4/5 British Spies
On The Back:
World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive—a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad—and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war—and of her own past.
Though not as good as the first two in the series, His Majesty’s Hope was still a quick, well-written read that I enjoyed. Maggie is sent on a secret mission to Berlin, the heart of the enemy, to complete a mission, but when Maggie agrees to work for one of the leaders int he Nazi party she soon becomes involved in a spiral of events that keep getting riskier and riskier. Can she find her way out of the enemy’s territory before the enemy finds her?
Maggie and David appear, of course, along with Frain and a few bit parts with Churchill, and they were all as ever wonderful characters, but this book also focuses on other characters, besides the obvious few. John reappears (!!!!!) and is given quite a big role in the book and I really like him, he’s funny but yet realistic, this book reflects on a few areas where the war has changed him, and I love that. Hugh again appears, and I must say that he was extremely annoying and just plain irritating. I could absolutely not stand him; some moves he made were reckless and simply stupid, to be honest, I hope he doesn’t reappear in the next book.
Two other new major characters appeared, Clara and Elsie, two Germans that are related but that are completely opposite. I must say, I know that you aren’t supposed to like Clara, but I kind of felt sorry for her, the few hints the book gave us into her past were heartbreaking. Elsie was brave, intelligent, and kind, and I found myself looking forward to her parts in the book. I hope to see more of both in the next books.
Not really a murder mystery in this book, though there were some murders and a small mystery, but, for the most part, they stayed separate. The book mostly focused on Maggie’s adventure in Berlin, and I really wasn’t disappointed that there was no mystery. There was so many other things going on that you didn’t really miss it.
Overall a very solid, well-plotted book that I enjoyed. With almost perfect characters, an action-packed plotline, yet some irritating characters that I could do without (Hugh), His Majesty’s Hope gets 4/5 stars! I’ll read the next one soon!