About the Book
Book: Operation Grendel
Author: Daniel Shwabauer
Genre: Christian Fiction, Futuristic Action & Adventure
It’s the war story he’s dreamed of. But the battle may cost him his mind.
Military journalist Raymin Dahl thinks he’s finally getting the story of a lifetime. Secret peace talks on a remote tropical moon are about to surrender five colonized worlds—and six hundred million civilians—to a ruthless enemy.
But when his commanding officer, Captain Ansell Sterling, is fatally wounded before the negotiations can begin, Dahl can no longer just report on the mission. He’s ordered to complete it. With help from the AI embedded in Sterling’s comms bracelet, Dahl must impersonate his commander—a Marine Corps hero and psychological operations expert.
However, Sterling’s AI may be luring him to surrender more than he realizes. And the mission Corporal Dahl thinks he’s running isn’t the only operation underway.
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I am not usually a big fan of science fiction outside of anything Star Wars related, but this book sounded intriguing. A military journalist thrown into the midst of war, forced to impersonate his commanding officer, and being stuck with an AI he’s not certain he can trust? My curiosity was piqued.
I liked how Schwabauer wrote the novel in a way that the reader didn’t know who to trust or who to believe. It left me turning the pages, needing to know what was going to happen.
I do have to say, though, that I had a hard time getting into the book. I think part of it had to do with the fact that I couldn’t seem to connect with the main character, Raymin. I just found him too cocky for my taste.
I also had a hard time connecting with the story because there was not a lot of world-building. It is very much plot driven. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but I think I would’ve been able to enjoy the novel more if I had been able to see what the world that Raymin Dahl lived in looked like.
Overall, though, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of science fiction. It’s interesting and written in a way that will make you not want to put the novel down.
I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is a lifelong reader of speculative fiction. He studied the genre under science fiction great James Gunn before graduating with honors from Kansas University’s Masters program in Creative Writing in 1995. Winner of the Eric Hoffer and Ben Franklin awards for his middle grade fantasy series, The Legends of Tira-Nor, Daniel enjoys riding his motorcycle on country roads and pondering other worlds. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and dog.
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