For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, whip-smart heroine Maggie Hope returns to embark on a clandestine mission behind enemy lines where no one can be trusted, and even the smallest indiscretion can be deadly.
World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive–a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad–and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war–and of her own past.
©2013 Susan Elia Macneal (P)2013 Random House Audio
I was very pleased by this book. I enjoyed the first in the series but was disappointed with the second one. It's good that this third volume is back to the quality of the first book.
The story was compelling even given its serious nature. I enjoyed the narrator better in this book than in the preceding one basically because Maggie was speaking with a German accent throughout most of the story. In the earlier book Maggie's voice was just weird.
I wasn't happy with the way Maggie's personal life worked out at the end. Time will tell with that.
And finally, there was a moment that made me stop and say "what?" That was the use of the term "baby bump." Seriously, was that used in the early 1940s?
But, all-in-all, a lightly suspenseful story of WWII Berlin. I liked it.
The characters are continuing to develop from the previous books and throughout this one. Overall, well done.
Also Susan Duerden does an excellent job, as always.
Favorite authors: Donna Gabaldon, Dorothy Dunnet, Anya Seton, Daphne Du Maurier, CS Forester,Alastair Mclean, Irving Stone, MM Kaye, L'amour
Fun to read about a woman spy. Loved it. On to the next. I'm addicted. Maggie also has great difficulty being a spy.
Lots of twists. Keeps you engaged. The reader was quite good doing a German accent when people spoke German.
I thoroughly enjoy this series. It has enough meat to it, but not too much to be too intense. Looking forward to the next one!!
The first 2 books of the Maggie Hope Trilogy were very good, but the third book drags along, mired in the Nazi atrocities during WWII. The characters lose depth and the plot is predictable. Thank heavens for fast forward to get through this book.
While this is a really good book in a favourite series, the narration just seems too stiff to meet the story.
I'd give it a lukewarm recommendation- I like the ideas- the storyline and the settings. I find the narrator to be annoying and her accent and voice so distracting that it is hard to enjoy the books. I also fine the character to be annoying with her temper tantrums and her overblown agonizing. Her efforts to be strong or to be independent generally make her seem weak and whiny. I've listened to a few and keep hoping against hope that the storyline with triumph.
I don't like the voice and find the performance weak- it makes the characters less likeable.
half and half.
I like the way the author is presenting Maggie Hope. She's young, smart but impetuous - her youth and self-confidence has her making decisions that bring dire consequences. Wisdom is often gained from painful lessons and this is true for Maggie.
Yes, the war leaves it's scars - but the author shows Maggie has the strength to learn to live with them and this needs to come out. This character has a real-life feel to her.
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