Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “In the Shadows of War: An American Pilot's Odyssey Through Occupied France and the Camps of Nazi Germany” as Want to Read:
In the Shadows of War: An American Pilot's Odyssey Through Occupied France and the Camps of Nazi Germany
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

In the Shadows of War: An American Pilot's Odyssey Through Occupied France and the Camps of Nazi Germany

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A "masterful example of nonfiction brought to life"* —the harrowing account of an aviator's World War II journey and the two people who helped him along the way

In a small village in France during the fateful summer of 1944, three disparate lives converged in an unlikely secret alliance. Just after D-Day, Colette Florin hid downed American bomber pilot Roy Allen in her room
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about In the Shadows of War, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about In the Shadows of War

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 150)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 08, 2015 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
Roy Allen was shot down over France in 1944. He was taken by the French Resistance and "billeted" in the home of a French teacher, Colette Florin. Allen was hardly an easy captive. He had a tendency to wander around, refused often to stay hidden, and finally, in a move that resulted in his capture, tried to escape back to England just as the Allies were about to invade Normandy. Had he shown a little more patience he might have escaped capture by the Germans and not had to suffer a forced march ...more
May 11, 2013 Suze rated it it was amazing
This is a non-fiction story of a pilot who's shot down in occupied France. It reads like fiction but is a true story, and a wonderful read. Made me respect the French more than I have in the past.
Marie Hazzard
May 18, 2016 Marie Hazzard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roy Allen was my father, William Hazzard's best friend. Growing up in knew Roy and his wife Mae. Roy was such a witty funny man always making jokes and laughing. My mother gave me a copy of the book right after it was written and to read of the danger and hardships he went through was amazing. To know him you would have never guessed what he went through. A great book to read.
Tara Brooks
Jan 04, 2016 Tara Brooks rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rod Zemke
Jul 25, 2015 Rod Zemke rated it liked it
What happens when you get an academic historian writing a book about a pilot's personal story through WWII--a book that needed a David Halberstam to write it. This is not meant to be any disrespect to Thomas Childers who is an excellent historian, but the story would have been better if written by story-teller.
Ann Freeman
Jun 14, 2011 Ann Freeman rated it it was amazing
Extremely well-researched, tells the story of pilot Roy Allen's experiences flying missions, bailing out over France when his plane was fatally hit, and his subsequent days of hiding from the Nazis and his eventual capture and imprisonment. Also described are many details of the French resistance movement, and the ordeals of a couple of agents in particular. The story is told in narrative form, so that although non-fiction, it reads like a novel and it compels you to continue reading to find out ...more
Liz V.
Jul 05, 2013 Liz V. rated it it was amazing
The hard scrabble life in Philly stands pilot Roy Allen in good stead when his plane is shot down over France in WWII. When, against the advice of his friends in the Resistance, Allen attempts to return to England, he is betrayed and sent, not to a POW camp but to Buchenwald where a number of pilots and SOE agents are held. The SOE agents are executed, but the pilots are, in the main, eventually claimed by the Luftwaffe and incarcerated as POW. Allen, however, is too sick to be released to the L ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Sally rated it really liked it
I'm amazed with some of the striking parallels between Roy Allen's story and my dad's - 8th Air Force, B-17s, the resistance in Northern France, captured in Paris, a stint in Fresnes Prison, Stalag Luft III, the "Death March", Moosburg...thanks to Prof. Childers' love of historic fact/detail, I'm gleaning many interesting factoids/points that would normally take me quite a bit of research time!! My only criticism for the lay reader (ie someone not fluent in both German and French) is that there ...more
An excellent historical account of a downed pilot in WW2 over France.
Brit Barbie
Apr 14, 2014 Brit Barbie rated it really liked it
Great book that teaches the reader about the lives of "normal" people living in France and in the camps during WW2. Very intense at some points. Read just like a novel.
Mar 27, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
An American pilot is shot down during WWII and, along with a bunch of other Allied prisoners, accidently sent to Buchenwald(!). Obviously he makes it, but comes out with a pretty harrowing tale. What really stuck with me was an anecdote about a guy who is in the infirmary at Buchenwald and somehow gets a hold of a piece of bacon, which he nurses for many hours.
Aug 10, 2009 Rose rated it it was amazing
An American pilot’s odyssey through occupied France and the camps of Nazi Germany. Enjoyed this very much... Shows what great risks were being taken to help Allied pilots who had been shot down.
Jan 22, 2008 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Great book, had never heard about the airmen who were put into concentration camps instead of POW camps.
Aug 11, 2007 Robyn rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Amazing what someone can do and indure to survive.
Dec 06, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: g-m
BookDB marked it as to-read
Oct 02, 2016
Caitlin marked it as to-read
Sep 20, 2016
Mrsming marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2016
Timothy Bazzett
Timothy Bazzett rated it really liked it
Aug 27, 2016
Karin marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2016
Andrew rated it it was amazing
Jul 28, 2016
Jo Hayes
Jo Hayes rated it did not like it
Jun 09, 2016
Ashley marked it as to-read
Jun 07, 2016
Mary Yamaguchi
Mary Yamaguchi marked it as to-read
May 19, 2016
Owen Paun
Owen Paun marked it as to-read
May 11, 2016
David marked it as to-read
Mar 22, 2016
Nadine marked it as to-read
Feb 27, 2016
Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane marked it as to-read
Feb 25, 2016
SM Surber
SM Surber rated it really liked it
Feb 24, 2016
Sara Mowbray
Sara Mowbray rated it really liked it
Feb 23, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book