Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Deadly Alliance by A.L. Sowards

Deadly Alliance 

Deadly Alliance is Book 3 in a series about World War II by A.L. Sowards

Published: April 2014, Covenant Communications, Inc. 336 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

Description: When Peter Eddy and his commando team inadvertently upset the Soviets during their most recent mission, they never imagined the diplomatic nightmares that would ensue. They have one chance to redeem themselves: tasked with destroying a bridge in Nazi-occupied Bosnia, Peter and his war-weary team reluctantly agree to drop behind enemy lines. The assignment should be a simple one—were it not for the fact that they are being deployed on a suicide mission.

Genevieve Olivier is devastated by the news of Peter’s disappearance. After all they’ve endured in this war, the determined OSS worker is unwilling to simply let go of the man she hopes to spend her life with. Desperate for information, her work as a courier soon escalates into a counterintelligence duel with a Fascist assassin—and Genevieve is his newest target... 

My Review: I really enjoy this time period. My grandpa served in WWII and it hits home to read about what these characters went through. I've never really known a lot about what was happening at the end of the war in the Yugoslavia area and this book mainly took place in that area. I loved learning more about this part of history, while being entertained with the events happening to some beloved characters.

I don't know if it was my mood or my connection to these characters, but I was really touched and drawn in by a lot of the story. There were parts that had me in tears--especially the parts that were reoccuring with Milos and Marija. 
"Hello, Marija." 
"Hello,  Milos." 
"I was thinking, Marija, that we should get married." 
"We can't get married." 
"Why not?" and then she would give him reason after reason why not. Each time broke my heart just a little bit, especially when the real reason is discovered. I'm still deeply touched by this story.

I loved the adventure, the true grit and character these people displayed, and the way things all came together. One of my favorite quotes: "From this day to the ending of the world but we in it shall be remembered, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers." 

Content: this story is about war--there was killing/death, talk of rape, and some other sad things, but I didn't feel it was graphic; no language; mild romance (kissing).

Other Books in the Series:
 Espionage and Sworn Enemy (click on the titles to see my reviews)
Espionage Sworn Enemy
About the Author:
 A.L. SowardsI was born in Georgia but consider Moses Lake, Washington my hometown. I came to Utah to attend school (BYU) and ended up staying. Books have always been an important part of my life. I remember writing self-illustrated storybooks at my grandparent's house when I was in elementary school (none of those made it to publication for many good reasons) and attending my first writer's conference when I was in third grade.

Now I'm a busy mom with young chidren. I still love to read and I also love to write. I'm usually reading a couple books at once and working on multiple writing projects too. Other than that, my life is pretty ordinary. I'm grateful for that. I'll let the characters in my books have all the adventures.

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