A Bodyguard of Lies

A Bodyguard of Lies

by Donna Del Oro

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FBI analyst Jake Bernstein is recruited to go undercover and investigate an American grandmother wanted for war crimes during WWII but currently on a tour of England and Ireland with her granddaughter. Jake joins them and runs into complications when his growing attraction to the woman's granddaughter challenges his obligation to remain emotionally detached. As the investigation intensifies, a neo-Nazi group tries to prevent him from learning the truth and Jake struggles to stay alive long enough to either prove the woman's guilt or exonerate her.

Despite Meg Larsen's mounting passion for the stranger who has joined their tour, she suspects he's not who he claims to be. When she realizes her grandmother, the woman who raised her, is the target of the man's investigation, her first instinct is to protect her. Eventually, however, Meg must face the possibility of her grandmother's lifetime of lies while forced to trust a man who has become both their nemesis and bodyguard.

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BN ID: 2940158094422
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 06/08/2016
Series: The Jake Bernstein FBI Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 450
File size: 447 KB

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Bodyguard of Lies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by C.J. Anaya for Readers' Favorite A Bodyguard of Lies by Donna Del Oro is the first book in The Jake Bernstein FBI Series and, in my humble opinion, is an absolute triumph. Jake is given an assignment to go undercover on a tourist trip through Europe and investigate an American woman named Mary Snyder, suspected of being a Nazi spy while working for the Allied forces. We're given great depth of character in this particular hero. His Jewish heritage and emotional baggage create a flawed, sensitive, and rather complex individual whose integrity and clear sense of right and wrong make him an extremely lovable character. He deals with quite an internal struggle as he gets to know Mary Snyder's granddaughter, Meg, and develops feelings for her. Meg is strong, brave, capable, and vulnerable. Also a character of many layers who is devoted to her grandmother. Her ability to give love so unconditionally makes it easy for her to fall in love with Jake and his sincerity, despite the fact that he must pretend to be someone else in order to discover the truth about Mary Snyder's identity and activities sixty years ago. The author switched from Jake's point-of-view to Meg's point of view, something I always appreciate. It's so advantageous to get into each character's head and experience that internal dialogue. Between these points-of-view we are given rich chapters of Mary Snyder's life as a Nazi spy, allowing us insight into how she became one, the conditioning and training she received, and the monstrous things required of her by the Third Reich. What I loved about these chapters was the character development. Mary wasn't portrayed as a monster, though she was definitely involved in monstrous things. There were slivers of humanity within her. Moments where she was truly horrified by what was required of her while at the same time determined to serve her country no matter what. We were given insight into the mind of someone conditioned by Hitler's extremist views. She was fighting for her country and, deplorable though her acts were, at one point you have to wonder if people who are so thoroughly brainwashed into believing such propaganda are capable of ever seeing things differently. As Jake and Meg discover who Mary Snyder truly was, they encounter another threat lurking in the shadows. The past has come to haunt the present and many may not survive. Elements of suspense, espionage, intrigue, romance, and betrayal are beautifully interwoven to create an exciting novel that encompasses WWII history in the process. This one is a nail biter, while simultaneously teaching you quite a bit about WWII history. I absolutely loved it and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. If you're a fan of romance, intrigue, and espionage, you'll love this fantastic read.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Enthralling spy mystery! This is a superb, suspense filled romance involving a search to verify if an old lady was a secret, undercover agent spying for the Nazis whilst she worked in London as a translator during the second world war. The person given the task of discerning the truth by MI5 is ex Navy SEAL, FBI Analyst, Jake Bernstein, a man whose grandfather was a German Jew who escaped Nazi oppression, though many of his family were killed in the Holocaust. He agrees to undertake the task, working with both the FBI and MI5 to do so. Jake joins a coach tour of the UK on which the elderly suspect is travelling with her granddaughter, Meg Larsen. When Jake and Meg meet, their attraction is instant and mutual - and oh so wrong given his purpose is to find evidence to prove her grandmother a traitor. The story contains flashbacks to wartime events, giving great relevant background information to what Meg’s Grandmother did during this era. It also contains others who are looking to take advantage of the elderly lady and her wartime work to support their own contemporary aims. No one is necessarily who they purport to be, there are unanticipated dangers and many discoveries to be made before the truth can be revealed. It is an action packed tale, linking the past and the present, in this enthralling romantic suspense where revealing his true purpose could end the romance before it gets a chance to develop and if he finds the evidence to convict the elderly lady it could be lead to even worse dilemmas! This story has well developed characters, a plot filled with espionage, mystery and intrigue and is an enthralling, well written and riveting story. There are many unanticipated twists and turns as the story progresses on its roller coaster ride around the UK and Germany. I had never read anything by this author before but I will certainly be looking out for more from her in future - I highly recommend this! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It captured my attention from the very first page and kept it until the last page. I was actually sorry when it ended and can't wait to read the next book in the series. We've all read about Nazi's on trial for war crimes and these elderly folks are pulled into court to answer for their crimes from long ago. Their crimes were horrific and have no statute of limitations, but this book gives a glimpse into one possible scenario. J Jake is an undercover FBI agent that joins a tour of England to get close to an elderly woman and her granddaughter. Jake is sent because he is attractive and good with the ladies. His task is to get close to the granddaughter in an effort to determine if the grandmother is a Nazi spy. What follows is a complex tale that has Jake wrestling with his conscience - both on his role with the granddaughter and with the idea of incarcerating a frail elderly woman near death. I strongly recommend this to fans of the genre. While this is the start of a new series, it is a stand alone novel. I have added the author to my must read authors' list.
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Celticlady1953 More than 1 year ago
A Bodyguard of Lies is one of those books that grabs you right from the start. There are two story-lines here, one about FBI agent Jake Bernstein recruited to investigate an old case regarding Nazi war crimes. The other story line is about Mary McCoy, the 80+ grandmother he is investigating for these crimes. To get close to Mary, Jake is sent on a tour where he gets close to Meg, Mary's granddaughter. He finds himself falling for this beautiful woman and is putting his investigation at risk. Even after all the years since WWII, Nazi war criminals are still being hunted and this story gives the reader an idea of what life was like to have people persecuted for their beliefs. Told with authoritativeness, the author brings the reader into the world of espionage and danger. Even today there are Neo Nazi groups out to make the world "pure Aryan". There is also romance blended in with the mystery which makes the book a great read. Exploring the the intricacies of human emotion and passion for a cause, A Bodyguard of Lies is a must read, a historical fiction if you will that tells the horrifying story of how much devastation and loss there is in a war and how love perseveres even in the face of fanatical atrocities. There is just the right amount of steamy sex that does not overtake the story being told. I highly recommend this book.
Kari_on_From_the_TBR_Pile More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy A Bodyguard of Lies. The premise was pretty interesting. Is this sweet grandmother from Texas who she really says she is? As the story alternates between now and the 1940s, the clues come together to reveal the truth of who The Hummingbird and The Black Widow really are. It is a pretty straight forward mystery and was easy to figure out the truth. This didn't take away from my enjoyment of story as Meg and Jake confirm everyone's suspicions. I really felt for Meg in her conflict over her grandmother. I'm not sure how I would react when I learned my grandmother had led a secret life. Given how she has spent her life in the years after the war, has she done enough to redeem her past wrongs? That was the question I struggled with as I read the book. My only regret was that I felt I was left hanging in the end in regards to the relationship between Meg and Jake. Throughout the entire book, I was constantly reminded of their growing attraction and potential love, yet I felt cheated in the end. What happens next for them? Did they get a HEA? I think an epilogue would have made the ending more satisfying for me.
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: I loved this book! My attention was caught immediately from the first page and it kept my interest until the very last page! Bodyguard of Lies is well-written, it has interesting mystery story, captivating characters and historical back flashes to historical events during the World War II. Regarding the plot: Bodyguard of Lies had two story lines. The book started with prologue from 1941 we you meet one of the main characters Mary McCoy. Then you are brought back to the present time where FBI investigator Jake Bernstein gets a mission to cooperate with British MI5 to find a Nazi spy who worked in England in the War Office during World War II. Jake is sent to Ireland where he meets with two ladies: an old woman who is suspected to be connected to the spy and she has a beautiful and sweet granddaughter who travels with her. The plot is filled with many sudden surprises and develops very smoothly. Each page I turned I realized that I really want to know how it ends, who is Mary McCoy and how will Jake's case be ended and how the relationship between Mary's granddaughter Meg and Jake will end. The plot was filled with action, twists and turns, had quick pace and was genuinely driven by the characters! Regarding the characters: As said the plot was very good, but let me tell you, the characters and their personal stories were excellently written! I really enjoyed the characters! They were believable, lovable (even Mary McCoy!) and that made Bodyguard of Lies an excellent reading experience. My absolute favorite character was Mary McCoy. Her story was horrible, sad, cruel - but yet I really enjoyed reading about her. Mary McCoy survived the war and that made her a hard and bitter woman. After the ward she simply closed and blocked her past, until she is contacted by the French couple and lets herself to get manipulated. Mary McCoy is a conflicted character. From one side she has been supportive to her children and grandchildren and has been like a mom for Meg. From the other side she is hiding a very dark past, being responsible for awful events. She carries her past with her and even though none of her people around her will understand her, she is proud of her past, too. I loved her character, but I despised it equally much. I adored Meg. She is a loving granddaughter of Mary and when Jake appears and especially when she finds out who Jake is and what his motives are, is still believing in her grandmother. When the truth gets out, she still loves her grandmother and she is very brave of accepting who her grandmother really is. Jake was a great protagonist! Trustworthy, reliable, handsome and smart. Generally: Bodyguard of Lies is an excellent mystery story! I absolutely loved it! It was easy to read and it was one of the most captivating mystery stories I have read lately! Definitely a must read! 5 stars!