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Dragonfly

Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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At the height of WWII, five idealistic young Americans receive a mysterious letter from the OSS, asking them if they are willing to fight for their country. The men and women from very different backgrounds - a Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and a wealthy businessman, a dirt-poor Midwestern fly fisherman, an orphaned fashion designer, and a ravishingly beautiful female fencer - all answer the call of duty, but each for a secret reason of his or her own. They bond immediately, in a group code-named Dragonfly. 

Soon after their training, they are dropped behind enemy lines and take up their false identities, isolated from one another except for a secret drop-box, but in close contact with the powerful Nazi elite who have Paris under siege.

Thus begins a dramatic and riveting cat-and-mouse game, as the young Americans seek to stay under the radar until a fatal misstep leads to the capture and the firing-squad execution of one of their team. But...is everything as it seems, or is this one more elaborate act of spycraft?

©2019 Leila Meacham (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Meacham ratchets the suspense ever tighter, while providing fascinating backstory on the intrepid five [American spies] as well as delivering a detail-rich portrait of Paris during the Occupation." (Booklist

"Gripping...In this fast-paced and enjoyable WWII espionage tale, Meacham takes readers to 1942 Nazi-occupied Paris to follow five American spies as they attempt to gather information to assist Allied and French Resistance forces.... Meacham's nail-biting tale will please fans looking for an intricate story of spycraft and deception." (Publishers Weekly

"Leila Meacham is a gift to readers everywhere. With scope and daring, she creates worlds in her fiction that keep us turning pages long into the night. Sumptuous, full bodied and emotional, Dragonfly soars." (Adriana Trigiani, New York Times best-selling author of Tony's Wife)  

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kinda hard to follow at times with everyones names. nick names. and code names. but it was good I recommend it

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great book!

Very good overall. I loved the character development. A few plot points were a bit too convenient / simplistic, but overall very good.

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A beautiful story of WW2...

An intriguing tale from Paris and WW2... with many hero’s and heroines to admire and root for.

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Perfection

This is the best book I have heard in the suspense/mystery classification in many years. The story of 5 young American spies infiltrated into Nazi occupied Paris during WWII seems both historically accurate and plausible. The narration is remarkably excellent.

My only disappointment was discovering that this was the only work of this genre that the experienced author wrote. I was quicly able to recover from the lost sleep I suffered staying up late to listen.

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great listen

I thought the narrator's did great with the accents and speaking German and French, I saw where others complained of this. Great historical fiction book. In the beginning I did feel that it was confusing as to who was who but once I got all the characters down, I loved it!

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  • Diane
  • Little Rock, AR, United States
  • 08-10-19

Started Off As Historical Fiction, but...

So, the beginning of the book does a fabulous job of character development, laying the foundation for a solid, intricate tale of serious espionage during World War Two. However, somewhere around the halfway mark, it turns into a Harlequin Romance complete with inane conversations, mistakes that would never actually happen, and undertones of forbidden romance, culminating in a happily ever after ending.

It felt like the author got distracted and then had to hurry up and finish for publication. The story line is good, it just felt superficial after a while.

This could also be my perception because I was expecting something like Nightingale! If you are new to historical fiction, it's a great starting point. Not heavy at all.

Diane

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The good and the bad

A fascinating story but couldn’t Hachette have found readers who could speak French and German?? The attempts at the languages ruined the recording.

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  • RD
  • 07-21-19

For Juveniles

Started out slow - couldn't get very far. Narration is juvenile; story has no depth.

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