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“Marion Sutro, is a young woman on a dangerous mission. She is recruited, in London, by the special operations executive, and after extensive training, is chosen to take part in an operation, which involves being parachuted into occupied France, during WW2. Marian’s natural aptitude with the...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“"The Girl Who Fell rom The Sky" cleverly re-titled as "Trapeze". Such an interesting premise...such a boring book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“ Familiar territory; a female SOE operative in occupied France. Following in the footsteps of Sebastian Faulks and Elizabeth Buchan and leaning on research done on Violet Szabo and others the story is soemwaht familiar but well paced. I prefered the Glass House by bthis author”Cathy S wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Published in the U.S. under the title “Trapeze”
This novel is a fascinating blend of fact and fiction, the story of Marian Sutro, an ordinary young woman, who barely out of school did the most extraordinary things in 1943 for the war effort.
Recruited by the SOE (Special Operation Executive) at the age of 19, Marian finds herself undergoing commando training in the Scottish Highlands and ultimately, one autumn night parachuted from an RAF bomber into the South-West of France to join the Wordsmith resistance network and act as a courier for them.
This clever, cool-headed and bilingual young woman’s first mission is to make her way to Paris and take new radio crystals to Yvette, the underground radio operator she had met previously at the training center. At the same time she must navigate the treacherous streets of Paris, a city battened down and where the danger of discovery is extreme and seek out Clément Pelletier, a nuclear physicist and family friend, a man of vital importance to her superiors and persuade him to leave France for England.
This is a very engaging and a poetically written story, one that captures beautifully the mood of the time. It is first told from Marian’s perspective but once dropped into France and assumes the code name Alice and a life as a secret agent, the narratives now in Alice’s words switches from the past to the present tense and the story slowly unfolds into breathtaking intrigue. The tight prose keeps the plot moving at a steady pace till it suddenly and shockingly ends. I was so disappointed and wanting more…Oh well… maybe a sequel will answer my questions one day.
Some may say there is nothing original both with its plotting and characterization but it is nevertheless a gripping story that gives us an insight into bravery, treachery and terror.”
“Woman spy World War II excellent”Kathy wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love this author's writing style - somewhat detached, yet engaging my emotions and interest. This was my third book in a row about WW2 in France. Need a break.”DrRenee wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was dissapointed in the ending...”Kristin wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this is the story or a younr English woman who grew up in France, (her mother was French, her father English) During WW II the British recruited here to go to France and work undercover... it the story or her recruitment, training, and time in France....while there were some things I did not like, ( it was a little crass in places,, and it was totally unneccessary) it still was an intense story in parts and I am glad I read it.”Heather B wrote this review Tuesday, January 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked the story but was so disappointed by the ending.”Elizabeth wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"The Girl Who Fell rom The Sky" cleverly re-titled as "Trapeze". Such an interesting premise...such a boring book.”Kim P wrote this review Monday, December 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Marian has been selected to go to spy school. She goes through the training period and is dropped into France along with Benoit. She completes many jobs. Now she is sent to help Clement escape. Will that happen? Or will she be betrayed? This was a good book about the life of a spy, and the ending was in keeping with this life. but as the ending of the book, not so good. After all, it was a story. ”Frances L wrote this review Thursday, December 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Marian is a beautiful English spy operating in France during ww2. The book takes you through her training, her first experiences and up until she becomes a very accomplished spy. Well written and filled with suspense.”A. Rochester wrote this review Thursday, November 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No