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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 aren’t 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. (Publishers Weekly)

Groot's latest release is set to coincidewith D-Day, June 6. Based on real people and events, it is clearly historically accurate and well researched, but the large cast of characters makes it hard to track at times and slows the pace for the first part of the book.

SUMMARY: American pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down in Normandy and taken in by the Resistance. He becomes a key part in their plan to get information on the Germans and their plans for the Caen Canal Bridge. Brigitte Durand, a prostitute at a Germans-only brothel, passes on information to Tom, since she wants to help the Allies. Their window of opportunity is closing, as the invasion looms. ls the Resistance being foolhardy by placing their faith in a pilot and a prostitute? (Romantic Times)

About the Author

Tracy Groot has authored several books. Her last three received starred reviews by Booklist, and Madman received a Publisher's Weekly starred review. Madman was awarded the Christy Award in 2007, as was her most recent book Flame of Resistance in 2013. Groot is represented by Creative Trust and Katherine Helmers, her long time literary agent. She is currently working on her third book in a series of books with Tyndale.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414359470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414359472
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracy Groot is the critically acclaimed and Christy Award-winning author of several works of historical fiction. Her books have received starred Booklist and Publishers Weekly reviews and have been called "beautifully written" and "page-turning" by Publishers Weekly, and "gripping" with "exquisitely drawn" characters by Library Journal.

Tracy and her husband have three sons, one daughter (in-law) and live in Hudsonville, Michigan.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on August 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've never heard of Tracy Groot's writing before, but when I saw the cover for Flame of Resistance and read the synopsis, I knew I was going to have to give it a try. A retelling of the story of Rahab, set during the World War II, sounded interesting. And it turned out to be just that.

Tom and Brigitte made for great main characters. Neither was perfect, yet they strove to do what was right. There were a lot of characters woven into Flame of Resistance, and I admit I had trouble keeping them all in order. Not only that, but the point-of-view kept switching between characters as well--especially towards the end. To some people, this might not be a problem, but I found it a bit distracting and confusing.

The research and story plotting that went into Flame of Resistance was very well done. Groot seems to know her history very well and brings it out in the book. I found it very cool when I read how she visits the places that she used in the book--a very thoroughly researched writer!

There is a bit of torture in this book. While some methods of torture are merely mentioned, the reader gets an up-close-and-personal look at one unfortunate prisoner's torture session. Some might find this disturbing, as I did to some extent, so I just want to forewarn you. And, of course, Brigitte is a prostitute and works in a brothel--so you shouldn't be surprised that you get a look into this lifestyle, though I commend the author on keeping the description of it to a minimal.

All in all, I found this an enjoyable read. It was kind of difficult to follow the plot in some areas, but I kept pushing onward and soon came to understand, roughly, what had happened. If you are a history buff who enjoys this time period and this war, I recommend you give Flame of Resistance a try.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ma Ingalls on August 10, 2012
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Cutting 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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ConsumerAdvocate (dakotad555) at (gmail) dot (com) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2012
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FLAM OF RESISTANCE, the newest novel by Tracy Groot, exemplifies the storytelling which place her among the best Christian historical writers: a compelling plot interwoven with historical detail, characters worth cheering for, and a carefully presented world view that never becomes preachy or trite.

Groot immediately places the reader in the action: the cockpit of a P-47 Thunderbolt shot down over France. The pilot, Tom Jaeger, is lucky enough to be recovered by the French Resistance. A strapping blond, the resistance recognizes that his height and Germanic features make him the ideal candidate to impersonate a German officer. Working in conjunction with Brigitte Durand, proprietress of an unlicensed brothel, Tom becomes an information courier for the resistance. The information he carries could make or break the the impending allied invasion on D-Day.

I appreciate Groot's bravery in picking a prostitute as a protagonist. Rather than turning her into the cliched "whore with a heart of gold" one might expect, she paints Brigitte honestly and with nuance. Brigitte serves as a metaphor for all of occupied France: a nation subjugated, brutalized, and forced into all sorts of compromises. Her struggle for the recovery of her lost dignity and hope mirrors the larger struggle of her nation.

Historical fiction, and particularly historical fiction set in the WWI and WII era, are among my favorite reads. Fictional stories told with historical authenticity and detail give the reader not just a trip into the inner world of the characters, but a journey to a different place and time as well. Through impeccable research, Groot delivers believability on every page.
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