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How Angels Die [Kindle Edition]

David-Michael Harding
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Book Description

In the darkest days of World War II, when France found itself at the mercy of a brutal dictator, the frontlines of resistance may just have been in the grasp of a few good women. How Angels Die, the epic work of historical fiction by author David-Michael Harding, delivers a highly inventive and uncommon take on the French Resistance that is certain to appeal to anyone who relishes a blood-pumping drama, which also sheds searing new light on the astounding bravery, profound passion, and razor-sharp cunning of the fairer sex during the most trying times.

In four fateful days, two remarkable sisters, Monique and Claire McCleash, battle the German occupation of their coastal French town in the early days of June 1944. While their mission is the same, their methods of upending the occupation are irreconcilably at odds. The strikingly beautiful Monique puts her body and wit to work for the Resistance by dating and sleeping with German officers; her younger sister Claire elects instead to serve as an active combat guerilla fighter for the cause.

Brimming with high drama that is punctuated by family humor, How Angels Die lifts the veil on a lesser-known side of the French Resistance. Through the prism of two intrepid women, the novel illuminates how these women employ their formidable assets and fierce love of country to face down a vicious enemy. With page-turning action, unstoppable passion, and historical accuracy, this heart-racing novel is a must-read for sisters, history buffs, and action enthusiasts alike.

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A brilliantly written account of life in France during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Characters are believable and sympathetic – each caught in abnormal everyday living in the time of war. The plot spares the reader none of the horrors of the years of the French Resistance. The story's ending is powerful and unforgettable as the reader learns of the bravery of people now long forgotten. - Readers Favorite

Tells the story of two sisters who dared stand against Hitler's regime in World War II, taking their own paths to thwart the German occupation in June of 1944. Even as they work towards the same goals, they find themselves at odds in many ways, as David Harding writes a story of intrigue through war, politics, and family. "How Angels Die" is a riveting tale that should prove hard to put down. - The Midwest Book Review

Terrific book and historical fiction at its best! Set in France during WWII, we learn of life during the Nazi occupation. I loved the characters and we became fast friends. I laughed with them and I cried with them. Mostly I cheered them on in their courageous work in the French Resistance. It was a page turner with plenty of action and drama. Ending is very satisfying. You won't be disappointed. - Reading Room

This book is incredible! The main story revolves around two sisters and how they both work for two very different sides of the resistance. I found this book very easy to read and hard to put down. David Michael Harding has a unique way of storytelling that read very much like a movie. I would highly recommend reading this book. – Life Improvement Radio

Not just another WWII story; it's about how individuals & united groups give all they are to a common cause out of pure love. It’s not a fantasy tale or contrived story; it's a well-research realistic viewpoint celebrating cost of ensuring evil won’t prevail in history's unfortunately too frequent travesties of justice & fair treatment! Awesome, amazing, & deserving of best-seller status! – The Best Reviews


"In How Angels Die Harding delivers an edge of the seat read as he skillfully summarizes the events and pain of years of conflict during the Nazi occupation of France into ninety-six gut wrenching, mesmerizing hours." David Roth, Tampa Writing Examiner:

Product Details

  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615503322
  • Publisher: Q&CY BOOKS (June 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
David-Michael Harding's dramatic and fast-paced novel of historical fiction introduces readers to the inside workings of German forces and the French resistance during World War II in occupied France. It is 1944, just prior to the Allied invasion of France on June 6. Two beautiful sisters resist the Germans, but in different ways. The older sister, age 21, secures vital information from German officers after sex with them as part of pillow talk. Her younger sister, age 18, is part of the more respectable resistance that combats the Germans with guns.

Despite the help she is giving France, the older sister is shunned by many fellow French people; even her father, an Irishman who married a French woman, is disappointed in her. One problem that the older sister confronts is that affection goes both ways; while she plays on the affection of Nazi officers, she falls in love with one. Curiously, while she says that she hates Germans, unlike her younger sister, she has great sympathy for and helps the children of German fathers who raped French women. Yet, despite markedly different approaches, the two sisters get along.

Harding shows readers incidences of Nazi brutality and French heroism generally and how the resistance functions. There are many exiting episodes and readers will enjoy reading this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Passion and Costs of French Resistance in WWII June 10, 2012
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Monique and Claire, as well as her parents Sean and Estelle, are living in France during the Nazi occupancy of WWII. They appear to be a very divided family at the beginning of this story that depicts a side of the Resistance Movement that is almost never fully explained. Monique cares for the abandoned orphans of the war and meets German soldiers in the evening to dine and dance and more, the more enabling her to gather secret information unavailable by any other means, a job drawing extreme criticism from her sister and father. Claire, however, has her own job to do, one that shows her to be as brave as any soldier, one which she embraces with so much fervor that the reader wonders from where this ferocity arises.

Another family gives a different point of view of countless thousands who loved and died at the hands of the Nazi rapers and killers, but the question is who died and who lived? Anyone associated with Nazi targets is doomed. The risk or stakes are enormous beyond one's comprehension, yet the hatred of those blighting France with their presence takes on many forms of expression, some out of fear, some from revenge, and some out of tragedy-induced realization of one's undying patriotism!

To say more would ruin a phenomenal story very much on par with a Ken Follett, Frederick Forsythe, and other masters of espionage fiction. The tension hypes up to a fever pitch when Monique falls in love with one of her German "friends" and discovers details twice about pivotal German movements and shipment of arms. However, Pieter suspects her awareness and resistance role; these realizations build the plot to a crescendo with devastating but eventually healing consequences. Many more amazing secrets are yet to be revealed!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Angels Die June 20, 2012
Great book.....kept me interested at all times. WWII was a horrendous period in many lives and this book brings out the emotional and physical toil it took on everyone. Fortunately the ending was a welcome surprise.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French sisters foil Nazis June 14, 2012
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Enjoy your World War II history while reading a good tale. The plot has plenty of twists and, as you turn the pages, you will be sucked in to the plight of the McCleash sisters. The subplots are equally compelling and Harding's cast of characters round out this fast-moving historical fiction account of a band of French Resistance fighters. From beginning to end you will be entertained by the daring actions of the sister protagonists who thwart their Nazi enemies in their own ways. If you're a fan of this genre, or just enjoy a good read, settle in for a rollicking ride!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Angels Die July 14, 2012
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Congrats David! Your first book is a winner! Nice pace following sisters, Monique and Claire through the days of the French Resistance. I agree with Clay and others that this would make a great movie. Looking forward to your next book release Fall 2012.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-breaking story June 18, 2012
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War is brutal. War is unfair. War is soul-wrenching. David-Michael Harding's How Angels Die is a thought-provoking portrayal of the French Resistance during WWII. What makes this piece of historical fiction different is that it is from the women's perspective. By reading this novel you will find that women freedom fighters played a huge role in the Resistance and sacrificed so much for France.

The story revolves around two sisters, Monique and Claire. Both are fighting the same war but in different ways. The pain and judgment both sisters put upon one another tears them apart. Mr. Harding lays out beautifully the dynamic between the sisters. The love is so apparent but it is caught up in this brutal and bloody war.

Family plays a huge role. War wrecks havoc on a once close and loving family. Everything is literally torn apart. You feel every brutal word that each person lashes out. Sides are chosen there is very little forgiveness. Only something extreme can bring this family together again. And something extreme does happen. I have to say that a few tears were shed while reading. Your heart breaks for this family.

Love runs throughout this book, whether it's from family or a lover. In the Resistance, you are expected to fight and possibly die for the cause, getting rid of the Nazis. However, most most sacrifices are for the people who you love. For the sisters, it's family. For others, it's a lover. My favorite line from this novel is that "Years as a sister gave way to the wants of a lover only to return to ties of blood." It says so much.

All of this makes for a beautiful but heart-breaking story. It is well-written and the characters are nicely developed. I really enjoyed this read.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I received this book as a gift from the author but it in no way affected my opinion of this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Book needs an editor
A recurring character in the book is a five year old girl said to be the bastard child of a French woman and a Nazi soldier. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey J. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this book!
An easy read that captivated me from the beginning to the end. A story well written just before the allies joined in the war and the French people who endured the cruelty the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by pass5622
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Novel of female involvement in WW II
Again Mr. Harding, has surprised us with an outstanding written Novel that keeps you in complete suspense in within your mind in what is going to happen next as you continue to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eaglefox
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not What You Think!
David takes you down the path, good vs evil, sister vs sister, mother vs father, mother vs sisters, father vs sisters. . . . . . You even start to take sides. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing scenic journey!
David Michael Harding has an amazing talent the way he takes the reader through one of the most tomaltious times of World War II and the occupation of France. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rich Abreu
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent read...enjoyed it very much!
Published 4 months ago by gREENIRISHONION
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Excellent story
Published 4 months ago by betty marianetti
5.0 out of 5 stars How Angels Die
I received this book for review and my hubby actually got to it before I did and he kept telling me how he really liked the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathleen Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars ok read
I almost didn't finished this book because it took so long to get to the good stuff. To much beating around the bush. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mason raine
5.0 out of 5 stars realistic resistance story
A very detailed and descriptive story depicting life for a group and particularly family members operating in the french resistance around the period leading up to D-Day 1944. Read more
Published 6 months ago by pomfrog
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David-Michael Harding is a life-long writer whose work has appeared in national publications and has been recognized by the international writing community. He is a collegiate writing instructor and former semi-professional football player. His experiences provide readers with well researched, crushing fast-paced action. Most of his days are spent writing from the cockpit of his sailboat, Pegasus, somewhere off the Nature Coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.

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