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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II by Douglas W Jacobson opens with the invasion of Germany into Poland and follows the stories of Anna and Jan Kopernik as they fight to survive the atrocities of war. When Jan escapes what is left of the annihilated Polish army, British intelligence recruits him for an underground mission with the Resistance. Meanwhile, Anna must flee Poland when she finds out she may be arrested by the German police.
Douglas W Jacobson does an amazing job of balancing military history and underground intrigue with the human element that brings the story to life for readers. His character building is done in stages, feeding bits and pieces as needed, so that the reader stays engaged and learns about them as they would get to know strangers who are soon to become friends. The scenes in Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II are descriptive, the relationships real, and the story unfolds with all the compassion, fear, and desperation one would expect under such circumstances.
Narrator Ian Fisher is a true professional. He matches his pacing with the action in the story to perfection. His enunciation and strength as a narrator is unmatched. Fisher is the perfect narrator for Night of Flames. The production quality is first class—clear and crisp. World War II buffs will enjoy this book, as will anyone who enjoys character-driven books that are edged with danger. Jacobson has truly created a well-rounded historical novel that will appeal to a wide audience.