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Alice Network
by Kate Quinn
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William Morrow, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I would think that all of us know that when there is a war, there are bound to be spies. What I didn't know was that during World War I as well as World War II, female spies played a big part in bringing news of Nazi plans to the French Resistance fighters.

These women probably saved thousands of lives during both wars with their selfless, daring acts, obtaining bits and pieces of vital information for the French fighters. What is even less known are the sacrifices these women made to take back their country from the German invaders.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn moves back and forth in time to reveal the harrowing lives these women lived. While risking capture, torture and a firing squad, they were reviled by French citizens as being whores, ladies of the night! Quinn takes two points of view, introducing readers to Eve Gardiner, spying on the Germans in 1915 France; and pregnant American Charlie St. Clair anxious to learn the fate of her beloved cousin Rose in Nazi-occupied France. They seek the truth together.

The Alice Network tells the stories of a few of these brave souls fiction taken from fact. These women put their lives on the line while terrified by the threat of capture. Fascinating reading in itself but also wonderful writing that easily puts the reader in each scene. Could you have lived their lives?

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