Tuesday, August 11, 2020


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Synopsis:  Hero. Soldier. Spy. Leader. Her name is Nancy Wake. 

The international bestseller -- a "thrilling debut" and "cinematic treat" -- inspired by the true story of World War II's greatest heroine (Publishers Weekly).

To the Allies, she was a fearless freedom fighter, a special operations legend, a woman ahead of her time. To the Gestapo, she was a ghost, a shadow, the most wanted person in the world.

But at first, Nancy Wake was just another young woman living in Marseilles and recently engaged to a man she loved. Then France fell to the Nazi blitzkrieg. With her appetite for danger, Nancy quickly finds herself drawn into the underground Resistance standing up to Nazi rule. Gaining notoriety as the White Mouse, with a 5-million-franc bounty hanging over her head, Wake rises to the top of the Nazi's Most Wanted list -- only to find her husband arrested for treasonous activity under suspicion of being the White Mouse himself.

Narrowly escaping to Britain, Wake joins the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and parachutes into the Auvergne, where she must fight for the respect of some of the toughest Resistance fighters in France. As she and her maquisards battle the Nazis, their every engagement brings the end of the war closer -- but also places her husband in deeper peril.

A riveting, richly imagined historical thriller, LIBERATION brings to life one of World War II's most fascinating unsung heroines in all her fierce power and complexity. This is the story of one of the one of the war's most decorated women, told like never before.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  A few words kept going through my head as I was reading Liberation: Hero, Selfless, Wife, and Unstoppable.  I have never heard of Nancy Wake and am wondering why she wasn't part of my history class.  

Unbelievable story. Not only did I learn a lot, but it was also a really good read. I can't imagine being wanted by the Nazi and the consistent fear.  However, Nancy never showed fear and was so smart and strong, even to the very end of the book.  Page-turner until the end.

Imogen Kealey is the pseudonym of American screenwriter Darby Kealey and British novelist Imogen Robertson, who bonded over their desire to tell Wake's story. Liberation, their first novel as Imogen Kealey, is currently in development as a major motion picture.

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