Book Review: “Solstice Shadows”


(See all my Book Reviews) – Author Avanti Centrae ( published the novel “Solstice Shadows” in 2020 (August). Ms. Centrae has published two novels, this being the second in her “VanOps Thriller” series. Read my interview with Ms. Centrae.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains Scenes of Violence, Mature Language, and Mature Situations. The novel continues the story of the elite VanOps team. The main characters include siblings Maddy & Will Marshall. Will has now joined a long time family friend ‘Bear’ as a VanOps agent. While they would like Maddy to join them, she has not yet agreed.

Forces from Russia and Spain confront the VanOps team. Russian or Spanish agents are the most likely suspects in the theft of a star chart. Maddy agrees to help VanOps to find the chart. All are looking for the source of a superconducting material. The VanOps team must avoid attacks while working to solve the mystery of the star chart.

I enjoyed the 7.5+ hours I spent reading this 401-page thriller. This is the second of Ms. Centrae’s novels I have read. The other was “VanOps: The Lost Power“. The plot of this novel weaves suspense and thrills with a dash of the paranormal. It is a little ‘out there’ but it is an enjoyable story. The selected cover art is OK. I give this novel a 3.7 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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