Spy Island



➛ [KINDLE] ❅ Spy Island By Sophie Schiller ➥ – E17streets4all.co.uk When the world is at war, even an island is not safe Abigail Maduro arrives in the Danish West Indies in to live with her Aunt Esther, a bad tempered spinster, and her houseful of eccentric servants When the world is at war, even an island is not safe Abigail Maduro arrives in the Danish West Indies into live with her Aunt Esther, a bad tempered spinster, and her houseful of eccentric servants Despite the island s veneer of tranquility, St Thomas is a hotbed of German spies and saboteurs who use their Hamburg America Line steamers to aid the Kaiser s war effort When a mysterious stranger suddenly appears in town, Abigail is drawn into the conflict In the handsome, scholarly Erich Seibold, she finds the friendship and love she has been craving, even when she learns that Erich is really a deserter from a German U boat Their idyllic interlude comes to a crashing halt when the island s German consul also discovers Erich s identity and blackmails him into committing sabotage, forcing Abigail to risk her life to save him Action and adventure abound in this colorful historical novel that brings to life a fading West Indian sugar colony in the last days of Danish rule.Spy Island

Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies She is a novelist and a poet She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far flung locations Kirkus Reviews has called her an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer Publishers Weekly called her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE, a memorable romantic thriller , her novel RACE TO TIBET, a thrilling yarn, and her TRANSFER DAY, a page turner with emotional resonance Her latest novel is THE LOST DIARY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, about Hamilton s lost boyhood in the Caribbean She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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    Spy Island PDF ò Paperback Seibold, she finds the friendship and love she has been craving, even when she learns that Erich is really a deserter from a German U boat Their idyllic interlude comes to a crashing halt when the island s German consul also discovers Erich s identity and blackmails him into committing sabotage, forcing Abigail to risk her life to save him Action and adventure abound in this colorful historical novel that brings to life a fading West Indian sugar colony in the last days of Danish rule."/>
  • Paperback
  • 327 pages
  • Spy Island
  • Sophie Schiller
  • English
  • 04 October 2019

10 thoughts on “Spy Island

  1. says:

    Seereviews on Short Sweet Reviews Spy Island tells the story of Abby Maduro, a young girl sent to live with her bitter spinster Aunt Ester on the island of St Thomas World War I is going on at the time, and German spies are everywhere Abby has an active imagination, which is stoked by a young sailor named Ian who she meets on her trip to St Thomas, so of course she sees spies and conspiracies everywhere The good This was a very well researched book The author really did her homew Seereviews on Short Sweet Reviews Spy Island tells the story of Abby Maduro, a young girl sent to live with her bitter spinster Aunt Ester on the island of St Thomas World War I is going on at the time, and German spies are everywhere Abby has an active imagination, which is stoked by a young sailor named Ian who she meets on her trip to St Thomas, so of course she sees spies and conspiracies everywhere The good This was a very well researched book The author really did her homework when it came to major political and social events in St Thomas and in the world at the time the story was taking place, as well as details about the German army, World War I, sailing, etc She definitely has a ton of knowledge about the time and place, which she puts to good use in all the details in this story I m a sucker for historical fiction, and for spies and war stories and women doing awesome things I don t feel like I ve read many books that take place during WWI, and those that I have focuson life in Europe or America during that time, not the Caribbean The setting I ve never been to St Thomas, or really, any of the Caribbean islands, so I liked reading all the lush descriptions of the island The author lived in the West Indies and you can tell that she clearly loves and knows the area the people and places really come to life with the great detail she provides I definitely had a great sense of what the island and its peoples looked like by the time the book was over The friendship between Erich and Abby is very sweet He is always very kind to her, very aware of how much danger she could be in if anyone discovers that Abby is giving him a place to stay I like that they shared stories of their pasts and that even though he himself was in danger of discovery, that he kept trying to look out for Abby and protect her from her Aunt, who could be quite cruel to Abby There s a bit of a supblot of a romance between them, but for the most part, it s in the form of Abby s crush on the good looking sailor.The not so good This book feels way too long I say this as someone who has devoured thousand page plus books without complaint A 300 some page book usually wouldn t be a problem, but on this case, I just wasn t kept engaged Around the 40% mark of this book, I started skimming because things were getting repetitive The action does pick up around the 80% mark but it took a lot of will power for me to get there All of the natives read, people of color to St Thomas have their accents written out in very exaggerated ways For example Lots of sailors pass by dese islands every day and dat don t make dem no German spies I understand that writing it like this helps you get a flavor for how the person sounds when they speak, and that not everyone speaks in what would be considered a grammatically correct way, but I dislike seeing so much dialogue written out like that It s a pet peeve of mine in general, but one that especially annoyed me, especially when none of the native Dutch residents, who would surely have accents of their own, have their accents written out The only other person who consistently had a written accent was Ian, who was Irish Also, often times the dialogue just didn t feel realistic As a writer, I m a big fan of reading dialogue out loud to myself, or occasionally using a speech reading program to read my story back to me If it sounds unnatural to my ears, then it s time to go back and refine it into something that sounds better Yes, speech patterns were different in the early 1900s, but that only accounts for some but not all of the weirdness that I heard There are just too many details This isn t a complaint I make often, but in this case, everything was just too wordy The book is told from Abby s perspective, but any time Erich, or anyone else, has a story to tell, the story is recounted from that person s perspective in extreme detail, filled with a practically minute to minute timeline of whatever happened And then some details get recounted both in the narration as well as in someone else s dialogue, or stories get repeated when someone tells Abby a story, and then it s emphasized in the narration, and then Abby tells the story again to someone else sometimes it can just be overkill Also, the villain literally twirls his mustache In case you needed anyhints that he s the bad guy, there s a big one Overall, this was an interesting spy story with lots of moving parts which could have been made a lot better by some tighter editing I liked the idea of the story a teenage girl hunting down spies espionage and treason blackmail but I felt that it wasn t always successful in its execution Other readers have really enjoyed the story, so please do check it out if it sounds like something you d be interested in

  2. says:

    Enter my giveaway for a paperback copy HERE As soon as I read the summary for Spy Island, I knew it was the book for me I always love historical fiction novels, especially when they have to do with exciting things such as German spies and exotic locations Luckily, Spy Island managed to be everything I had hoped it would and much, muchSpy Island begins the story of Abby Maduro, an everyday girl living in Panama during the early 1900s She loves her parents and friends, and she hopes to Enter my giveaway for a paperback copy HERE As soon as I read the summary for Spy Island, I knew it was the book for me I always love historical fiction novels, especially when they have to do with exciting things such as German spies and exotic locations Luckily, Spy Island managed to be everything I had hoped it would and much, muchSpy Island begins the story of Abby Maduro, an everyday girl living in Panama during the early 1900s She loves her parents and friends, and she hopes to one day become a school teacher However, everything changes for Abby when her parents die in a tragic accident Suddenly, Abby s alone, and thanks to one of parents most trusted advisers, she now has no money to her name and is being sent to live with her crabby Aunt Esther in the Dutch West Indies Abby isn t enthused However, what she s about to find in the Dutch West Indies might change her life forever, but in what kind of way exactly Only time andpages can tell Spy Island had a lot of good things going for it, and one of those aspects would have had to be the characters Sophie introduced such a lively and likeable group of people within this one, and even the characters that weren t as likable were still a ton of fun to read about it One of my favorites, though, would have had to be Abby At first, I was worried Abby would end up being the typical spoiled rich girl, always looking for a new hobby to keep her interest However, Abby ended up being dauntless, especially when it came to helping her new friends out as well as tracking German spies I loved seeing Abby interact with the wide variety of island natives such as her aunt s housekeepers as well as her two new found friends, Erich and Ian Abby s interactions with each and every character added a lot to the book as well as her character to say the least.The plot and writing in this was also truly fascinating As mentioned before, I always love a good historical read, and Spy Island managed to be just that From the first page, I was instantly thrown into Abby s world and truly taken aback by the lovely descriptions ranging from those of Panama to those of life at sea to those of the Dutch West Indies Sophie really managed to make me feel like I was right there with the characters in this one and it added a lot to my enjoyment of the book Plus it s made me feel as if I need to travel to these places I also loved the focus on German spies and the war efforts going on It added a lot of tension and plot turns and twists to the book, and I love how I ended up learning a lot about this time period by the end.In all, Spy Island is a thrilling and fast paced novel perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery However, be warned, this is a read in one sitting kind of book.Grade B

  3. says:

    This is an excellent story of how adversity can bring out the very best in people Abigail Maduro is a young lady with many privileges but has been brought up to care about others When her parents die and their estate mysteriously dwindles to nothing, she is forced into a world which is very different to the one she has grown up in A main thread throughout the story is her transformation from a na ve and fanciful 16 year old to a resourceful and compassionate young lady She does not lose sigh This is an excellent story of how adversity can bring out the very best in people Abigail Maduro is a young lady with many privileges but has been brought up to care about others When her parents die and their estate mysteriously dwindles to nothing, she is forced into a world which is very different to the one she has grown up in A main thread throughout the story is her transformation from a na ve and fanciful 16 year old to a resourceful and compassionate young lady She does not lose sight of her dreams but is forced to face up to the realities of life during a world war which is closer to her than she could ever have imagined.There were moments in this story where I wanted to shake Abby, some where I wanted to reach out and help her and others where I felt helpless When Abby s main ally in St Thomas died, I fought back the tears I believe this is an indication of very good character development when the reader feels the emotions of the characters.I would recommend this book to people who like a growing up quickly to rise to the challenge type story as well as those who enjoy wartime spy stories Either way, a very enjoyable read

  4. says:

    Spy Island hits that rare spot for me in historical fiction Not only is it an entertaining story with lots of movement, but the authentic island feel and early 20th century world surround you The portrayal of the German soldier as a sympathetic character was refreshing I learned quite a bit about this forgotten part of the world and its strategic part in the ramp up to WWI Everything was so cleverly woven together The secondary characters are richly drawn and come off the page A great read Spy Island hits that rare spot for me in historical fiction Not only is it an entertaining story with lots of movement, but the authentic island feel and early 20th century world surround you The portrayal of the German soldier as a sympathetic character was refreshing I learned quite a bit about this forgotten part of the world and its strategic part in the ramp up to WWI Everything was so cleverly woven together The secondary characters are richly drawn and come off the page A great read

  5. says:

    I wrote Transfer Day as a way to honor the people of the Virgin Islands and to honor the upcoming Centennial celebration in 2017 I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it and I d love to hear your thoughts when you ve finished, so don t hesitate to drop me a line and let me know your impressions.

  6. says:

    Readers Favorite Review by Kayti Nika Raet Review Rating 4 stars.Reviewed By Kayti Nika Raet for Readers FavoriteTransfer Day by Sophie Schiller is an historical novel set on the Virgin Islands during World War I Abigail Maduro is a young sixteen year old girl who moves from Panama to St Thomas, one of the islands in the Danish West Indies, after the death of her parents Forced to move in with an aunt of sour disposition, Abigail tries to make the most out of her new life, befriending Nana J Readers Favorite Review by Kayti Nika Raet Review Rating 4 stars.Reviewed By Kayti Nika Raet for Readers FavoriteTransfer Day by Sophie Schiller is an historical novel set on the Virgin Islands during World War I Abigail Maduro is a young sixteen year old girl who moves from Panama to St Thomas, one of the islands in the Danish West Indies, after the death of her parents Forced to move in with an aunt of sour disposition, Abigail tries to make the most out of her new life, befriending Nana Jane, the family s long time nanny, who helps her learn about the history and ways of the island St Thomas is gorgeous, but lurking behind the tranquil island ways is a nation teetering on the brink of war A strategic spot for both the Germans and the Americans, St Thomas s position strains Denmark s quest for neutrality In a hot bed of German spies, Abigail soon finds herself embroiled in an attempted assassination when she finds a bedraggled sailor hiding on the beach Now Abigail must choose between her safety and doing what is right.Transfer Day by Sophie Schiller is definitely one of theunique historical novels that I ve read Until reading Transfer Day, I always thought of the Virgin Islands as American islands and was really intrigued to learn about the rich history the islands possess Abigail s part was book ended by chapters set in the modern era, which I really felt the book could do without, but once reading about Abigail and her feisty personality, I quickly forgot about the preceding chapters without her Transfer Day is primarily an historical novel, but it also has tones of an action adventure spy thriller and is sure to grab fans of the genre An enjoyable read all round

  7. says:

    I read this book several months ago but needed some time before I could write a review The genre is not one I usually read, nor one that particularly speaks to me So I wanted to let my reactions sit for a while so I could attempt to evaluate it on its own terms rather than compare to my usual choice of books.I have read that the author loves old style adventure stories like Tarzan and King Solomon s Mines. In attempting to bring that genre back to life, she succeeds The story has lots of intr I read this book several months ago but needed some time before I could write a review The genre is not one I usually read, nor one that particularly speaks to me So I wanted to let my reactions sit for a while so I could attempt to evaluate it on its own terms rather than compare to my usual choice of books.I have read that the author loves old style adventure stories like Tarzan and King Solomon s Mines. In attempting to bring that genre back to life, she succeeds The story has lots of intrigue and danger, along with a spunky young heroine Because of the age of the main character, I think the story might appeal especially to teenage readers, although adult readers who are looking for a rollicking, fast paced adventure would enjoy it too.My favorite part was the portrayal of time and place I know next to nothing of the history of the Virgin Islands, so it was a treat to learn about that The setting and characters are colorfully portrayed and helped me envision myself in the story.For me, one of the biggest disappointments was that the author sometimes relied on cliches where I would have preferred a fresher use of language She may have been trying to recreate the writing style of the books she admires, but I found it a bit distracting

  8. says:

    Another good book in a row Can I pick them or what Abby is a young girl in the West Indies in 1916 She meets a young German U boat officer who has deserted Abby is a great adventuress and gets caught up in spying and mad escapades involving the people Erich is trying to hide from Ultimately they become friends and save each other s lives Told in diary form, Abby isthan adorable Lots of historical fun

  9. says:

    It took me a bit to get into this novel but I thoroughly enjoyed this history lesson Once I got into it I couldn t put it down The characters came alive and the events of the story were vivid and gave me an appreciation of the Virgin Islands in the early 1900 s.

  10. says:

    I was very curious in a period of history that I didn t know much about, the transfer sale of the Danish West Indies, St Thomas, St Croix and St John, to the United States in 1916, while WWI was raging German claws and expansionist dreams extended all the way to the Caribbean The flavor, rhythm and folklore of Charlotte Amalie is brought to life through the adventures of the heroine, Abigail Maduro A bit of a Nancy Drew character, she schemes successfully to con her elderly aunt, chase Ger I was very curious in a period of history that I didn t know much about, the transfer sale of the Danish West Indies, St Thomas, St Croix and St John, to the United States in 1916, while WWI was raging German claws and expansionist dreams extended all the way to the Caribbean The flavor, rhythm and folklore of Charlotte Amalie is brought to life through the adventures of the heroine, Abigail Maduro A bit of a Nancy Drew character, she schemes successfully to con her elderly aunt, chase German spies and fall in love She s delicious Author Sophie Schiller masterfully weaves well researched history with good, solid writing in this Caribbean flavored thriller

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