Thursday, April 19, 2012

Author Interview & Review: A Bodyguard of Lies by Donna Del Oro

Today we welcome author, Donna Del Oro who is promoting her book A Bodyguard of Lies.  Check out her interview after my take.

AuthorDonna Del Oro
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Date of Publication: January 12, 2012

An FBI agent hunts for an infamous Nazi spy--and risks more than he bargained for.

Handsome FBI agent Jake Bernstein is recruited by MI5 to go undercover in England and Ireland and investigate a naturalized American grandmother. His task: Discover if she was the notorious Nazi spy, Hummingbird, who caused the deaths of thousands during World War II. His obstacles: A dangerous, Irish neo-Nazi organization, the woman’s lovely blond granddaughter, and sixty years’ worth of lies. His priority: Stay alive!

My Take:

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. 

And now our interview with Ms. Del Oro:

 Kari: What inspired you to become a writer?

Donna: I used to create my own comic books when I was just a kid. I loved to read and draw, so that evolved into writing novels. I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen.

Kari: Where do you come up with the idea for your books?

Donna: From all over, people, the newspaper, movies—you name it.

Kari: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Donna: I’ll begin very soon the sequel to my FBI thriller, A BODYGUARD OF LIES. I’m compiling the research notes right now.

Kari: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Donna: Ah, that’s a difficult question. At the moment, I love the Mitch Rapp character of Brad Thor’s thrillers and the Gabriel Allon Mossad agent of Daniel Silva’s spy thrillers.

Kari: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Donna: I love the grace and beauty of the big cats but their lives are so difficult.

About the author:

Donna Del Oro spent her childhood in two places, Silicon Valley, CA and the countryside of East Texas, as her father tried several job opportunities. Finally settling in Silicon Valley, she grew up in a bilingual, bicultural world--Spanish on her mother's side and English on her father's. Comfortable in both worlds, she decided upon retiring from teaching to write about her Hispanic side. Four women's fiction books resulted and a series about professional singers, their careers and love lives. Retired and devoting much of her abundant free time to exercise, writing, singing and her grandson, Donna has finally reached a point in life that totally satisfies her. Life is good and she has no complaints, just a lot of gratitude for her many blessings.

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