His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope Series #3)

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For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, whip-smart heroine Maggie Hope returns to embark on a clandestine mission behind enemy lines where no one can be trusted, and even the smallest indiscretion can be deadly.

World War II has finally came home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an ...

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Overview

For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, whip-smart heroine Maggie Hope returns to embark on a clandestine mission behind enemy lines where no one can be trusted, and even the smallest indiscretion can be deadly.

World War II has finally came home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive--a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad--and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war--and of her own past.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
From the Publisher
“You’ll be [Maggie Hope’s] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

Praise for the Maggie Hope Mysteries

“With false starts, double agents, and red herrings . . . MacNeal provides a vivid view of life both above and below stairs at Windsor Castle.”—Publishers Weekly, on Princess Elizabeth’s Spy

“A captivating, post-feminist picture of England during its finest hour.”—The Denver Post, on Mr. Churchill’s Secretary

Kirkus Reviews
A dangerous trip to Berlin becomes a life-altering experience for a British spy. Maggie Hope is a Brit raised by an aunt in America who returned to London, where she learned many things about the supposedly dead parents she barely knew. Her father is a scientist working to break German codes, her mother a Nazi agent whom Maggie outwitted in her last adventure (Princess Elizabeth's Spy, 2012). Now she has undergone rigorous training to be sent to Germany, where her quick wits and excellent German just may let her pull off a dangerous mission. She is parachuted into Germany, where she is posing as the girlfriend of Gottlieb Lerner, a Nazi who is really a devout Catholic involved with local priests working to thwart Nazi plans. Her job: deliver radio crystals and plant a microphone in the home office of her mother, Clara Hess. Maggie meets her half sister Elise, a nurse who has recently discovered that the government is busily carrying out their secret plan of race purification by killing children and others whom they consider defective in any way. Elise is boldly hiding a British pilot and the Jewish husband of a fellow nurse in her mother's attic while working to find proof of the mass killings. When Maggie gets a chance to work for a Nazi involved in the program, a horrified Lerner tries to get her to return to Britain, but Maggie is determined to get proof that the program exists. Maggie continues her winning ways with more thrills and romantic problems, but this time, the horrors of her experiences add depth to the already pleasing adventures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385362689
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Series: Maggie Hope Series , #3
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 781,948
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Susan Elia MacNeal is the author of the Maggie Hope mysteries, including Mr. Churchill's Secretary, Princess Elizabeth's Spy, and His Majesty's Hope. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and child.

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Chapter One

Maggie Hope was feeling her way through thick darkness. She was panting after shimmying up a rickety drainpipe, knocking out a screen in an upper-story window, avoiding several trip wires, and then sliding silently onto the floor of a dark hallway. She took a deep breath and rose to her feet, every nerve alert.

Beneath her foot, a parquet floorboard creaked. Oh, come now, she thought. She waited for a moment, slowing her breathing, feeling her heart thunder in her chest. All around her was impenetrable black. The only sounds were the creaks of an ancient manor house.

Nothing.

All clear.

Maggie could feel dampness under her arms and hot drops of sweat trickling down the small of her back. Aware of each and every sound, she continued down the hall until she reached the home's library. The door was locked. Well, of course it is, Maggie thought. She picked the lock in seconds with one of her hairpins.

Once she'd ascertained no one was there, she turned on her tiny flashlight and made her way to the desk. The safe was supposed to be under it. And it was, just as her handler had described.

Good, she thought, sitting down on the carpet next to it. All right, let's talk. That was how she pictured safecracking: a nice little chat with the safe. It was how the Glaswegian safecracker Johnny Ramensky--released from prison to do his part for the war effort--had taught her. She spun the dial and listened. When she could hear the tumblers dropping into place--not hear, but feel the vibrations with her fingertips--she knew she had the first number correct. Now, for the second.

Biting her lower lip in concentration, immersed in safecracking, Maggie didn't hear the room's closet door open.

Out from the shadows emerged a man. He was tall and lean, and wearing an SS uniform. "You're never going to get away with this, you know," he lisped, like Paul Lukas in Confessions of a Nazi Spy.

Maggie didn't bother to answer, saving her energy for the last twist of the dial, the safe's thick metal door clicking open.

In a single move, she gathered the files from the safe under her arm and sprang to her feet. She turned the flashlight on the intruder. He squinted at the light in his eyes.

Maggie ran at him, kneeing him in the groin, hard. While he was doubled over, she elbowed him in the back of the head. Satisfied he was unconscious, she ran to the door, folders still in hand.

Except that he wasn't unconscious. An arm shot out and a hand grabbed Maggie's ankle. She fell, files sliding across the floor. She kicked his hand off and scrambled for the door.

He struggled to his feet and ran after her, catching and holding her easily with his left arm while he wrapped his right hand around her throat. She gasped for breath, trying to throw him off, but she couldn't get the proper leverage. He threw her up against the wall, pinning her--

"Stop! Stop!"

Then, again--the voice amplified by a megaphone, louder this time: "OH, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, STOP!"

The man's arms around Maggie relaxed and released her.

"What on earth . . . ?" she muttered in exasperation.

The hall's lights blinked on, bare bulbs in elaborate molded ceilings. It wasn't actually the home of a high-ranking Nazi in Berlin but the Beaulieu Estate in Hampshire, England. Beaulieu was considered the "finishing school" of SOE--Special Operations Executive--Winston Churchill's black ops division. Some of the recruits joked that SOE didn't stand for Special Operations Executive as much as "Stately 'omes of England," where all the training seemed to take place.

"What now?" Maggie grumbled and started to pace...

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley from Rando

    I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley from Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Dell. While I have not read the first two books in MacNeal’s “Maggie Hope” series, I really enjoyed this one.

    Maggie Hope has just finished her training with the British Special Operations Executive, and she is ready for her first mission abroad. Her assignment: Deliver some radio crystals to a contact in Berlin and plant a bug in the office of a high-ranking Nazi official. Maggie takes this mission very seriously - she has a real drive to prove herself, she feels a certain amount of pressure to succeed as the first female spy on the ground in Germany, and she has an axe to grind with the Nazi official whose office she is supposed to infiltrate. But when Maggie gets to Germany, her personal concerns take a back seat to the atrocities she witnesses in Nazi-controlled Berlin, like the deportation of Jews and the murder of physically or mentally disabled children that Hitler has deemed “unfit for life.”

    In addition to focusing on the dangers that Maggie is running in Germany, MacNeal also includes really touching plot lines that involve Maggie’s friend David and her half-sister Elsie. David is facing parental pressure to conform to the life they have envisioned for him, and Elsie is struggling to stay true to her belief in God in Hitler’s Germany. I was just as invested in both of these stories as I was in Maggie’s.

    MacNeal’s writing style is fluid, and I found myself very quickly attached to her characters. Even though there are terrible things going on all around her main characters, MacNeal breaks up the tension with descriptions of music and dancing. There were a few coincidences in the plot that stretched believability at times, but I was definitely engaged throughout the book, and I kept telling myself “just one more chapter…” until I ultimately read the whole thing in one day. I’ll certainly give the first two books in this series a try!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Enjoyed very much

    All three are well done. Cant wait for rhr next - really like how history is interwoven in the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Best yet in a great series!

    Maggie Hope, born in England and raised in the United States, finds herself in the land of her birth as World War II begins. Her mysterious family background coupled with her bravery and intelligence quickly lead her to the heart of the defense of Britain-Winston Churchill's office. This third novel in the series finds our relentless Maggie on a secret mission in Berlin. The author's ability to combine a likable heroine with many of the true facts of the war make this a great selection for any who like a little history carefully blended with character and plot. The books are each quick reads and I am looking forward to the next one! (If you like the Maisie Dobbs books, this is a series for you!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    good read

    I enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Love, love this series

    Can't put this series down. Great story. Looking forward to the fourth book. Author has done a good job telling Maggie Hope's story. The intertwining of the characters and their own stories is wonderful. Great book! Great series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    highly recommend

    Love the Maggie Hope mysteries. Can't wait for the 4th book to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    I have read all three of the Maggie Hope stories & enjoyed r

    I have read all three of the Maggie Hope stories & enjoyed reading all of them! I look forward to the next story & hope there will be many more!

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

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    Susan Elia MacNeal in her new book, "His Majesty's Hope&quo

    Susan Elia MacNeal in her new book, "His Majesty's Hope" Book Three in the Maggie Hope Mystery series published by Bantam Books gives us another adventure with Maggie Hope.




    From the back cover: Susan Elia MacNeal, acclaimed author of Mr. Churchill's Secretary and Princess Elizabeth's Spy returns with the latest thrilling adventure featuring whip-smart heroine Maggie Hope, who embarks on a clandestine mission behind enemy lines where no one can be trusted, and even the smallest indiscretion can be deadly.




    World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive--a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad--and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war--and of her own past.




    Ms. MacNeal is a wonderful writer who uses very clever plots to absorb us in her writing. History, World War II and Nazis all come together in a suspense plot that will keep you guessing as to what is going to happen next. Maggie Hope is now a full-fledged undercover spy and is given the mission to parachute in Nazi Germany to bring down Clara Hess, who Maggie has discovered is her mother that was thought dead. In addition to the extermination of anyone Jewish the Nazi's were also involved with Operation Compassionate Death. Sounds good doesn't it? However this killed anyone with a hereditary disease and that mostly amounted to children. Now Maggie is behind the lines, face to face with her mother and has to deal with these issues. The action and adventure pick up from there. Ms. MacNeal has written a nail-biting, page-turning thriller. Ms. MacNeal creates characters so real that you care for all of them. "His Majesty's Hope" is great fun to read. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bantam Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Highly recommend.

    This series is wonderful, bringing in historical facts of World War II.

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

    Book 3 in this wonderful series following Maggie Hope set in Bri

    Book 3 in this wonderful series following Maggie Hope set in Britain during WWII.  (I would definitely recommend reading these books in order.)  I loved the story...it kept me turning the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next.  I can't wait fo Book 4.  Bring it on, Ms. MacNeal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Cannot recommend

    Amateurish - weak plot and characterizations

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    Recommended

    Again, a good book for World War Two, spy, readers. While I didn't enjoy it as much as her other two books, it is still entertaining and well written.
    This is a logical book in the series, and leaves the reader hanging, so you will want to read the next book when it is published.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Disappointed

    I did not enjoy the third book in the series. The story line was all over the place. Too disjointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Good read!

    I have enjoyed reading all three of the Maggie Hope books. I've learned some facts about WWII that I did not know which makes the series more interesting. The author needs to be more aware of current slang vs terminology used during the time period of the book. For instance "baby bump", to my knowledge, was not used during the time period of the novel.

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