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Landing by Moonlight: A Novel of WW II

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The year is 1942, and American secret agent Catherine Thornton has no idea whether she will be dropped behind enemy lines in an inflatable raft launched from a subm
Kindle Edition, 486 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Lion's Paw Publishing
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Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I was really excited to receive a copy of this book, since I had read books about Vera Atkins, Violette Szabo and other S.O.E agents, about Julia and Paul Child's time in the O.S.S., as well as books about events, that happened in France, during WWII. This novel did not disappoint.

From the first chapter, when Catherine and Henri broke into a safe in his French embassy to find codes to help Allies track the German Navy, I was caught up in the story. Both Catherine and Henri are in unhappy marria
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ciji Wave always writes superb fiction, expertly weaved into history but I feel that she's really outdone herself this time. I'm the proud owner of every one of her books, many of them read multiple times and I can say that I believe this may just be her best. I'm always impressed with her talent for research, undoubtedly a product of her background in news. Mix her astounding ability to put you right in the middle of WW II history plus the character development in this book, and Ciji has a trul ...more
MaryJane Rings
I like a book that starts mysteriously and then just pulls the reader into the story and all of a sudden you can't put it down. That is what happened to me with this new book by Ms. Ware. The research and documentation of actual events were amazing. The countryside of southern France was beautifully described and I could see Collette Durand on her bicycle cycling through the small towns. She was so well depicted that I could see her blending in with the locals. No one suspecting her mission. The ...more
P.R. Oliver
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story

This novel has a great plot. The author has an ability to make you believe something only to find out later that you were wrong. There are a few things that bothered me. The author has a writing style the us sometimes confusing and I had to re-read passages at time to figure out what she was saying. Also, I thought that she was too wordy at times which was distracting. However, the plot and story overcomes all my negatives. A must read.

I’ve read a TON of books set in the World War II era, many of which centered on the little acts of resistance performed by ordinary people who were not going to stand for Hitler and ‘foreigners’ taking over their country, their heritage or their land. With some stories resonating in my head from an Uncle who worked in the Resistance during the war, much of the information, facts and imagined conversations have only served to fuel my own interest in people acting for the best in the worst of time ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ciji Ware's latest novel Landing by Moonlight delves into the thrilling lives of WWII spies, in particular, women intelligence agents who were able to get information by using skills in ways men could not. It's a memorable tale, filled with heroic moments and interspersed with sadness and the horrors of an unforgettable war.

Our main character is Catherine Thornton, a wealthy American journalist who craves to follow in her late father's footsteps rather than lead a pampered life in which she is m
Karen Siddall
Author Ciji Ware has crafted a well-researched and thrilling historical fiction novel of WWII. Landing by Moonlight has the kind of characters that grow on you and become people that you worry about chapter after chapter. And worry I did! This story focuses on a piece of WWII history not really familiar to me. I’ve read some about the undercover men and women working right under the noses of the Nazis but they were always secondary characters to the hero or heroine. Here, they are front and cent ...more
Colleen Clark
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author is a college classmate of mine. Her husband is a high school classmate (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 1960). They met independently of me.

This novel is not great literature but it is an engaging and even gripping story of WW II. It starts out in Washington DC where the main character, Catherine and her French boyfriend, Henri, manage to smuggle Vichy codebooks out of the French Embassy, where the codebooks were copied by the Americans and then return them to the safe in the French Embassy wi
Mary Kay Wooten
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
American Female Spy in France

This is the first novel I have read that tells the story of a female espionage parenThetical in World War II France. It is fiction based on historical fact with both fictional & historical characters. It is an exciting read, one that I truly enjoyed. It has excitement, betrayal, romance. What more can you ask for! I highly recommend this book.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Landing by Moonlight: A Novel of WW II is another great read by Ciji Ware. It is based on true historical events during the second world war. I love that the main character is a female secret agent. Catherine gets caught up in a lot of action and adventure. I admired her bravery and courage. Readers need to get ready to hold on their seats because this book is one thrilling ride. I could not help to keep turning the pages continuously. I had the whole book read in one sitting. The author did a g ...more
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CIJI WARE is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling novelist, an Emmy-award winning television producer, reporter, writer, lecturer, and host. Her latest work, LANDING BY MOONLIGHT, published October 15, 2019, was inspired by the exceptional American women who volunteered as "Churchill's Angles"--secret agents during WW II, parachuting into occupied France to fight the Nazis. As with her other n ...more

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