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1944 and Anna is parachuted into Normandy as a special agent working with Resistance Groups, spying on the Germans and wiring the information back to the Special Operations Executive, escaping capture and the inevitable torture that would follow.

She falls in love with Pierre, another SOE agent but finds he is not what he purports to be. Then there is the little matter of
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Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published November 16th 2014 by Peach Publishing (first published November 14th 2014)
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Rosie Amber
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Back Behind Enemy Lines is a historical fiction, the first part is set in 1944 in Normandy during WWII, the second part is in 2006, England.

Anna Julen is about to be parachuted into Normandy as a special agent, she's part of a Special Operations Executive and from now on she is Marie-Claire Cardon, niece of Madam Desaint and milkmaid. Alone in a dangerous time she must hide her radio, blend in with the locals and start finding information to send back home. She works long hours, up early to milk
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Nicholas Bielby
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thrilling, emotionally and morally engaging opening SOE action in WWII - then we move to same heroine as an old lady trying to protect herself from predatory family members. A most extraordinary contrast, but equally well written. Bridge could equally well develop as a thriller writer or a more domestic novelist analysing family relationships. How the two worlds tie up in the trajectory of one person's life is intriguing. Well worth a read.
Mr PR Chalk
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down!

Compulsive and from my own knowledge a very accurate interpretation of "what it was really like" during the war for some of our unsung heroes and heroines. Excellent seems to short a word for this entrancing read.
Lizzy Baldwin
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
So it’s a rather long blurb which normally I don’t like too much because I prefer to explore the book from a more secretive blurb however it does give a real feel of the story to come. The novel is set in two parts, the first in 1944 Normandy during WW1 and the second during 2006 in England. As the blurb writes, we follow Anna Julen as she is parachuted into Normandy as a special agent under the name of Marie-Claire Cardon. We follow her story as she attempts to blend in with her surroundings, t ...more
John Fish
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Last Word Review:
‘Captivating and Compelling’
Sometimes I come across a novel, that grabs hold of me and will not let go until I have completed the book and sometimes that book would do well set on the small screen as a TV drama. ‘Back Behind Enemy Lines’ by Chris Bridge has it on both accounts. This is an exceptional debut novel.
This is no ordinary wartime novel, Anna is one very brave woman that in the end I am just pleased she was on our side. There is the story of a determined brave Brit
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Thelastwordreview
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Last Word Review:
‘Captivating and Compelling’
Sometimes I come across a novel, that grabs hold of me and will not let go until I have completed the book and sometimes that book would do well set on the small screen as a TV drama. ‘Back Behind Enemy Lines’ by Chris Bridge has it on both accounts. This is an exceptional debut novel.
This is no ordinary wartime novel, Anna is one very brave woman that in the end I am just pleased she was on our side. There is the story of a determined brave Brit
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Nikki Bywater
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story starts in Normandy in 1944. Anna is about to begin an adventure and war mission for the resistance that would change her life forever. Working undercover and given a new identity to spy and pass on information, Anna had already been pushed to breaking point by a dreadful loss in the war. When things are about to take an even more tragic turn.

In the modern day and sixty years later, Anna is left broken by her extreme experiences in the war. She had married and had children but found her
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Goodreads Librari...: Chris Bridge 3 14 Jan 05, 2018 08:13AM  
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Chris Bridge was born in Hull, England in 1947. He studied English and Philosophy at Nottingham University and became a teacher after graduating. He eventually became Headteacher of Huntington School, York, and finished his school career as a National Leader of Education. He has been a regular contributor to poetry magazines and his poems have featured in the winning lists of Hippocrates and Stanz ...more
“Acknowledgements I must acknowledge my debt to so many people and sources. I learnt about the activities of those extraordinarily brave women of the SOE from Marcus Binney’s book: The Women Who Lived for Danger and about what it was like to be a spy from The Spy Wore Red by Aline Countess of Romanones. To find out more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder I read A War of Nerves by Ben Shephard. Phil Kemp from the Yorkshire Air Museum kindly allowed me to clamber around inside the only reconstructed Halifax Bomber in the World. He told me the lipstick story. An ex-soldier who had served in Bosnia gave me more intimate details about suffering from PTSD.” 0 likes
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