Thursday, April 2, 2015

Grace's Ground War (Virtues and Valor, Part 5) by Hallee Bridgeman

Title: Grace’s Ground War (Virtues and Valor, Part 5)
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Pages: 100 (approximately)
Year: 2015
Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novella through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     The exciting Virtues and Valor series continues!

RUTH AUBERTIN’s father a highly decorated veteran of the Great War, moves his family from British Palestine to the wild of Great Britain after the Hebron massacre in 1929. He has always known the Germans would return to France, and trained his children from the time they could walk, turning them into finely tuned weapons with multiple skills ranging in weapons training to hand-to-hand combat.

     When the Germans roll into France, Ruth and her brothers volunteer with the British Special Services and Ruth joins the Virtues team under the code name of GRACE. Never knowing the bond of sisterhood before, Ruth grows close to the six other women on the team and learns to rely on them and their varied skills as she goes undercover in Occupied France. Working directly for the notorious Praetorian, she and her team plan the largest prisoner escape in the war to date.

     The arrest of TEMPERANCE raises the stakes. Now they have to move their time table up, increasing the overall risk of the mission. Can Ruth and her team pull off the mission, or will too many variables crash together at the wrong time?

     GRACE’S GROUND WAR is part five of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

     Seven valorous women – different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds – come together as a team called the Virtues.

     In 1941 Great Britain has a special war department that assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

     Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

My review:

     This is an exciting WWII novella!

     Ruth Aubertin and her brothers were trained as fighters from early childhood by their father. After WWII began they made their way to Britain to see how they could help the allies. With all the training that Ruth already had she was a natural to be trained as a ground resistance fighter. That begins this exciting, action-packed novella. The previous parts had very little actual action scenes in them. They primarily dealt with information gathering and passing. This particular novella deals with the fight itself.

     I love the background that is given explaining who Ruth is and why she had been trained to fight by her father. She is more into action than in feelings. She just wants to get the job done. We find out a number of additional pieces of information as to the whole network of the resistance in this region of France in this novella. I am thoroughly enjoying getting the whole picture filled in part by part. Hallee has done a marvelous job of developing this whole puzzle for us. It is highly entertaining.

     I loved this part of the serialized novel just as much as the four previous parts. I’m giving this part, 5 stars, and highly recommending it as well.

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