Cold Lonely Courageby Soren Paul Petrek
Award-Winning Novel, Best Fiction, Fade-In Magazine.
Madeleine Toche races to the front only to find her brother mortally wounded during the German Blitzkrieg attack on France at the outset of World War II. His death and her rape at the hands of an SS Stormtrooper cast Madeleine down a path of death and violence as her desire for revenge reaches a crescendo.
Award-Winning Novel, Best Fiction, Fade-In Magazine.
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COLD LONELY COURAGE by Soren Paul Petrek is an amazing historical fiction set during World War II in France. It is well written with depth,details,and histoical facts.It is the second printing of this book and this author's debut novel.It is inspired by the true story of a Begian woman who was involved in saving countless Jewish children from the Nazi regime.It has terror,revenge, rape, assassin,French,Germans,terror,sacrifice,lonliness,survivial,family,Allied Forces, and courage. This is a compelling story of the many atrocities the Germans committed upon the people of France. The tragedies and violence brought the women,children,old people, and anyone who got in they way with no regard to life. It is also the story of one woman,who had lost her brother,she was brutally raped by an SS officer and had the courage to fight back.Herfaith,courage,anger,revenge sent her to Britain to become one of the most feared assassins in all of France.She struck without warning,without fear,was precise,and deadly.Although,she was trained as a SOE agent for Britain,she falls in love with her trainer/captain.It will be three years before they see each other again,but their love for each other has only grown and deeper than the war that keep them apart.I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy the history of war,the people involved, the danger they where in,and their courage.This is a fast paced,action packed story of love,sacrifice and the loneliness of war.This book was received for the purpose of review from Bostick Communications and the author and details can be found at Black Rose Writing and My Book Addiction and More.
Believability is key in historical fiction, especially when your main character is a female assassin. The blending of real-life conditions within the framework of an imaginary narrative is a fine line to walk for a writer. Soren Paul Petrek begins "Cold Lonely Courage" with a quote from a flesh and blood figure: "Women, as you must know, have a far greater capacity for cool and lonely courage than men." - Captain Selwyn Jepson British Special Operations Executive Senior Recruiting Officer World War II His heroine emerges out of this echo from the 1940s. Her name is Madeleine Toche, and she is known throughout France as the Angel of Death. All she wants is "a husband who loves me, some children and a little restaurant to call home." Instead, she is brutally raped by a German officer on her way back from the market. Coupled with the occupation of her native land, this act of violence leaves an indelible mark on her psyche. Fueled by hate, she exacts her revenge. She becomes a killer. Escaping to London, Madeleine seeks to aid the French Resistance. After answering a newspaper ad, she is selected by the British Intelligence (SEO). They train her to withstand all forms of torture from water-boarding to unexpected beatings. Her devotion catches the eye of head trainer, Jack Teach. He requests permission - from none other than Winston Churchill - to have her trained as an assassin. Her mission is to take down the leaders of the Nazi party and the most sadistic officers of the S.S. Like Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft Tomb Raider," she is designed to cut down the enemy with stealth and precision. She is transformed into a lethal killing machine. Madeleine is introduced to the art of assassination by former German soldier, Berthold Hartmann. Recognized as a national hero for his bravery in World War I, he is now rejected by his country for being a Jew. Much like the relationship between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery in "Entrapment," the two form a student-teacher bond. With his family taken away to a concentration camp, Berthold is alone in the world. He promises to look out for Madeleine. When she wants to walk away from the job, he makes an oath to kill anyone who tries to stop her. Often, Madeleine is described conflicting terms. She is charmingly French, much like Audrey Tautou in "Amelie." Yet her beauty cannot be denied even when she is undercover. Instead she uses her physicality to gain access to her intended targets. As a femme fatale, she is a mixture of innocence and seduction. Her method is to play on the passions of men, while remaining level-headed and focused in the face of danger. It is a survival mentality. "Her life had been an endless path of death. She had to make it through." However, she lets down her guard to form a relationship with Jack. Petrek relates, "It was her love for Jack that proved to her that she could enjoy physical love to the extent that she had even after her rapist's brutality." Madeleine's emotions mirror those of Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Her feelings for Jack are described in the passage: "The joy she felt filled her completely, pushing deep inside the last vestiges of her anger and her hate, its power absolute and cleansing. The same way the venom of her anger and malice had permeated her being after her rape, love burned it all away." After a br