2012 Florida Book Awards
News flash: THE TENTH SAINT awarded the Gold Medal for Popular Fiction at the prestigious Florida Book Awards!
Praise for THE RIDDLE OF SOLOMON
"D. J. Niko's storytelling carries the grit of desert dust and the seductive scent of incense on every page as Sarah Weston races with a madman to save the treasures that King Solomon left behind."
—Mary Anna Evans, award-winning author of Artifacts and Wounded Earth
"The Riddle of Solomon is authentic and inspiring."
—Laurence O'Bryan, best-selling author of The Jerusalem Puzzle and The Istanbul Puzzle
"Take a dash of Dan Brown, a sprinkle of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a whole lot of originality, and you've got the recipe for D.J. Niko's latest novel, the second in the spellbinding Sarah Weston saga. For readers who like their adventures steeped in research, authenticity, and nonstop intrigue, The Riddle of Solomon is highly recommended!"
—Ronald Malfi, award-winning author of Floating Staircase and Cradle Lake
"Niko’s writing is top-notch - the pace perfect, the plot well-thought out, and the characters engaging. ... If you like action and adventure, this is a top summer read that will possess you for hours!"
--Erin Al-Mehairi, Oh, For the Hook of a Book blog
"The book’s strength lies in its fusion or blending of historical fiction with modern-day contemporary issues. ... Niko takes this novel up a notch by incorporating the modern-day oil crisis into the novel. Indeed, it is the contemporary problems or issues that fuel the story forward and add dimension and plot to the historical fiction."
--Bitches With Books, Goodreads #5 Best Reviewers
"Detailed, vivid description is among the author's greatest strengths. Whether sketching the ancient marvels revealed by the archaeological quest, the interiors of caves, the colossal machinery developed by demonic Trent Sacks, or the landscape's shifting desert sands, Ms. Niko puts us where her imagination wants us to be."
--Phil Jason, Florida Weekly
"Niko seamlessly weaves together fact and fiction into a fast-paced adventure that is guaranteed to leave readers on the edge of their seats. Cover to cover I was captivated by the twists and turns Niko worked into the plot."
--Erin Davies, Flashlight Commentary
"D.J Niko has written a novel steeped in rich detail and written with care and passion. I am not an expert in archaeology, or the Bible for that matter, but it is a refreshing change to read a novel where the author has done extensive research and has obvious knowledge of the subject in hand."
--Stuart McAllister, Sir Read-a-Lot blog, UK
"Get ready for a thrilling ride through the Near East and its history! This is the first book in a while that I’ve stayed up late to devour!"
--The Lit Bitch blog
"The Riddle of Solomon is full of historical and biblical references while giving us a story so full of suspense that you can’t bear to put the book down."
--Peeking Between the Pages
PRAISE FOR THE TENTH SAINT
"The characters are lively, and the story is fast-paced and exciting, especially for inveterate fans of the genre."
- David Pitt, Booklist (January 1, 2012)
"Like 'The Da Vinci Code,' 'The Tenth Saint' takes you to a place you have never been, creating an adventure you will not soon forget."
- Laurence Leamer, New York Times-bestselling author of 'Kennedy Women'
"Fans will enjoy this engaging conspiracy based on the premise that extreme fundamentalists obsess with eliminating those who would interfere by reversing the steps of Revelations ..."
- Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette (January 19, 2012)
"Interesting, intricate and intriguing, 'The Tenth Saint' is an archaeological puzzle the reader can't wait to solve."
- James O. Born, author of 'Burn Zone'
"An impressive and well-researched thrill-ride ... Dark tombs, buried secrets, and apocalyptic prophecies, this book has it all!"
- Ronald Malfi, author of 'The Ascent' and 'Floating Staircase'
"The Tenth Saint is a clever and well-written story which piqued my interest and curiosity. I enjoyed the wicked twist at the end, which I thought brought everything together cleanly. I look forward to more of Ms. Niko's writing!"
- Star Fyre, Bibliophilic Book Blog
"Ms. Niko drew me so deeply into both stories I never saw the answer coming. What a brilliant twist! There are hints along the way and you think “maybe, just maybe” but you just don’t expect that final outcome. ... I was pleased to see that Sarah Weston will be back in another thriller before too long—I wonder how Ms. Niko will surprise me then."
- Gina, Love Romance & More Book Blog