autograph by ordering your books from Zookbooks.org or check out his publisher at BoldVisionBooks.com.
Review by seasons of grace:
My 11-year-old son read this book and this is what he had to say: This story is about a military family who home-schools. They have two boys, Alex and Gabe, who both own a dog – Thunder and Lightning.
My favorite character was Gabe, the younger brother in the book, who is about my age. I used to have a dog named Lightning too, he is my favorite of the two dogs. The part of the book I liked the best, was when Gabe, Alex and their friends were escaping from the lion. It included quite a bit of danger and suspense and kept me wanting to read more.
I think that this book is very good. The antagonist is the perfect mix of crazy and misunderstood, so he makes for a good villain. The protagonists are smart but can’t always outwit the villain, so it makes this book very realistic and intriguing. The first chapter pulls you in and makes you want to find out what will happen.
It isn’t really necessary to read the first two books in the series to understand the story although there are a few references in the book to previous books and the family is the same in all the books, they just go on a different adventure. So, it is helpful to read the other books to really get a better understanding, but not required.