Forever Changed

Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
404 Pages
Reviewed on 10/24/2022
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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Forever Changed by Paul Sande is a thriller filled with espionage. Agent Lavinia Walsh is sent by President Olivia MacQueen on a long-term mission to Germany. Lavinia must infiltrate a secret organization called UTIX. They are bent on resurrecting what Hitler used to call the thousand-year Reich. The organization wants to create a Fourth Reich. A twelve-year-old boy, a clone of Adolf Hitler, is being raised in an old castle. He is being groomed to take up the mantle of Adolf Hitler. Lavinia must get close to the boy and return with him to the United States. President MacQueen was behind the setup that forced former President Barbara Anderson out of office. President MacQueen plans to use Lavinia’s activities in Germany to destroy her credibility in the United States and then kill Lavinia.

Forever Changed by Paul Sande is intriguing and full of action. The plot of the book flows well and is cleverly executed. It is fast-paced with never a dull moment. The story is filled with unexpected twists and turns. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat, and it was a nail-biting experience. The book was hard to put down, and I just kept turning pages. The characters' development is exceptional and very detailed. They were authentic and realistic. The characters were strong throughout the plot. The story is excellently written, and the events were described in detail. The tension builds up to an exciting end that exceeded my expectations by far.

Rabia Tanveer

Forever Changed by Paul Sande is a thriller/espionage novel with a fantastic protagonist and high-octane action. Defense Intelligence Agency Agent Lavinia Walsh was ready to hang up her badge and hand over her gun, but President Olivia MacQueen wasn’t done with her yet. There was one more project the President wanted Lavinia to take on. There was a child in Germany being held in a castle, and it was Lavinia’s job to get there and return the child to the USA. However, things weren’t as simple as she thought. The child was taken to Germany for a vicious purpose. A secret organization had big plans for the child, and if they succeeded chaos would ensue all over the world. Would Lavinia be able to get to the child in time? Or was a whole world of deceit and challenges waiting for her?

I picked Forever Changed because I loved the cover. I was intrigued, and as I read the story, I was glad I had chosen it. The story has a perfect mixture of mystery, adventure, action, and suspense, so kudos to Paul Sande. After reading the first couple of chapters, I was already in awe of the author and the amount of time he must have spent researching this. He introduced turns, twists, and complex ideas at the right moments in the story. I was never able to guess what would happen next, and that was such a joy! The dialogues were the highlight of the story for me. I loved Lavinia and her reactions the most. She was honest, a little hard to read, and perfect for the story. She was smart, shrewd, and observant. Lavinia was intuitive, she knew when things were about to get worse, and she planned accordingly. I loved this book!

Cecelia Hopkins

Forever Changed by Paul Sande sees Lavinia sent on a dangerous undercover mission by the new President Olivia MacQueen. President MacQueen suffers from multiple personality disorder and may have been instrumental in discrediting her predecessor, Barbara Anderson. The mission involves investigating and extracting a boy rumored to be a clone of Adolph Hitler. Back in the US, Dan Nolan runs an incredible risk gathering intelligence regarding MacQueen’s bizarre strategy. Fearing a coup from within her party, she is blackmailing Tanner of the opposition to run as vice president. MacQueen may also be more interested in getting rid of Lavinia than neutralizing the Neo-Nazi threat. What sort of president would put their own country at risk and what sinister threat lies behind the inexplicable internet activity?

Forever Changed by Paul Sande is a multi-layered political thriller laced with parliamentary parody. I liked the blending of technology with the themes of disinformation and influence. The science fiction elements were intelligently employed to create a speculative element. Not being American, I feared I might have been missing nuances of the political satire, but I found the story provided an entertaining international read. I was angered by the high cost paid to survive the mission and felt the significance of the sacrifice symbolized the senseless massacre of billions. Motifs of paraphernalia and mythology surrounding the Nazi party were skillfully embedded to evoke a sinister atmosphere. The major threat was ideological as well as military, emphasizing how systemic racial prejudice and other damaging beliefs are prevalent on a global scale. This book should appeal to lovers of political suspense and alternative history.