Review of Sandra Eden's War

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Review of Sandra Eden's War

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Sandra Eden's War" by Michael Low.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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A female SOE agent parachutes into France (Normandy) a few weeks before D-Day in order to aid the French Resistance's efforts of disruption and sabotage. But it seems right from the start that everything is actively working against her. Is this mission doomed before it can even begin?

Sandra Eden's War is a work of fiction based on real operations of multiple SOE agents in France prior to, during, and after D-Day, written by Michael Low. Immediately after arriving in France, Sandra gets to work. She is a woman on a mission, and she will accomplish that mission at any cost. She must work with members of the Maquis to destroy railways, tunnels, and factories valuable to the Germans, but things are far more complicated than simply detonating a few explosives. The Gestapo is never far away, Nazi sympathizers are everywhere, and there is even suspicion of a traitor in the Maquis. Sandra is courageous, intelligent, and tough, but has she bitten off more than she can chew?

Michael Low starts right into the story in a most unusual way, and continues throughout the book to surprise the reader. The fast pace inspires a spirit of urgency that connects the reader to the characters immediately. Although written entirely in past-tense, the events described feel as though they are happening in real time. The author does a wonderful job of conveying the British dialect through the words chosen, though not excessively so as to make the reader reach for a dictionary. There are so many twists and turns that there is no way to predict what will happen next.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and quite literally could not put it down. I absolutely loved Sandra's patriotism and determination, and found myself grinning every time she spoke. As a fan of British cinema, I appreciated the little reference to the late Sir Laurence Olivier and the many British phrases and sayings. This book is very memorable, both through the subject matter and the feeling of patriotism it leaves with the reader. Without a doubt, the most memorable and inspiring lines in the book are: "Freedom is the only thing worth fighting for. It really doesn't matter if I die, because without freedom there is no point in living."

I highly recommend Sandra Eden's War to others who enjoy historical fiction, espionage, or female-led books, as this is one of the best I've read.

I must rate this book 3 out of 4, due only to a large amount of editing errors, as the story itself well surpassed my expectations.

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