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The Invisible Woman (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Robuck (Tekijä), Erika (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:The Invisible Woman
Kirjailijat:Robuck (Tekijä)
Muut tekijät:Erika (Tekijä)
Info:Berkley - Us (2021), 368 pages
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Author Erika Robuck weaves fictional details with historical facts in The Invisible Woman and the resulting story is one that I won't soon forget. As I read the amazing feats of OSS agent Virginia Hall, I concluded that she could have also been called a wonder woman as she feverishly worked to aid the war effort while wearing a prosthetic leg she had named Cuthbert. Hall was the ultimate spy and freedom fighter, the only civilian woman to ever be given the United States Distinguished Service Cross., and a CIA operative after the end of WWII.

I love a book that entertains as it enlightens and this book certainly delivers. Robuck stirred my emotions as I was plunged into a world of spies, war, and the uncertainties of justice versus revenge. The Invisible Woman is exceptional historical fiction!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts. ( )
  fcplcataloger | Apr 17, 2021 |
I read a lot of WWII books, but I found this to be a stand out. It is about an extraordinary real life woman, and despite knowing how things would turn out for her, I still found it suspenseful. I enjoyed reading and learning more about the resistance groups Virginia worked with, especially the last one where there were so many children. Virginia herself presented a hard exterior, but as this seemed to be a result of how seriously she took her job and the safety of her people, I found I still liked her and could readily root for her. I would recommend this to fans of historical fiction or stories about strong women. ( )
  ang709 | Apr 1, 2021 |
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The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck is a World War II espionage historical fiction, following Virginal Hall making her way through occupied France during World War II. Ms. Robuck is an award-winning, best-selling author from Maryland.

An American from Baltimore, Virginia Hall considered France to be second home. Virginia volunteers to work with the SOE and the OSS to coordinate the response of the French Resistance with the Allies, prior to D-Day.

A wanted woman, the Nazis know who Virginia Hall is and what she looks like. The French Resistance, on the other hand, hold her in such high regard that they could blow her cover. The fact that she has a prosthetic below the knee doesn’t help her hide.

This book is the tale of Virginia Hall’s time in Occupied France. Virginia Hall was an American spy working for England and the US during the war. Ms. Hall had skills which a spy needs, a knack for languages, a sense of adventure, and as an embassy worker knew her way around politics.

The American Foreign Service refused to employ her due to her disability, a wooden leg she called ­“Cuthbert”, which she acquired after a hunting accident. A woman that could not be deterred, Virginia Hall applied, and got accepted, into the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). There she was trained in spy craft and sabotage.

Virginal spent time in occupied France, organizing spy networks, gathering intelligence, and running safehouses. Germany’s Gestapo called her “The Limping Lady”, and while she managed to leave France in 1942, she came back in 1944 to organize resistance before the Allied invasion.

The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck is a wonderful novel, a true to life heroine, flowing narrative and excellent prose. I believe the author captured the essence of Ms. Hall, and of the time – something that every historical fiction novel attempts to do. The hardships and dangers which are around every corner in Occupied France during World War II are always present, even though they are not forefront and center. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Feb 17, 2021 |
The publishing world seems saturated by WWII novels. And yet there always seems to be one more story to be told, a story unlike the others we have read. The Invisible Woman offers readers a character so amazing that it is hard to believe she is based on a real woman.

In The Invisible Woman, Erika Robuck brings to life Virginia Hall Goillot who went into occupied France as a "pianist," coordinating and supplying the Marquis as they sabotaged the Nazis. She was the only civilian woman to be award the U. S. Distinguished Service Cross, and one of the first women to work for the C.I.A.

It is a riveting read.

The average lifespan of a pianist was six weeks. "You will receive no praise or accolades for your service," Virginia was warned, "Without military uniform, if captured, you will not fall under Geneva protection." She would starve. She would feel guilt over the deaths of those involved in her work. She could be jailed, raped, tortured, or put to death.

Virginia accepted the challenge. She had a debt to pay.

Virginia wore a prosthetic leg but it did not stop her from her work. Masquerading as an elderly woman, she rode a bicycle for hours, trekked through deep mountain snow, endured danger and grief, gained the trust of the boys and men she worked with, and was aided by women and children.

The "nameless and faceless" army of common folks were true heros, enduring suffering and loss unfalteringly. A village of pacifist Christians hid thousands of evacuated Jewish children.

Virginia struggles with what she has seen. How do men become monsters? Is humanity redeemable? Can small acts overpower it? Was resisting worth dying for? Will her humanity be another victim of the war?

Readers will be gratified by the ending.

I received a free egalley from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased. ( )
  nancyadair | Nov 24, 2020 |
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