5.0 out of 5 stars A new and highly successful twist on the French Resistance of WW II, November 8, 2012
This review is from: How Angels Die (Paperback)
A big hand for the little ladies! David-Michael Harding has taken a famous period in the history of WW II and transformed it into a fresh novel that is as entertaining as it is enlightening. Instead of making the men of France the chief characters he instead places those roles in the form of two women – sisters who use their own wiles to fight the Nazi occupation. One sister, Monique, is the dream French beauty and plays on her looks and body to infiltrate the Nazi regime by bedding all the appropriate Nazi officers (and has conflicted responses to her role, actually falling for one of her bed mates). The other sister, Claire, is more resilient and shuns Monique’s methods in favor of hitting the enemy straight on as a guerilla fighter.
Where Harding makes the biggest impression in his technique of writing is the fact that is able to construct characters who while dedicated to the same cause – the French Resistance – face different moral issues and must suffer the appearances of the lives they have chosen – lives dedicated to their country but hampered by the responses of their own people. This book is among the best in defining the total picture of both the French side and the German side of the conflict. In the end it makes his message about resistance in the face of war far more impressive: these characters are credible people and we cope with their anxieties and their emotional responses to the war and all that occupation and patriotism means. Grady Harp, November 12