Just when US WAVE Livvy Delacourt thinks she and her team of psychic WWII Nazi hunters are ready for whatever The Reich can throw at them, Hitler adds to the mix a spy who also happens to be a wizard. Now dark magic is being used to attack US facilities, and Livvy must match wits with the evil wizard, whose objective is to destroy Operation Delphi and all her team. If she fails to ramp up her psychic powers, she may perish -- and perhaps cause the US to lose the war with Germany.
A delightful mix of the paranormal and World War II historical fiction, where intuition, ghosts, fortune telling, and evil dark energy bring a whole new twist to the world of Navy command, fighting the good fight, and wartime espionage.
Would you try another book from JoAnn Smith Ainsworth and/or Becky Parker?
Was Expect Trouble worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
Background. I bought and read the 2014/first edition/Kindle version the same year it came out. Loved it! I have now listened to the 2017 audio edition - which I got for free in exchange for an updated review. Short review: once again I loved it! Longer review below.
Storyline. The mix of WWII and paranormal reminded me of Dean Koontz's Lighting.
Writing. Ainsworth's style reminded me of Sue Grafton. Slow at first, detail-oriented, and fast-paced finish.
An example of great detail includes Livvy saying she doesn't read German in chapter 37. I would have rolled my eyes/clenched my teeth if Ainsworth had written "speak" instead of "read." Very important detail!
Character arc is very good. My favorite is Trey. Example from chapter 29:
"'I'll keep my fingers crossed.' How ridiculous did that sound? No engineer solved a problem by crossing his fingers."
I enjoyed the improvements from the 2014 edition. Ainsworth deleted words out, re-arranged parts of sentences, and added some words in. One example from chapter 37:
Old: "Easter Monday, but Livvy was grateful to be back to work. Her personality wasn't the type to lounge about."
New: "Easter Monday, Livvy was grateful to be back at her desk working. She wasn't the type to lounge about."
Audio narration. This is the first audio book I have listened to - and it won't be the last!
The changes of voice between the narration of the story itself and characters speaking/thinking are excellent! The audio version matches the novel's WWII era - think Roosevelt's fireside chats.
You can hear the narrarator swallowing often (eg. 4:57:56. 5:02:59). This is not distracting, yet it is there. Reminds me of being at the dentist and having to keep the mouth open for an extended time - and getting the urge to swallow.
There are some glitches in chapter 19. First one at 04:27:28. Last one at 04:34:12. With about four or five in that timeframe. Part of a word or an entire word seems missing.
Bonus of audio: I learned how to correctly pronounce sieve and Smyth!
Loved this novel on audio, WWII period piece, great character development, left me wanting more!