Book review: 'Deadly Alliance' is a gripping conclusion to the Espionage trilogy

By Mike Whitmer

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, May 25 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, May 23 2014 2:25 p.m. MDT

"DEADLY ALLIANCE: A World War II Novel," by A.L. Sowards, Covenant Communications, $17.99, 313 pages (f)

Peter Eddy and Genevieve Olivier have struggled through many challenges during their efforts to serve the Allies in World War II. Beginning with their first meeting in France, the two have come to respect and even love each other. Just when it seems that their budding romance may have an opportunity to grow into something more significant, Peter is assigned to a suspiciously dangerous mission in the hilly country of Yugoslavia.

In her new novel “Deadly Alliance,” A.L. Sowards continues the gripping story of two star-crossed spies struggling to make it out of the war alive. Having survived numerous encounters with enemies in the past, both protagonists find themselves fighting for their lives against new enemies. Communist sympathizers have infiltrated the command structure of the Allied armies and are trying to position themselves to take control of parts of Central Europe. Additionally, Fascist sympathizers, loyal to Mussolini, are ferreting out sympathizers to the Allies and killing them.

If Peter, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his crew of spies are successful, many will find freedom from the authoritarian forces that seek to control parts of post-war Europe. But if they fail, countless innocents will lose the liberties they love — including Peter and Genevieve.

“Deadly Alliance” is the third book in a series by Sowards that began with “Espionage” and continued in “Sworn Enemy.” The romance between Peter and Genevieve has grown, and the spiritual connection continues to give both of them hope for a brighter future. Peter’s faith in Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon is often the only thing keeping him from giving up his struggle against the enemies of freedom. And as Genevieve learns to put more trust in God, she begins to find peace that she hopes will take away the difficult memories of her actions in the war.

A fitting conclusion to the trilogy of Peter and Genevieve’s service and love, “Deadly Alliance” can also be enjoyed by those who haven’t read the first two books. The love story between the two main characters is sincere but chaste, and other instances of passion and violence are mildly described.

Mike Whitmer lives in West Valley City and loves to write, fish and play with grandchildren. His email is grundelwalken@gmail.com, and he blogs at mtwhitmer.blogspot.com.

Get The Deseret News Everywhere

Subscribe

Mobile

RSS