An emotional and gut-wrenching WWII spy thriller
by Cristina Loggia
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Pub Date 14 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 13 Oct 2021
Cordelia Olivieri is a young, determined hotel owner desperate to escape Mussolini’s racial persecution. But as Fascist leaders gather in Rome, Cordelia is suddenly surrounded by the world’s most ruthless and powerful commanders.
In an effort to keep her Jewish heritage a secret and secure safe passage out of Italy, Cordelia forms a dangerous alliance with the British army who want to push the Axis out of North Africa once and for all.
Going undercover, Cordelia begins obtaining and leaking military intelligence to a British agent, hoping the intel will secure her freedom. But the more Cordelia uncovers, the greater the risks – especially for one handsome German Afrika Korps officer.
How far must Cordelia go to protect her identity and secure passage out of Rome?
Spies, military secrets, and a personal crusade for freedom… don’t miss this utterly gripping World War II thriller.
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Beautiful and perfect! A story of self realization and an adventure to discover our limits and everything!
I have to say I do enjoy a good historical fiction especially about WWII. WWII is such an interesting part of history for me and I just loved this. The writing was rich and well developed and you can clearly see that Christina Loggia had done their research. The cover really fits the book as well and I really liked the narration style. The book was also split up in parts which helped move the story along.
Just as she’s on the verge of leaving Rome to head to safety, Cordelia Olivieri finds herself caught up in a power game that she has no option but to play. Momentous events of the second world war are made up of thousands of smaller stories, like that of Cordelia, that have an enormous impact on the world’s fortunes. Lucifer’s Game is a really engaging thriller that presents a series of intertwining stories in an adept way that builds tension throughout. It is very well researched and the places really come to life. I loved reading about Rome during this period. You feel like you are on this journey with Cordelia as she is betrayed, loved, threatened, imprisoned, and more. Strong recommend.
I've read many WWII fiction, but I don't think I've read one that Involved spy's and a spy ring. I enjoyed this fast paced spy novel set during one of my favorite historical fiction time periods. I also loved that it got me out of my comfort zone for the genre.
I enjoy WWII historical fiction and this one delivered on many fronts. For a start, the plot is original, the book is very well written and I really liked the storytelling. It has memorable, strong characters, all determined to reach their goals and the writer did a great job in placing them into a well portrayed, true-life context. The mixing of fictional and historical events is well accomplished, and I felt able to roam the streets of Fascist Rome with Cordelia Olivieri. I particularly liked how the writer rotates her narration around the many points of views of all protagonists. I very much loved the first part of the book, where their different stories are progressively woven together, because I had the opportunity to fully understand their fears and motivations. The tension starts to build up since the very beginning, and if pages turned nicely in the first part, I motored through the excellent second part, a spinning swirl of actions until the very end. A very promising and greatly enjoyable debut.