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Monday, May 20, 2013

His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal

Wilhelm Canaris, a heroic German

Maggie Hope sets off on another exciting adventure in this memorable and enjoyable novel by Susan Elia MacNeal.  This time she is an S.O.E. operative dropped into the middle of Nazi Germany.  Here, she discovers a deadly secret, and meets her half-sister, a Catholic nurse who is also fighting against the evils of the Nazi regime.  Unfortunately, the pair have to combat their Nazi mother, a beautiful opera singer.

Much of His Majesty's Hope is based on research about the German resistance, and based on real people such as Wilhelm Canaris and the Catholic Bishop of Berlin, Bishop Preysing, who spoke out against Hitler's murders of innocent people.  This makes the book more exciting and interesting than the last novel in the Maggie Hope series, although I enjoyed that novel immensely as well.

I also enjoyed the philosophical discussions in this book, and the history about Catholicism and the Nazis.  Catholicism and German Catholics have received a beating about their role in Germany during the Second World War, so it was good to read a novel that will make people more aware of Catholic and Protestant heroes who did play their parts in the German resistance.

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