Dakota Knox & the Archaeology Thief (Book 1)

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Apologetics in a God-glorifying, action-packed adventure . . .

IN THE HEART OF JERUSALEM, a daring nighttime heist leaves the Israel Museum robbed of priceless archaeological artifacts. The authorities are baffled. The trail is cold. Yet, two audacious teenagers believe they hold the key. Meet Dakota Knox and his new friend, Afton Hansley. Their summer trip to Israel with their families was supposed to be a relaxing getaway. Little did they know, it would plunge them into the murky depths of an international crime ring. As they navigate the labyrinth of deception, they grapple with questions that could cost them their lives. Can they unmask the thieves before it’s too late? Will the stolen treasures be reclaimed? And why, amidst the danger and chaos, do these artifacts matter so much? Dakota Knox and the Archaeology Thief is a pulse-pounding journey through history, mystery, and the courage of two young hearts in the face of overwhelming odds. Discover the secrets that lie buried beneath the sands of time. The adventure awaits. Are you ready? The sequel, BOOKS TWO, and THREE are now out!

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Paperback, 200 pages.


•  “Simply exquisite, sublime as a matter of fact . . . I just couldn't put it down!”

•  “One of the best books I have read.”

•  “Such a good read, I love the characters and the history of the artifacts that was incorporated in the book.”

•  “Devoured this book . . . begging for more to the story! . . . Can’t wait for the next one to come out!”

•  "Edge-of-your-seat excitement, irresistible intrigue."

•  "This book is one of a kind—perfect for a Christian (or nonChristian) teen like me looking for an exciting, educational, and fast read."


NOTE TO PARENTS FROM CHARLIE CAMPBELL: I'm writing this Dakota Knox series to strengthen and encourage teens in their Christian faith and to remind them of some of the reasons we trust the Bible. Some parents have been telling me that they're giving the books to their eight, nine, and ten-year-olds. I personally wouldn't. I recommend the books for ages thirteen and up. Why? There's no foul language in the books, but there is some violence, fighting, shootings, death, some talk about steering free of sexual sin (remaining a virgin until marriage), some romance and kissing, etc. So if you are not ready for your preteens to talk to you about these matters, I'd hold off on the books for another couple of years. Having said that, the feedback I'm getting from teens who've read the books has been overwhelmingly positive! To that, I say, "To God be the glory!"

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  • 5
    Enlightening and enjoyable

    Posted by S. L. on 5th Feb 2024

    While I haven’t been a youth for quite awhile I nevertheless very much enjoyed the story. The characters, the setting, the interesting way archeological facts were presented and the awareness and reliance on the nearness of God all worked together to make the whole series engaging to read. I am looking forward to the 4th installment.

  • 5
    Fun read

    Posted by D. R. on 10th Aug 2023

    Pretty fun book to read about Israel and the archaeological artifacts surrounding the Bible.

  • 5
    Exciting, edifying, adventure story

    Posted by Phil on 10th Mar 2023

    I loved this book because it keeps you on your toes, is edifying and family friendly, and drops some great truth nuggets throughout the story. I recommend this book for family reading, as well as for young teens and teenagers who are looking for good, clean, edifying books.

  • 5
    A great read!

    Posted by Katina on 7th Mar 2023

    I picked it up to review and have in my library for youth books. I really enjoy the detailed descriptions of Israel locations and artifacts. Perfect book for middle school through high school age! The story engages the reader through historical events with a mystery crime solving twist. I loved the mention of author cameos.

  • 5
    Grandson read it non-stop!

    Posted by Gail on 4th Jan 2023

    My grandson - who lives in Norway with his parents (church planting missionaries) . . . He has some reading issues but when we brought it to him on our last visit he took it and read it non-stop!! My son said he's never seen that before! He was 11 at the time, and when I mentioned there might be a slight romantic thread in it - he said he didn't mind that :)

  • 5
    Loved it

    Posted by Veronica on 21st Jul 2022

    My children and I loved Dakota Knox and the Archaeology Thief. We live in Southern California, so a lot of Charlie’s references were so neat to my children. I have a 16 year old boy and a 10 year old girl. They were able to relate to the characters. We love history, especially Bible history . . . Thank you for blessing us this summer!

  • 5
    fast-paced, fact-packed, faith-building!

    Posted by laney on 8th Jul 2022

    If you are craving edge-of-your-seat excitement, irresistible intrigue, imperfect ROLE models, a sprinking of romance and a whole lot of faith - all in factual fiction - look no further. This book is simply exquisite, sublime as a matter of fact. I loved how productive I felt learning things while enjoying myself as I breezed through this book in 1 day - I just COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! Charlie Campbell truly is remarkable at writing a relatable yet universal story, while keeping it short & spicy :) I was vastly impressed by the progression of the plot line, the depth of the characters.. I could go on and on. This book is one of a kind - perfect for a Christian (or nonChristian) teen like me looking for an exciting, educational, and fast read. Also, as a side note, I LOVE the little romance action Charlie added. It was the golden mean of not being too soon or mushy, but still sweet. Definitely one of the things I can't wait to read more of in Part 2! I'm rooting for them so hard (won't say names), but it's adorable. Thanks for reading this review; please order Dakota Knox and the Archaeology Thief - you won't regret it!

  • 5
    Loved it

    Posted by Seth on 5th Jul 2022

    Read it in a day. Loved it. Excited to get the next installment.

  • 5
    loved it!

    Posted by Hannah on 21st Jun 2022

    I loved it! I finished it the day I got it! . . . I LOVED the romance between Dakota and Afton!

  • 5
    One of the best books I have read

    Posted by Sophia on 16th Jun 2022

    My dad read your book to me and my brother and we loved it. It was a fun way to spend time with our dad. I am so excited for the next Dakota Knox and the Archaeology Thief. It was a great book. It's one of the best books I have read. I pray God will continue to guide you to write more books so more people grow closer to Him.

  • 5
    Loved the book!

    Posted by Monica on 16th May 2022

    I was looking forward to a fiction adventure book and you didn't disappoint. I started reading it this morning and I just finished it. Such a good read, I love the characters and the history of the artifacts that was incorporated in the book. I also really enjoyed the relationship that Dakota and Afton have with our Father God. I will definitely be reading this again. And I can't wait for the next story.

  • 5
    Enjoyable book.

    Posted by Debra on 3rd May 2022

    I enjoyed reading this book. It is full of interesting facts about historical artifacts with an adventurous storyline.