This is the first book I have read by the author Ken Follet. I have always had an interest in WW2 history, which was one of the reasons why I was attracted to this book.
It is an excellent story about a team of all female SOE spies sent by England, in the lead up to the D Day invasion, to blow up a vital communication exchange in Nazi occupied France. Although it is not actually based on any fact, the authors style makes it seem as though the events actually took place.
In the past, I have read lots of hardened crime thrillers so was not adverse to gory descriptions of death or violence. However, I could not stop my stomach from turning, as the author described some of the torture techniques used by the German Gestapo. I could not help but feel respect and humbleness for the people that were actually subjected to torture a thousand times worse during WW2.
This all added to making the story much more readable and in my opinion compelling, but also made me reflex on just how senseless war can be, but unavoidable in certain circumstances.
I was eagerly awaiting the chance to read the next chapter in order to find out whether the girls would get away with the operation and escape with their lives. My only criticism was the ending, which was short and swift, as is often the case with many books. It’s as though authors have spent many months working on building up a great story, only to rush the end through to get the book to publication. I often favor authors who provide a chapter as an epilogue, to wind down after the action has subsided.
Having said this, I highly recommend this book and will now be buying others by this excellent author.