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A Shadow of Treason
by Tricia Goyer

Reviewed by April Gardner

"The intensity, intrigue, and depth of character are sure to appeal to most any reader."

In A Valley of Betrayal, the first installment of Tricia Goyer’s Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War, Sophie Grace is stranded in Spain as the war begins. Now, in A Shadow of Treason, she’s there of her own choice, and she’s using her time wisely. She’s moved from propaganda artist to espionage for the Republican, or Communist, cause.

Millions in Aztec gold are hidden in an unknown coastal cave, and it’s Sophie’s job to find it. Only one man stands in her way. Michael. Her one time fiancé, and the man she thought dead is secretly working for the Facists. Sophie must win his trust to garner his information.

The town of Guernica has been cruelly leveled by Nazi bombers and it seems there is no safe place left on Spanish soil, not even for horses. Jose, caretaker of Michael’s prize show horses, has returned home to see the animals to safety high in the mountains surrounding Bilbao. With just two old men to help him, the task is impossible, until a young woman fleeing assassination shows up on their doorstep.

Father Manuel and Dionne (the American volunteer), make return appearances, but their roles are so small they hardly seem necessary. The plot involving Ritter Agler (the Nazi pilot), is very interesting, but is unrelated to the rest of the book. I’m very curious to know how he will tie into the main plot in book three, which is set to release in February 2008.

The extensive history lesson and the gripping plot are worth the flaws in Spanish culture. On the whole, Ms. Goyer has executed a commendable piece of literature and one that I recommend to anyone not looking for a light read. The intensity, intrigue, and depth of character are sure to appeal to most any reader, male or female.

April GardnerApril W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.