The Lost City of Light: The Noland Kids Adventure Series, #2


Book: The Lost City of Light: The Noland Kids Adventure Series, #2

Author: Mike Curtis 

Cover Illustrator: Elena Karoumpali

Publisher: Powerline Productions, 2022

ISBN-13: 979-8986466415

ISBN-10: 8986466415

Website(s): (publisher)

Language level:  1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 12 – 17

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Mystery – Adventure

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Curtis, Mike.  The Lost City of Light: The Noland Kids Adventure Series, #2 (Published in 2022 by Powerline Productions, Lake Mary, FL).  The Noland kids—Caleb, now twenty, younger brother David, now eighteen, and younger sister Lizzy, now sixteen— live with their parents, Dave, a seminary professor, and Bethany.  While the young people are on a missions trip to the Congo in Africa, they learn that Kitoko and Juliette Kabambi, both college professors and the parents of twelve-year-old Lens Kabambi have mysteriously gone missing in their search for a lost city of light. The Nolands agree to help find them. But with dangers lurking around every corner, can they uncover the dusty clues to this ancient city and discover its long lost light?  Will they be able to rescue Lens’ parents and themselves?  And who is the unexpected enemy endangering their search?

     Wow!  Talk about adventure, excitement, and suspense!   With terrorist plots, volcanoes, gunfire, huge serpents, strange creatures, totally unexpected plot twists, heart-pounding and heart-rending backstories, mountain gorillas, more strange creatures, and an all-out, run-for-your-life ending The Lost City of Light has it all!  Plus examples of young folks ordering their ways according to God’s teaching and illustrations of how sharing the gospel can affect other people’s lives for good.  This is Book 2 of “The Noland Kids Adventure Series.”  The Noland kids are now eight years older since their first adventure.  The next two books are The Legend of the Craftsman King (No. 3), and The Secret of Paradise Cove (No. 4).

     There are several things to like about these faith-based adventure books. The relationships between the characters are good, and the evident love they had for the Lord is clear.  The author, Mike Curtis, does a great job of painting a picture with words as he cleverly intertwines good morals and adventure, drawing readers in so that readers feel like they’re part of the story and it’s very hard to put the book down.  The books are well written and well rounded, probing into the characters and even their flaws as well as their brighter and sometimes humorous sides.  Understanding the importance of what parents allow their children to put into their minds, I would agree with the reviewer who said, “These books are good seed. 100% recommended.”

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