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Sunday, October 16, 2022

The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly

The story is not for the faint hearted but then any book set with the concentration camps as a background for some of the novel cannot be. Josie and Arlette have been incarcerated and have since been free - the story of their life has been a very difficut one even to read. They both however want to pursue a Nazi doctor who was cruel, inhumane and who did the most violent experiments on human beings. Both women were known as the Golden Doves and were renowned for their daring and successful infiltration of Nazi intelligence and conveying it to Britain. They were responsible for many acts which were infuriating to the Nazis. Decades later Arlette gets news that the son who was forcibly taken from her may be still alive and Josie working with US intelligence is on the tracks of the infamous doctor. The story crossing time lines and countries also highlights that in the espionage business everyone is expendable and even both women who have sacrificed immensely may be disposable for US greed for supremacy over Russia in their pursuit of medical intelligence or anything that would benefit one country against another. That hit hard. That these very same Nazis were brought to America free to pursue their academic interests and live a very comfortable life after all what they had done. Detailed and authentic this is not an easy read. This period of history never was. We should not forget the atrocities committed because sadly history repeats itself. Sent by Random House Publishing Group Ballantine for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

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