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4.8 out of 5 stars
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They Also Serve written by Hilary Green was another wonderful read by Hilary Green and fabulously narrated by Hilary Neville. I have already read the book as well as the other three books in this fabulous series, a few years ago and loved each book so much I decided to return to them once again via Audible. I am so glad I did as once again I was transported back to the Second World War and visit the friends who previously met while entertaining in the Follies are now using their skills to help defeat Hitler.
Rose, Richard, Merry and Felix each have their own story to tell and what a story they have, through them the true war was seen and how those who served through this time in history really give up everything for their country, and through them I was able to see how life has changed and true patriotism truly was back then.
Rose's story was so hard to read as she suffered under those who should have been thankful to her but instead treated her with nothing but hardship. Merry and Felix are still in love but soon the war is going to part them once again and for Richard his story was heartbreaking yet his bravery shone throughout.
If you have any interest in the S.O.E. and the Second World War I would highly recommend the full series as it is so well written as Hilary Green certainly knows how to keep her readers connected to the storyline as well as each wonderful character which filled the pages.
They Also Serve written by Hilary Green is one brilliant read which laced historical fact through a work of fiction and I would happily recommend it to other readers. I would recommend you would read the full series as each book cleverly rolled into each other and each character's own story was told throughout the full series of four books.
The following is the full series in numerical order and should be read in this order.
1. Now is the Hour (Follies Book 1)
2. They Also Serve (Follies Book 2)
3. Theatre of War (Follies Book 3)
4. The Final Act (Follies Book 4)
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on 16 March 2017
very good read - started with the first one in the series and then had to buy the others. Fabulous and also a great history lesson too. My dad was in the army and also served during WW2 - he was in the Royal Signals. Some of the stories that he told us brought back memories of him. They weren't always happy ones but that was wartime and people just got on with it.
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on 16 July 2008
This is the second book of three in the follies series and although it isn't a cliff hanger in the true sense, it certainly leaves you wanting to know how it will all end!

This book starts where the first finished off - and lets us see how the decisions they have made will alter the courses of their lifes. For Rose it seems that her dream is now over an all she has to look forward to is plain (as plain as plain is in the middle of a war) everyday life. Richard closes himself off from the world after his shattering discovery on new years eve and leads himself back into danger. And for Felix and Merry it seems all is well - but is it?

This series seems to improve with every chapter and has managed to fully engross me! Would recommend to anyone with a heart!
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on 11 April 2009
A thoroughly good read, a nice mix of the entertainment side of the forces and the resistance movement in France. The second in a series of four, and just as good as the first one. Seems good on accuracy as well.
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on 20 April 2015
A set of 4 World War 11 books a gripping story and well woven action of the 4 main characters. Excellent research has gone into the history of the period and one can 'feel' l the action of the fighting as if you were there it is so well drawn. Only down side ( and this is not the writer's fault)
where was the editor to have missed the inconsistances in the 4 books? Seaford or Shoreham for Merry's cottage, or his father dying last year when it had to be 'this' year? There were several other mistakes similar to theses but although they didn't spoil a good set of books it's just a pity they were not picked up. Still rate it 5 stars though.
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on 20 September 2010
I had not heard of this author before I picked this audio book up from my local library. I was delighted to at the details in the story line, especially the more personal touches. One could imagine that it was happening last year and not in the early 40s. Well written researched and presented. I have purchased this as a Xmas present. This book is part of a set of four books (Follies) I believe that there is enough information to make a film

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on 27 April 2010
Couldn't wait to read the second book in the series of the Follies. It was a great idea to give a snippet of this book at the end of the first one. Once you start to read you are hooked and desperate to continue until book 4. I couldn't put it down and then struggled to get book 3 but I would be amazed if anyone can read this without continuing to the last in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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VINE VOICEon 23 November 2012
I chose this because it was set during ww2 and thought it might be worth a read as it covered more than just people in the service. Have to say I really enjoyed it - the characters are all very likeable and the settings are all very realistic - if you like this kind of subject matter and enjoy a light read this is well worth picking up
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on 7 April 2011
This book is the second of a quartet of books by Hilary Green about characters in the entertainment business during WW11. It is extremely well written and a book (all of them) which you cannot put down. The characters are fascinating and well drawn and you are given a real insight into their participation during the war.
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on 19 July 2010
I have always felt "at home" with books placed in the war period. These characters are exceptionally life-like and it is a pleasure to read about them. Unfortunately part 3 is unavailable so I have not read part four as I don't want to lose the thrill by jumping over one book.
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