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Night of Flames


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In 1939 the Germans invade Poland, setting off a rising storm of violence and destruction. For Anna and Jan Kopernik the loss is unimaginable. She is an assistant professor at a university in Krakow; he, an officer in the Polish cavalry. Separated by the war, they must find their own way in a world where everything they ever knew is gone.

 

Anna’s father, a prominent Polish intellectual, is deported to a death camp, and Anna must flee to Belgium where she joins the Resistance. Meanwhile, Jan escapes with the battered remnants of the Polish army to Britain. When British intelligence asks him to return to Poland in an undercover mission to contact the Resistance, he seizes the chance to search for his missing wife.

 

Through the long night of Nazi occupation, Anna, Jan, and ordinary people across Europe fight a covert war of sabotage and resistance against the overwhelming might of the German war machine. The struggle seems hopeless, but they are determined to take back what is theirs.

 

A very good read - this came to me as a recommendation from Amazon in the form of "You've read this book before, therefore we recommend this" - I am glad they did. Well written, well researched from a new writer - from a period in history that fascinates me.

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Thanks Meg - I should post more often I suppose, I do check in from time to time though.

 

One of the reasons I mentioned this particular book is that it could conceivably have been a 'prequel' to TCW (without the 'alternative' history bit of course, if that makes sense). Jan and Anna, the two main characters in Night of Flames could have been Zosia and Richard's grandparents or something.

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And Doug and his wife are super-nice folks, too, which really ought to count for something. They were at the Historical Novel Society's conference in upstate New York last summer.

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