Teaser Tuesday – 24/5/22 – Shadowboxing

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Shadowboxing, Book 1 of my WWII Echoes Rising series.

“London had no clue about Lehrer’s defection. Gabriel hadn’t passed along the information as he implied.”

Liang raised an eyebrow. “I thought we were supposed to be able to trust Gabriel.” He frowned. “Do they believe that still to be the case?”

“That depends on his motivations, and there is no way of knowing what they are.” This mission was quickly becoming anything but the simple retrieval outlined in their initial briefing. “Lehrer is considered too high a risk to be allowed to remain in Germany. If he falls into the hands of the Gestapo, he might be persuaded to assist them.”

“So they aren’t sure he can be trusted either?”

“Gabriel is convinced Lehrer is trustworthy, but I am not so sure, especially considering his own position at present. He and Lehrer have both disappeared. Lehrer has worked on this project since the beginning, so why the attack of conscience now?” Ken had reservations about the entire scenario. If the Germans had received intelligence about the Allied mission, it wasn’t unlikely or unheard of that they might plant a spy. Not all defectors were honest about their reasons for doing so, and either Gabriel or Lehrer could be a double agent.

You can read more of this story here.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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