Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review: Espionage by A.L. Sowards (Whitney Finalist)

Title: Espionage
Author: A.L. Sowards
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Whitney Finalist
This book would be rated: PG

An Idaho farm boy finds himself in Nazi-occupied France, stealing a code book back from the Nazis. When he returns to Britain, he learns that the job (where his partner died) was a test of sorts-- an opportunity for him to show his mettle. His superiors are sufficiently impressed to send him back to France, this time to go undercover on a mission with a brother and sister active in the resistance in order to ferret out a double-agent.

It's been a while since I finished Espionage, so it's hard for me to remember exactly why I rated it ***. I believe that the story line and plot were solid, but that the writing seemed to do a little bit too much of telling us as readers what to think and how to feel instead of describing scenes and letting us come to those conclusions ourselves. Sowards is a first time author, and I believe that she will work out those kinks, which is a good thing since the book seems to be setting itself up for a series. 

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