WINNER: Bronze Medal (national), Historical Fiction, IPPY Awards 2017
"Niko’s enchanting scenic descriptions and strong characters make this an entertaining read bringing to life people of deep faith. I thank her for narrating religious beliefs so beautifully and sensitively."
--Historical Novel Society
"Although the dialogue tends toward the grand (as when Solomon tells Nicaule: “Your voice is like honey dripping from the belly of a fig”), the story progresses in such a way as to be believable, in increments inspired more by historical possibilities than historical hyperboles."
"Ms. Niko extracts the political tangle from the biblical narrative — and perhaps other sources — with care and authority. The shifting fortunes of Solomon and his Egyptian allies/betrayers create passages of powerful suspense, and the author portrays the psychological dimensions of Nicaule and Solomon with a sure hand."
--Phil Jason, PhD, Florida Weekly
"This was a great read. I do enjoy Biblical fiction and Ms. Niko created a rich world for Solomon from what little she had to use. He was writ large on the page and she made him very human. She brought the time period to vivid life in a book I want to read again."
--Patty Woodland, Broken Teepee Blog
"THE JUDGMENT is a new venture for Niko and she does not disappoint. Admittedly I’m a fan of well written and particularly well researched historical fiction. Niko relates her historical facts with an intriguing story, one that draws you in and keeps you turning the pages."
--Love, Romances & More blog
"Niko really knows her ancient Middle Eastern/Near East history so well that, dense or not, I enjoyed how the story unfolded and it made me see King Solomon in a whole different perspective! I enjoyed the action sequences and the characters but for me it was the history that won me over."
--The Lit Bitch blog
"Ms. Niko is an incredible writer who really knows how to get us involved with all the characters as if we were living with them. Get ready, there is a lot going on in this book. I think it is a true winner. Intrigue, mystery, danger, and double crosses are all ingredients in this page turning adventure. Ms. Niko does a great job of making us feel that we are there and living the events rather than just reading about them. I enjoyed this book and would really like to see them make this into a movie, it is that good."
--Vic's Media Room blog
"There’s a good, solid story here, but the real attraction is the author’s development of the relationship between Sarah and Daniel. ... [The] story arc involving the series’ two lead characters enriches each book and makes the series more than just a collection of independent thrillers." --David Pitt, Booklist
"A superbly crafted novel and a riveting read from beginning to end, 'The Oracle' (Book 3 of the Sarah Weston Chronicles) clearly denotes author D. J. Niko as an original and exceptionally skilled storyteller of the first order." --Midwest Book Review
"Niko has such as vast knowledge of the ancient world and I am perpetually amazed at just how much she knows! Her knowledge and research brings authenticity and wonder to the story." --The Lit Bitch blog
"Action, adventure, romance and historical mystery- who could ask for more? The Oracle is a great read." --James O. Born, author of Scent of Murder
"This highly original mystery has several layers and dimensions. ... The present-day scenes add extremely effective descriptions of action, including passages of danger, violence and cruelty, that build suspense, allow it to relax and then build it even higher." --Phil Jason, Ph.D., Florida Weekly
"It’s clear that D.J. Niko has discovered the key for writing clever archaeological mysteries that entertain and conscientiously inform at the same time." --Kate Atherton, For Winter Nights blog, UK