Author: Lillian Francis
Publisher: Finally Love Press
Publication Date: April 12, 2019
Length: 138,910 words
Reviewed by Racheal
It’s 1942 and after a sexual indiscretion, US Navy pilot Zachary MacKenzie is sent to serve in the Royal Navy’s submarine service—a shockingly harsh punishment for a man who loves to fly. The submarine is oppressive and frustrating for him, and he’s marked out from his peers, publicly by being American, and privately by his attraction to men.
The only bright spot is the company of his steward, sonar operator Gethin Llewelyn. Despite the differences of rank and background, they’re drawn to each other. Gethin’s integrity complements Zach’s casual joie de vivre, and soon the friendship develops into something much more.
As the threats of war increase, the submarine is plagued by potentially hostile vessels, and circumstances lead them to suspect there’s a spy amongst their own crew. Being forced even closer together as they work for the greater good reveals a new awareness, and Zach doesn’t know what is in more danger, the vessel under his charge or his heart.
Lillian Francis's takes the reader back in time to the 1940's in her latest military release Under the Radar.
The prologue was what first caught my attention. I considered the time period the author’s story was written and was rather attracted to the personality of the main character Zachary. Following in the footsteps of his late father, he joins the Navy and becomes a pilot. However, Zach’s sexual conquest seem to follow him giving him quite a reputation. It’s his latest stunt that lands Zachary in a lot of trouble. That kind of trouble that even his family’s money can’t seem to buy him out of.
However, as the story continued, and Zachary was demoted from his position as a Naval Pilot and placed not only in a different country but was required to serve on a submarine was where the story, for me, dragged a bit.
I felt that Zachary’s confidence was not as strong as it appeared in the prologue. I understood that the writer was conveying the importance of secrecy between the relations of two men in that era being nearly impossible considering the lack of privacy at times being that they were in on a submarine however, at times I felt that his interest in his potential partner lacked some interest. I found it hard to follow along with their growing relationship.
I did enjoy the whole Gethin's interesting theory of a potential spy aboard the submarine. His character, separately, was very enjoyable to get to know.
The most interesting thing I found out while reading this story was the position of how men/women would place stamps on letters. That they were actually saying something that they didn’t want anyone else to know but for the person they were sending the letter too.
Although, I may have struggled through some parts of the book, I admired the author for writing a story I am sure that took a lot of research.
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