Tracy Groot is an author who writes wonderful books. They are well written and researched. “Flame of Resistance” is her novel about the French Resistance during World War II. During the Occupation ordinary Frenchmen exhibited extraordinary courage. Shortages of virtually every staple of food, fuel, clothing…everything was rationed or non-existent. Those who were courageous enough to put their lives on the line to help downed airmen or Jewish neighbors were constantly watchful and fearfully observant of their surroundings. Anyone at any time could voice their suspicions of their activities to the SS or Gestapo or Milice (French police).
The Resistance provided valuable information to the Allies about German troop movements and fortifications, especially nearing the invasion. People took awful risks to their lives and those of their families in order to provide help to the Allies. The inevitable turn of the tide for the Germans did not lessen their fierceness and cruelty when dealing with those who bested them. It was as though they needed to up their aggressiveness to prove that they were in the position of right.
I thought this book was a wonderful tribute to those who resisted. Along with them, we read about those Nazi’s and Germans who do not condone the excessive torture and abuse heaped on persons suspected of crime against the occupation. The smallest grievance could result in death. I was excited to read that many of the locations and military fortifications were actually truly written about and that some of the characters were based on actual persons who were involved.
I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in return for my honest review.