VanOps: The Lost Power

Written by:
Avanti Centrae
Narrated by:
Tim Campbell

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2019
9 hours 30 minutes
Da Vinci Code meets Tomb Raider in the award-winning thriller that #1 NYT author James Rollins called, 'Full of action and suspense.'

Spain 1057: During a thunderous battle, the first King of Spain wrestles Alexander the Great’s priceless Egyptian weapon from invaders, 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 rip through the morning’s silence. Maddy Marshall, an app designer and aikido instructor, and her twin brother, Will, 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, 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 timeworn 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 fragile world peace will be forever shattered...
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Korra I.

VanOps: The Lost Power really hit the spot for me. I’ve not really had a proper, exciting adventure novel with guns, spies, assassins, and mystery in a good, long while.\r\n\r\nThe first word that came to mind was exciting. It really doesn’t let up often. There’s always something exciting going on to keep the reader and characters interested, invested, and motivated. It reminded me a lot of the movie National Treasure and the novel Blue Madagascar.\r\n\r\nI listened to the audiobook of this story and I noticed the chapters starting off with a time of day notifications blew right past me before I had time to process them. I was listening to an version, so I didn’t have the benefit of being able to look at the chapter listing. \r\n\r\nAs far as criticisms of the story or characters go, I really can’t think of anything. It was exactly what I want out of an international espionage novel. There were twists, turns, reveals, danger, excitement, and more. It’s a really solid, well-written novel that kept me on the edge of my seat.\r\n\r\nThe narrator of the audiobook version did an incredible job.

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