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  • Amazing!

    action, suspense, theft, thriller, historical-research, international-crime-and-mystery, espionage, intrigue, mystery, family-dynamics***** Another high tension thriller from the pen of a gifted novelist with a world class imagination. Just as riveting as the first, the main characters are back but the mystery and locations are different even as the total unpredictability and plot twists are the desired characteristics that stay. The publisher's blurb is pretty good for an intro, and no spoilers here. An amazing read! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Thunder Creek Press via NetGalley.

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  • Intelligent action thriller

    Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Solstice Shadows: A VanOps Thriller is a work of adventurous and dynamic fiction penned by author Avanti Centrae. Continuing the VanOps series with another Tomb Raider style thriller, this new work combines an artifact from the time of Moses with the modern struggle of international relations and complex espionage. The threat is that of a U.S. invasion by Russia, which leaves our heroine Maddy Marshall and her intrepid VanOps team to track down the lost artifact and unlock its secrets, all whilst keeping it out of the hands of many different international interests who have their own dark plans for it. With assassins on their trail and a star chart to decipher, it is the beginning of a truly wild ride. Fans of complex and highly detailed espionage and action thrillers are certain to dive right into this mixture between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Author Avanti Centrae pays close attention to the personal development of central character Maddy, whose physical expertise, royal connections and quick wits make her an interesting and capable hero for the tale. The remaining cast of the VanOps team gets more time to shine and develop as individuals as the plot progresses, bringing a more holistic team spirit to the missions and struggles they undergo. The action itself is superbly well described, and the novel makes excellent use of dialogue and true espionage techniques to unveil its plot without simply telling the audience. Overall Solstice Shadows is an intelligent action thriller that encourages readers to think for themselves and come along for the ride.

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  • Enthralling adventure

    Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite A celestial map is stolen, and the Russians will stop at nothing to acquire the treasure it guards in the exciting action-adventure novel, Solstice Shadows (A VanOps Thriller) by Avanti Centrae. Hidden in Maddy's home are an ancient star map and a relic her ancestors protected for centuries. According to family legend, the star map leads to lorandite, a superconductive material capable of creating massive energy. VanOps, a covert government operation, is interested in securing the lorandite before it gets into the wrong hands and requires her expertise in locating it. Being a software expert and not comfortable with violence, even though she is an aikido black belt, Maddy refuses their offer of employment. However, when the star map is stolen from her home, and assassins threaten the safety of those she loves, Maddy reconsiders and accepts a job as a civilian. Joining her brother and her boyfriend already on the black ops team, the operatives attempt to stay ahead of their adversaries. Can they decipher the map before their rivals discover the lorandite? Or are they already too late? Blending advanced science with mystery and suspense, Solstice Shadows (A VanOps Thriller) by Avanti Centrae is a thrilling and unforgettable adventure novel. It is a brilliantly written book with a scintillating plot and a mesmerizing storyline that climaxes to a smashing finish. Comparable to James Rollins and Dan Brown, Avanti Centrae has done an outstanding job of researching and portraying her historical facts, cleverly weaving them into the plot and giving the story world authenticity. Although it is the second book in a series, it did work well as a standalone. I was never lost or confused and was able to ascertain what had previously occurred. With its intriguing twists and turns, it is an enthralling adventure novel that will delight Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, and James Rollins fans alike.

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  • Lots of Action

    This is the second book of the VanOps series, and I had not read their first before I chose this audiobook and book at one of my favorite book review sites. While the author did explain some of the backstory and relationships, the action was so fast at the beginning—and actually throughout—that it wasn’t easy to get the full scope of what had gone before, who everybody was, and how everything interrelated as the situation melted down in the present. This book is certainly action-packed. This is not the typical genre I read, but I liked the chase and the hunt aspects as well as the globe-trotting. I didn't feel like the characters were as developed as they could be nor were the relationships between the people fully explored. Maddy felt a little wishy-washy at times; I would have preferred a slightly stronger heroine. This book is all about the action, not the characters, which can be fine if that's what you're looking for (or prefer). If you like globe-trotting action stories, you might enjoy this fast-paced story. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

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  • Exciting mixture of Antiquity and IT world.

    Avanti Centrae, ‘Solstice Shadows’. A VanOps Thriller. As a Hidden Gems ARC reader I received a free copy and promised an honest review. Here it is. Rating: 3 (of 5 stars). In general: Exciting mixture of the Antiquity and the Computer world . Main character: - Maddy Marshall. She’s a computer-app designer. And in her free time a teacher at an aikido dojo. Maddy, a far descendant of the Spanish royal family, is also a trained member of the Order of the Invisible Flame, an ancient sect. Now with a modern trainings center for royal spies in Jerusalem. ’Solstice Shadows’ is the second book in the VanOps thriller series. It’s a stand-alone novel, but - especially in the first chapters - some knowledge of the first book, ’The Lost Power’, would have helped me to understand the main characters better. Through her membership of the sect for royal spies Maddy came in contact with the VanOps team in book 1. In this book 2 ‘Solstice’, Russian extremists threaten the western world with a high tech apocalypse. And VanOps, an American secret anti terrorist organisation needs to rescue the US and her allies. Again VanOps members asked Maddy to help them as an IT specialist. Then the author, Avanti Centrae, describes how in a race around the world the VanOps team saves the western hemisphere from chaos and defeat. The plot has many twists and turns. Very entertaining, especially in adventures like scenes from an Indiana Jones movie. But for me the story seemed a bit too artificial situated in some exotic sites in order to create suspense. Not real life. E.g.: Five people killed near a Maya temple and all characters who visited the victims can travel to other destinations without any investigation by Mexican authorities??? Or another example: European royalty acting like modern spies??? All in all - for this reader - an entertaining novel: interesting historical cities and monuments, a somewhat complicated but wonderful main character and action scenes with a lot of suspense more than compensated a plot that was less credible in some areas.

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