Author showcases female involvement in WWII in historical fiction novel.
TAMPA, Fla. – In his book, “How Angels Die” (ISBN 0615503322), David-Michael Harding takes readers back to German-occupied France in 1944. This historical fiction novel shows the importance women played in World War II in both traditional and non-traditional roles.
Monique and Claire McCleash are two sisters living in a coastal French town that has been occupied by German soldiers. Both sisters work for the French Resistance in very different ways. Monique uses her unique beauty to gain information from German soldiers through intimate situations, while Claire is an active guerilla fighter involved in bombings and raids. Their parents each support one sister’s role while despising the other’s, effectively splitting up the family.
The Resistance is a closed and well-organized movement that is constantly on the move to avoid the grasp of the German Gestapo and their leader Captain Rheinholt. The captain seems to be getting even closer due to a connection uncovered between Monique and German Major Pieter Von Strauser.
Monique and Major Von Strauser form strong feelings for one another, causing one another to divulge more information than either intend. This causes the couple to question both the loyalties to each other and their respective causes. The longer their involvement lasts, the more exposed the two become, which holds lasting effects for the Resistance.
Harding uses historical accounts of France during WWII to create an accurate backdrop for his fictional characters. His unique vision depicts war from a female’s perspective, and shows how the impact can affect more than just those on the battlefield. Harding also shows how human nature can blur the line between friend and foe, causing the strongest opposition to crumble in the face of desire and love.
Readers will be intrigued by Harding’s mix of female protagonists, military action and espionage that creates an entertaining story that readers of all ages, genders and backgrounds can appreciate.
“The story line is broad and lush with a variety of characters that appeal to readers who enjoy high drama, as well as military and history enthusiasts. Most importantly, it is a novel for anyone who enjoys being captured by an active plot and a good story,” Harding says.
“How Angels Die” isl available for sale online at Amazon.com and www.davidmichaelharding.com.
David-Michael Harding is a life-long writer whose work has appeared in national publications and has been recognized by the international writing community for his piece, The Cats of Savone. Harding’s previous historical fiction work includes, Forever Beneath the Celtic Sea, detailing the German submarine crew and their sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania. He is a former collegiate writing instructor and semi-professional football player. His experiences provide readers with well researched, crushing fast-paced action. Most of his days are spent writing from the cockpit of his sailboat, Pegasus, somewhere off the Nature Coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. He is the proud parent of two grown daughters. This firsthand knowledge of the female psyche inspired the creation of sister protagonists in How Angels Die.
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