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How Angels Die by [Harding, David-Michael]
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3.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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About the Author

David-Michael Harding is a life-long writer whose work has appeared in national publications and has been recognized by the international writing community. He is a collegiate writing instructor and semi-professional football player. His experiences provide readers with well researched, crushing fast-paced action. Most of his days are spent writing from the cockpit of his sailboat, Pegasus, somewhere off the Nature Coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. He is the proud parent of two grown daughters. This firsthand knowledge of the female psyche inspired the creation of sister protagonists in How Angels Die.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1901 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Q&CY BOOKS; 2 edition (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TPIQJW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My wife downloaded this book to read on our joint kindle account but didn't really get in to it, but I thought I'd give it a go. I must admit I was very sceptical about the material as I started to read it, but I soon overcame those misgivings as I delved deeper in to the story.
By the end the characters all had individuality that combined to make a good read. I'd recommend this book.
There were a few spelling mistakes but not enough to detract from the story, that's the only reason it got 4 stars

The wife here... I'm struggling my way through because I love France and want to picture it as I read, but I'm picturing American farmhouses with stoops and screen doors; has the writer ever been to France or seen a film or picture of France? I'm afraid I've downgraded my husband's rating, but don't tell him.
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Well, do judge the book by the cover.

There are things about this novel I enjoyed. Hmm...I got wrapped up in the 'good German' well, the sort of good one, mainly because he was about the only one that wasn't a gang rapist.

But golly, it was hard work.

The problem from the start: WHAT. IS. THE. STORY? We had endless dialogue about two sisters dressing up that added little to the tale and I was none the wiser until the middle of the book - what was the quest? And for who?

Then there was so much telling. Whole chunks of history thrown at us instead of weaving it into the plot.

And then there's the German problem. Were they all rapists? Why are these people bad? The characterisation all falls into the French=good Germans = bad category.

The resistance story has been done, more then enough times, and this novel sadly, try though it might, doesn't add anything.

I hate to be negative but it just wasn't the great read I expected - and what does the title have to do with the story?
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Sorry, this novel came up on my recommended list following a chain of decent books. Unfortunately it fell far short of the others. I couldn't get any further than 20% as I had no sympathy for any of the characters and couldn't take any more clichés!It is possible,of course, that I might have loved the book if I had read further but I couldn't face any more cardboard cut outs and predictable plot lines.
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I have read many many fiction and non fiction books about WWII and especially the Resistance. This book is just an insult to their bravery.
The book portrays both the French and the German army in ways which sound more like US characters. The author does not seem to have the first clue about WWII France or even France in general.

We are expected to believe all the village woman attend a local nightclub which is portrayed more like a local dance hall in the US. One of the heroines attends and "bellies up to the bar" and is attended to by the "bar keep" and drinks neat whisky shots. In another scene the heroines are waiting to pick up German officers in the bar and are first treated to shrimp cocktails - really in France ? in France in 1944 ? Is he serious ?

The local resistance safe house is a terraced house on a street in the middle of the town. It is so busy and full of people coming and going that all but the most obtuse German would know of its existence immediately.

The younger daughter is so gung-ho and wild she would have been a victim immediately if not from the Germans then from the Resistance themselves - she is a dangerous liability not a heroine.

Finally the author seems to have tried to combine characteristics more in keeping with the Irish IRA than French Resistance fighters - that the father as an Irish expat is just a distraction which serves no purpose.

The story is so badly written it does not even warrant the rating of good thriller even if implausible. It is bad historically and it is bad in plot and it is badly written.
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I bought this book because it was one of the 100 recommended on my Kindle. It was such a disappointment ! Bloody and violent ? Definitely not........a good storyline, but what spoiled it for me was that the Author gave all the characters French and German alike, American accents and I've never come across a fictional Nazi, SS or Gestapo who used the phrase 'Son of a Bitch' and other obvious American phrases and words. Maybe he did'nt think about it or do his research ? I did'nt find the characters particularly real for my taste either. A shame because what had a promising revew when I bought it on Kindle turned out to be such a disappointment.
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How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding.

FORMAT ~ Paperback

This riveting and thought-provoking historical tale is set in occupied France in 1944 and the French resistance fighters are hard at work infiltrating the Gestapo in two very different ways.

This brave and passionate story is shown through the eyes of two sisters, Monique and Claire McCleash, who, bound by blood, hold an untold and hidden depth of love for each other which lies buried amongst their personal angst and pain. This novel is full of excellent descriptive content and flows from the first page, encapsulating exactly what the author intended to tell, giving the reader a colourful insight to historical happenings and with it a true bloody and visual picture of the pain and suffering that only war can bring. There are some very graphic scenes that emotionally bind one to the characters in this plot and, in parts, the unsaid horrors of war are splattered graphically onto the pages, but this only adds to the strength and power of this novel.

The overall feel of the book is one of quality and has a great layout which ensures an easy read; although personally I think the book maybe more appealing if it was slightly smaller.

There are some clever twists and turns that continue to the end of this compelling novel and How Angels Die is more than highly recommended. As an informative historical novel this one should be right up there with the very best.

"'This review also appears on the Historical Novel Society website, and was commissioned and edited according to their guidelines"
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