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The golden doves : a novel (editie 2023)
door Martha Hall Kelly (Auteur)
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The Golden Doves: A Novel door Martha Hall Kelly
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This is the story of two young women, Josie Anderson and Arlette, who had served as resistance fighters in France during WWII. They were dubbed Golden Doves when they were able to provide sensitive information to the British by listening into Nazi transmissions. It is told in two time frames, 1943-45 and 1952. Josie is an Army captain who seeks out German scientists for Project Paperclip, a program to recruit former Nazi scientists to the US before Russia can recruit them for their knowledge. Both had been sent to Ravensbruck when they were arrested when a young homeless girl, Fleur, sought safety in their home in Paris. Josie's father was a diplomat and Arlette now works in a cafe in Paris. She had a young son, Willie, which she lost while at Ravensbruck. Josie is trying to locate Dr. Snow to recruit him to Project Paperclip. Dr. Snow is a physician who experimented on the women at Ravensbruck and also selected which women would be transported to their death. She travels around Europe seeking information while Arlette follows a lead on her son to French Guiana at the behest of Luc Mineau and his mother Doria, where she finds Father Peter Vogel in charge of an orphan camp with European boys and Maroon boys. Arlette knows something is not right about the camp, but she wants to find her son Willie. ( )
Martha Hall Kelly is one of my favorite historical fiction writers. Lilac Girls is in my Top 1o favorites. I find that I learn things about WW II that I knew nothing about.
Dual timeline, told in two different voices, Josie and Arlette, young resistance fighters in 1942 trying to help end the war. Thrown together initially, they form a bond like no other. They become quite notorious, ending up being captured and sent to Ravensbruck Camp, housing women and children, and many horrendous experiments are carried out. Fast forward to 1952 and Josie is working for the US on Operation Paperclip, a little know (to me) operation trying to locate high ranking Nazi official before Russia can claim them as their own to use their knowledge. Arlette is working in a Paris cafe and still looking for her son that went missing at Ravensbruck. The Golden Doves are working together again but will they be successful on this mission?
A beautiful, gut wrenching story told with compassion and honesty extolling the horrors women encountered at the Ravensbruck camp and the atrocities still being carried out in 1952 by Nazis hiding and protected in South America. It was infuriating to see how these high ranking officials were protected by many countries, the Vatican included, in South America and were sought after by Russia, USA and others for their knowledge on germ warfare. As a history geek, I enjoy reading stories where I learn so much. Remember history so we may never allow this to happen again.
Thanks to Random House/Ballantine Books and NetGalley for this ARC. Opinion is mine alone.
This story is told in alternating time lines. During WWII, Josie and Arlette work for the French resistance. After being discovered, they end up in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. A decade after liberation, Josie is working for US intelligence, and accepts a mission to hunt down a Ravensbruck camp doctor. In France, Arlette is given a tip about the child who was taken from her in the camp.
This first half of this book felt like a sequel. It felt like I was missing vital information and had to make some guesses about the story. The two main characters were pretty compelling and very likeable. I think the book could have used some revision and editing to make it flow more smoothly, but overall it was a good read.
Josie Anderson, an American and Arlette LaRue, a Parisian, are working together to help the French resistance. They are named the Golden Doves. They eventually get caught by the Gestapo and are sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. This is where Arlette’s son is stolen. A decade later, she is still on the hunt. She believes in her heart he is still alive. Josie now works for army intelligence and she searching for a Dr. Snow. These two team up to help each other. But, as you can guess nothing goes as planned.
I love Josie and Arlette. These two are tough in different ways. They compliment each other. Arlette is a bit softer to Josie’s toughness.
I knew about the USA and Operation Paperclip, I just don’t think I believed the extent of it. This book opened my eyes to the lengths the USA tried to get the scientist and the doctors to the States before Russia did.
Now, this is a five star read for me but, it is not without problems. I did feel the story is a bit coincidental and far fetched, especially at the end. However, the intensity and the emotional feelings of this story is spot on. This is what keeps drawing me to this author. I have been a fan since I read The Lilac Girls …another must read. And this is, I don’t want to say sequel, but it does follow some of the same characters. So, if you get a chance, grab this book too!
This is one of my favorite time periods. WWII always creates so much emotion for me. I just can’t fathom the loss, anger, and hurt that this period in history caused for everyone involved.
Need an intense story you will not soon forget…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly is Historical Suspense Fiction during and post World War II. Danger is everywhere, medical experiments, nightmarish secrets, psychological torment and unbelievable evil. Spies who want to find Nazi criminals and bring them to justice. What and whom do these criminals know that will keep them from just punishment?
Historical facts are woven into a fictional story and make it seem very real. Admirable characters that do what they must to survive and bring justice. Evil and darkness involving people and places where you least expect it. Thrills and suspense keep the reader on the edge to the final pages.
The Nazi’s with their evil socialism, control, policies, technology, laws, camps and experiments are the foundation for this book. This book brought to my mind the similarities in 21st Century oppressive actions of most world governments in the last few years.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. Well Done 5 Stars
"Two former female spies, bound by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous Nazi doctor in the aftermath of World War II-an extraordinary, propulsive historical novel inspired by true events from the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls The year is 1952. It's been over a decade since American Sofie Anderson and Frechwoman Arlette LaRue were imprisoned at the Ravensbrück concentration camp. As a pair of spies known as the Golden Doves, the two were arrested for working with the Resistance and were bound forever when they lost everything-including Arlette's son, Willie. It was here, in the darkest of places, that they created a makeshift family to endure: Sofie, Arlette, and a little orphan they took in as their own, Fleur. Now thirty and supposedly working for the U.S. Army to bring Nazi scientists to America in a quest to outpace the Russians, Sofie nurtures an undying ember of anger in her heart. She is searching for Dr. Snow: The infamous, enigmatic doctor who did unspeakable things to her mother. Arlette is trying to make ends meet in Paris. She's exhausted all of her finances to find her stolen son and works tirelessly to care for shellshocked Fleur. Then, the charming Luc Bouchard arrives in her cafe. The son of a famous philanthropic family, he invites her to their compound in French Guiana with the promised hope she might find Willie at the orphanage. And yet . . . rumor is that it's also filled with absconding Nazis. When Arlette arrives at the secluded Cove House, she finds herself barred from the outside. Soon, she has to rely on her old techniques as a spy to uncover a deep deception that hits close to home. In the meantime, Sofie's quest for Dr. Snow leads her from Strasbourg to the Vatican to Brazil, and finally back to Arlette in French Guiana, where the two discover that their lives, and the ones they love, are in grave danger. Martha Hall Kelly has garnered acclaim for her stunning combination of empathy and research into terrors of Ravensbrück. With The Golden Doves, she has once again crafted an unforgettable story about the fates of the Nazi doctors in the wake of WWII, and the unsung females spies who risked it all to fight for justice"--
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Dewey Decimale Classificatie (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century