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Cold Lonely Courage (Madeleine Toche Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Soren Petrek
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Madeleine Toche races to the front only to find her brother mortally wounded during the German Blitzkrieg attack on France at the outset of World War II. His death and her rape at the hands of an SS Stormtrooper cast Madeleine down a path of death and violence as her desire for revenge reaches a crescendo. Award-Winning Novel, Best Fiction, Fade-In Magazine.

Editorial Reviews


Award-Winning Novel, Best Fiction ~ Fade-In Magazine.

"Overall, this heroine belongs on the big screen." ~ The New York Journal of Books

From the Author

Please follow Madeleine's continuing adventures on kindle books, Angels  Don't Die and Patience County War. Thanks to all of my readers.  Your support and reviews help tremendously.

Madeleine's character is a tribute to all of the women who sacrificed and fought on all fronts during the war.  Madeleine's name is borrowed from a family friend, Madeleine Behren, who, as a young woman working with the Belgian Resistance, helped countless families and children escape Nazi persecution at the risk of her own life.  That is courage of the highest caliber.

Product Details

  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467950645
  • Publisher: Soren Petrek; Second edition (November 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069CJOEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive Good Read June 21, 2010
Madeleine Touche is a terrifying new hero. Petrek's love of the period and setting in which this story takes place brings humanity and life to the characters he lovingly creates. I did not anticipate the level of emotion I would feel living for a time through Madeleine's eyes. There's nothing quite like settling into a read and having a story take hold like this one did. The French Resistance has recently given us a number of stories that have been brought to the big screen. This story may be the most worthy of them all.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet relief January 19, 2010
Cold Lonely Courage
"Cold Lonely Courage" is an excellent example of an under-represented literary genre; the underground resistance movement in World War II. We have all read accounts of the concentration camps and other Nazi horrors; it is important that these accounts continue to be told so that we don't repeat the same horrors. After all, World War II era Germans did not come from another planet. I'm sure I'm not alone when I think; What if they knew? What If the world knew? What if they had guns?
"Cold Lonely Courage" follows Madeleine, a French resistance fighter. Leaving behind her family and elderly parents, the family restaurant, and the other trappings of warm familiarity, Madeleine responds in kind to the hard times brought upon by Nazi occupation. Joining the resistance movement, she operates solo, with occasional direction from her contacts. Blending seamlessly into her surroundings, she dispatches Nazis efficiently and without emotion. After all, confrontation, emotion, and ultimate detection are the enemy of the fighter who wants to defeat her enemy and return to her family.
The resistance movement has been captured recently in film. "Defiance," starring Daniel Craig, told the story of Jewish people who survived in the Wilderness and fought the Nazis. "Inglourious Basterds" by Quentin Tarantino was the fictional re-telling of aspects of World War II; blessed sweet relief and a great film but unfortunately not true. "Cold Lonely Courage" would be a good candidate for the big screen, with the under-represented resistance movement and the personal, realistic perspective of Madeleine. I highly recommend "Cold Lonely Courage" as a tense as well as satisfying telling of the World War II resistance movement.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Page Turner! December 11, 2009
This is a phenominal book. Easily my favorite in many years, and I read nearly all the latest releases. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy fresh from the presses, having been recommended to me by a friend. I love discovering newer authors like this, that just blow me away with their talent. Something that hardly ever happens. Petrek has that rare ability to lock you into the story, where your mind never wanders or steps back out. I put this in line with all of my very favorite WWII thrillers by Follet, Wouk etc. Great story line. Great characters. Great fiction centered around historical fact. Very well written. This book is going on my collection shelf as a first edition. I understand Petrek has more books in the works, and I cannot wait to read them. Bring'em on!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Historical with a Touch of Romance July 11, 2011
Cold Lonely Courage by Soren Paul Petrek blends the horrors of war, rich details, and a strong female lead to create a World War II novel that readers of this genre will enjoy.

Madeleine Toche races to the front to find her mortally wounded brother, Ives, as the Germans continue their attack on France. Her twin now lost to her forever, Madeleine grieves with her parents until she is brutally raped by a SS Stormtrooper. Hell bent on revenge, she becomes a trained assassin who seeks out her targets in the name of France and all she has lost.

This is a superb story from talented debut author Soren Paul Petrek. The author has taken his years of studying World War II, the stories he listened to while living in France and England, along with his imagination, and molds them into an engaging story that draws the reader in early and keeps a firm grasp until the final page.

As a lover of historical novels, I appreciated the level of detail Petrek adds into this story. The reader feels, lives, and breathes France during WWII. The author creates a strong heroine in Madeleine, but still manages to make the reader care for this trained assassin--not always easy to do. My one tiny nitpick is that the narrative overpowered the story and did not allow me to get into Madeleine's head, or the other characters' heads. I wanted a deeper point of view.

Cold Lonely Courage is a fascinating historical novel with a hint of romance. World War II history buffs should like this one.
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, boring, boring February 19, 2012
By Ctk181
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading all the great reviews on here I was looking forward to reading this book and when I saw the price I was even happier, but I was very disappointed. Simply put this book was boring. It generally takes me a couple of days to read a book, this one took me almost three weeks because it just was not a page turner. I didn't really care what was going to happen next. The author is all over the place. There are so many characters that pop up and are never really developed, it just becomes muddled and confusing. I'm not even really sure what underlying story of the book is because there are so many things going on, from a French girl living in a quiet village who turns into a hired assassin killing Nazis, to a love affair between the assassin and another Resistance fighter, to Nazis stealing gold and torturing and killing people, to little side stories about different people in the villages of France, and then something in there about a British soldier for a chapter or two, I just could not follow where the author was going. It was like the author could not decide what story he wanted to write. I really just hated this book and wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even at the bargain price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Enjoyed so much I read the entire series. Keep them coming.
Published 20 hours ago by Linda McGehee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It is a story about a trained killer and yet it is sympathetic to her actions.
Published 10 days ago by Robert Scheel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read!
Published 15 days ago by Mary R Urquhart
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a winner!
If you are going to read one book featuring an amazing French freedom fighter in France during WWII-this should be it. Read more
Published 25 days ago by patti jane
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow
I feel like the basic storyline was good, and it contained a lot of interesting information. However, I felt like it skipped around so much that it was hard to follow.
Published 27 days ago by Cool Mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good book!
It's very well written, and easy to get pulled into. The only thing I would change would be to put some kind of a timeframe with the chapter headings; all you get is a vague sense... Read more
Published 28 days ago by B. Dungey
5.0 out of 5 stars well written!
Enjoyed this book immensely, found it hard to put down. New some of it must be fact as have heard if Violet Szabo. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheila B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel of Death
Madeleine Toche is the daughter of the owners of a cafe on the coast of France during World War Two. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cliff Long
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a good, fast read and kept my attention
It was a good, fast read and kept my attention. I liked the historical perspective and enjoyed the aspect of "payback" very much. Satisfying!
Published 1 month ago by Shelly Gingras
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
This is a good book. There is an historical background with a good mystery.
Published 1 month ago by SuziinTN
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I am a Goodreads author. Check out my reviews. Cold Lonely Courage is the first in the super assassin, Madeleine Toche Series.

When I'm not writing, I'm in court as a criminal defense attorney. I've been a trial attorney for 22 years and I've just about seen or heard it all.

I'm married to Renee and we have 2 sons Max, 22 and Riley 18.

Give the books a try. I promise you'll be entertained.

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