A WWII spy mission to pinpoint a double agent soon turns complicated, and the success of D-day hangs in the balance. Espionage is a novel of deception, betrayal, love, and redemption.
France, 1944: Nobody expects Peter Eddy to survive his first commando mission—to retrieve a code book stolen by the Nazis—so when he does come back alive, his success is rewarded with an even more daunting assignment. Partnered with French Resistance leader Jacques Olivier, Eddy must identify which of three Allied contacts in Calais is a double agent and use the traitor to help implement a strategic Allied diversion that might win the war. Eddy and Olivier secretly cross the English Channel to confront their suspects one at a time, but what appears to be a clean assignment soon turns disastrous, and a shocking betrayal leaves Eddy in the grip of the Gestapo. With the courageous aid of Olivier and his sister, Genevieve, Eddy evades his captors with a dangerous escape plan. But as the Allied invasion approaches, treachery in the least likely places leads to fresh graves in the bloodied European soil—and only the power of loyalty and love can transform tragic endings into new beginnings.
Available in paperback, audiobook (narrated by Jason Tatom), and ebook.
Book one of a three-book trilogy:
Espionage was a 2012 Whitney Finalist for best historical fiction.
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What Others are Saying about Espionage:
Espionage is action-packed from page one and keeps this momentum throughout the entire book. Other elements like mystery, romance and suspense are woven throughout the book and add a layer of depth and credibility to the story. Another great aspect of the novel is the author’s attention to historic detail. Espionage is a great book that will entertain a wide audience of readers.
–The Deseret News
This is a great story from many perspectives. Though it is clearly historical, it is more than that. There are some satisfying, non-preachy lessons on forgiveness, listening to the Spirit, and the universal potential for goodness or evil in all men. There’s a gradual awareness of the distinction between revenge and repentance. There’s heart-stopping danger and action. An exploration of different types of love weaves its way through the horror of war. Though this story is plot driven and action oriented, satisfactory character development occurs as well. Both Jacques and Peter mature and their characters grow in greater self-awareness, a higher understanding of God, more compassion for others, and confidence in their ability to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
I can think of nothing negative to say about this book. I loved it! I was hooked from the first chapter and the story remained just as intense throughout. What an amazing book and even more impressive that this was Sowards debut novel. Love it!
–Linda, Books For Me Blog
Published by Covenant, March 2012. Paperback ISBN: 978-1608611485; Kindle ASIN: B007EYBEIC; Audio ISBN: 978-1608611492.
Other books: Sworn Enemy, Deadly Alliance, The Spider and the Sparrow, The Rules in Rome, Defiance, The Redgrave Murders, Heirs of Falcon Point, Of Sword and Shadow, Before the Fortress Falls, The Perfect Gift, Wartime Christmas Tales