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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margit Liesche Narrator: Christine Williams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455192755
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Pucci Lewis was used to ferrying fighter planes and to undercover work. But in the dark hours of World War II, she is dispatched to Hollywood, where big stars and studio moguls are working with Washington to merge entertainment and propaganda.

A documentary on the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) is underway, and Pucci is stepping in for a sister WASP who has been hospitalized after her plane was sabotaged. When a big-name director dies, possibly murdered by Nazi operatives, military intelligence asks Pucci to learn what she can from the inside. She has her suspicions about the so-called housekeeper of Bela Lugosi, a rising starlet with a history with the Hungarian resistance, but Pucci doesn’t trust the girl. Pucci will have to maneuver through movieland and its narcissistic denizens to find the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging…Liesche provides plenty of interesting WASP lore while deftly mixing the real and imagined.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[An] engaging series…Narrator Christine Williams portrays Lewis’ direct, personable manner with Rosie-the-Riveter resolve and capability…the narration is an enjoyable frolic in a time and place sparkling with glamour and intrigue. The story is peppered with details about the patriotic contributions of American women and the film industry in the 1940s.”

    AudioFile

  • “Details of the WASP program and Hollywood’s contributions to the war effort add to the story of a patriotic young woman in an unconventional job.”

    Booklist

  • “Liesche packs her wide-eyed adventure with tidbits about aeronautics, vintage Hollywood and the war, honoring the underappreciated women who made such a difference.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/8/2014

    " I love it. Great story. This is one of me Favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Savvy Jones | 2/4/2014

    " So beautiful and real. Literally almost cried. You should definitely read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 12/12/2013

    " Not really what I expected at all. Really has a cynical and somewhat more real view on the effects of teenage deaths. Really appreciated the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/2/2013

    " Marthe Jocelyn captures perfectly the struggles of a teenager trying to be cool while still having her feelings. The language, the connection between the members of Nat's gang of friends, the honest relationship she has with her older sister Claire ring so true which is why the ending is deeply satisfying. Brava. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 12/2/2013

    " Dealing with trauma of the worst kind. Done pretty well, but I found the conversations with the overly-frank friends annoying. Very readable and emotionally honest overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley Chambers | 11/29/2013

    " This book was good, funny, and somewhat sad.I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi Blackburn | 3/7/2013

    " Bittersweet story of sisterly love for 18 year old Claire and 16 year old Natalie. Except diaster happens, and now Natalie has to grapple with her emotions of what to expect, how to react, and what life means with Claire in a coma after she was hit by a car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey C | 1/31/2013

    " This was a really good book. I don't like to read and i couldn't put it down!! I would reccomend this book for sure! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/3/2012

    " Just wow. Summer, Two sisters that are very close and in sync. Then tragedy strikes. How the younger surviving sister copes is told through her day to day activities in short journalistic vignettes. Her life, her friends, her honest emotions. Beautifully told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 3/23/2012

    " I loved this book. It combined humor and tragedy in a believable authentic way. Marthe Jocelyn writes great teen dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 4/5/2010

    " Nat's world changes in an instant after her sister is hit by a car and suffers brain damage which requires a ventilator to keep her breathing. Her family and friends go through a plethora of emotions as they try to cope with the reality of her situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 4/2/2010

    " This was a very sad book. I wantedc to cry, but it is a GREAT book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 'Chele | 2/9/2010

    " Sister gets hit by car & it is the day before the accident & four days after. Drawn out & ending simple, not believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby C. | 12/26/2009

    " same thing, small book and need to finish books fast "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 5/9/2009

    " A book whose execution fails to do a weighty concept justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Slaughter | 4/24/2009

    " Both sad and funny and very much in the voice of teenagers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MsC Cisneros | 3/24/2009

    " This is a short book about how life can change in the blink of an eye. Natalie and Claire are sisters and best friends, so Natalie can't believe it's real when Claire is hit by a car. This short but intense book follows Natalie as she tries to make sense of her changing world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 3/20/2009

    " A great read for mid-to-late teen girls (or grown ups). A story about the bonds of sisterhood, friends, families, and the impact "real" life has on them all. "

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About the Author

Margit Liesche, the daughter of Hungarian refugees who arrived in the United States in 1947 following eight years of missionary service in war-torn China, grew up with her parents’ tales of isolation, escape, and the arduous journey aboard a military ship to America. She lives in Marin County, California.

About the Narrator

Christine Williams is a singer and actor based in Ashland, Oregon. Her performance credits include productions at regional theaters and on concert stages across the country and around the world, from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Barbican Centre in London to the Aspen Music Festival and the Grotowski Institute in Poland.