Operation Grendel by Daniel Schwabauer ~ Book Review + Giveaway

March 31, 2021


About the Book

Book:  Operation Grendel
Author: Daniel Schwabauer
Genre: Christian Fiction, Futuristic Action & Adventure

It’s the war story he’s dreamed of. But the battle may cost him his mind.

Military journalist Raymin Dahl thinks he’s finally getting the story of a lifetime. Secret peace talks on a remote tropical moon are about to surrender five colonized worlds—and six hundred million civilians—to a ruthless enemy.


But when his commanding officer, Captain Ansell Sterling, is fatally wounded before the negotiations can begin, Dahl can no longer just report on the mission. He’s ordered to complete it. With help from the AI embedded in Sterling’s comms bracelet, Dahl must impersonate his commander—a Marine Corps hero and psychological operations expert.


However, Sterling’s AI may be luring him to surrender more than he realizes. And the mission Corporal Dahl thinks he’s running isn’t the only operation underway.


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My Thoughts

By now if you have hung around the blog or my Instagram long enough you know what kind of books I like and tend to lean on. I do try to push myself out of my comfort zone but most of the time its no avail. Speculative and Sci-Fi is just not for me... especially when its super sci-fi like this book was. However I know there are tons of people out there that love it and that's the beauty of different genres. So my review is mainly on the style of writing. There was lots of adventure, action, mystery and suspense. Definitely nor one of those stories you will figure out right away as there were some things I did not see coming. So definitely keeps you reading. 

The author does a great job at playing mind games with you throughout the story. I would not considered this a Christian story but I felt like there was no Christianity in it and there are few scenes in which the main hero character reminisces about his past and it just didn't jive with me. 

Overall if you enjoy adventure and guessing games while you read this may be the story for you!

My Rating: 3.5 Stars/ It was not my jam but an okay book.

I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is a lifelong reader of speculative fiction. He studied the genre under science fiction great James Gunn before graduating with honors from Kansas University’s Masters program in Creative Writing in 1995. Winner of the Eric Hoffer and Ben Franklin awards for his middle grade fantasy series, The Legends of Tira-Nor, Daniel enjoys riding his motorcycle on country roads and pondering other worlds. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and dog.


More from Daniel

The Operation Grendel Origin Story
I’ve always been fascinated by the power of storytelling, especially as a lever for moving culture.  For several years I studied the development of modern propaganda, the rise and fall of yellow journalism, and the relationship of these to psychological warfare. This culminated in 2017 with a brief investigation into quantum computing and the rising popularity of trans-humanism. Sometimes the best story ideas are combinations of things that have rattled around in the back of your mind for years.
Operation Grendel is a keyhole glimpse of a future in which every person in the galaxy is bonded to an artificial intelligence. Some AIs are embedded in the brain, and some are snapped onto the wrist as a wearable device. I didn’t realize when I started writing the book that Elon Musk had already launched Neuralink to create this technology in real life. I discovered the corporation after finishing my fourth draft.
The use of this technology probably means a lack of autonomy. How can you think for yourself, or even know what you think, if your thoughts are constantly being shaped and influenced by a quantum computer wirelessly connected to your brain?
Then again, is that all we really are as humans—biological computers? I don’t think so. But if not, then there will surely be resistance to the trans-humanist movement. Which means, in a work of fiction, clearly opposing sides. One empire supports this integration of man and machine; the other places limits on AI technology.
But “warring empires” was not a story I felt capable of telling. I wanted something closer to home, something smaller and more accessible, something more human. I wanted to show what a life spent entirely under the influence of an inner nanny—a substitute Holy Spirit—might look like.
Well, who better to tell that story than a man who has, in his own way, been manipulating others through storytelling? In other words, a journalist.
This fit my desire to write the story as military science fiction. Since I never had the honor of serving in the armed forces, I needed a way to give my narrator a believable voice. Corporal Raymin Dahl, a military reporter who barely scraped his way through reservist boot camp, fit the bill.
Before long the story seemed to take on a life of its own.


To celebrate his tour, Daniel is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon card, a signed copy of the hardcover first edition, and 2 laptop stickers!! (photo attached)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. This sounds like a really great read. I am really looking forward to reading this!

  2. Kelly-Ann, Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts. "Operation Grendel" sounds like a page-turner.

  3. Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. Neat cover, interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest.

  5. This is definitely different from what I'm used to reading! Thanks for sharing your review!!