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Publisher's Summary

As World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, its impact ripples through communities in the heartland of America. A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two Germans soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp. Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago. And espionage surrounds the disappearance of an actress from the thriving Jewish community of Chicago's Lawndale. In this trio of tales, acclaimed thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann beautifully depicts the tumultuous effect of war on the home front and illustrates how the action, terror, and tragedy of World War II was not confined to the front lines.
©2017 Libby Fischer Hellmann (P)2017 Libby Fischer Hellmann
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5 out of 5 stars
By Betsy on 10-09-17

A glimpse of trying times during WWII in America

The three stories were really, really good. The Narration was excellent. The stories take place during WWII and reflect the experiences and attitudes of the period. I found the writing to be excellent.

The Incidental Spy. The first story concerns a young girl, Lena, who escapes from Berlin just before the Nazi’s begin the roundup and termination of the Jewish population. It follows her story as she leaves the love of her life, Josef, and travels to the US for a new beginning, meeting and marrying Karl. The story then takes a major twist and you learn that maybe leaving Germany was not as simple as crossing the ocean. The characters are interesting and the story is a fast read, taking you from pre-war Germany, to war-time Chicago, to the infiltration of spies, to the development of the atomic bomb. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend the story.

P.O.W. The second story concerns the German P.O.W’s brought to the U.S. during the war. Since the men were off fighting the war, the wives and children left home on the farms needed help with the harvests. In this story, the P.O.W’s are hired to harvest apples over a 2-week period. The P.O.W’s included not only German soldiers, but also Nazi’s who were hiding within the group. The coming-of-age daughter becomes involved with one of the prisoners and, at this point, the story becomes a heartbreaking adventure for the young girl with twists and turns that change her life forever. This story is also a very fast read, and you do not want to put it down until the end.

The Day Miriam Hirsch Disappeared. This is a very short story about two teenage boys, one from the working class part of town, and the other from the upper class part of town. Fast friends, they spend all of their time together. The story follows their adventures in Chicago including loose women, bar patrons, and running collection for the mob. The story is well written and provides a glimpse into a slice of pre-war Americana from the prospective of one of the boys that is well worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly watley on 08-08-17

Wow !! Really Great!!

Not for the faint hearted, but if you enjoy some master character building, this book is for you! A real mystery novel. I seldom get surprised but the author faked me out! I really enjoyed it and I usually don't read or listen to this genre.. I am planning to read more from this author.
Narration is wonderful and very realistic..
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