The Shadow Operation by M.C. Lee ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: The Shadow Operation
Series: The Center, Bk 4

Author: M.C. Lee

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Cover Artist: Maria Fanning

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/29/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult


As a teenage agent for a shadowy organization known as the Center, Jack is used to danger and intrigue. But his newest assignment will push the boundaries of what he’s come to expect. Jack poses as Jack Elliot, an identity assigned to Alex Sutherland after Alex’s family is forced to enter a witness protection program. Something is awry, and the family’s two previous relocations have been compromised. Jack and the Center must determine where the leak is coming from—within the program, or from the Sutherland family itself.

Along with Sean and Instructor Clare Colson, Jack slips into Alex’s life, deliberately putting a target on his back in the hopes of drawing out whoever is betraying the Sutherlands. Matt returns to the team while Martin and Leo provide support, and together they must discover who is revealing the family’s secret identities—before it’s too late for everyone.

My View:

I really enjoyed the first several books of this series but this one just didn’t do it for me.

The stories have always centered around Jack, a sort-of James Bond working for a mysterious organization known as The Center. There is usually a balance between Jack’s mission and his relationship with boyfriend Leo while also throwing in information about Jack’s mysterious past.

My biggest issue with Shadow Operation is that it felt much more plot-based than character-based. There was way too much set up for the operation, we didn’t get to any of the action until thirty percent in and not nearly enough character-based stuff throughout.

There just wasn’t enough personal interaction and what there was just felt forced. It didn’t mesh well with the rest of the story.

I’m sure I’ll read the next chapter in the series but I’m not nearly as excited as I have been in the past.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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