Reviews for His Majesty's Hope : a novel

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*Starred Review* In 1941, Maggie Hope, the first female agent to be dropped behind enemy lines, is sent to bug the home office of Clara Hess, the high-ranking Nazi operative who's also Maggie's estranged mother. But without her knowledge, Maggie also is intended to serve as bait to bring in Hess, whose recent operations in ­England intended to kill Winston Churchill and to kidnap Princess Elizabeth were foiled largely by Maggie. In Berlin, she also meets nurse Elise Hess, the half-sister she never knew she had, who has just been stunned by viewing Operation Compassionate Death, the mass killings of children with disabilities. When an opportunity to stay in Berlin beyond the completion of her mission presents itself, Maggie seizes the chance to gather additional intelligence, putting herself and her contact in the German Resistance at risk. Historical reality makes the third in this meticulously researched series darker in tone but just as compellingly readable as its predecessors (Mr. Churchill's Secretary and Princess Elizabeth's Spy, both 2012); viewing WWII through Maggie's exploits provides an intriguingly human perspective on the era.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Contrivances weaken MacNeal's third Maggie Hope mystery set during WWII (after 2012's Princess Elizabeth's Spy). Maggie, who began the series as secretary to Winston Churchill, has evolved by 1941 into a top agent for Britain's Special Operations Executive. At the request of Churchill himself, she embarks on a risky mission as "the first woman dropped behind enemy lines" since the start of the war. Besides delivering a radio part to a resistance group in Berlin, she must try to plant a bug at the home of Commandant Clara Hess, the German intelligence officer responsible for the nefarious Nazi plot in the previous book. That Hope keeps secret from the S.O.E. director her special connection to Hess adds an element of soap opera. A light spy thriller with thin characterizations and situations that never realize their full dramatic potential. Agent: Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Literary. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.