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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Lying Beneath is a work of fiction in the science fiction sub-genre, and was penned by author Kevin Moran. The opening novel to The Aura Operation series, this engaging and interesting tale focuses on protagonist Ayla, whose life feels wasted waitressing and trundling along with her boring, non-adventurous boyfriend Derek. Seeking a more exciting existence, Ayla gets much more than she bargained for when she discovers a doorway to a secret society underground during a photography trip. Branded as a spy and captured, Ayla must navigate this strange new world and tackle the adventure that she wished for, no matter how dark and difficult it may become.
Author Kevin Moran tells an enjoyable tale of a parallel world and a secret society operating beneath our feet, and it flows with plenty of different layers throughout his well-constructed plot. The suspense and discovery elements of Ayla finding out about the society are well told, with some great use of dialogue for exposition and a well-balanced narrative that doesn’t give too much away at once. In terms of character development, Ayla is the real star: a wide-eyed dreamer that we can get behind and root for as she begins to react to her rude awakening to the dangers of real adventure. I also enjoyed the atmospheric touches which differentiate the two worlds, with the advanced civilization being very clipped and proud in their presentation. Overall, Lying Beneath is a great concept that is perfectly delivered by a talented writer.