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

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

by Susan Elia MacNeal
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His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Ashley_UNC More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All three are well done. Cant wait for rhr next - really like how history is interwoven in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!)
Storytellermary 11 months ago
His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal There is a price to be paid for standing up to evil, but a bigger price for acquiescence. Maggie and other good people bravely face powerful forces, exercising their own power for good. This was a compelling book, with lessons for these troubled times, and many surprises. I cringed to read the rationalizations for “mercy killing” of those deemed “unfit for life” in Germany. “Why did no one speak up?” Thank goodness for those who did and do. There were reminders of the failure to grant refuge . . . MS St. Louis I had heard of, and mentions of food rationing which I had heard of from my parents. One question on that, what on earth is “mock whipped cream”?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The king coughed up some blood before gasping and dropping into a puddle of blood on the stone floor. <br> The man in the cloak showed a hellish grin before sheathing his sword and walking over to the window and jumping out. <br> <br> Sierra lay in her bed, staring at the wierd relic on the wall. <br> Her dad handed it to her, saying that it was from the medieval times; Sierra didn't believe in that at all. <br> Besides, her dad was a liar, robber, cheater, and killer. <br> We'll get into that later. <br> The thingamabobber on the shelf was a rock that seemed to be diamond, or maybe aquamarine. It was on a rusty chain and looked like a necklace. <br> Sierra got out of her bed slowly and walked over to the shelf. <br> she picked up the necklace and put it around her neck. <br> Then, suddenly, it glowed an eerie blue, and Sierra's world went black. <br> <br> Three positive vomments and I continue!!! <br> ~&#20300
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This was a very thought provoking and hard hitting novel.  It was intensely emotional and wildly revealing.  MacNeal didn&rsquo;t mince words when it came to the atrocities committed, nor about the consequences faced by those who opposed.  This is all wrapped up in a very unique and captivating package.  MacNeal&rsquo;s story is exciting and suspenseful, while raw, real, and completely honest.   I loved the main cast of this novel.  Not only were they well developed and easy to like, but they stood for what they believed in against all odds.  Although this is the 3rd novel in the series, MacNeal develops the characters in such a way that you get to know them in and of this novel itself.   This was my first novel by this author, and by default, my first in this series.  I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and will be looking further into her work in the future.  
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This is the third in the series. OK, but the first teo are better. I wonder if authors who are producing books so closely together feel the pressure of getting books written. As othes have noticed, the author uses uses terms that weren't around in WWII. for example, that Maggie and her half sister share DNA! DN A was only discoveved in the 1950s, well AFTER the war.
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I enjoyed this book.
Corvette99 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Maggie Hope mysteries. Can't wait for the 4th book to come out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all three of the Maggie Hope stories &amp; enjoyed reading all of them! I look forward to the next story &amp; hope there will be many more!
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Susan Elia MacNeal in her new book, &quot;His Majesty's Hope&quot; 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. &quot;His Majesty's Hope&quot; 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: &quot;Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.&quot;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is wonderful, bringing in historical facts of World War II.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amateurish - weak plot and characterizations
iowashort More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy the third book in the series. The story line was all over the place. Too disjointed.
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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.