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I really liked this book on CD. The book centers on an LDS teenager that goes away to war in Europe. He is faced with many harsh realities of war that conflict with the values he grew up with. At the same time, on the home front, his family and friends are also affected by World War 2 and each person is pulled in new directions.
I really enjoyed the inside look into people's lives and thought processes when faced with hard decisions and change. Although the characters in this book are Mormon, they could just as easily be Baptist, Catholic or of any other religion with Christian beliefs. It just shows the difficult internal struggle that comes with having to fight and even kill during war.
Andy is a religious man being recruited as a spy in France. He must leave his love, Whisper. In the service of his country Andy kills a Nazi and realizes he may have to do so again, it is what he was trained for. Captured, he is tortured, his partner dies in captivity. Rescued, he is assigned to a Resistance group. He sabotages, fights the enemy, and in one situation makes a momentous decision, not to kill a large group of Nazi. He is shot, hospitalized, and finally returned to his home town where he reconciles with Whisper.
I enjoyed this book and the historical content. I loved that it also has reference to Delta, Utah, because that is close to home and makes it seem more possible. Loved the reference to Delta Internment Camp during the War.
Very good book, would be good book for all ages, especially younger generation who do not have much appreciation for the sacrifice and suffering done by 'The Greatest Generation'. Brings an awareness and gratitude for not only those who served overseas, but those left behind and the injustice done to so many devoted Americans who were imprisoned against the constitution illegally because of their heritage.
I purchased this as an audio at a Goodwill, I didn't realize the last CD was missing. The story was so good it was hard to stop listening to it. I had to purchase it to find out how it ended. Just wish it would have continued on a bit longer.
I have consumed book after book about WWII, including biographies and history. Although this is fiction, it is realistic in many details. The story lines are interesting enough to have convinced me to read this book numerous times. Being a male over 60 I find much drama and love to see small town America, especially from an LDS perspective.