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The Siren of Paris

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Marc Tolbert, the French-born son of a prominent American Family, only dreamt of a new life in Paris as he sailed for France in 1939. Marc joins in the ex-pat scene as his new friend Dora introduces him to a circle that includes the famous Sylvia Beach, owner of the bookstore Shakespeare & Company; and he accepts a job with William Bullitt, US ambassador to France. At ...more
Paperback, 337 pages
Published 2012 by David Tribble Publishing
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A mild book about the French Resistance since the author did not go deep in the main question.

Additionally, I have nothing against the back and forward style into the plot but the author did not manage how to use properly this tool to the narrative without breaking the natural flowing of the reader.
Novel begins early summer 1939.

Marc Tolbert was born in France, but raised in America. As a young man in his early twenties he left his parents, sister, and the American life for Paris, France. His family had hoped he'd become a medical doctor. Marc wanted to be an artist. He attended art schools in Paris. He met Marie, a model-poser for art classes. Their relationship developed. Later Marc went to work at a government office in Paris. While Marc is living out his dream in Paris, Nazi Germany is
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I accepted this book without realizing it was self-published. I have mixed feelings about self-pubbed books: unless it's got great bones and wonderful story, I find I miss the polish that comes from a traditional publisher. (I will say, however, my top ten reads of 2011 and 2010 both included a self-published novel, so I'm not a total snob, I swear!)

In this case, LeRoy's historical novel set during the Nazi occupation of Paris certainly brought it in terms of plot and research. There was non-st
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bought prior to offer to review..

“regardless, we become our choices we make over time”

Ultimately, this book is a wonderfully crafted dramatic saga told from the perspective of Marc Tolbert, Parisian born American who responds to the Siren call of Paris to study art in 1939. We are introduced to the litany of stories that will follow in the book by the count of souls that attend his funeral: souls that he has adopted as his cross to bear from the war.

From that viewpoint, we start to see who Mar
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author from an honest review. I was interested in this book because it is historical fiction about war times, and I love the books I have read in the past about WWI and WWII. They are some of my favorite, even though they can be very gut wrenching and emotional.

The Siren of Paris starts off in 1967 at a funeral for Marc, where he is there experiencing it. Then it goes back in time to June 18, 1939, where Marc realizes he will have to watch his life during the war an
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I have very mixed feelings regarding David LeRoy's The Siren of Paris. I think the premise is great, but as I reader I found it a challenging piece to complete.

I'm gonna be upfront here, I had to reread several pages. I kept feeling as if I was missing something. I'm willing to admit I am somewhat distracted by the holiday season, the hustle and bustle of the festivities, but this was more than that.
Rebecca Graf
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What makes a great book? How does an author know he did it right? I'll explain with David LeRoy's The Siren of Paris.

A French born American finds himself losing his girl and just not satisfied being a premed student. The allure of Paris calls to his artistic side. What better place to be than in Paris to study art? The only problem is the pesky rumors of Germany advancing. There is no way Hitler would go that far. To prove it, Marc dives into French life finding new friends, new love, and new st
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marc Tolbert, a French Born American, journeys to Paris in 1939, escaping heartbreak and looking for his place in the world. Marc starts art school, falls in love with a fellow student and enjoys the company of the Parisians around him. Like other ex-pats, Marc believed that war with Germany will never occur, until he becomes involved with the US Embassy as a diplomat. Marc watches as Paris is abandoned, and waits to flee aboard the doomed Lancastria. Marc returns to Paris, hoping to help downed ...more
I was lost thru parts of the book. Some of the scenes going back were very confusing. I understand that he needed to review his life so he could forgive himself. The part that totally lost me was the end where a file was found 100 years later. I must have really got lost because I didn't understand the significance of this point. If someone could tell me what I missed , I would realy appreciate it.
brandy oliver
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a meticulously crafted travel back in time, and certainly will not be a book that is forgotten. This is one you will want an actual copy of, so you can come back to it, and read again and again, it is detailed and researched so well, I got lost so many times in this story, and honestly, didn't want to come back some of the time.
I am kind of at a loss of words for this review, I am more then impressed with David LeRoy's debut novel, and I am more then anxious to read any news of
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Siren of Paris is a historical fiction novel inspired by the events of occupied France during World War II. David LeRoy’s research of the German invasion and occupation in France is impressive and lucid throughout the book. The story revolves around the life and experiences of an American; opening with his days as a student in the USA and France to his internment as a political prisoner of war.
Marc’s journey began before the outbreak of war in 1939. A broken relationship spurs him to leave t
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have a knot in my stomach as I’m writing this review because I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I feel it is my duty to reflect the strengths and flaws of this book accurately, so I’ll try my best.

For starters, the premise was decent: French-born American Marc returns to Paris in 1939 to study art and subsequently gets stuck there during the German occupation. But his unique status as dual citizen allows him certain diplomatic perks, so he sticks it out for a while. When he finally
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In The Siren of Paris by David LeRoy, Marc is tempted by the siren call of Paris to return to the place of his birth, a place he does not remember but has the enticements of all he desires: love and art. Set in the time before Paris is invaded by Germans during WWII, LeRoy does well in depicting by turns the fear and the indifference Parisians and expats felt when Germany began to advance across Europe. Once France begins to realize that negotiations with Germany will amount to nothing and Germa ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do you find yourself when your whole world has been turned upside down?

This story follows a young French-American man as he lives through the nightmare that is World War II, struggling to find an answer to this question. Suffering through the dangers of powerful friendships, double-edged love, and even ultimate betrayal, Marc has looked into the depths of human nature and learned lessons few or us have ever experienced and would ever survive.

The beginning was slightly slow for me, but I star
Paulette Mahurin
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David LeRoy’s The Siren of Paris, was a surprising read. I started it with no expectation other than an interest in the time period in which it was written and the geography, WWII Germany Nazi Regime, a historical dark stain , that stands out among a societal evil ranked high up. On this backdrop comes the story, of Marc an American, born in Paris, who returns to his birthplace to study and falls in love with a model, Marie, from one of this art classes. The story flips around between
I liked this book, plot wise. It was an interesting viewpoint of the start of WWII and Germany invading France. I also liked Marc and how the story revolved around his life and what some of the consequences were stemming from his decisions AND the difficult resolutions of those consequences often in the forms of dreams/visions/delusions.

I do have a few complaints that give this book a 3 instead of higher. I didn't care for the format. At first I was enchanted with it, normally liking time jumpin
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Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this tale we meet young Marc, an American born in Paris who is leaving America behind to study art. He was pursuing a medical degree but that was for the love of a woman not because he was passionate about becoming a doctor. He wants to be an artist but while in Paris he ends up in the diplomatic service. While escaping the German occupation his ship is torpedoed and Marc ends up back in France now helping the resistance. He finds himself betrayed by the one person he thought he could trust t ...more
A few weeks ago, I posted an excerpt of this very good historical novel. Time to review it and give you even more the desire to read it, as it is really worth it.

I have to say I was rather confused by the first chapter, and wondered what I had got myself into, but as I had promised to be part of this Tour, I persevered and read chapter 2, and I’m so glad I did!

In Chapter 1, Marc appears as a ghost, as a priest remembers all the dead of WWII in a prayer service at a cemetery, with weird stuff, ”
I received a copy free for an honest review.

Holy intense and confusing. The main guts of the book are set in France during WWII. It is a story about Americans that become stranded in France after German occupation. I loved all this historical parts of the book. It was cool for the author to show that it was not just Jewish people sent to thw concentration camps, but anyone deemed impure by the Germans.

I was confused by the jumping from 1940 to another year i.e 1942 or 1945, etc. This made it ha
Ted Lehmann
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Siren of Paris by David LeRoy is the first explicitly self-published ebook I have read. I've come to see this approach as a new paradigm for distributing books to the reading public. I'll have to read a few more such books before I leap on the bandwagon, but it seems as if the panic among publishers regarding e-publishing is warranted. This is a carefully thought out novel of pain, loss, courage, and commitment set during WWII in the French resistance. It follows Marc Tolbert from his return ...more
Jay Douglass
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked most about this book was the "augmented reality" of the story. What I mean is this. While it is a novel, The Siren of Paris, mixes fictional characters with the actual backdrop of World War II-era in Europe(France),including Mussolini and Hitler.
LeRoy further enhances this authenticity by including many actual historical figures and events.
The central character,Marc sees first hand the atrocities of WWII, from the occupation of France by the Nazis, from being part of the Resistance,
Frances Moran
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little difficult to "put the pieces together", but the story was quite good --- better than I thought it would be. The author goes back and forth between time periods and sometimes you are left confused about how certain activities came about. All in all, though, good plot, interesting characters, and story moved at a good pace. I hesitated to purchase this book due to it being about WWII (seems I have read my share of them), but it was written from the angle of an American citiz ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I enjoy reading about the WWII time period, especially in Europe. The premise of the story sounded like an interesting take on a familiar theme.

However, I struggled to finish it. The shifting time periods and dream sequences made it difficult to follow. I found myself having to review passages over and over. At times I felt like I was reading a rough draft rather than a finished product. I could tell that there was a good story in there, but that more wo
Dena Scroggins
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Siren of Paris is a great book that was written about a WWII veteran who passes only to find himself in spiritual limbo with ghosts who transport him back to his 20's. Wonderfully written and researched, this book transports you back to that time and introduces you to many actual historical figures. This is a great book with a great story and believable and likeable characters. The author does a great job of describing the time period and events that occurred. I thoroughly enjoyed this book ...more
Joe Vitucci
some of the descriptions of events were so real that I could not put this book down. other parts were so boring and confusing that it took everything I had to keep reading to see if there were more good parts. hanging out with older people on a passenger boat trip across the Atlantic, the art classes in Paris, the art modeling, the trip after the war started, the trip to Dunkirk, the sinking of the passenger ship he was on, and some of the descriptions of being in the prison caps were very well ...more
Susan Davis
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am shocked that this is the author's first novel. David LeRoy captivates with symbolism and imagery I've only read from the literary greats. Historical buffs will be impressed with the authenticity in this journey through the fall of France during WWII; while literary buffs will be enthralled with the genuine characters, including the vulnerable protagonist, from his gallant heroics to the conflicted repercussions of such. This is a very real read and a very good one too.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting WWII tale of an American trapped in Paris during the German occupation. An American who becomes involved in the resistance and who ultimately is caught and sent to a concentration camp. Use of flashbacks made following the plot somewhat confusing at times as things jumped around a bit.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was well researched, and it has a good plot with excellent suspense and tension. I would have given it four stars, but I felt it sadly in need of a good professional editing. The dialogue was stiff, wording was awkward through much of the first half, the pacing was difficult to follow, especially the elapsed time element, and it just needed a good overall tightening up.
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