War, Spies & Bobby Sox

  • by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by Diane Piron-Gelman, Derek Shetterly
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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WWII Homefront with a bit of Cinema Noir

War, Spies & Bobby Sox captured the events that happened during World War II. The first story, The Incidental Spy is about a German woman blackmailed into spying on the Manhattan Project. The second story is about love triangle of a farm girl in Illinois and two German POWs. And the last story, The Day Miriam Hirsch Disappeared is about an actress gone missing in Chicago's Lawndale.

Listeners and readers will learn something of what is happening on American soil while the men are sent to both on the European and Pacific front during WWII. What most people will think is that the Germans are after the secret of the nuclear bomb. What they don't realize the Communists were also spying on American science and technology.

The second story of the love triangle is tragic. This bit of history is not known or learned in history classes. German and Italians POWs are shipped to the U.S. Those that are captured in Northern Africa are sent to the Mid-West. Those that are captured in Europe, are sent to New Jersey. I love this bit of information from this era. I also love the quote at the end of this story "that everyone is the victim of war."

The third story about the missing actress has a sense of cinema noir. This is a spy story with consequences and the question of "was justice served?"

I just love that the stories are told with factual information which are weaved into all three stories.

Both narrator, Diane Piron-Gelman and Derek Shetterly did a excellent job of narrating the stories. They are entertaining and deliver the stories perfectly. I love their performance and would love to listen to them again.

I was given this audiobook by the author. I have volunteered to review this audiobook. I was not compensated or influenced in any way in writing this review.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-20-2017
  • Publisher: The Red Herrings Press