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Shrouded Loyalties

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A soldier returns home with a dangerous secret from an alternate realm, unaware that she is surrounded by spies and collaborators, in this intense military science fiction novel.

Naval officer Mila Blackwood is determined to keep her country's most powerful secret - shrouding, the ability to traverse their planet in seconds through an alternate realm - out of enemy hands
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Angry Robot
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May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Lovecraft story is called "From Beyond", and features a scientist who invents a mechanism that detects an alternate dimension full of strange, monstrous beings that is overlaid with our own. The problem is, once you can see the monsters, they can see you...

Shrouded Loyalties features just such a fantastical Lovecraftian realm, which has been tapped for human convenience in true sci-fi style. By "shrouding" into another dimension, military submarines can traverse the planet in seconds, but w/>Shrouded
Nathan Makaryk
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn, this book packs a punch!

I loved it, start to finish. It has so many constantly-competing levels of deception and espionage all juggled at once, and somehow it's simultaneously packed to the brim with non-stop action with terrifying escalations. The world building is dense and the pace never slows to hold your hand, so hold on tight to every word.

It does one of my absolute favorite things, which is to jump between POV characters on opposite sides of the main conflict
Maria V. Snyder
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another ARC that came my way for a possible cover quote. I was intrigued about this story from the description - and one of the main protagonists is a female Chief Sea Officer (Mila Blackwood) in a submarine! How cool is that? The world is rather unique and there's a war going on between two countries. One has this new shrouding technology that allows them to travel into enemy territory without being seen. That sub is using the technology. Overall an engaging read - I'll put my quote at the bott ...more
A novel featuring a battle between two warring civilizations, an inter dimensional pathway called shrouding through a realm inhabited by strange creatures, secret powers tattooed on survivors, military secrets, sibling rivalry, and family secrets. The best parts were the submarine action scenes especially the shrouding. Despite that, much of the novel failed to cross The believability threshold and fell flat.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, ebooks, sci-five

Military science fiction is one of my favourite genres to lose myself within. It’s tough to write because not only do you need to have plausible world building, but you need to have scenes that are action packed and engaging. It’s not always easy to pull off, but Shrouded Loyalties has managed to do so within a well written and totally unique package.

I couldn’t get enough of everything to do with “shrouding,” especially the mysterious Lovecraftian monsters within the realm that shro
Dexter Marshall
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shrouded Loyalties is a fast-paced Military ScFi adventure set on a secondary diesel punk world. I absolutely loved the setting! I am really fascinated by the second world war and the world building in this book did a really good job of giving you that feel of the second world war but in a fresh and interesting direction. Another bright spot in the novel are the characters. My favorite is Mila Blackwood one of the protagonists. She is a strong willful headstrong lead with some faults that make h ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prose fiction can explore the inner life and mental contradictions of characters in a way that other formats can’t touch. Reese Hogan’s SHROUDED LOYALTIES is a perfect example of this kind of deep dive into character and inner turmoil.

On its surface, this is a novel about a military conflict and the secretive process of “shrouding” or passing between worlds. But beneath that, it’s a thoughtful study of the layers of deceit and delusion that each of the main characters have wrapped around their
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd rate this book somewhere between 3 and 4, but I decided to round it up, because it has some very interesting themes. I think a little more exploration of worldbuilding and a little more complex characterization would make it a real masterpiece. Anyway, I liked the conflict between two cultures and though at first I couldn't connet to any of the protagonist, they grew on to me at the end. I think it is good work, worth a read in some spare time.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an action-packed book with an exciting and imaginative plot. The settings were well-described without being cumbersome. The pacing was perfect. It had a lot of complicated details, and I can’t say I understood all of them, especially as they pertained to the gods of Belzen and Dhavnakir, but that did not keep me from getting sucked into the storyline. The end was satisfying without being overly tied up in a pretty bow. The one thing I will say is that I felt like I was on 21st Century e ...more
Anna Szabó
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
I really wanted to like this book because I loved the premise but I couldn’t. Most of the time I felt like I missed a prequel in which the basics of the world are explained.
But what bothered me more than that was that I just couldn’t relate to any of the charcters.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is chock full of metal, monsters, and heart, and it pulls you into a world torn apart by a war. Despite the militaristic setting, this book works on a personal level as it focuses on characters who find their allegiances shifting as they discover more about each other and recognize the shorts in their own wiring. Add in the imperfect science of shrouding into dangerous and unfamiliar places and a background of mythology that may be more real than even its followers know, and you're lef ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
This was an interesting combination of old gods blended with new-age technology in a fantasy world. Great shifting of people's motives and loyalties. Stayed up late to finish reading it.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Reese Hogan excels at writing about broken characters, and in SHROUDED LOYALTIES, she leaves you wondering who to trust. Which is exactly what you want from a spy-fi novel. As a fan of her work, I was thrilled to see her strengths at play above and below the surface--complex characters, terrifying monsters, thrilling action scenes, and fantastic worldbuilding. The tech is freaking cool, too.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Hogan! If you're into military science-fiction, this is definitely a book you should check out. Hogan's writing just keeps getting better, and her descriptions of the world are so vivid, you can picture everything that's happening. Fingers crossed that there will be a sequel!
Sep 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Interesting ideas, but this one didn't work for me. The characters are wildly unlikeable and dysfunctional. Dialogue is a notable weakness in this book, and consists mostly of the characters alternating between asking questions and shouting at each other. (And once you notice the the dialogue has more ??? and !!! per page than you've ever seen before, you can't go back.)
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reese did it again! Characters were intriguing and had a lot of layers. I loved the military setting. I hope there will be more of Mila!
Daniel Eavenson
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Full disclosure: I am acquainted with the author. I won this advance reader's copy of the book from a contest on the author’s Twitter.

War novels are a tough sell for me. Nation-level conflict often loses a lot of the heart that a novel needs in order to hold my attention. Authors often spend too much time describing political motivations and the movements of armies, forgetting to ground their stories in characters you can wrap your arms around. Reese Hogan doesn't. Shrouded Loyalties
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Reese Hogan loves nothing more than creating broken relationships in broken worlds. With a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in journalism, Hogan has spent the last twenty years honing her craft by taking classes, listening to podcasts, and attending writing workshops and critique groups. She is passionate about music, especially alternative and punk rock, and adamantly believes that art ca ...more