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Puppets of Prague: Gripping 20th Century European Historical Fiction

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Can the dream of freedom overcome fear and oppression? Friendships, marriages and loyalties are tested to the limit in this novel which spans Prague’s tumultuous twentieth century . In the summer of 1914 young love beckons and the future seems bright for three friends as they reach adulthood, but dark clouds are gathering and momentous events throw into stark relief the dif Can the dream of freedom overcome fear and oppression? Friendships, marriages and loyalties are tested to the limit in this novel which spans Prague’s tumultuous twentieth century . In the summer of 1914 young love beckons and the future seems bright for three friends as they reach adulthood, but dark clouds are gathering and momentous events throw into stark relief the differences between them that had never mattered before. From WW1 and the heady days of liberty which follow, to the Nazi occupation of WW2 and afterwards Communist dictatorship, life threatening risks must be taken and families are torn apart by the choices they make. Conflict and hardship will bring out both the good and the bad, and in unexpected ways. A moving story set in one of the world’s most enchanting and fascinating cities.


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Can the dream of freedom overcome fear and oppression? Friendships, marriages and loyalties are tested to the limit in this novel which spans Prague’s tumultuous twentieth century . In the summer of 1914 young love beckons and the future seems bright for three friends as they reach adulthood, but dark clouds are gathering and momentous events throw into stark relief the dif Can the dream of freedom overcome fear and oppression? Friendships, marriages and loyalties are tested to the limit in this novel which spans Prague’s tumultuous twentieth century . In the summer of 1914 young love beckons and the future seems bright for three friends as they reach adulthood, but dark clouds are gathering and momentous events throw into stark relief the differences between them that had never mattered before. From WW1 and the heady days of liberty which follow, to the Nazi occupation of WW2 and afterwards Communist dictatorship, life threatening risks must be taken and families are torn apart by the choices they make. Conflict and hardship will bring out both the good and the bad, and in unexpected ways. A moving story set in one of the world’s most enchanting and fascinating cities.

30 review for Puppets of Prague: Gripping 20th Century European Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Sherman

    Emotional Historic Fiction at its Best This book was not only historically correct but extremely emotional. It followed the life of a teenager through to his death at the age of 93. From 1914 when the country was occupied by Nazi Germany, until 1993 when Prague became the capital city of the new Czech Republic, his family and many others suffered at the hands of the socialist and communist government. Many lives were lost and loyalties were questioned. A very moving story that I highly recommend. Emotional Historic Fiction at its Best This book was not only historically correct but extremely emotional. It followed the life of a teenager through to his death at the age of 93. From 1914 when the country was occupied by Nazi Germany, until 1993 when Prague became the capital city of the new Czech Republic, his family and many others suffered at the hands of the socialist and communist government. Many lives were lost and loyalties were questioned. A very moving story that I highly recommend. his death at the age of 93.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen Lippeatt

    Relevant As I read this gripping (yes, gripping) novel, I couldn't help but recognize it's relevance in today's America. So much so, it frightened me at how easy it is to lose our freedoms and how quickly young people who have no real knowledge of our struggles to keep our freedom can be brainwashed. This book needs to be required reading in schools, but, alas, in the America we now live in this would be suppressed by incorrect fact checks. Relevant As I read this gripping (yes, gripping) novel, I couldn't help but recognize it's relevance in today's America. So much so, it frightened me at how easy it is to lose our freedoms and how quickly young people who have no real knowledge of our struggles to keep our freedom can be brainwashed. This book needs to be required reading in schools, but, alas, in the America we now live in this would be suppressed by incorrect fact checks.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rudy G

    Awful Book looks like he read some history accounts and crammed all of it into a book. As one who actually lived this story I found the book offensive for its lack of effort. He certainly is not a writer

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    Although this book was fictional, it offered great insight into the 20th century history of Czechoslovakia. It truly brought the human experience to life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shirley A. Roe

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    George Stocker

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    Carolyn Wells

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    Keith Hampton

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    Jill Williams

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    Roy D Pernitsky

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    Annette

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    deanna nehmzow

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    jeffrey berg

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    Judith L. Rhoads

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    Carol

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    Sherry Scudder

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    William Clark

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    David Canford

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    betty neufeld

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    gem howe

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    Shae Godfrey

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    Deborah Sarkas

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kris Price

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