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Flame of Resistance - eBook
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. / 2012 / ePub
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Flame of Resistance written by Tracy Groot is a novel set in occupied France during World War II. It is a modern version of the story of Rahab.
Brigitte Durand has staved off starvation by running a Germans-only brothel close to the only steel bridge near the Normandy beaches. She finds small ways to resist the Nazis, not knowing that others are watching: others who will draw her into a desperate scheme of espionage.
Tom Jaeger, downed fighter pilot who looks like the perfect Aryan, speaks little German but fluent Dutch. He immigrated to Michigan from the Netherlands when he was nine years old and still remembers important details of Holland. He is recruited to pose as a Dutch conscript, an officer in the German army. His orders are to visit the brothel regularly to receive information that Brigitte has learned from her clients.
The Rousseau brothers own cement factories in Cabourg and Caen, which are filling orders for Rommel for the Adriatic Wall. Francois thinks up the general plan. Michel, code name Greenland, leader of the Flame resistance cell, runs the operation. Jaeger is captured and detained by Sturmbannfuhrer Schiffer, a masochist who dreams of surpassing Klaus Barbie. Greenland, who has recently lost an agent he loved to this maniac, begins to unravel and concocts a scheme to rescue Jaeger with the help of Hauptmann Roland Braun, who has always been uneasy with how his presence as a German officer affects the atmosphere of a room.
There is only time for one more rescue flight before D-Day. Can they rescue Jaeger and get him to the plane in time? Brigitte does not feel good about herself. She frequently asks herself, the priest, and others, "Is there a place for one like me?" Her search for the answer is a subplot worth reading. Although Brigitte is a prostitute, sex is only implied. Watch for the characters who were real people: Madame Leon and Krista Hegel. They are fascinating. This is an intriguing story with a dozen twists and turns. It is a delight to read. - Lynn Brown, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Christy winner Groot (Madman) sets her WWII-era tale in Normandy in spring 1944. American pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down, and saved and recruited by local French resistance fighters. He will impersonate a German officer to collect intelligence from a local prostitute, Brigitte Durand, whose brothel serves German officers. But when the stakes are high and the French are exhausted by occupation and mistrust, it is easy to slip. Groot cleverly reworks the biblical story of the prostitute Rahab, who helps the forces of Joshua take Jericho. She also does good historical work with details and subtle psychological work with her characters. The Germans arent all villains, and not all the resistance fighters are squeaky-clean heroes. She even manages comic relief in spite of the overwhelmingly grim circumstances of occupied France after four years of war. WWII-era novels are popular; this is a superior, page-turning entry in that niche. Agency: Creative Trust Literary Group. (June) 2012 Reed Business Information
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