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Assignment Prague [Kindle Edition]

Helen Haught Fanick
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Anton Janak is a dedicated member of the Czechoslovakian Resistance working against the Nazis, and he values anyone who can help his efforts. But when he learns that the young spy sent by the OSS to Prague is a woman, he has misgivings about working with her. He had expected a man—a man who could handle his assignment with the help of Janak and his fellow Resistance workers. It doesn’t take long, however, for Janak to realize the beautiful blonde spy has enough daring and resourcefulness to do what it takes in the occupied city. The Nazis are everywhere, but Tereza’s knowledge of Czech and German allows her to fit right in.
Both of them have an unspoken determination to keep their relationship professional, to keep distractions at a minimum, but is that going to be possible when every day might be their last? The bond that develops between them can only be destroyed by death, but that’s a real possibility for covert activists in Nazi-occupied Prague.

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About the Author

Helen Haught Fanick's short stories have appeared in Women's Household, Midnight Zoo, Vermont Ink, and in various anthologies and online publications. Her articles and photos have been published in Texas Observer, Stepping Stones, and other periodicals. Her poem, Leaf Fall, was published in Nature's Gifts, an anthology to benefit The Nature Conservancy.  She has won several local and state awards, and two national awards in the Writer's Digest Competition.

Helen's novel, Moon Signs, Book I of the Moon Mystery Series, was a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and is available on Amazon. The second and third novels in the Moon Mystery Series, Moonlight Mayhem and Hunter's Moon, and a collection of three short stories, Bad Moon Rising, have now been published. Saving Susie, a suspense novel, reached the second level of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and was published in March 2012. Helen's other works, Spring Decision, Assignment Prague, and City Life, are also available on Amazon.

Helen is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in English and lives in San Antonio with her husband.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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During World War II, after the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia, the resistance movement worked to help defeat Germany. When ASSIGNMENT PRAGUE opens, Anton Janek is watching a woman, Tereza Valentova, fall from a plane as part of an assignment which brought her to Prague. Her parachute didn't open until just before she was able to maneuver it into a tree. The partially open chute plus and branches helped break her fall, but she was injured. He was able to get her and the remains of the parachute out of the tree. She suffered several injuries, including a badly broken leg.
The remainder of the plot describes how this resistance cell dealt with their assignments and obstacles. Who could they trust? Who could help them get information to help their cause? What would they have to do to gain or retain access to these people? It also describes the conditions the Czechoslovakians endured, primarily lack of food and restrictions on their movements.
One thing that had too much emphasis was all the emphasis on sexual relationships. (I'm glad they are not detailed.) Other forces, like how they decided who to trust, deserved more attention. I also don't believe Tereza would have confessed to a priest she had never met about who she really was, what her assignment involved, and what she had done. She had no way of knowing which side he was on at that point and whether he would honor the confidentiality of a confession. She also didn't know for sure that he was actually a priest.
The story flows smoothly and is well-written. I cared about the main characters and wished there was an epilogue to know what happens to them after the war ended.
This book was a free Amazon download.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Story of Wartime Prague October 24, 2012
By ckey
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I recommend Assignment Prague highly. The story is well crafted and the characters are not only believable but I found myself pulling for them all the way. Also, the author gives us a fine sense of place, with the action mostly taking place in Lesser Town and Old Town quarters of Prague.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting May 30, 2013
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This book is extremely well written. It has a great plot, believable characters and great descriptive passages. Need I say more? Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assignment Prague June 11, 2014
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I absolutely loved this book! It was so nostalgic for me to read about the many places I had visited in Prague! The story was very authentic for me because I am familiar with many of the small towns & villages surrounding Prague.
Even the Paris Hotel I am familiar with. This was a delightful read for me because it was like taking a journey back in time!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Constant Danger January 21, 2013
By wmo
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From the beginning the main character, a lawyer in Prague, finds himself always in danger during the war. He is trying to gain info about the happenings of the enemy and get it back to his contact. A young woman is involned, there is constant hunger, as well as danger. Excellent read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, abandoned after a few pages November 26, 2012
By aj
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I think there are better books out there on this topic. The story may have been interesting, but the novel suffers from lack of descriptive details and in my opinion, a boring writing style. I have too many other good books to bother reading ones I am not engaged in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Assignment Prague August 21, 2014
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Since I'm half Czech, stories set in Prague always catch my attention. So when I saw this book with the Charles Bridge on the cover, I was immediately intrigued.

Assignment Prague is set during World War II. The main character is Anton Janak, a Czech who is a member of the Resistance fighting against the Nazi occupation of what was then Czechoslovakia. As the book opens, Anton is participating in the nighttime parachute drop of a spy working for the OSS -- a woman whose mission is to infiltrate Nazi headquarters in Prague. But her chute fails, and she ends up with a broken leg and a concussion. Anton takes on the responsibility of caring for her, which not only entails getting her medical care and food, which are both in short supply, but also keeping her presence in his apartment a secret from everyone he knows.

The spy, whose cover name is Tereza, and Anton do their best to keep their relationship professional. But proximity and danger work their magic, and soon they find themselves falling for one another. When the danger heightens, each wonders whether their love will survive the war.

Fanick trained as a journalist, and it shows. I know from my own background how easy it is to fall prey to delivering just the facts, even when writing fiction. However, a novelist also has to portray the characters' emotions -- not just a description, but actually showing them feeling their feelings -- and I thought that was in short supply here. Because of it, I didn't get as close as I could have to Anton and Tereza. And because of that, the dramatic scenes didn't have the same punch to the gut that they should have.

Still, I liked Assignment Prague. If you like stories set during the time of the Nazi regime, you might want to give this book a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Assignment Prague February 20, 2015
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A love story born amidst the turmoil of Second World War, framed by the awesome sights of Prague. The plot and love scenes evolve one step at a time, some of them fueled by lost or desperate people. Enjoyable. Conrad Samayoa
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars would have loved it to have been longer
A well written story...would have loved it to have been longer.
Published 5 months ago by John West
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing ending
His book was very interesting. I loved the history of the resistance against Germany. I was way disappointed in the ending though, just leaves you hanging like the author just... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joanne Eldredge
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable WWII romance
I enjoyed this WWII war adventure romance book. The characters were interesting and it gave the feel for what life was like in an occupied country.
Published 11 months ago by Jerry Ann Kieta
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
The book moves well, story line is good, Characters not developed as well as story line. Quick read and writing style is effective. Read more
Published 12 months ago by H2odoc
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Spy Vignette taking place during WWII
The protagonist keeps you busy following his every move, wondering if he will be discovered. Along with that romance is created in a very unlikely way but it does. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gloria Stanchak Alexander
2.0 out of 5 stars light intrigue
a brief review of the war zone and how it affects those there from youth to maturity and courage and selfishness in survival.
Published 13 months ago by Jackie Trayner
4.0 out of 5 stars seemed incomplete
While the story was not high adventure and intrigue, it was probably the way most of the resistance fighters lived during the war. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Traveler46
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply intriguing
An enjoyable, quick read. Walk your way through the war years and reflect on the world as it once was. Satisfying characters.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the book and the way it is written....
I could not put the book down. The way it was written, you were always made to wonder...I would have given it a five star but the ending.... there needs to be a sequel..... Read more
Published 13 months ago by gina royeca
4.0 out of 5 stars a very. good read
This book grabbed me from the start and I really enjoyed it.

Great character development and good suspense.

I will soon read another of Her books.
Published 14 months ago by Nela Regan
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More About the Author

Helen Haught Fanick grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Texas, and both states provide settings for her novels. Her interests are wide-ranging, and her work includes cozy mysteries, suspense novels, a World War II espionage novel, and short stories, all available through Amazon for Kindle. The novels are also available in paperback.

A short story impressed Helen's fifth grade teacher, and she's been writing ever since. She has won several local and state awards and two national awards in the Writer's Digest Competition. Moon Signs was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. She's a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio and lives in San Antonio with her husband.

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