4 out of 4 stars
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Sandra Eden's War by Michael Low is a 168-page science fiction thriller that uncovers the blights of the Second World War as well as the challenges faced by the French resistance. I originally chose to review Mike Low's book because its introduction fascinated me. The main character of this story, Sandra, is a woman and I found myself expecting to see how the author would manage to introduce a female agent, considering the book is set during the Second World War, a period when women's roles were expected to be of a domestic nature. Sandra Eden's War by Michael Low details the six-week experience of her mission. According to the introduction at the beginning of the story, she "is parachuted into France just a few weeks before D-Day, 6th June 1944, with the task of helping the French Resistance harshly disrupt German troop movements and supply convoys in and around the Allied invasion area of Normandy."
Told from a third-person point-of-view, the narrative of the book is a masterwork. I was expecting to find a lot of boring military gibberish. However, the writer did a great job in obscuring it for the most part of the story. I would like to say Low had his readers in mind while writing this book and deserves commendation. At no point did I feel that his story crawled. The enactment of the story from the illumination stages to the climax chapter is incredible. The writer made great use of suspense and even managed to instill some kind of uncertainty rush in me as I read along. The tension present in various scenes in the story was what kept me reading until the very last page.
Predominantly set in France, Michael Low's book creates lingual tangents to give the book a sense of ingenuity. This is made even better by various interpretations for each dialogue written in French. An introduction to the French cultural lifestyle is one thing I enjoyed. The portrayals of their beautiful wine, sumptuous meals and etiquette are also worth mentioning. All these suggest the fact that the author donated quality time and resources in researching and writing this book. I would have taken this book for a true account of the war if there had been no waiver.
What is there not to like about this book? It is professionally edited as I did not see any errors even in two other languages that were used in the text. Because of the story’s profound account of history, it's flawless editing, and the writer's writing style, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Telling stories is an incredible, fascinating way to learn about the past, and stories such as these give a distinct taste of one of many behind-the-scenes undertakings during World War II.
I would like to recommend this book for all readers who enjoy history, historical fiction or mystery. However, it contains graphic scenes of inhuman treatment of people which could mar the reading pleasure of susceptible readers. This would be an excellent choice for middle and high school learners. Given there is very mild profanity, I won't be surprised if this book makes it to a reading list for history or psychology students.
Sandra Eden's War
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