The Katzenstein Kids and the Eye of Horus


Young Adult - Mystery
346 Pages
Reviewed on 11/27/2019
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

It all began with a very old comic book, one of those historic adventure comics from the 1930s. The boys find it while helping Mrs. Weatherbourne clear out her attic. She allows them to keep it, not having any use for it herself. The comic book leads them on a research mission as they strive to solve the mystery behind the comic book and why it was packed away in Mrs. Weatherbourne’s attic. And the mystery thickens with a mysterious woman in black and a black car that follows the children around town. Then the newspaper editor drops a hint about a missing treasure that Mrs. Weatherbourne's recently deceased husband was believed to have brought back from the war. The four children -- Will, Dez, Isaac, and Amy -- have their summer plotted before them. A simple humanitarian act of helping Mrs. Weatherbourne sort through her husband’s boxes takes them on an adventure that stems back to the Second World War and an Egyptian artifact that may possess unknown powers to control the world. If Hitler were to have this power… But, only the pure of heart and those who exhibit true love can harness the power, and so the mystery and the treasure is carried onto the next generation.

A.G. Sullivan’s mystery fantasy novel, The Katzenstein Kids and the Eye of Horus, will have the reader sitting on the edge of their seat, unable to put the book down. The story is a riveting adventure from beginning to end. Spanning two generations, the 1940s in war-torn Poland and the 1970s in New England, the plot weaves a tale of untold mysteries tracing back to the Nazis' discovery of a long-forgotten, barely known Egyptian treasure. The characters of both eras are well developed and believable and considerable attention is given to historic details of the Nazis and their goal to control the world. One can feel the horrors of the war as two Jewish prisoners puzzle over why they have been spared the horrific demise of so many other Jewish people. The link to the past is finely connected to the mystery being unraveled by the four children in the 1970s. A very clever and spellbinding mystery/fantasy adventure.