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I found the German characters rather unique and refreshing, each, while serving a different rank, station and agenda within the Reich military, even opposing one another at times, were shown to be more than soldiers, their humanity exposed in tales from their lives before the war. They have human sides beneath the uniforms.
The story is perfectly plotted, not revealing too much too quickly, arching continually upwards toward greater peril as the characters take greater risks. The reader senses an imminent fall or destined change in their relationships as the Germans close in, the lead conspirator lying in the very arms of the most dangerous man to their cause.
This tale definitely belongs on everyone's bookshelf. I have a busy schedule and don't always have time to read like I wanted to. Still, I read it in less than a week. Those that love WW2 novels will absolutely love it.
There have been so many stories written about the German occupation of France, and we know the ending from history, still, Midwood weaves an original tale with true depth of character and brilliant plotting, and the kind of writing readers hope for when they open the pages of a book.
“The autumn came to Paris without warning, just like the Germans a few months earlier, and set up its own occupation, only adding to everyone’s misery. Gusts of wind tore into wet swastika flags – the only bright spots, dotted in bloody sputters throughout the faded, bleak city.
Midwood, Ellie. The Indigo Rebels (p. 186). Kindle Edition.”
Indigo Rebels is one story of the war I couldn’t put down and won’t soon forget, and begs the question, would I be so brave in a similar situation?
Marcel is an idealistic young man, coming of age in a world torn asunder. Kamille is a down on her luck widow with very low self-esteem. Giselle is a high society novelist and self-absorbed pragmatist with zero political interest (or national pride it would seem). In different ways, each character’s journey is one of self-discovery.
As for the German soldiers, the author exposes both extremes of the foreign interlopers. The angst and revulsion of Wehrmacht Officer Jochen Hartmann is displayed, as is the prideful nationalism exhibited by the sadistic SS officer Karl Wunsche.
Getting to know all of these fine characters and following their development and evolution was even more pleasurable than the intricate weaving of this historical tale. The well-honed narrative, natural dialog and familiarity with the characters lends believability and realism to the story. As any good novel (but especially historical fiction) should do- Indigo Rebels takes the reader on a journey of space and time. Ms. Midwood really delivers the goods, and I’m looking forward to more from her.
In conclusion, Indigo Rebels is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction, and earns a strong 5 stars.