Reviews: NIGHT OF FLAMES by Douglas Jacobson

Douglas Jacobson’s Night of Flames has received quite a few reviews from our WWII Challenge participants this year, and we wanted to highlight their thoughts.

But first, we wanted to call attention to some great guest posts and interviews with the author as well.

Over at Historical Tapestry, Douglas Jacobson offered his views on why he enjoys war stories or stories in which characters are caught in the throes of war.

Jacobson also kindly offered some guest posts for the War Through the Generations blog about Uncommon Courage in three parts:  here, here, and here.

Anna Horner also interviewed Douglas Jacobson for the Baltimore Literature Examiner about Comet Line and Belgian resistance, his research, and advice for novice writers.

Serena Agusto-Cox interviewed the author for the D.C. Literature Examiner as well in a two-part series, where Doug divulged the secret truths behind the events in his book and his writing and reading life.

Here’s what participants have said about Night of Flames by Douglas Jacobson as part of the WWII reading challenge.  Feel free to click the links to read the complete reviews.

Heather of Book Addiction said:

Night of Flames surprised me with how much I enjoyed it and how interesting and intriguing I found the story to be.  The book was just so rich with history and historical details, while still focusing deeply on the characters and the plot.  I always enjoy reading books about World War II and the Holocaust, but what I liked about this one in particular was the lack of gruesome details and difficult scenes.

Sandy of You’ve Gotta Read This! said:

While the historical events carry the story, character development was on the one-dimensional end of the spectrum and left me feeling less than invested. The dialogue, both internal and external, was stilted and flat. Overall, the writing was factual and lacked emotional depth.

Kristi of Books and Needlepoint said:

While I am not a WWII buff, this book was a great read! You did not need to know a lot about the war to be able to appreciate the sacrifices that everyday people made in the name of freedom. It was a very engaging read and I was instantly invested in the outcomes of Anna, Irene and Justyn.

Kaye of Pudgy Penguin Perusals said:

I truly enjoyed Anna’s character as I felt she was a strong, intelligent and brave woman with a very caring nature. At risk to herself, she did not hesitate to help her Jewish friends Irene and Justyn. The character of Jan was not as thoroughly developed as Anna’s but I still got the feeling that he was an extremely patriotic and conscientious man who would do whatever was necessary to find his beloved Anna.

Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit said:

Jacobson’s no-nonsense writing style will place readers in the heart of the resistance, though some readers could get bogged down by the military strategy and direction, such as how the resistance used holes dug in the earth to hold lanterns that were lit to signal the Allies as to where to drop supplies.

Anna of Diary of an Eccentric said:

I grew attached to the characters, mainly their passion and their selflessness. I’m partial to strong female characters, so naturally, I liked Anna. It takes a one feisty lady to scream at and smack a creepy SS officer!

Marg of Reading Adventures and Historical Tapestry said:

Overall this was a good read with vivid scenes, some relatively unknown history and a fascinating look at life inside the Resistance organisations, particularly in Belgium. So often, WWII literature use France as their location, so it was a change to read about Poland and Belgium.


**Attention participants:  Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for posting this, Serena! Together, we will catch up on these reviews. 🙂

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