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His Majesty's Hope: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 3 | [Susan Elia MacNeal]

His Majesty's Hope: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 3

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Carol 06-17-13
    Carol 06-17-13
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    "A YA Mystery that Isn't... Quite"
    Would you try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal and/or Susan Duerden?

    Probably not.


    Has His Majesty's Hope turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. This series just doesn't measure up.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator has a pleasant voice, and does accents well. If she wanted to imitate a German accent, though, she should have researched it a bit better. Her "German" comes across a bit too much like what you'd hear in a cartoon. A little too much V for W and little else that sounds German. Her narration tends to have a sing song quality that could be improved on.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from His Majesty's Hope?

    The decision to include a PG sex scene was awkward and didn't fit. This series seems to be aimed at YA, and the sex neither added to the characterization nor moved the plot along.


    Any additional comments?

    The author has obviously done a lot of research on swing dance and jazz. She includes too much, though. Describing a swing dance would be fine, and in keeping with the book... Including a long list of dance moves was out of place.

    The book doesn't seem to be able to decide what audience is wanted. The writing style and characterization is more Young Adult than adult, but the author includes a homosexual character and his affairs as well as an awkward sex scene. Sex can be included in YA if it is handled properly, but this scene comes across as awkward and self conscious.

    The characterization and action remind me of the Nancy Drew books I read as a child. I have read three by this author, because I hoped the awkwardness of the first one might have been a fluke. The author writes smooth, easy to read prose, but the characters are rather flat and the plot is very predictable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Billingsley California 06-16-13
    Leigh Billingsley California 06-16-13 Member Since 2015

    Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"

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    "Liked the series but...."

    Really loved the story premise but hoped they would bring back the first narrator...but they stayed with the second and, while she has a pretty voice, her "acting" is very limited. The narrator has such a huge impact on how the story is viewed, and it becomes difficult to separate the two.....

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    nicola Basel, Switzerland 09-06-13
    nicola Basel, Switzerland 09-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator.She doesnt end sentences & is breathy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of His Majesty's Hope to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator does not complete sentences as one would expect to have a fullstop at the end of a sentence. She draws out the last word of a sentence and seems to be "breathy". I almost stopped listening because of the monotonous narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was monotonous and boring.


    Who was the most memorable character of His Majesty's Hope and why?

    Maggie. Heroine


    Any additional comments?

    A narrator should make you believe that you are watching a movie. This narrator made me want to switch off audible and watch a movie

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-26-14
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Seems to be meant for young people"

    I enjoyed the first 2 of the series, but this one seemed too juvenile, with the adult characters one-dimensional and mean. The narrator didn't bother me as much as it did others. It was all part of the slightly cartoonish approach. I'll be skipping the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kay Curry rison, arkansas United States 08-14-13
    Kay Curry rison, arkansas United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A good book ruined by bad narration"
    What would have made His Majesty's Hope better?

    The narration for this Maggie Hope book was really awful. I will not be listening to anymore by this reader.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen SOMERSET, PA, United States 05-28-13
    Kristen SOMERSET, PA, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't wait for the next Maggie Hope book!"
    Would you listen to His Majesty's Hope again? Why?

    Yes, the story line continues to fascinate and keeps the reader engaged.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie is a strong woman dealing with multiple challenges in a time of great uncertainty.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I truly prefer the previous narrator.


    If you could take any character from His Majesty's Hope out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely Maggie, she is witty, complex, and independent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 05-24-13
    Diana ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series!"

    I love this series and want to listen to each book as long as it lasts. The story line is a good one, and the historical bits are interesting. I am not sure though that I will be able to listen to another book narrated by Susan Duerden. PLEASE return to the original reader!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Long Beach, CA, United States 05-11-15
    Stephanie Long Beach, CA, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2010

    Favorite authors: Donna Gabaldon, Dorothy Dunnet, Anya Seton, Daphne Du Maurier, CS Forester,Alastair Mclean, Irving Stone, MM Kaye, L'amour

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    "Good incite into WWII"

    Fun to read about a woman spy. Loved it. On to the next. I'm addicted. Maggie also has great difficulty being a spy.

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    Anita F. Hales Ketchikan, AK USA 03-20-15
    Anita F. Hales Ketchikan, AK USA 03-20-15 Member Since 2014

    Harp-Alaska

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    "Keeps you gripped."

    Lots of twists. Keeps you engaged. The reader was quite good doing a German accent when people spoke German.

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    M. Lockard Bryan, Tx USA 02-08-15
    M. Lockard Bryan, Tx USA 02-08-15 Member Since 2012

    Capitalist Pig

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    "Great female lead."

    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!!

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