Thursday, September 24, 2015

Are You Ready for An Edge of Your Seat Non-Fiction Suspense Book? Check out this one....

Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris synopsis:
The best-selling author of The Liberator brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War II.
The leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.
From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director's close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11--but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.
Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II's Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler. 

About the Author:
ALEX KERSHAW is the New York Times bestselling author of several books on World War II, including The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 

My review:    

WWII was a scary time, especially for those countries in the midst of it. Imagine being in the midst of it all. It being in your neighborhood, on your street. That is what happens to the Jackson family during WWII. Paris’s exclusive Avenue Foch was a “hotbed of daring spies”, and in the midst of it lived an American physician Sumner Jackson, his Swiss born Wife and their son Phillip. “There was no more dangerous place in all of occupied Europe than their street.” (From the cover leaf).

From the opening chapter to the end this book will keep you on the edge of your seat and you’ll want to read more until you finally finish it. In the opening chapter, brilliant surgeon Sumner Jackson fights to save lives, while amputating limbs in the dimmest light while bodies continue to pile up. This book isn’t for the faint of heart, but the heart is a mighty strong muscle as evidenced by the Jackson family. While French Jews around them are rounded up by their Nazi neighbors, the Jackson family do what they can to defy Hitler and his German rule

This is a true story. This is a human story. This is a story that I highly recommend to others without hesitation. Avenue of Spies is a scary read because it could happen anywhere at any time. In this case, it happened at the most volatile time in our history. As this book shows, heroes are ordinary people in the wrong place at the right time.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-book copy from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Until next review, stay safe. Smile! Show compassion to others. Be nice to one another. Read a book and pass it on. Review it. Cheers!

S.J. Francis
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