Flame of Resistance

Flame of Resistance

2013 Christy Award winner!Years of Nazi occupation have stolen much from Brigitte Durand. Family. Freedom. Hope for a future, especially for a woman with a past like hers. But that changes the day American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down over occupied France. Picked up by the Resistance, Tom becomes the linchpin in their plan to infiltrate a Germans-only brothel and...

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Title:Flame of Resistance
Author:Tracy Groot
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Flame of Resistance Reviews

  • Michelle

    Ce livre était fantastique! What does that mean, exactly? The translation is, "this book was fantastic," in French. I have never read any books by Tracy Groot before, but this book has made me a fan. I loved this novel and could not stop reading it. I have a "thing" for WWII fiction and for stories where people resist their oppressors by refusing to be like them. There were a number of times while reading this novel that my eyes welled with tears. I sensed the hope, sacrifice, and redemption the

    Ce livre était fantastique! What does that mean, exactly? The translation is, "this book was fantastic," in French. I have never read any books by Tracy Groot before, but this book has made me a fan. I loved this novel and could not stop reading it. I have a "thing" for WWII fiction and for stories where people resist their oppressors by refusing to be like them. There were a number of times while reading this novel that my eyes welled with tears. I sensed the hope, sacrifice, and redemption themes coming up in the plot, and I experienced them within the pages of this book. Sometimes the littlest things bring perspective to everything else. When Krista found the blessing in the fact that a guard had enough compassion to assist her in helping her give a person being tortured a drink of water, I was moved by that scene. In the midst of horror, one can still see the hope that lives in believers, and people are drawn to it. Krista saw that traumatic job as a ministry. I can't imagine...

    C'est les horreurs de guerre. That's the horrors of war. I found many of the situations in this book quite convicting, and I am glad the author didn't water those situations down. When Tom asked Brigitte about the hardest part of the war and she said, "the hunger," it made emotion rise in my heart. She described it so well. We take so many things in life for granted. Many of us think having no extra money after we pay our bills is hardship...not! Anyway, I loved the heartfelt way the author penned this story and how she didn't soften the pain that the characters went through. I grew attached to a number of them and was sad when they were no longer part of the story. Even the hardest of hearts could be softened by the right situation.

    The reason this book is making my favorite fiction list has to do with the fact that the novel made me think about my life and about what I would do in similar situations. Though the characters were brave because they fought for France, I could see the spiritual alignment to the many martyrs for the faith over the centuries. The love story was also quite beautiful. I loved how Brigitte was used to show Tom that there is still a person beneath one of the most offensive professions. I loved the change of perspective and thought about how hard times can bring out the best and worst in people. Ironically, the next book on my to-read list is a story of Rahab. Since this one was an "impressionistic retelling" I've been prepared for a wonderful experience, I'm sure. Again, loved this story! Very realistic and heart-wrenching. A must-read for 2012.

  • Christian Fiction Addiction

    Desperate to survive the Nazi occupation of France, Brigitte Durand has sunk to the depths other woman have had to for millennia, selling her body in an effort to stay alive. As D-day draws near and the Germans, the French resistance, and the Allies all prepare for the invasion, Brigitte is recruited into the resistance efforts. When an American fighter pilot named Tom Jaeger is forced to evacuate his plane while flying over France, he is picked up by the Resistance. Soon, he becomes a key part

    Desperate to survive the Nazi occupation of France, Brigitte Durand has sunk to the depths other woman have had to for millennia, selling her body in an effort to stay alive. As D-day draws near and the Germans, the French resistance, and the Allies all prepare for the invasion, Brigitte is recruited into the resistance efforts. When an American fighter pilot named Tom Jaeger is forced to evacuate his plane while flying over France, he is picked up by the Resistance. Soon, he becomes a key part of their plan to get critical intel about the bridges leading into France from the prostitute Brigitte. Soon Tom and Brigitte are embroiled in a dangerous mission that becomes ever more important as D-day approaches.

    Flame of Resistance is a haunting story, one that will both inspire as it recounts the efforts of those who resisted Nazi occupation, while making your heart break for the suffering they endured. The story is fast-paced, with intrigue abounding in the midst of a people struggling to hold on to hope that a new day with dawn. Tracy Groot expertly re-creates the last days of Nazi-occupied France, and brings to life both the indomitable spirit of the French while illuminating the horror that the people experienced as they were starved and persecuted. Brigitte's story is especially heart-breaking is forced to make impossible choices, and ones that cause her fellow country-men to despise her, despite the fact that she became a prostitute solely as a means to survive. What I most found interesting is how author has drawn from the Biblical story of Rahab the prostitute, and how she set that story into the midst of World War II, creating a fascinating, multi-layered read. I have long been a fan of Tracy Groot's novels, and this one definitely lives up to the same caliber as her previous novels such as Madman.

    This is a story worth reading, and I award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Tyndale, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

  • Laura

    Flame of Resistance is one of those books that starts out like a train ride—you know it's going to be a powerful read as it picks up speed through twists and turns to a thrilling ending. It's an intense read from beginning to end, taking place during WWII, in Normandy, France in the momentous and dangerous months just before D-Day.

    France had been occupied by Nazi Germany for four long years, suffering from fear, mistreatment and food shortages that weigh on the people. Brigitte Durand turns her

    Flame of Resistance is one of those books that starts out like a train ride—you know it's going to be a powerful read as it picks up speed through twists and turns to a thrilling ending. It's an intense read from beginning to end, taking place during WWII, in Normandy, France in the momentous and dangerous months just before D-Day.

    France had been occupied by Nazi Germany for four long years, suffering from fear, mistreatment and food shortages that weigh on the people. Brigitte Durand turns her home into a Germans-only brothel to survive, while anonymously sneaking food to the French Resistance who hide and aid Allied pilots who have been shot down. Brigitte doesn't hesitate when asked to become a spy for the Resistance. She assists the American pilot Tom Jaeger, who poses as a German so that Brigitte can relay to him any information she acquires from the German soldiers who come to her brothel. But even close friends can betray, and Brigitte finds herself in a dangerous mission to rescue the man she loves, risking everything for her friends and country.

    I've read several books taking place during WWII, but this one focuses on France and gives an inside look at what it was like to be a Resistant agent, risking your life to help others and to fight for your freedom through undercover operations. It was an exciting read, but heartbreaking and terribly sad how they were tortured when discovered. Although Brigitte was a prostitute, one cannot help but admire her inner strength to survive and to anonymously aid the French Resistance. She suffers the harsh disapproval from her own countrymen for her profession, but she dreams of a freed France and does not hesitate when asked to take part in a dangerous mission. I appreciated the author's discretion regarding the scenes that take place at the brothel.

    The cast of characters in this novel are memorable, from Michel, one of the great but unassuming leaders of the Resistance sought after by the Germans to Braun, the German engineer who realizes the Nazis are destroying German lives as much as that of the so-called enemy. The author created people that I cared about, that I suffered with, that I rejoiced with. As the story moves to its climax, I was left breathless, wondering how it would all end. The strategy was brilliant and it made me think about how many people during this atrocious time in history had to device plans to escape, survive and fight for justice and freedom.

    I found this book powerful, emotional and intelligent. It made me appreciate the resilience of the human spirit, the strength of friendship, and the value of loyalty. This is a gripping story, well-written with a tight plot, strong characters, and a memorable setting. Highly recommended!

    Note: There are scenes of torture and description of torture in this novel.

    Disclosure: Thanks to Tyndale house Publishers for sending me this complimentary book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

  • Wright Gres

    , set in France – Normandy – in the weeks before the allied invasion, is an adventure novel with a secret. It’s a wonderful story where the heroes are everyday people and we learn from them without being preached at.

    It’s not “Guns of Navarone” or “Inglorious Bastards” and the hero doesn’t run the length of the train to jump off and catch an airplane. It’s fiction and real life adventure with a downed pilot, a prostitute, and many others in the community perfor

    , set in France – Normandy – in the weeks before the allied invasion, is an adventure novel with a secret. It’s a wonderful story where the heroes are everyday people and we learn from them without being preached at.

    It’s not “Guns of Navarone” or “Inglorious Bastards” and the hero doesn’t run the length of the train to jump off and catch an airplane. It’s fiction and real life adventure with a downed pilot, a prostitute, and many others in the community performing heroic acts. There are collaborators, the Resistance, and prostitutes; bad guys who aren't all bad, and bad guys who are far worse than bad.

    This is an amazing, uplifting, and heartfelt story.

    I hate giving a good story a grade of less than 4 or 5; that said, this one should get a 6.

  • Katie

    This is one of those books that you have to read slowly. The plot line and characters are complex and the story takes many twists along the way. The ending blew me away. I was caught up and entranced by that point. I only wish we knew what really happened to some of the minor characters in the end. But we can guess, right?

  • Ron

    Excellent story and excellent storytelling, marred by a very few technical nits. Maybe only 4.5 stars, but so enjoyable that I've rounded upward.

    A complex tale of humanity versus the horror of war in 1944 occupied France. Many of the French characters have both names and

    which, when taken with rather too few attributions during the opening chapters, occasionally leaves the reader wondering who spoke what to whom.

    Really liked how Groot lets each character reveal her- or himself rat

    Excellent story and excellent storytelling, marred by a very few technical nits. Maybe only 4.5 stars, but so enjoyable that I've rounded upward.

    A complex tale of humanity versus the horror of war in 1944 occupied France. Many of the French characters have both names and

    which, when taken with rather too few attributions during the opening chapters, occasionally leaves the reader wondering who spoke what to whom.

    Really liked how Groot lets each character reveal her- or himself rather than telling us about her or him. That many characters seem to be working at cross-purposes increases the verisimilitude. So many persons of faith coming together by coincidence suggests that no coincidence was involved. Increasingly complex plots--and counter plots--heightens the tempo and stakes as the crisis approaches, not to mention introducing some comic relief along with the tension. The climax is a hoot.

    The humor accentuates, rather than diminishes, the evil that man did to man during that shameful period. Like with the Holocaust, Groot reminds us that man is capable of unimaginable evil and incredible sacrifice.

    Quibbles: the fighting at Guadalcanal was in 1942-43, not 1944. While Groot's P-47 pilot consultant presumably knows the correct nomenclature for the aircraft, her idiosyncratic military terminology occasionally throws the reader out of the story.

    An outstanding read.

  • Sarah

    The stars of this book for me were the characters, specifically the main stars of Brigitte, Tom, and Michel. They breathed with life in all their complexity. I felt connected with all three in a way that I don't see very often. I loved to see how Brigitte was able to find some hope in a very jaded life, how Tom approached everything with such a huge sense of honor (though not a very strong strategic mind), and how Michel was able to rise above the tragedy of a lost loved one and lost opportuniti

    The stars of this book for me were the characters, specifically the main stars of Brigitte, Tom, and Michel. They breathed with life in all their complexity. I felt connected with all three in a way that I don't see very often. I loved to see how Brigitte was able to find some hope in a very jaded life, how Tom approached everything with such a huge sense of honor (though not a very strong strategic mind), and how Michel was able to rise above the tragedy of a lost loved one and lost opportunities. If for no other reason, read this book for the people in it.

    The actual plot of the novel, on the other hand, was engaging but boy were some of these Resistance operations not very well thought out! I'm surprised as many of the operatives survived as actually did (and everyone

    survive). The suspense and excitement present in the novel did make up for the poor planning to a degree, but if actual Resistance cells operated like this, the Nazis would have won. Even the characters

    admit more than once that they were operating on the fly!

    Despite the heavy material of the book (i.e. WWII Resistance, torture, and war), there is a nice undercurrent of humor that I felt was special to this novel. Tom's uneasiness with Brigitte's occupation and scenes like Resistance members and German officers sharing cheese and laughter made me smile more than once. Some of the turns of phrase also were very smile inducing.

    After all is said and done, this novel was an enjoyable and emotional journey to WWII France. I enjoyed the characters, the humor, and the main plot. Despite some hiccups with operations that stretched the bounds of believability, I'd definitely recommend this novel to any WWII Resistance buff or really anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction novel.

  • Molly

    First let me say that I love reading World War 2 books. I was really intrigued to read this based on the description of the book. It has great promise: A prostitute helps out the French Resistance to defeat teh Nazis. Sounds great, right? It is. The story and characters just needs a little more fleshing out. I also found it hard to keep track of all the code names and real names. And a few times, I was completely lost as to what was happening.

    In most WW2 novels, I find myself in a very suspense

    First let me say that I love reading World War 2 books. I was really intrigued to read this based on the description of the book. It has great promise: A prostitute helps out the French Resistance to defeat teh Nazis. Sounds great, right? It is. The story and characters just needs a little more fleshing out. I also found it hard to keep track of all the code names and real names. And a few times, I was completely lost as to what was happening.

    In most WW2 novels, I find myself in a very suspenseflul state. Wondering if the Jews get out. Hoping that they fall in love and get married and be happy. That the Nazi gets justice in the end. That the Resistance's plan of blowing up a bridge, railroad or building is successful. That the characters who face depravity, inhumanity and injustice will find beauty and love in the world. But this book had me bored. Bored with the characters. Bored with the story line. Bored. Bored. Bored.

  • Christy

    What a struggle I felt like this read was. This is the most difficult book I've ever tried to read. The writing style was quite confusing and left me literally stranded in mid sentence. Half the time I didn't know who was doing the talking and even when I did I frankly didn't understand what was going on. I had every intention of reading Maggie Bright but I'm just not sure now. I understood clearly the premise behind the book but all the wonderful details that make a story come to life were just

    What a struggle I felt like this read was. This is the most difficult book I've ever tried to read. The writing style was quite confusing and left me literally stranded in mid sentence. Half the time I didn't know who was doing the talking and even when I did I frankly didn't understand what was going on. I had every intention of reading Maggie Bright but I'm just not sure now. I understood clearly the premise behind the book but all the wonderful details that make a story come to life were just lost. Oh, and I tried so hard; just never could like it. The story might have been interesting had it been written different.

  • Katie  Hanna

    DNF. I ran out of time on this one, had to take it back to the library. It seemed good, though. Maybe later I'll borrow it again.

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