Solstice Shadows

A VanOps Thriller

Fiction - Adventure
402 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2020
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Author Biography

Avanti Centrae is the author of the international multi-award-winning and #1 best selling VanOps thriller series. An instant Barnes and Noble Nook bestseller, The Lost Power took home a genre grand prize ribbon at the Chanticleer International Book Awards, a bronze medal at the Wishing Shelf Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the Hollywood Book Festival. Solstice Shadows also released as a Barnes and Noble best seller, and quickly became an #1 Amazon best seller, before winning a bronze medal at the Readers' Favorite book awards and nabbing the Chanticleer Global Thrillers Genre Grand Prize. Her father served as a U.S. marine corporal in Okinawa, gathering military intelligence during the first decade after the Korean War. Her work has been compared to that of James Rollins, Steve Berry, Dan Brown, and Clive Cussler. She resides in Northern California with her family and German shepherds.

    Book Review

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.

Susan Sewell

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.