The Invisible Cipher

A Jagged Journeys' Novella Book 1

Fiction - Action
104 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2016
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Author Biography

Ida Smith lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys nature through camping, fishing, hiking, snow skiing, and photography. Besides spending time in the great outdoors, Ida enjoys scrapbooking, reading, travel, art, gardening, history, and spending time with her husband, Rick, two kids, and a crazy dog named Taz.
Ida graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 2008 with a BA in English with a creative writing emphasis. Even though she’s written articles for various magazines and websites, her first love is fiction. Ida writes character driven stories about people with jagged journeys, often from a historical setting. Because she enjoys reading stories with unexpected twists and turns that also teach her about other cultures, time periods, and personalities, Ida’s stories show the jagged journeys our lives can sometimes take.
In 2014 Ida published her first issue of Jagged Journeys, an e-zine offering free short stories to subscribers. To learn more about Jagged Journeys visit Ida’s website at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

The Invisible Cipher: A Jagged Journeys’ Novella, Book 1 is an action story by Ida Smith. Neil Gatlin is accustomed to bad luck and making poor decisions, but makes the effort to change when he is about to become a father. His unlucky streak deepens when he is accused of murdering a couple in a small town and stealing their car. The only people who believe Neil is innocent are his lawyer and a stranger named Leonard who visits him in jail and thinks he was framed. While in prison, a gang leader constantly bullies Neil and threatens to harm his girlfriend, Sunshine. He understands Morse code and secretly deciphers a dangerous scheme the gang leader is involved in. Neil wonders if he should alert the authorities or remain silent to save his life or others. Will the choice he makes change his luck for better or worse?

Ida Smith’s novella, The Invisible Cipher: A Jagged Journeys, Book 1, is a touching tale about a young man who really wants to live a normal, trouble-free life, but danger just seems to follow him. The story has light Christian undertones that are significant to the action-filled plot, with a few Bible scriptures used as examples in certain scenes. Numerous twists made The Invisible Cipher an even more interesting and suspenseful story. The situation that Neil found himself in could happen to anyone, giving the story a realistic feel. Ida Smith writes very descriptively and did a great job creating this lovely story. I enjoyed this novella.


Thank you Michelle Stanley for your review. Be looking for the sequel to "The Invisible Cipher", "Deciphering Invisibility." Neil Gatlin may be out of the Pontiac Correctional Center, but it doesn't mean he's out of trouble. Will he learn to trust others for help or try and solve his problems on his own?