VanOps: The Lost Power

VanOps: The Lost Power

by Avanti Centrae

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Overview

Da Vinci Code meets Tomb Raider in this award-winning thriller that #1 NYT’s author James Rollins called, “Full of action and suspense.”

Spain 1057: During a thunderous battle, the first King of Aragon wrestles Alexander the Great’s priceless Egyptian weapon from the Moors, but finds it holds a terrifying and mysterious power.

A thousand years later, on a hushed, fog-shrouded, Napa morning, gunshots and the sound of breaking glass shatter the silence. Maddy Marshall, an app designer and aikido instructor, and her twin brother Will Argones, an engineer, quickly run toward the sound. Horrified, they discover a sniper’s bullet has found its human target.

Before the pool of blood on the living room floor is dry, the twins are sent on an arcane quest to recover Alexander’s ancient weapon. Joined by a VanOps covert agent, they soon discover the rifle’s sights are now set on them. No place is safe, a wrong move means death, and even a simple phone call is off limits if they are to survive.

From a medieval Spanish castle, they follow a time-worn trail, starting at a secret warren under the streets of Jerusalem. But if the killer finds the weapon first, it will be used to cripple the United States’ eye-in-the-sky early warning systems, allowing the Russians to swoop in and prey on the vulnerable nation.

Can Maddy learn to wield the power of the dangerous weapon in time to stop the Russian scheme? Failure means the fragile world peace will be forever shattered…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644371961
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 11/09/2019
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 296,831
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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VanOps: The Lost Power 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KahKA 3 days ago
Couldn't put it down!
JBronder 29 days ago
Maddy and Will Argones are brother and sister that have come home for a meeting with their father. But when they get to the house a sniper has shot both their father and Will’s wife. With his last breath, their father gives them directions to their Sacramento attorney and the start of this adventure. The siblings meet up with a friend, Bear and are off to Spain, Jerusalem, and so many other locations looking for the source of vast power. This book is full of action, adventure, exotic locations, tons of history and an item of great power that has the potential for more harm than good. Maddy and Will are typical siblings bickering over everything, one minute hating each other and the other getting along. I love how Bear was the anchor of the trio keeping them on track the whole time. Of course he is not in the quest just to help those two out. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone that likes action and adventures with lots of history mixed in. This is the first book in the series and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
SanBee 3 months ago
I enjoyed this novel, which contained history, suspense, & adventure I look forward to a follow-up book.Well worth the $, and 360 pages.Sandi B / MT
carlosmock 3 months ago
VanOps: The Lost Power (Kindle Edition) by Avanti Centrae I received a free copy of VanOps: The Lost Power by Avanti Centrae for reviewing purposes. The book has a Prologue where King Ramiro I battles the moors for control of a weapon of great power in 1057 AD Spain. We are suddenly thrust into the present time where a Russian killer, Ivan, is setting in on his kill. It turns out his target is the father of twins Maddy Marshall--an app designer and Aikido instructor--and William (Will) Argones--an engineer. The shooter kills both their father and Will's wife, Maria. Joined by Teddy Thorenson, a childhood friend and member of the VanOps division of the CIA they end up in a chase for Ramiro's formidable weapon that takes us--with many turns and twists--to Marid, Jerusalem, Lithuania, Bagon--Myanmar, and the ancient pyramids of Giza. They must find the weapon before the Russians can use it to create a magnetic bomb that will destroy the US. The book is written from the third-person point of view of the main characters. the chapters turn to be very short and end as soon as the point of view changes--similar to Dan Brown's method. It's a fast-paced read and a page-turner. I read it in a day and a half, and I enjoyed it a lot. A fun, quick, entertaining read!
RICHandNANCY 4 months ago
VanOps: The Lost Power byAvanti Centrae - 3 Stars Publisher: BooksGoSocial ISBN: 9781644371961 This is a fast-paced action novel. Obviously, a lot of research went into its creation. There is extensive historical background, detailed setting descriptions, and more than I cared to know about aikido. However, I found the plot often illogical, contrived, and hard to believe. I realize that action fiction involves some suspending of belief, but this was over the top for me. The characters stumble on signs and secret societies that have been around for many centuries just waiting to be found by two distant descendants of Spain’s royal family. It isn’t an awful action novel or a great one. It is just okay. Reviewer: Nancy
Cozy Cat Reviews 4 months ago
This is a new author to me through Net Galley. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. This was a non stop thrill to read. I was unable to put it down until completion. I found it very reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code. The story revolves between present day and a thousand years ago. I loved the historic aspect, the complex charcters and the wonderful settings. Maddy Marshall and Will Argones, twin sibling visit their father's old vineyard in the Napa Valley of California. Just as they arrive, their father and Will's wife Maria are killed by gunfire. A young boy named AJ that was traveling with Maddie sees a black BMW hurry away from the scene. The twins are on a hunt to find the killers and the reason for their death but have no idea what a remarkable journey they are to set out on., This is so well crafted and well plotted that it kept this reader in its thrall to conclusion. I highly recommend this book for all that love historical adventures and thrillers.
72BRUIN 6 months ago
Something for everyone who loves action. Relationships, history, supernatural, plotting, plot twists appeal to readers across many genres. Excellent start to the series.
Tangen 6 months ago
action-adventure, thriller, historical-research, murder, supernatural, suspense, family-dynamics, international-crime-and-mystery, conspiracy Can't possibly go wrong with this one: murder, conspiracy, international pursuit, and all interspersed with historical data! It's a real thrill ride complete with martial arts, medieval weaponry, car chases, and even helicopter pursuit! The publisher's blurb is pretty good for an intro, and no spoilers here. Kept me reading straight through to the end and waiting for the next one! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Books Go Social via NetGalley. Thank you!
JeanK 6 months ago
One of the joys of reading is finding an author that you have never read before and adding them to your must-read list. Avanti Centrae is the latest author whose book The Lost Power, the first in the Van Ops series, captured me on the first page and did not let go until the very end. Opening in 1057, Ramiro, the king of Aragon, faces a terrifying weapon that devastates his troops. With the help of his son, the weapon is captured, hidden and protected by his ancestors. Fast forward to the present where Maddy and her twin brother Will have been summoned to the family vineyard by their father. Before he can explain the urgency behind his summons, he is assassinated and the killer is now chasing them. Consulting their father’s lawyer, they are each given a packet explaining the family’s responsibility. On the death of the senior member of the family, a secret is passed down to the next generation. They are the descendants of Ramiro and related to the current king of Spain. There are clues to the location of the weapon hidden by Ramiro that must be protected, but the Russians are now on the trail, believing that this weapon could fuel a more modern weapon that they have developed. Maddy and Will are joined on their quest by Bear (Theodore Thorenson), a military veteran who has had a crush on Maddy since their school years. From Spain to Jerusalem, Vilnius and Mandalay, the trio are constantly challenged to determine their worthiness to continue the quest while also dodging assassins at every turn. As they search temples and landmarks for signs, Bear provides commentary on the historical significance of the locations. What they do not know is that Bear also works for Van Ops (Vanguard Operations), a part of the CIA that searches for obscure and unusual threats. Centrae provides a story that moves at breakneck speed. Her characters are easy to relate to as Maddy and Will overcome their troubled relationship to work together. Bear must not only deal with his feelings for Maddy, but also the guilt he carries for not revealing his connection to Van Ops. As you read the story it is easy to visualize the action, making this an exciting read. If you are a fan of James Rollins, you will truly enjoy The Lost Power. I would like to thank NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for providing this book in exchange for my honest review.
JacquiH 6 months ago
As an action filled find the ancient artefact before the world is doomed suspend your belief now this book is ok. Starting in California we dash off to Spain then Jerusalem, Vilnius and Mayanmar and back to California in seemingly no time and certainly without jetlag. The team has interesting characters, twins (Maddy and Will) and a friend (Bear), and they are thrown in at the deep end when their father is killed, as is Will's wife although she 'simply' got in the line of fire. Dad gasped his last by telling them to visit his solicitor and something to do with their ancient family history would be revealed. They visited, her secretary got shot by the Russian bad guy (who had killed Dad), they fled, he chased them, drove them off the road into a river way below, they survived, re-grouped and so on. To a certain extent this continued through all of the places mentioned above and there were times when I thought, oh again - skip read mode. In between there were some more interesting bits about their coming to terms with their "task", their own limitations and their interactions with each other and the various 'groups who had protected the artefact' for millennia. Maddy was an aikado instructor and app designer, Will an engineer and Bear an ex Marine so they had various useful skills for their tasks and there was some good dialogue working out problems using these skills. Other than Bear getting an electronic bug detector, which found nothing, they made little of the fact that the bad guy was usually only about half an hour at most behind them and must have had some sort of "fix" on them. This seemed odd. Whilst I liked the artefact and the quantum physics behind it, I'm afraid that, too often, I felt there is no way that that would happen to make this a really good read for me. I can suspend belief but need to be drawn into the story to sustain this. I was drawn in then thrown out repeatedly. The ending strongly implies that there will be more of this team and I'd be happy to give number two a go to see if things improve - I'd like to think that the author might feel able to have a selection of actions rather than some of everything in future stories. Three and a half stars, rounded down. Thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.