“Garden of the Gods” by Stephen J. Stirling – Book Review by LAWonder10

December 17, 2016

If you enjoyed the Jurassic Park series, you are sure to enjoy this novel with a setting of early 20th century!

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About the book:

When big-game hunter Matt Hayden is hired to capture and study a fabled bear-like monster in the Arizona desert, he jumps on the opportunity. But when the beast emerges to defend the native Tonowa tribe, Matt finds himself drawn into the middle of a range war. Caught between the government, a prehistoric beast, and a small Native American tribe, will Matt survive this battle of land, peoples, and morals, and the forgotten spirits who protect them?


If you enjoy the fantastic, you will certainly enjoy this action-packed novel by Stephen J. Stirling! This literary work brings Jurassic Park together with Indian folklore and injustice.

The American Indian, once again receives the “shaft” by the American government. In the early 20th century setting, a sacred place of the Tonowa tribe is discovered to contain a great source of wealth. Greedy men convince the government officials the land resource is needed to aid the war effort.

Famous hunter, Matt Hayden, is hired to bring in a specimen for paleontologist, Professor Schindler, to study…an object which seemed more like superstitious fantasy rather than an actual creature. Was this some kind of hoax? Little did the hunter know what dire circumstances would evolve in this incredible journey.

The creative character development was astounding! The continual action and dangers were daunting! Finally, the injustice of powerful individuals was infuriating!

Although this novel is well-written and fast-moving, the scenes felt somewhat repetitive and the story events, a little too surreal. There was graphic violence which I would not recommend for younger YA . The Scenes were described well. However, the Book cover was very dark and definitely not eye-catching to the “browser”. The Title was a good fit.

*This book was gifted to me but in no way required anything but an honest review, of which I have given.
This novel earns a Three and a Half Stars rating from me..

About the author:

Stephen Stirling earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 1976, and then spent the next few years wandering America in search of adventure. He eventually planted roots in Orange County, California, where he established Stirling Communications and spent 15 years as a freelance copywriter, scriptwriter, and video producer. In 1994 he was hired by the Church Educational System and relocated with his family to Gilbert, Arizona, where he has fulfilled a lifelong dream of teaching released-time seminary for the past 20 years. He is the author of several books, including the humorous Ultimate Catalogue, and more recently, Shedding Light on the Dark Side, an in-depth expose from the prophets on the nature and reality of Satan. Two years ago he wrote his first novel, Persona Non Grata, the first in a five-part series. The Land of Forgotten Spirits is his second enthusiastic entry into the world of fiction, which has already won enthusiastic acclaim.

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