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How Angels Die by [Harding, David-Michael]
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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:

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  • File Size: 1901 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Q&CY BOOKS; 2 edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
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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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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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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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There are many novels and non-fiction works describing the French Resistance during WWII and this tale does not encompass the French collaborators, who after the war accused by the Resistance fighters, almost tore France apart. In this story, those who might be seen to be collaborators were actually Resistance fighters, but not as military units, which is the crux of this novel.

After the surrender of France to Germany and occupation by the German military and Gestapo, all young men and able bodied older ones who had not died nor been maimed fighting for France, were picked up and sent to Germany as slave labor. The McLeash family are the main protagonists in this tale. Sean, the father, is Irish, although living in France, having married Estelle, a French woman. They had two daughters, Claire, who was fifteen when France was first occupied. She with other teenagers harassed the Germans and by the time she was eighteen, was an active Resistance fighter, trained in shooting and demolition. Her older sister, beautiful Monique, age twenty-one, known only to the top echelon of the local Resistance fighters as one of them, flirted with German officers. They were the only ones with knowledge of important German military activities. She would allow them to take her to bed, knowing that because of their heavy drinking and bragging as soldiers, during pillow talk would often reveal their actions and maneuvers. This information was valuable to the Resistance in their fight. Only German officers who wore gray were fraternized with since they were regular military. The black uniformed Gestapo were feared by everyone, even German soldiers, and left alone. This is important to this story.
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