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The Alice Network: A Novel

The Alice Network: A Novel

Written by Kate Quinn

Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld


The Alice Network: A Novel

Written by Kate Quinn

Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

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4.5/5 (3,154 ratings)
Length:
15 hours
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Released:
Jun 6, 2017
ISBN:
9780062676603
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Editor's Note

All the feels…

Set in post-WWII Europe, “The Alice Network” brings together two women from different generations and backgrounds. With espionage, scandal, redemption, and rage-provoking examples of at least five ‘isms,’ the story has a bingability score equivalent to “Game of Thrones: Season One.” In other words, get ready to stay up all night reading and feel all the feelings.

Description

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

Publisher:
Released:
Jun 6, 2017
ISBN:
9780062676603
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of Southern California, she attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network, The Huntress, and The Rose Code. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in California with three black rescue dogs.



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  • (4/5)
    Based on a true story about the queen of spies, we learn firsthand what the heroine of the story must do to gain information. The writing and the pace are a bit lacking, but the story is very good.
  • (4/5)
    I've watched a few documentaries about WWII female allied spy Noor Inayat Khan. I kind of expected this book to be in that general ballpark. I was very pleasantly surprised that it was primarily set in WWI. The story does jump between WWI and 1947, the aftermath of WWII. I did find the 1947 story line substantially weaker than the other, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.
  • (4/5)
    An incredible story about female spies in Europe during World War I. Eve wanted to contribute to the war effort so she agreed to be in the Alice Network. The book flips back and forth from her days in the war (1915-1919) and her life after World War II (1947), when she met Charlie St. Clair who was looking for her cousin Rose.It was a difficult book to read because the details were so stark and hurtful that I couldn't forget between the readings. Eve stayed with me day after day and I cried for her.The best thing is that the author appends an epilogue which was a way to tie up the lives. But the author's note was necessary for me to keep these characters in mind, knowing that there were fictional ones and true ones. These women were incredible and deserved to be remembered, even if in fiction.
  • (5/5)
    What a wonderful book. I loved it! The book is about two different women, separated in age by about 30 years, but both women have a common goal that throws them together. Eve Gardiner served in the Alice Network, which was nn actual spy group that operated in France during WWI. Charlie St. Clair is a young, pregnant unmarried American woman who comes to England in 1947 looking for her French cousin who was lost during WWII. Fate and a scrap of paper with Eve's name on it sends Charlie to seek out Eve. The book runs two parallel storylines - Eve's and Charle's and it moved back and forth seamlessly between the two timelines and the two wars. Eve's tragic story of her experiences in the Alice Network is revealed bit by bit in the story. When Charlie finds her in England, Eve is a drunk, foul-talking woman, living alone in a Londond house. But the common goal to find the man responsible for Eve's tragic story sends the two women on a quest to France. Back and forth we go as Eve, Charlie and Eve's man of general work - a young Scotsman named Finn, search for the devil that was Rene Bordelon. This story gripped me from start to finish! The real-life Alice Network was depicted so well by Ms. Quinn. Her fictional characters are mixed in seamlessly with the real-life characters of the network. I loved these two brave women, and I loved their story. Highly recommended.
  • (3/5)
    I had to read the About the Book section to learn that a network of female spies during the Great War was real. It was called the Alice Network and Lili is based on one of those women. The story moves between 1915 and 1947. Eve Gardiner is old after WWII, drunk and swears like a sailor. When a young American woman named Charlotte shows up, searching for her cousin Rose, (who disappeared like so many during WWII) Evelyn reluctantly accompanies her to France, after Charlotte mentions a name from her past. Obviously, it's Eve's story in 1915, but in 1947, really becomes both their stories as the road to Rose leads to difficult memories. Truthfully, it got a little long, but both Eve and Charlie transform into good characters.
  • (5/5)
    Very good book. Loved the back and forth between the times. A little known history of the Wars