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    Masterful thriller

    According to author Cara Black, Three Hours in Paris stemmed from a footnote in history. In June of 1940, Hitler came to newly occupied Paris for three hours. Only three hours and then left, with no victory parade or fanfare of any kind. Black says she knew there was more to this and the fact Goebbels, his propaganda minister, and pioneer of faux news, edited the newsreel of Hitler's visit! And from this little bit of hidden history she has reimagined events and crafted a masterful thriller. Life doesn’t have much meaning for American Kate Rees since she lost her husband and infant daughter in a Luftwaffe bombing, so when she is recruited by British intelligence to put her markswoman skills to use and parachute into Paris and assassinate Hitler she sees her chance for revenge. Even if she is killed or captured, by killing the Führer she will have achieved a small victory in honor of her dead family. She is given a crash course in spy craft and put on the plane. And from that point the story takes off and never slows down until the very last page. The description of the book barely scratches the surface. There is so much more beneath. Fate, happenstance, (bad) luck, coincidence, whatever it is, nothing is as it seems or goes as expected. This book is deliciously complicated and convoluted. It’s as if they are all making connections but the connections are slightly off, and nobody realizes it. Very exciting, tense, short, short chapters work perfectly because about the time your stress level is at its breaking point the scene or POV shifts. You get a little breather, but then more suspense. About halfway through and I still had no idea at all how this might end. It’s one of those books where you really want to take a peek at the end because you can’t stand it, but you won’t do it because you are enjoying this terrifying ride too much. There is such a ripple effect of tragedy and ruination to all those Kate innocently touches as she blunders around trying to get back to England, and so many aspects of her mission, and the missions of others, that I just did not see coming. The writing is masterful, characters captivating, and the plot moves along at breakneck pace. Scenes are brought vividly to life. You can feel the heat, smell the cigarette smoke, hear the water in the fountains. Thanks to Penguin Random House for providing an advance copy of Three Hours in Paris. All opinions are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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    Paris during the war

    Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black takes place during the occupation of France by the German forces. The three hours of the title represent the short time that Adolf Hitler spent in Paris. Although this is my first Cara Black novel, I would not hesitate to read more of her mysteries. Kate Rees, an American living in Great Britain with her husband and young daughter, is an expert markswoman. After a tragic accident, she is asked by British Intelligence to go to France with instructions to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Having no experience as a spy, Kate nevertheless parachutes into France to avenge the loss of her family. The plot of the story centers around her undercover assignment and the people who cross her path to aid or impede her progress. This is a fascinating journey into a terrible time and it is well told and researched. Highly recommended. Thank you to Soho Press and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Three hours in Paris

    Excellent story with fast moving plot painted a very realistic picture of life in Nazi occupied France
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