Thursday, October 14, 2021

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Operation Grendel by Daniel Schwabauer

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring Operation Grendel by Daniel Schwabauer, a really great military sci-fi. This isn't one of my normal genres, but I really enjoyed it. 

About the Book
It’s the war story he’s dreamed of. But the battle may cost him his mind.

Military journalist Raymin Dahl thinks he’s finally getting the story of a lifetime. Secret peace talks on a remote tropical moon are about to surrender five colonized worlds—and six hundred million civilians—to a ruthless enemy.

But when his commanding officer, Captain Ansell Sterling, is fatally wounded before the negotiations can begin, Dahl can no longer just report on the mission. He’s ordered to complete it. With help from the AI embedded in Sterling’s comms bracelet, Dahl must impersonate his commander—a Marine Corps hero and psychological operations expert.

However, Sterling’s AI may be luring him to surrender more than he realizes. And the mission Corporal Dahl thinks he’s running isn't the only operation underway.

Book Beginnings
Like every journalist, I lie for a living.

Friday 56
In my mind Ivy stood next to my recliner with her hands folded. I couldn't actually see her, of course, but I could feel her there, waiting.

What have you been reading lately?

25 comments:

  1. It has been a long time since I last read any military science fiction. I like the quotes for this one. Have a great weekend!

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  3. This looks different, but interesting. My post https://moretoodiscover.blogspot.com/2021/10/book-spotlight-fridays-labyrinth-of-lies.html

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    1. I hadn't really read anything like it before, so it was an interesting read, for sure. Thanks for visiting! Happy weekend! :)

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  4. Not sure I believe journalists lie for a living, but the book did catch my attention! As someone who loves 'Beowulf', I wonder whether that was an inspiration for Schwabauer? Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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    1. It's been so long since I read Beowulf, so I don't know if there's any connection there, but it would definitely be interesting to know whether there was some inspiration there for the author. Thanks for coming by! Hope you have a lovely weekend too! :)

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  5. That first line LOL

    Here is my link:
    https://twogirlsandtheirbookishlife.blogspot.com/2021/10/book-beginnings-golden-boy-murder-among.html

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    1. Right? I had to laugh, lol! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! :)

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  6. Now I am curious! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “LAST GIRL GHOSTED”

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  7. I'm not one for Science Fiction at all, but I think my hubby might like this. Will have to share with him.

    Happy reading and enjoy your weekend!

    Elza Reads

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    1. It's definitely outside of my normal genre, but it was nice for a change. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy your weekend too! :)

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  8. I love science fiction, and I'll try any book with Grendel in the title or description.

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    1. I always have so much fun reading science fiction, but don't read it nearly enough. I definitely need to change that. Thanks for visiting! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  9. What a great title! And I love that opening line. Is this a standalone, or the first book in a series?

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    1. It's a standalone, which seems rare these days, lol. I love a good series, but it's nice to find a standalone. Thanks for coming by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  10. I like the excite and intrigue from that 56! Happy weekend!

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  11. Whoa, this sounds intense. I would have loved to have seen it set here in the new future. So many possibilities.

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  12. I meant near future, not new future...

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    1. I agree, so many possibilities! Thanks for coming by! Hope you have a lovely weekend! :)

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  13. I know it's not supposed to be a funny first line, but I found it funny! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I thought it was funny too. I had to laugh. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great week! :)

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