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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.