Monday, April 23, 2012

"Espionage" by A. L. Sowards - blog tour

EspionageEspionage by A.L. Sowards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description: France, 1944: Nobody expects Peter Eddy to survive his first commando mission—to retrieve a code book stolen by the Nazis—so when he does come back alive, his success is rewarded with an even more daunting assignment. Partnered with French Resistance leader Jacques Olivier, Eddy must identify which of three Allied contacts in Calais is a double agent and use the traitor to help implement a strategic Allied diversion that might win the war. Eddy and Olivier secretly cross the English Channel to confront their suspects one at a time, but what appears to be a clean assignment soon turns disastrous, and a shocking betrayal leaves Eddy in the grip of the Gestapo. With the courageous aid of Olivier and his sister, Genevieve, Eddy evades his captors with a dangerous escape plan. But as the Allied invasion approaches, treachery in the least likely places leads to fresh graves in the bloodied European soil—and only the power of loyalty and love can transform tragic endings into new beginnings. 

My thoughts:  It's amazing to me that this is the author's first published book. The book had a solid plot and story line.

Peter is a young man in the US military during WWII. He enlisted in anger because his brother was killed at Pearl Harbor. He quickly discovers that war is not what he imagined.

Peter is sent on a mission behind enemy lines in France. He is to discover who is a double agent and feed false information to the German's. He meets Jacques and the beautiful sister,. Jacques is his partner in the mission and an expert at sabotaging the enemy.

There is intrigue and horror found in the mission. The torture scenes are rough to read. But torture isn't pleasant. It was a practice used to break information from an unwilling subject.  In the context of the book it is a great fit.

There is a little bit of romance. There's quite a bit of self discovery and finding forgiveness.

About A. L.: Sowards is a graduate of Moses Lake High School and Brigham Young University. She swam competitively for sixteen years, including while she was in college. She found it more entertaining to think of plot ideas while following the black line up and down the bottom of the pool than having a song in her head that restarted with every flip-turn. Sowards currently lives along the Wasatch front with her amazing husband and her adorable twin toddlers. She loves hearing from readers and can be found on, Facebook, or Goodreads.

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  1. Thank you for reviewing the book and being part of the blog tour!

  2. Sounds good. I love your review.


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