Citadel

Citadel

Book - 2012
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"A World War II story of daring and courage, in which a group of determined women fighting for the French Resistance risk their lives to save their homeland and protect astonishing secrets buried in time in France, 1942. In Carcassonne, a colorful historic village nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous women are engaged in a lethal battle. Like their ancestors who fought to protect their land from Northern invaders seven hundred years before, these members of the resistance--codenamed Citadel--fight to liberate their home from the Nazis. But smuggling refugees over the mountains into neutral territory and sabotaging their German occupiers at every opportunity is only part of their mission. These women must also protect an ancient secret that, if discovered by their ruthless enemies, could change the course of history."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2012]
ISBN: 9780062281272
0062281275
9780062281258
0062281259
Branch Call Number: Fiction Mos
Characteristics: 686 pages : map ; 24 cm

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PamelaMemmott
Jul 21, 2016

Kate Mosse is an excellent writer, but reader beware, the book details some pretty graphic violence, including an extended torture scene of a lead character. It left me feeling completely nauseated and uninterested in reading any other of Mosse's works. I'm sure it's realistic of the WWII atrocities actually committed, but was far too much for my taste. If that type of writing doesn't bother you or you're okay to skip several pages, the overall story is compelling.

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nhoj
Jan 04, 2015

This is the second Kate Mosse that I've read and it is thoroughly enjoyable. Again two story lines run simultaneously - one in the 4th century and the other in WW2. It is a story of the French resisitance during WW2, primarily a women's group, and their efforts to disrupt the Nazis in France. Their is love and violence and heroism and torture. Mosse weaves a wonderful story with believable characters and moves the story along at a good pace and though the book is 750 plus pages it is not long.
I'm looking forward to reading the 3rd part of her trilogy set in France. The stories are not continuous so it is not imperative to read in order but there are continuing characters.

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bigoz123
Aug 23, 2014

Cannot even give it one star. Totally ridiculous.

Cdnbookworm Dec 15, 2012

A thick one, but a good one. I've loved the other books I've read by her and once again this one takes place in southern France. Events occur in two time periods, the 4th century and during World War II. The story has a link back to Labyrinth.
In the fourth century a monk, Arinius, has been taxed with saving a document that the Christian leaders have decided is heretical. Like a few others, he disagrees and has accepted the task of taking the Codex to another land and hiding it safely away for a better time.
In World War II, another man Audric Baillard is looking for the Codex, trying to keep it out of the hands of the Germans and others who would not honour it. Audric is an old man by now, but still strong and smart and working with the Resistance to save France. Citadel is both the name of a house in a small mountain village, and the name of a Resistance group, a group of women working actively to defeat the Germans. At the centre is a young woman Sandrine and as the book begins we see her becoming aware of what is happening around here and beginning to plan her group. As usual, we have strong women at the centre of the novel, in both time periods, and the men who love and honour those women.
While fiction, this novel is written around real events of the Second World War, and was inspired by the massacre at Baudrigues on August 19, 1944 and the women that died there.
Carcassonne was once a city of peace and tolerance and it is this legacy that Mosse honours here. A tale of love, of history, and of good prevailing in the end, this novel will grip you to the end.

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Jul 21, 2016

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