Deadly Alliance: A World War II Novel

by A. L. Sowards

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Amidst the darkest days of WWII, will one star-crossed couple's love survive?

When Peter Eddy and his commando team inadvertently upset the Soviets during their most recent mission, they never imagined the diplomatic nightmares that would ensue. They have one chance to redeem themselves: tasked with destroying a bridge in Nazi-occupied Bosnia, Peter and his war-weary team reluctantly agree to drop behind enemy lines. The assignment should be a simple one—were it not for the fact that they are being deployed on a suicide mission.

Genevieve Olivier is devastated by the news of Peter's disappearance. After all they've endured in this war, the determined OSS worker is unwilling to simply let go of the man she hopes to spen her life with. Desperate for information, her work as a courier soon escalates into a counterintelligence duel with a Fascist assassin—and Genevieve is his newest target...

About the Author

A. L. Sowards

Sowards is a graduate of Moses Lake High School and Brigham Young University. She swam competitively for sixteen years, including while she was in college. She found it more entertaining to think of plot ideas while following the black line up and down the bottom of the pool than having a song in her head that restarted with every flip turn. Sowards currently lives along the Wasatch front with her amazing husband and her adorable twin toddlers. She loves hearing from readers at or on Facebook or Goodreads.

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(based upon 6 reviews)

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was an amazing end to a great series!!! I loved each of the characters and how each of their stories came to a satisfactory end!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25


"A little mystery, a little history, a little romance, and a lot of action, adventure, and suspense."

I was fascinated by the many things that went along with the actual war battles...

The captures, the torture, the imprisonments, and the separation of loved ones.

Just when you think this book could have come to a wonderful ending and the good guys have won there is a new TWIST that takes you through yet another capture...another torture...another terrible situation.

Not so many details that it makes the book scary, but enough that you will definitely AND quickly turn the pages to see if they can ever make it through this terrible war...

Peter and his men have been sent on a mission...destroy a bridge behind the Nazi line in Bosnia.

Peter does not want to leave Genevieve, but if he doesn't her life will be in jeopardy.

What Peter doesn't know is that his commander has tagged this as "a suicide mission...."

One way or another Peter's life is suppose to end.

Can he endure and make it back to his Genevieve?

Genevieve has not heard from Peter.

Everyone believes he is dead, but she holds on to hope.

"Desperate for information, her work as a courier soon escalates into a counterintelligence duel with a Fascist assassin—and Genevieve is his newest target . . ."

Can she stay alive and find her Peter?

My favorite quote:

"What do you say to someone when you've saved their life and they've saved yours and you've been through the worst life has to offer together? What do you say to the men you've starved with, to the man you've face the firing squad with? How do you say good-bye, knowing it might be for the rest of your life?"


Well Done
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is the third book in this series. It began with Espionage. Each book has added another layer to understanding the horrors of living in Europe during WWII. I have enjoyed my journey with Peter Eddy and his amazing companions. They bravely go and help others, sacrificing themselves.

The book begins as Peter is forced to go on another mission. He and Genevieve have just been reunited, into to be torn apart as each has a duty to fulfill. This book focuses on the civil war in Yugoslavia. This is an area of history that I am unfamiliar with. The war was brutal. It is heart wrenching to learn of villagers killed, only because they were on another side of the conflict.

This book adds depth to the characters. They are tested, almost beyond what anyone can endure, but the succeed and excel. Friendships are tested and strengthened in this story. New characters are introduced that you can't help but love and respect.

The book is full of action, violence, and death. There is also a little bit of romance. This book keeps you on your imaginary toes. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, things change and the story progresses in another way. You know the outcome of the book, because it is historical fiction, but you don't know what will happen to the characters you have come to love.

My admiration for the abilities of A.L. Sowards continues to grow. I love her writing. She does an amazing job of setting up the story and bringing the action and images to life. Her research is well done. I look forward to see what she has to offer in the future.

Historical page-turner
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

DEADLY ALLIANCE concludes A. L. Sowards' trilogy of World War II novels that focus on American commando Peter Eddy and French OSS agent Genevieve Olivier. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of the third - and DEADLY ALLIANCE did not disappoint! Sowards' third novel is complex, tight, and gripping. I have always been intrigued by WWII stories, and one of my favorite things about Sowards' novels is that they have all shown me sides to the story that I didn't know before, shining light into places and incidences that aren't as commonly taught. DEADLY ALLIANCE is no different; taking place largely in civil-war-torn Yugoslavia, it deftly handles the difficult issues raised by both wars.

I really liked the storylines that followed the characters from the preceding books in the series, but I also loved the new characters introduced in DEADLY ALLIANCE. As always, I really appreciated the skill with which Sowards weaves spiritual themes into her stories without them feeling inauthentic or disrupting the pacing. And, maybe most of all, I loved the ending - it was very satisfying, while still acknowledging the many physical and emotional wounds that war leaves behind.

All-in-all, I'd definitely recommend DEADLY ALLIANCE (and its prequels) to anyone who enjoys history, a well-crafted plot, and plenty of suspense!

Superbly Written WWII Novel
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Wow. This book is filled with action and heart-pounding twists. I feel like I learned so much about WWII, especially in this part of Europe (Yugoslavia). A.L. Sowards is so well versed on the war, strategies, weaponry, and different groups of people, I felt as if I was there. The details were amazing. And the characters were real, unique, and well fleshed out. Superbly done!!! This is the third book in a trilogy, but it can be easily read as a stand-alone. A great read!

Amazing historical fiction set in Italy and Yugoslavia during WWII following characters Peter and Genevieve from Espionage and Sworn Enemy (although this story can stand alone)
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Wow! This historical fiction WWII book was amazing! I’ve read the first book, Espionage, and thought it was pretty good. But this one blew it out of the water…quite literally (I mean, it’s a war book, right?). Peter and Genevieve from Espionage are still in this book…and their tales will make your hair go gray. Seriously tense action, intrigue, death-defying danger (sorry. I couldn’t help the alliteration), and romance. I love the romance, but if you don’t, you can still read this book. It’s a war book first; the romance is kind of a side story…almost like comic relief to a tragedy…except this is romantic relief. Sigh. I loved it—especially Milos and Marija’s story. Tugged at my heart and still gets to me. Even if you are a murder/action/thriller type reader, you will still love this story. There’s plenty of those things in this book, believe me (I have gray hairs to prove it).

What I really enjoyed about this story was the setting. Unlike a lot of WWII books that are set in France, Germany or England, this one starts out in Bari, Italy and then moves into Yugoslavia. I learned a ton about the Serb/Croatian issues there and how they played into the war. Fascinating! Sowards really did her research and I was mesmerized by the information she dropped into the story. It helped me understand a little about modern day Serb relations with others in that part of the world and why the tensions never seem to cease. I would definitely recommend this book. It’s not your normal WWII book—it’s much better.

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