Book Review: The Rules in Rome by A.L. Sowards

Rules of RomeTitle: The Rules in Rome
Author: A.L. Sowards
Publisher: Covenant Comunications
Release Date: Feb 2015

Book Summary:

With Hitler’s forces firmly entrenched in Europe, countless heroes seek to end the madman’s reign. Bastien Ley is one of the best. Working in Italy for the Office of Strategic Services, he’s been tasked with sabotaging German convoys. When his team kills an officer headed for Rome, the man’s similarity to Bastien is undeniable, and seeing an opportunity to turn the tide of the war, Bastien makes a bold decision: he will assume the dead officer’s identity. He becomes Dietrich, an Iron Cross–wearing German officer—an ideal position from which to infiltrate the Nazi ranks in Rome. To help with his stressful assignment, his superiors send him a reinforcement in the form of the lovely Gracie Begni, an intelligent and eager radio operator with absolutely no undercover experience.

With a gulf of resentment between them, these two agents must find a way to portray a couple in love. Soon their reluctant alliance becomes much more as Bastien and Gracie find themselves getting lost in their feelings for each other. But as they engage in battle against the deadliest foe the world has ever known, the pair quickly realizes their love may be doomed. As the Rome Gestapo threatens to destroy all they’ve worked for, will Bastien and Gracie survive their charade?

Cheryls review

Action packed and suspenseful, this was a difficult book to put down. It was interesting to learn about life in Rome during WW II. I had never previously spent time considering what life would be life for a radio operator behind enemy lines. I like how this story was told from several perspectives. Not only could I see the thoughts of the hero and heroine, but I could see how the enemy could convince himself that he was justified as well. War stories are a little hard for me to take because of the violence involved. This was true in this book toward the end. It was handled well though. I enjoyed cheering the main characters on. I felt their sorrow when the tragedies of war struck. I felt their relief when they were successful. I especially enjoyed the author notes at the end that helped me separate fact from fiction. I love a good story where I also learn something about history.


Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend!

Content: Clean, there is some violence but it is not excessive or graphic

Source: ebook for review

This book can be purchased at Amazon.


  1. This sounds a really intriguing novel. Full of suspense as well.

  2. Thank you so much for your review!

  3. I’m not familiar with this one. It sounds terrific.