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Breaking the Code: A Father's Secret, a Daughter's Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

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    Why was her father suffering from PTSD if he only had a desk job

    Why was her father suffering from PTSD if he only had a desk job during WWII? Daughter Karen forges a closer relationship with her reticent father through pushing him to tell stories about his service in WWII. Somewhat slow but well-written and beautifully done with personal WWII photos and scans of letters, postcards, documents, and bits of ephemera. Readers will live through Karen’s journey of discovery, hoping to find a happy ending for her father.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Family Intrigue!

    This book is part memoir, part family story, part family secret story. When Karen receives a packet of the letters that her father wrote his parents during his time in the military. Karen grew up very rarely hearing stories about what her father did during the war so much of his life in that time period. Karen starts doing some of her own research as well as transcribing her father's letters. She also begins meeting her father every week to ask her some of the questions that come up while she's looking through the letters.

    This is a deeply moving story, made all the more moving by the fact that it's real. Through their talks, Karen and her father not only talk about her father's history but Karen begins to understand more about where her father is coming from. It was interesting to read about how Karen began doing her research on what her dad was actually doing during the war. At some points in the book, I really found myself wishing that maybe there would be a little more detail of Karen's dad's story.

    Bottom line: This is a great book for fans of World War II history and family stories!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    Breaking the Code was an emotional journey

    Breaking the Code is a wonderful true story of a daughter's quest to transcribe WWII letters written by her father. What started out as a gift to her children, became a journey of learning, healing, self-discovery, bonding and understanding. I enjoyed this book immensely. It was told in first person by Karen, the daughter of Murray Fisher. She speaks in a no-nonsense way that keeps you turning the pages. The book contains Murray's letters, postcards, photos, and some official documents. For war and history buffs, this is a rare look into the daily life of a Navy solider during the war. I found the places, activities and Fisher's job(s) during the war to be very interesting. Karen Fisher-Alaniz offers us a rare glimpse into a very special, humble man and his struggle to deal with the memories. Breaking the Code was an emotional journey, and I found myself laughing and crying. I recommend this to all. This would make the perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list. I want to thank netGalley and Sourcebooks for this ARC, in exchange for my unbiased review.

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