Skip to main content

YA Review of Mystery in Dark Island

Title: Mystery in Dark Island

Author: T. A. Smith (

Guest Blog Post By: Tim Johnson (

Year: 2009

Pages: 201

Publisher: Catacomb Publishing, LLC

Rating: 3.5 stars

The story is about this teenage senior named Nic Taylor taking a high school trip to Rio de Janeiro. As he is sailing to Rio de Janeiro, he runs into a storm that shipwrecks him on what appears at first to be merely a dark cave. He discovers two boats, one is an old-style sailing ship called the Lil Lady, and the other is a German Nazi frigate. Later, he finds he’s on an island that has been isolated from the rest of the world, and is run by a psychopath named Stythe. He soon becomes like a hunted animal. He makes friends with some of the islanders and makes some interesting discoveries. All the while, Nic wonders if there really is a God out there who cares about him and will rescue him from the dangers on the island.

This book is the first of a Christian action adventure series that is about the main character, Nic Taylor, and his adventures on Dark Island. This book is very interesting and I recommend it to others. However, I must warn that this book contains what I see as a briefly inappropriate reference; of course, the main character isn’t one of those people who believe in a God. Otherwise, I believe people will want to read this book and to find out what they think of it.

What I liked about the story was that in a Christian way, part of it reminded me of some movies that some explorers go on a trip and find themselves in turnabout and dangerous world all of sudden. Also, there is the journey of a human being’s coming to believe in our Lord though there are many times he is full of doubt. The only thing I didn’t like in the book is the reference mentioned above.

Note: A complimentary copy was graciously provided by the author and reviewed by the blog owner’s son. More reviews located at (

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Romans chapter 5 study tonight @ 7pm EST

Romans chapter 7 @ 7pm EST

Generous Lies

Title:Generous Lies (Hidden Truth #3)
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 386
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Generous Lies is the third installment in the Hidden Truth series.The first two novels are Convenient Lies and Twisted Lies.Robin Patchen’s stories are very riveting with a mixture of adventure, danger, mystery and a touch of romance. Here, a former FBI agent, Garrison, and his son are in a small town while his son recovers from a mixture of drugs he took at a party.At the same time, a young man’s father has given him a mysterious package to hide until the time for delivery.
When these two events collide, the party and hiding the package, tension ramps up when undesirable repercussions occur.Aiden, who is recovering from his drug affects, now faces the only real choice he has, which is rehab.Garrison, who has been talking with Samantha, who owns the cabins on the lake where they are staying, are falling hard for each other, but their pasts are causing some obst…