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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Years of Nazi occupation have stolen much from Brigitte Durand. Family. Freedom. Hope for a future, especially for a woman with a past like hers. But that changes the day American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down over occupied France. Picked up by the Resistance, Tom becomes the linchpin in their plan to infiltrate a Germans-only brothel and get critical intel out through Brigitte, a prostitute rumored to be sympathetic to the Allied cause.
D-day looms and everyone knows that invasion is imminent. But so is treachery, and the life of one American pilot unexpectedly jeopardizes everything. He becomes more important than the mission to a man who cannot bear to lose another agent and to a woman who is more than just a prostitute, who finally realizes that her actions could change the course of history.
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
katieann4 Stars Out Of 5New Point of ViewOctober 18, 2016katieannQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Tracy Groot is wonderful at historical christian fiction. I've never read a WWII book from this point of view, but I really enjoyed it. It did, however, take me a few chapters to keep up with the character names.
zebrapmbCalgary, ABAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A good story of heroism during horrific times.November 12, 2012zebrapmbCalgary, ABAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A fast paced read with good character and plot development.
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful story! Fantastique!August 26, 2012Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ce livre ÃÂ©tait fantastique! What does that mean, exactly? The translation is, "this book was fantastic," in French. I have never read any books by Tracy Groot before, but this book has made me a fan. I loved this novel and could not stop reading it. I have a "thing" for WWII fiction and for stories where people resist their oppressors by refusing to be like them. There were a number of times while reading this novel that my eyes welled with tears. I sensed the hope, sacrifice, and redemption themes coming up in the plot, and I experienced them within the pages of this book. Sometimes the littlest things bring perspective to everything else. When Krista found the blessing in the fact that a guard had enough compassion to assist her in helping her give a person being tortured a drink of water, I was moved by that scene. In the midst of horror, one can still see the hope that lives in believers, and people are drawn to it. Krista saw that traumatic job as a ministry. I can't imagine...
C'est les horreurs de guerre. That's the horrors of war. I found many of the situations in this book quite convicting, and I am glad the author didn't water those situations down. When Tom asked Brigitte about the hardest part of the war and she said, "the hunger," it made emotion rise in my heart. She described it so well. We take so many things in life for granted. Many of us think having no extra money after we pay our bills is hardship...not! Anyway, I loved the heartfelt way the author penned this story and how she didn't soften the pain that the characters went through. I grew attached to a number of them and was sad when they were no longer part of the story. Even the hardest of hearts could be softened by the right situation.
The reason this book is making my favorite fiction list has to do with the fact that the novel made me think about my life and about what I would do in similar situations. Though the characters were brave because they fought for France, I could see the spiritual alignment to the many martyrs for the faith over the centuries. The love story was also quite beautiful. I loved how Brigitte was used to show Tom that there is still a person beneath one of the most offensive professions. I loved the change of perspective and thought about how hard times can bring out the best and worst in people. Ironically, the next book on my to-read list is a story of Rahab. Since this one was an "impressionistic retelling" I've been prepared for a wonderful experience, I'm sure. Again, loved this story! Very realistic and heart-wrenching. A must-read for 2012.
Ma Ingalls4 Stars Out Of 5Flame of ResistanceAugust 10, 2012Ma IngallsQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Cutting edge... Flame of Resistance moves fast, tears at the heart, cries for freedom, and yearns for hope.
Well-researched and accurate.
I read other books in this genre: Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, The Diary of Anne Frank, Schindler's List, The Hiding Place: The Story of Corrie ten Boom, and Bodie Thoene's Zion Coventant series, but this book made me cry as I thought of the characters in danger, tortured, and killed.
To summarize, Flame of Resistance is the story of Joshua and Rahab told during World War II. Their (Tom and Brigitte's) work together supports the secret mission/resistance and leads to D-Day June 6, 1944. Flame of Resistance is the story of survival.
Ms. Groot knits together words, dialogue, and themes seamlessly. Her writing helps the reader understand the history of the world in which one lives. On p. 123, referring to one of the characters reading Mein Kampf, Ms. Groot revels how when one sits down to read a book the reader makes a pact with author and latches onto ideas. This 'pact' explains how a civilization of people could get caught up in such evil/Nazism.
Ms. Grott's words speak to the heart. On p. 286, in a heartbreaking text, Ms. Groot writes a lovely prayer. The character is reminded Love your neighbor. Be kind. Be gentle. Help people. Be Christ as she records prisoner's testimony:
"Oh God, if I can do not more than witness the atrocities that I may testify one day, then make me strong; and if I can do more than witness, then give me a chance to help."
On p. 321, the communion imagery over Red Cross crackers stirred my heart.
"Communion, Community, Every plot of God, always about [His] people. a swell of love. felt caught in God's plot for humanity."
Flame of Resistance is not a quick read blending French and German phrases throughout. Again, it is well-written and not to be taken lightly.
Thursday45 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing Wartime ThrillerJuly 19, 2012Thursday4Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The French underground is desperately preparing for the long hoped for invasion by the Allies in 1944. In the last months and weeks before D-Day, Flame - the local resistance cell - makes two new recruits: Brigitte Durand, a prostitute, and Tom Jaeger, an American pilot who looks like the Germany Hitler dreamed of. Together, this unlikely team are faced with gathering information right under the Nazi's noses, until the day when Flame begins to unravel around them and they are left running for their lives.
I loved this book. The characters are well drawn and grounded in reality. I found myself cheering for the moments when the world around them regained its stability, and grieving when their surroundings left them stumbling for the next step.
The apologetics of WWII have been studied to death, and the author does not suffer from the compulsion to re-argue them. Instead, she lets her story live in the moment. The people in this book are still living with the possible future of a Nazi run world, a world where they will forever be second class citizens and their lives are subject to caprice. They live with the numb familiarity of horror, and with horror at their own numbness. In the process of letting these characters writhe on the hook, the author quietly offers a chance for introspection at our own lethargy.
Combining the best of suspense with taut writing, Groot tells a tale of hope, courage, and forgiveness set against one of history's most crucial moments.