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Flame of Resistance Paperback – June 1, 2012
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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)
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)
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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The Resistance provided valuable information to the Allies about German troop movements and fortifications, especially nearing the invasion. People took awful risks to their lives and those of their families in order to provide help to the Allies. The inevitable turn of the tide for the Germans did not lessen their fierceness and cruelty when dealing with those who bested them. It was as though they needed to up their aggressiveness to prove that they were in the position of right.
I thought this book was a wonderful tribute to those who resisted. Along with them, we read about those Nazi’s and Germans who do not condone the excessive torture and abuse heaped on persons suspected of crime against the occupation. The smallest grievance could result in death. I was excited to read that many of the locations and military fortifications were actually truly written about and that some of the characters were based on actual persons who were involved.
I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in return for my honest review.
It is a piece of beautifully rendered World War II-era literary historical fiction, and I would like to encourage the publisher and author to market this moving and inspiring story to the world at large, and not just within the Christian community.
I also disagree with the two main criticisms.
First, I found the first half to third of the book as riveting as the rest of the story.
This is largely because every character -- even the ones we don't actually meet -- was so vividly, uniquely, and poignantly rendered that I found every one of them irresistible...and very easy to tell apart.
They jumped off the page and into my heart; I wanted to have philosophical conversations with Father, discover the secrets of the woman with the lavender Bible, find more buttons for Clemmie. Try one of those occupation tarts (the pastry version). And I wanted to rescue and then hug Michel and Jasmine and Rafael. And have my very own Tom, of course.
I became so involved in each person's life story, their histories and individual quirks, their challenges, weaknesses, and personal strengths, that I found every single one unforgettable.
Even though apparently the author based her novel on the Bible story of Radb, this is a story about human values which are revered in every culture and religion I've ever heard of: courage, loyalty, strength, compassion, kindness, sacrifice and love.
I'm glad that I didn't notice the Christian label until I was well and truly hooked, since I almost never read books with heavy Christian themes, as they can be bit too preachy for my taste.
You know the old saw about leading by example? The characters in Flame of Resistance lead by example.
Flame of Resistance takes place in Normandy just months before the D-Day Invasion. There is a sense of desperation that four long years of enemy occupation can produce. With the rescue of Tom, a downed American pilot, a new sense of purpose and hope energize the resistant workers. Brigitte, a prostitute in a Germans-only brothel, also feels the change and is determined to finish the war as something other than a pariah in her community. Her glimpse of freedom embodied in Tom gives her hope of a future.
Groot wrote Flame of Resistance as an impressionistic retelling of the story of Rahab. And while there are many similarities, her novel is a work unto itself. We had a wonderful discussion about the hardships of war, the terrible choices it forces on people and the need for resistance against evil. This is a great book for a book discussion group.
So if you are a fan of historical novels set during WWII, or are just a fan of great writing, pick up Tracy Groot’s Flame of Resistance.
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