Monday, December 3, 2012

Flame of Resistance

Title:  Flame of Resistance
Author:  Tracy Groot
Pages:  416
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Tyndale
Note:  I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Follow my other reviews at  and on twitter @lcjohnson1988
                WW2 like all other historic events, even recent ones, makes for exciting books of all genres and this one is no exception!  FLAME is a French resistance cell that operates like all other cells, undercover in plain sight.  Tom is in the USAAF and is shot down shortly before D-Day.  He is met by a Frenchman who questions him briefly about many things to make sure he is who he says he is.  Once Tom passes the test, he is left in the care of an elderly woman until he heals from his wounds.  All Tom knows about this grand lady is that she has hidden and cared for many Allied soldiers.  Is that all there is to this lady or is there more to her story?
                Since Tom resembles a German soldier he is recruited by the resistance to infiltrate and carry out a mission that has direct implications for D-Day.  All Tom wants to do is get back in the air as a pilot, until he meets a woman in a brothel.  Her name is Brigitte.  She has inherited the house from her grandfather and turns it into a brothel as she figures it is the only means to survive since she lost the love of her life along with everyone else while waiting for freedom.
                Braun is a German officer of sorts who shows his true colors later in the story in a way that is a surprise to the reader.  Inside a building is where the SS takes its prisoners to extract information from them in some very torturous ways.  Is there no one in France with a heart of compassion?  Where is the faith and fight of the people?  Keep reading the novel as there are many important characters, scenes, twists and turns to this work of fiction.
                The characters are from many different backgrounds; seemingly some operate one way only for the reader to discover something else.  At different times in the suspenseful telling of the story, the reader won’t be able to quit reading because of the spellbinding tale presented.  You will find yourself at the edge of your seat, waiting in suspense to turn the page and find out how different difficulties are handled by spies, allies, and ordinary people during the occupation.
                Prepare for a rollercoaster ride when you begin this novel of suspense, mystery, and more as history unfolds in the pages of Flame of Resistance.  The author does a superb job of weaving many threads together into a work of art that captures both the heart and the imagination of readers.  It is a 5+ star rating from beginning to end.  Well done!

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