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Official Review: The Last Soldier by Marsha Landreth

Please use this forum to discuss historical fiction books. Common definitions define historical fiction as novels written at least 25-50 years after the book's setting.

Official Review: The Last Soldier by Marsha Landreth

Post Number:#1 by kandscreeley
» 03 Jul 2017, 17:55

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Last Soldier" by Marsha Landreth.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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The Last Soldier by Marsha Landreth is a historical fiction novel that takes place during World War II. The setting is the Channel Islands owned by the British. The English declare it a demilitarized zone, and the Germans invade.

Margaret Ross is conscripted into service in the English army immediately following medical school. Her father, also a doctor, has refused to leave the Channel Islands. Maggie has to take leave to force him to return with her. Unfortunately before they can flee the islands, the Germans invade. Waverly, their homestead, must accommodate German officers. Maggie is approached by the English army and asked to spy for them while living under occupation. One can only imagine what Maggie will be asked to do before the war is over.

This book is written in the third person from Maggie's point of view. As I said above, it takes place during World War II. However, this book does not center around the Jews or concentration camps. It focuses instead on a lone spy living amidst German gestapo. I love that it offers a different perspective on this war. There are so many different events that took place during that time period, and I love this concentration on a woman spying.

The author is also good at employing imagery throughout the novel. From the beginning, Ms. Landreth sets the mood of the story with her descriptive yet fun use of words. The following is one of my favorite sentences showing the author's skill with the English language. "As her pyloric sphincter's spasm brought up the Earl Grey as an inglorious projectile."

The characters are well fleshed out and realistic. We learn about the various Islanders as well as some of the Germans. The Baron is one of the German officers that end up staying with Maggie at Waverly. We learn his story so as to better empathize with him even as a German officer. I enjoyed his interactions with Maggie and her father.

The plot had a great mix of action and story development. I have read books that are so full of action that the story is never really developed, but that isn't the case here. The author helps us to understand the characters' motivations, yet she adds just the right amount of intrigue and suspense to keep the reader involved. It is a story that you can really sink your teeth into.

Overall I give The Last Soldier 4 out of 4 stars. There were a few minor formatting errors I noticed but nothing distracting. The story was good and the characters enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction.

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Re: Official Review: The Last Soldier by Marsha Landreth

Post Number:#2 by BestReviews
» 06 Jul 2017, 01:02

I am in love with the book title, "The Last Soldier". Nicely presented review. This book will be on my shelf ASAP!
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Post Number:#3 by damaris eliud
» 06 Jul 2017, 07:02

Daughter help help his father war time
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Re: Official Review: The Last Soldier by Marsha Landreth

Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 06 Jul 2017, 07:16

Thanks BestReviews! In this case, the title does fit the book. Maggie is the last soldier on the island. It's a great read.
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Post Number:#5 by Jolayemi Adedokun
» 06 Jul 2017, 07:35

The book is interesting and educating. l most have it very soon.

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Post Number:#6 by kandscreeley
» 06 Jul 2017, 08:37

Thanks Jolayemi. I hope you enjoy reading it.
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Post Number:#7 by Julius Akhaende
» 06 Jul 2017, 08:38

Must read and must add it on my shelf :D
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Post Number:#8 by BookishBookkeeping
» 06 Jul 2017, 10:36

A woman spy isn't a story you read to often about during WW2. It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the good review!
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Post Number:#9 by Ms Savvy Reader
» 06 Jul 2017, 11:32

Excellent review! A spy during WW2, is always a hot topic, and I get a good idea what it's all about , yet there are no spoilers. I will definitely like to read it soon.
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Re: Official Review: The Last Soldier by Marsha Landreth

Post Number:#10 by kandscreeley
» 06 Jul 2017, 11:59

BookishBookkeeping wrote:A woman spy isn't a story you read to often about during WW2. It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the good review!


Exactly my thoughts! It really was a different perspective on this war.

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Ms Savvy Reader wrote:Excellent review! A spy during WW2, is always a hot topic, and I get a good idea what it's all about , yet there are no spoilers. I will definitely like to read it soon.


Thanks! I hope that you do read it. It was definitely worth the time investment.
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Post Number:#11 by CambaReviewer
» 06 Jul 2017, 12:27

Awesome review! I liked the use of words in your favorite sentence. Certainly evokes imagery for me and describes vomiting in words that actually show and not tell the action with a faint tinge of humor. You did the book justice. I will add it to my reading goals.
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Post Number:#12 by kandscreeley
» 06 Jul 2017, 13:47

Thanks CambaReviewer. I almost laughed out loud when I read that sentence.
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Post Number:#13 by ebethina
» 07 Jul 2017, 23:29

I love historical fiction books and war stories. I will have to keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing. Have you read Unbroken? You might like it.
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Post Number:#14 by kandscreeley
» 08 Jul 2017, 07:47

Ebethina. This is definitely a great one. Unbroken sounds familiar. I'll have to look it up. Thanks.
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Post Number:#15 by Penny Lee
» 09 Jul 2017, 16:35

The Last Soldier sounds unique and intriguing, describing the story of a female spy for Britain in WWII. The author's use of descriptive imagery sounds delightful and even sometimes humorous, as your quoted sentence about coughing up her Earl Grey tea portrays! Thank you for a great review -- this book will go on my "To Read" shelf.
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