Operation Lionhearted Book Review
About the Book:
Lindy Tremaine is proud of her work with the Meridian Intelligence Department. Clever, courageous, and armed with an uncanny intuition, she is determined to protect the planets of the Kellan Star System from villains and schemers, even if it means going undercover as a fashion journalist.
Tragedy, however, lies beneath Lindy’s self-possessed demeanor. She is an empath, a native of the war-torn Valya, and the man responsible for her mother’s death—the former prince Rael Navorre—still rules her home planet with an iron hand. Haunted by fragmented memories of bloodshed, Lindy refuses to revisit Valya or embrace her heritage, preferring to invest in her career and her adopted family.
But now Lindy and her best friend, Jo Camrin, have received the most daunting assignment of their MID careers: they must protect Valya’s exiled royal family during peace negotiations with Rael. Committed to this mission despite her fears, Lindy soon uncovers a web of lies and technological horrors…as well as the best-kept secret in the Star System.
Lest you think, "Oh, this is science-fiction, not my thing" -- hold on. I've watched 3 episodes of Star Trek and not a single Star Wars movie. If I could keep track of it all and fully enjoy this story, anyone can, whether you're a devoted fantasy/sci-fi/imaginative reader or prefer historical fiction.
Real talk here: I'm not part of this blog tour because the author is a friend of mine, I am a part of this blog tour because her debut novel is wonderful and she's a great writer. (I am brutally honest when it comes to my opinion of books. I've been known to throw them across the room if they're poorly written.)
No book throwing happened while reviewing Operation Lionhearted, and I read with a chuckle and a tear or two. And very quick page-turning.
This book is five years in the making, and it shows in the quality of the writing. The story is well-polished, perfectly paced, and the characters draw you in from the first. I found myself thinking about them throughout the day. I never felt lost and the story never lagged or rushed. Anytime I suspected what was coming in the storyline, there was a surprising detail or twist in the plot, which I enjoyed.
Lindy is a heroine you can actually like and pull for, and her friend Jo was my favorite supporting character, with Ethan as a close second. There were so many details that brought the story to life in a refreshing way.
My favorite type of book is one by a Christian author that is not overtly Christian in genre. No preachiness or prudishness, just steeped in the principles that make a great story. The creative community needs more of what Maribeth Barber and others like her have to offer, and I look forward to her future books.
For a limited time only, you can get the ebook version for a highly-discounted price of $2.99. *sorry, that was my jaw hitting the floor.* I personally read this book on my Kindle and the format is great. Click here to purchase before the sale ends!
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Next week I'll be hosting Maribeth here for an author interview, so check back then for behind-the-scenes fun!
5 out of 5 stars
*I received a free copy of this book from the author and happily provided my honest and unbiased review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.*