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Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Sworn Enemy by A.L. Sowards

Title: Sworn Enemy

Author: A.L. Sowards

Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.

Published: April 2013

ISBN: 1621083594

FTC FYI: Received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Description:

As World War II rages, the people of Eastern Europe are hopelessly trapped between two formidable forces: Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union. In their midst, a band of heroes works to defend against the inevitable Communist takeover.

After narrowly escaping her Nazi captors, French Resistance worker Genevieve Olivier has fled to Allied territory with the help of American Lieutenant Peter Eddy. Their connection is undeniable, forged in the crucible of danger. But despite their blossoming feelings for each other, they must both finish the work they began . . .

In the safety of England, Genevieve hopes to find purpose as a nurse—all the while unaware that the Gestapo still seeks the woman who slipped through their grasp. When she is called upon to resume a life of danger as a French spy, will her desire to prove herself be her downfall?

Recruited by an elite special-ops team intent on thwarting the Nazis, Peter finds himself engaged in a personal battle as well—there is a traitor among his comrades. Deep in the Carpathian Mountains, Peter combats an unknown foe. The stakes are high as he fights to save the lives of his teammates.

They are miles apart, yet as Genevieve and Peter fight for their own survival, they find a common well of strength in their faith—and their determination to be reunited.

Review:

I was able to read A.L. Sowards' WWII novel, Espionage, earlier this year, and I really liked it. My only complaint, if you want to call it that, was that I wanted more at the end. I liked the characters a lot and wanted to see what happened with them.

Luckily for me, Sworn Enemy takes up where Espionage left off, and readers are taken on an exciting ride following Peter and Genevieve as their lives are threatened (both together and separately) as they try to survive while fighting the enemy in war-torn Europe.

I really enjoyed getting to know more about Genevieve. She is such a strong character, despite her young age. She goes through a lot in Sworn Enemy, and exudes bravery in very trying circumstances in order to help the cause.

There is a lot of action in Sworn Enemy. Our main characters are separated for quite some time, and readers get to know several new characters. I became very interested about what would happen to two of the new characters, and was once again left wishing to know more about them when the book ended. The ending was good (not a cliff hanger), but I hope there will be another book to continue the story and end the war.

A few stories were being told at once, and as much as I enjoyed all of them, I found myself wishing a couple of times that more detail had been included about how the main characters felt after some big events took place.

This is a fast paced, exciting story that kept me reading as often as I could until I finished. I love that it is clean while still giving a realistic feel for some of the horrors of war. 

About the Author:

Sowards is a graduate of Moses Lake High School and Brigham Young University. She swam competitively for sixteen years, including while she was in college. She found it more entertaining to think of plot ideas while following the black line up and down the bottom of the pool than having a song in her head that restarted with every flip turn. Sowards currently lives along the Wasatch front with her amazing husband and her adorable twin toddlers.