2018 Dante Rossetti Award for Young Adult Fiction Shortlist
The Scouts of St. Michael Operation Archangel
"Morales artfully presents the decidedly implausible... as tantalizingly possible." - Kirkus Reviews
The Dante Rossetti Awards writing competition recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Young Adult & New Adult Fiction. The Dante Rossetti Awards is a division of the Chanticleer Awards International Writing Competitions.
"The plot is intriguing, the characters are well developed, and the scenes are authentic. Operation Archangel is an enjoyable and insightful read. It brings an exceptional appeal to young adults connected with Boy Scouts and the ROTC." -Roger Prosise, Windy City Reviews
The BookLife Prize Assessment
Plot: This novel is well plotted. The action and tension intensify throughout, and readers are left hanging at the end of this first book in the series.
Prose: The writing is smooth and allows the action to build throughout the novel. Fans of WWII fiction will enjoy this.
Originality: While WWII stories are nothing new, the author manages to put a different spin on things, making his tale feel original.
Character Development: The author has taken the time to fully develop his characters. Each of the players has been given distinct characteristics. -- The BookLife Prize
*** 5-stars *** and more from Readers' Favorite
"The way Dan Morales writes is a different style than most authors, which makes his book fun to read. He writes with clarity and care, making his book a ton more interesting to read than some books. This excellent story contains an action-packed adventure that I would recommend for teenage readers who enjoy historical fiction. Totally worth five stars. The Scouts of St. Michael: Operation Archangel is only the first book of the series with at least one more coming. Great book, I loved it."