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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
The Secret Journal (God Stones, Book 1) by Otto Schafer brings to life two main characters in two very different locations. First, you have Breanne Moore, who blames herself for her mother’s death and relives the event often in her dreams. Breanne is with her brothers and father on Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Her father, an archaeologist, is hot on the trail of the Ark of the Covenant and believes he has found the location of Templar treasure. Meanwhile in Petersburg, Illinois, Garrett Turek and his friends discover half an old manuscript hidden in the wall of an old Victorian home. Garrett and his friend begin to unravel the story of how Abraham Lincoln’s journal ended up behind a wall in a basement hidden for all time. As Breanne’s dreams of fire, being trapped and a mysterious dark force are intensifying, Garrett and his friends begin to uncover more secrets surrounding a powerful prophecy and the Knights Templar. As secrets are uncovered, will Garrett and Breanne be able to stop the dark magical forces that are threatening to destroy the world by fire?
Otto Schafer has unleashed an incredible story on the world. The Secret Journal (God Stones, Book 1) is a creative work bringing into play the past, present, and future. I for one found this book difficult to put down. The characters are well developed and the reader can easily identify with the two heroes. Garrett, a young man who struggles with his own value, doesn’t understand the training he must do at night and the secrecy that surrounds the training. Breanne loves archaeology and enjoys being with her father on his digs. She and her family end up fighting for their lives after an evil dark force leaves them trapped hundreds of feet below the surface. Once the God Stones are removed by the dark force, Garrett, Breanne, and their friends are locked into a powerful prophecy and must come to terms with their roles in saving the world from destruction. The Secret Journal must be on everyone’s reading list. You will become one of the chosen heroes to follow Garrett and Breanne in their fight against the dark forces. A well developed and written book. I look forward to reading more work from this author.