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Publisher's Note:

France, 1944: Nobody expects Peter Eddy to survive his first commando mission, to retrieve a code book stolen by the Nazis, so his success is rewarded with an even more daunting assignment. Partnered with fellow soldier Jacques Olivier, Eddy must identify which of the 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 in a highspeed chase through the streets of Calais. 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.…


by A.L. Sowards

Overall Book Review:

Espionage by A.L. Sowards is an exciting spy thriller set during World War II. Fast-paced and engaging, readers will find themselves enthralled with the underground Allied spy effort and their dangerous missions into Nazi-occupied territory. First-time author Sowards writes with authenticity and expertise, combining a great amount of fact with fiction.

Besides the Bond-esque action, Espionage has heart. The main characters are realistic, yet likable and easy to root for. Hoping that these characters would survive their mission kept me reading well into the night!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Covenant Communications

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: ***

Violence/ Gore: German soldiers verbally threaten characters; second hand reports indicate men being beaten, a Jewish man being shot, and a character shooting a German guard; a character relates the story of a woman who was hit and killed in a car accident; a character strikes a man in the back of his head, leaving him unconscious (3 times); a character fistfights with another character; a character is slapped, beaten and tortured by being held underwater; a character is tortured by being cut on the neck with a knife; a character is shot in the arm; characters blow up buildings or boats with stolen explosives; a character engages in a gun battle with German soldiers where injuries are sustained; a man commits suicide by taking a lethal pill; a body is found with apparent physical trauma; a character slits a few German soldiers’ throats; on several occasions (one extended incident), characters shoot and kill German officers in non-detailed scenes of violent death; a character throws a grenade, injuring and killing German officers. 

Sex/Nudity: Characters kiss a few times; a reference is made to a man visiting local brothels; a reference is made to a man’s desire to “sleep with” a woman; a reference is made to “sleeping with the enemy”; a character relates a time when she was almost sexually assaulted by a German officer. 

Mature Subject Matter:

War, murder, death, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption, God and religion, love

Alcohol / Drug Use:

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My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.