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Book Title: Expect Trouble|
The author of the book: JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
Date of issue: April 21st 2016
ISBN 13: 9781483561967
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At the start of American involvement in World War II, Navy lieutenant Livvy Delacourt is reassigned from her position in cryptology to Commander Barrington “Trey” Drew’s Intelligence unit. Livvy is both excited to be a part of a top secret joint Allied Intelligence Operation and aghast at this assignment, as she had quite the crush on Commander Drew when they were in high school together. Even worse, when Livvy’s father lost his wealth in the crash of 1929, her family was forced to live on her wealthy cousin Gwen’s estate, and Trey was Gwen’s boyfriend. Livvy hopes that Trey does not recognize her and that she can control the wrenching effects of the psychic visions she has suffered since childhood. In her experience, there is no place in the war effort for anything akin to crystal balls or mediums.
Barrington Drew III comes from established wealth and assured social position. When he is assigned to head Operation Delphi, a unit to find Nazi spies on American soil, he assumes he will be commanding intelligence operatives. However, he discovers that his actual position is scientific director of a group of psychics. His training as an engineer and his skeptical nature strictly rule out any belief in such “claptrap.” He is certain his father secured this assignment to keep him out of harm’s way. But he discovers that both Allied intelligence and the White House have rumors that the Nazis have their own psychics, and his job is to locate a group of American psychics and use their unique skills to thwart Nazi spies.
As Trey fights his own trepidation, Livvy loses her struggle to keep her abilities as a psychic under wraps, and he enlists her aid in assembling the psychic team. While Trey holds a jaundiced view of his group of psychics, “like cats, they were both fiercely independent and didn’t respond to herding,” the German spy ring takes his unit quite seriously. After his team uncovers sabotage at the naval shipyard, Trey can no longer dismiss their skills, but now the spy ring closes in and the “Fatherland wants them destroyed.”
Ainsworth sets the tale firmly in the 1940s with a wealth of details from the era, for example, a Dictaphone machine with vinyl dictation belt and Remington Rand typewriters. The author also accurately conveys the reality of psychic talents, which often lack specificity, defy any measurement using the scientific method, and literally have Trey pulling his hair out. The gang of psychics include: a medium, a man who sees ghosts, a crystal ball reader and Livvy herself. Ainsworth’s brisk pace and engaging characters make Expect Trouble a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Read information about the authorWhen author JoAnn Smith Ainsworth carried wood as a pre-teen so her Great Aunt Martha could stoke up the iron stove to prepare dinner, she wasn’t thinking, “I could use this in a novel someday.” Yet, the skills she learned from her horse-and-buggy ancestors translate into backdrops for her historical romantic suspense and supernatural thriller novels.
Believing it’s never too late to create your dream, she resurrected a desire to write when in retirement. Her debut medieval romantic suspense novels, MATILDA’S SONG and OUT OF THE DARK, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews. Her two historical western romance novels released from Whiskey Creek Press (POLITE ENEMIES and THE FARMER AND THE WOOD NYMPH).
Her supernatural thriller, EXPECT TROUBLE, Book 1 of the Operation Delphi series, has the U.S. govt. recruiting psychics to find Nazi spies during WWII. It won a semifinalist award from the East Texas Writers Guild and won runner-up status from Shelf Unbound. EXPECT DECEPTION, Book 2 of the series, won a finalist award from the East Texas Writers Guild and finalist in the 2016 Best Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense category.
Among JoAnn’s achievements are Chief Clerk of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, database administrator for an international law firm and a 3 1/2-mo. trip around the world.
She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in English and Social Science. She has her Masters in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University with an E.S.L. minor and her M.B.A. studies from Pepperdine University. She’s most proud of becoming an author as a senior citizen.
Visit this award winning author on her Facebook JoAnn Smith Ainsworth Fan Page and on Twitter @JoAnnAinsworth or @JoAnn Paranormal.
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