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

Soren Petrek
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 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.

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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.  Cold Lonely Courage is now represented by the Montse Cortazar Literary in the hopes of reaching the international market.  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: #270,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 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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42 of 46 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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38 of 43 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, boring, boring February 19, 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Show, don't tell! August 4, 2012
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A good tale that is poorly told. Too much telling, not enough showing. This is a good start and the author needs a few months at a writing workshop to make it come alive and come together. It was like reading a long description, rather than a fictional account with characters who speak to each other and in doing so move the action along. The plot gets confused sometimes. The author has done a great deal of research and is passionate about his subject, but his writing reads like a textbook, a description of a good story, rather than the good story itself. That said, he creates some interesting characters and some interesting plot lines. Get back to work, refine this book and then charge some money for it. I'd be willing to read a highly revised edition again!
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6 of 6 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I enjoy reading a well written story that I hate to put down or can't wait for my next chance to pick up where I left off.
Published 1 day ago by Sheri
4.0 out of 5 stars Will keep you interested
You will not want to put it down. Her first kill did not ring true...not the kill, but the fact that there were no reprisals. The burning of the church is true. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Charles Hazen
5.0 out of 5 stars A must Read
I couldn't put it down and I'm not a fiction reader. It has it all, love, adventure, spy stuff, and killing, awesome sweet on the target killing. Sharp shooter type of stuff. Read more
Published 28 days ago by April D Morehouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
I though that this is well written with interesting characters. I recommend reading the three books in this series in order. This is the first book in the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RobR
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough women at war
I was pleasantly surprised how good this story is. Chicks kick butt, man! I am going to jump in and read the other two in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A work of fiction set in WWll
I have read many accounts of the Nazi war crimes etc. I found this book does not compare to the many non fiction accounts of the Jews who lived through the hola cost. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rosehill Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book
This book was a relatively fast read, it loved the history and the characters. I would definitely recommend to others.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read!
I enjoy WWII history and this excellent fiction based on history was a very enjoyable story. Normally I would yearn for a sequel but in this case I truly hope Madeleine was able... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Nazis at its finest
A very satisfying albeit gruesome tale. Great read! Highly recommended. A few editing errors, but easily overlooked thanks to engaging plot.
Published 5 months ago by Kelly Reddin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The heroine was masterful and I applaud the author for portraying a female with strength and femininity.
Published 5 months ago by Tgc
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More About the Author

All three of my books are available on on kindle. If you read and enjoy any or all of the books, please 'like' the corresponding book page and if you're willing, post a review. Thanks!

If you're wondering, Cold Lonely Courage and Angels Don't Die are pure super assassin Madeleine Toche novels. Her character was conceived in Patience County War. She appears throughout Patience and her action sequence shows she's no less deadly at 80!

When I'm not writing, I'm in court usually as a criminal defense attorney. I've done it for 21 years and I've just about seen it all when it comes to people. I draw a great deal of inspiration for characters from bits and pieces of people I've observed.

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

The cover for Cold Lonely Courage is a wonderful painting from a celebrated British water-colorist, Michael Morgan.

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

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