Indie Weekend: The Lost City of Light

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Join the Noland kids in this intense, page-turning, Hardy Boys meets Indiana Jones, faith-based mystery/adventure.

The parents of twelve-year-old Lens Kabambi have gone missing in their search for a lost city. The Noland kids, Caleb, David, and Lizzy, now eight years older since their last adventure, suspend their missions trip in the Congo to help find them. After discovering clues in his parents’ study, Lens and the Nolands go on a search through the mountains of the Congo. But dangers lurk around every corner and the quest seems doomed from the start.

With incredible odds stacked against them and an unexpected enemy endangering their search, the Noland kids must uncover the dusty clues to this ancient city and discover its long-lost light in order to rescue Lens’ parents… and themselves!


I love the idea of a faith-based Christian mystery/adventure. It is also a great idea to show kids of missionaries having adventures all over the world, because kids of missionaries do get to travel, learn other languages, and immerse themselves in other cultures. The story is intriguing, and there is plenty of adventure, including dealing with molten lava, jungle creatures, and terrorists. I enjoyed the closeness of the family and the love of God that shines throughout this book. And as a Christian I loved that the kids prayed when they needed help. There is also a strong message of forgiveness.

Some slight criticism: Eight years have passed since the first book. Caleb is now 20, David is 18 and Lizzy is 16. I enjoyed the first book in this series and easily classified that one as middle-grade. Since the kids’ ages have been increased so much in this book, I would normally classify it as a young adult book. However, it still reads like a middle-grade series, and I don’t think many of the conversations in the book are reflective of the way 16 to 20-year-olds would speak. That being said, this is a wonderful Christian adventure that kids will enjoy.


Pastor and author Mike Curtis brings adventure to life in his new Noland Kids Adventure book series. Growing up in a sports-focused family that loved camping, exploring, and all things adventure, Mike dove into teen ministry in his early twenties to bring the Good News to a distracted and struggling generation.

He is married to the popular homeschooling author and speaker Meredith Curtis. They live in Lake Mary, Florida and have five children and five grandchildren. As a spiritual dad and pastor of Powerline Church, his passion is sharing life-giving principles from God’s Word that impact and transform others.

In his spare time he loves to watch adventure movies like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies with his family and friends, and on occasion has been found sacrificing for those he loves by watching a Hallmark romance. He can also be found indulging in books on apologetics, theology, and leadership, in addition to some aggressive ping pong matches during discipleship time with young men. And next to a good steak, Mike’s favorite dish is beef tongue!

His desire is to use his books to mentor the next generation, sharing Christ and biblical principles of character in relevant and enjoyable adventure stories and practical studies.

Find out all about his Noland Kids Adventure Series here.




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7 thoughts on “Indie Weekend: The Lost City of Light”

  1. This book sounds exciting and I plan to check it out. I made a conscious decision to keep my character 12 years old as I didn’t want to write Young Adult Fiction. This proves I made the right decision.


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