Trapeze

Trapeze

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A propulsive novel of World War II espionage by the author of New York Times best seller The Glass Room .

Barely out of school and doing her bit for the British war effort, Marian Sutro has one quality that makes her stand out--she is a native French speaker. It is this that attracts the attention of the SOE, the Special Operations Executive, which trains agents to operate in occupied Europe. Drawn into this strange, secret world at the age of nineteen, she finds herself undergoing commando training, attending a "school for spies," and ultimately, one autumn night, parachuting into France from an RAF bomber to join the WORDSMITH resistance network.
   But there's more to Marian's mission than meets the eye of her SOE controllers; her mission has been hijacked by another secret organization that wants her to go to Paris and persuade a friend--a research physicist--to join the Allied war effort. The outcome could affect the whole course of the war.
   A fascinating blend of fact and fiction, Trapeze is both an old-fashioned adventure story and a modern exploration of a young woman's growth into adulthood. There is violence, and there is love. There is death and betrayal, deception and revelation. But above all there is Marian Sutro, an ordinary young woman who, like her real-life counterparts in the SOE, did the most extraordinary things at a time when the ordinary was not enough.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781590515273
Branch Call Number: MAWER
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm.

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EmilyEm
Mar 08, 2016

Young Marian Sutro is recruited for work helping the British aid the French Resistance in WW II. But then, another organization wants her to convince a French physicist—a family friend—to leave the country and aid the British with the atomic bomb. Readers will watch Marian come of age in this page-turning saga of intrigue and espionage.
I put down 'Trapeze' and picked up the sequel 'Tightrope' as if just turning a page. I'm glad I’d checked out both at once. Wow!

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electralily
Mar 18, 2013

If the Trapeze wait list is too long, check out The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Simon Mawer. Same excellent book, same author, different title. Strange.

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Heyst
Feb 27, 2013

the obsessive repetition of the secret hiding place for the crystals is kind of a juvenile fetish. as a plot device, it's okay the first time and after that we all know about the difference between boys and girls and its gratuitous.

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libbyez
Aug 14, 2012

I love spy novels, and this one was nice to have a female protagonist, even if it was a quick read. I look forward to reading this authors other novel.

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klwallen
Aug 08, 2012

1/2 British, 1/2 French Marian becomes a British spy during WW II. Fiction based on actual female spies. Well-written, intriguing character.

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maven
Jul 22, 2012

Despite an interesting premise, the writing in this book is so flat and the characters didn't feel like real people. I gave up before I got too far into it.

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