Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Brass Compass by Ellen Butler

The Brass Compass
by Ellen Butler

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Just released: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Power to the Pen
Genre: Action, Historical, WWII
Paperback: 356
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
Unbeknownst to me, my training started as a child, long before the Nazis came to power, before the war, and before my stay at the prestigious Swiss finishing school, Ch√Ęteau Mont-Choisi in the idyllic town on Lausanne. Had my mother realized the path her machinations put me on, I doubt she would have ever let me out of her sight.

A beautiful American spy flees into the night. On her own, she must live by her wits to evade capture and make it to the safety of the Allied forces. Lily Saint James grew up traveling the European continent, learning languages as she went. In 1938, her mother’s abrupt death brings her back home to Washington, D.C., and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Lily comes to the attention of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Her knowledge of German, French, and Italian makes her the perfect OSS Agent, and her quick thinking places her as a nanny in the household of an important German Army Colonel, where she is able to gather intelligence for the Allies. After her marketplace contact goes missing, she makes a late-night trip to her secondary contact only to find him under interrogation by the SS. When he commits suicide, she flees into the frigid winter night carrying false identification papers that are now dangerous and a mini film cartridge with vital strategic information. In order to survive, Lily must make it out of Germany, into the hands of Allied-controlled France, through a path fraught with peril.


My two-bits:

Lots of spy related action set during WWII with a dash of romance.

The heroine was pulled through various scrapes and sticky situations with panache. She was likable and had me rooting for her the whole way.

Got to learn a bit about the OSS and their efforts.


* review copy courtesy of author

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