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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Lake Lights by William D. Burt is a gripping story that combines elements of adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy into a story that will plunge readers into an intriguing world of mystery and conflict. Jonathan Oliver can’t understand the source of the mysterious lights that hover above Oswego Lake and, determined to find out where they come from, he undertakes a mission to track the lights as his home school project. His quest leads him to the abandoned Prosser Mine in Iron Mountain where he discovers ancient secrets. His father, a physicist, goes missing in the Afghanistan wilderness, and Jonathan has to interpret a cryptic message that will allow him to uncover other mysteries and create a unique invention. With his town threatened by a powerful force and a crooked scientist bent on stealing his work, Jonathan will need more than courage to save his city and protect his father’s legacy.
A splendid first entry in The Creation Seekers series, William D. Burt’s The Lake Lights offers great entertainment to readers, a story that explores themes of creationism, religion, faith, and brilliantly presents the proverbial conflict between good and evil. The characters are well-developed and readers will enjoy following the protagonist and his grandfather as they work together. The antagonist is created to fit the role he plays in the story and is a character that will inspire feelings of apprehension and mistrust in readers. This is a story for readers who love mystery and adventure, a story that is well-plotted and executed with mastery. I enjoyed the graceful flow of the prose and the witticism that punctuates the narrative. It’s a very entertaining story.