The Paris Architect

The Paris ArchitectThe Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Review by Susan Williams

The Paris Architect follows Lucien, an up-and-coming architect in 1942. In Nazi occupied Paris, a wealthy industrialist offers the architect a lucrative commission to design a secret hiding place for a Jewish client. Initially, Lucien must decide whether or not to risk his own life in an attempt to help save a group that he has little empathy with. He finally decides to undertake the commission. This job leads to many more opportunities for Lucien to devise elaborate hiding places to outwit the German police.

The discovery of one of Lucien’s hiding places leads to tragic consequences. Of course, this makes the book all the more suspenseful. Lucien begins to empathize with the suffering Jews as he never had before.

As a World War II buff, this story kept me riveted to the last page!

This is the author’s first novel; he is himself an architect and historian.

If this isn’t enough to whet your whistle, check out the book trailer for The Paris Architect on youtube.

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About the reviewer: Susan Williams enoys reading, traveling, gardening, my baby granddaughters, and working at Tredyffrin library (since 2001).

A Higher Call

A Higher CallA Higher Call :An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-torn Skies of World War II 

by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander

Review by Susan Williams

This is a dual biography of two World War II fighter pilots; an American, Charlie Brown and his counterpart, German, Franz Stigler.

In December of 1943, Brown was piloting his badly damaged bomber over Germany.  Half of his crew lay wounded or dead. Out of the blue a German fighter plane appeared along side of his aircraft.  Seeing the heavy damage to the American plane, the German inexplicably decided not to destroy the enemy plane, but to escort him safely over Germany.  In doing so, the German risked a firing squad for helping the enemy escape. People in Germany had been killed for far less. Continue reading