Review: The Siren Of Paris by David LeRoy

4.0 out of 5 stars Compellingly hauting read., September 9, 2012
This review is from: The Siren of Paris (Paperback)

David LeRoy’s The Siren of Paris, was a surprising read. I started it with no expectation other than an interest in the time period in which it was written and the geography, WWII Germany Nazi Regime, a historical dark stain , that stands out among a societal evil ranked high up. On this backdrop comes the story, of Marc an American, born in Paris, who returns to his birthplace to study and falls in love with a model, Marie, from one of this art classes. The story flips around between viewpoints, of various of Marc’s acquaintances, and also flips around in time, to give a dramatic sense to the story of the impact Hitler’s suppression had in its incipient stages on France, its citizens, and the final impact once the invasion took place. LeRoy adeptly brings the reader into the horrors that abound, on land and sea, with deaths occurring that leave the reader wanting for air. Why this read was surprising, is how deeply it grabbed me and had me caring about its protagonist, and the pain of his fate. While there was nothing watered down about this story, LeRoy also captivated with innuendo and subtleties of underdone gore, playing well onto the readers imagination without repulsing. After concluding this read, I am left with a sober realism of the horrors we do to each other, in the name of revenge, in the name of fear, in the name cowardice, in the name of stupidity, in the name of love of ones country, etc., leaving me lost for words to describe the power that this read had on me. I seriously recommend this read for anyone that wants to feel what it must have felt like under the reign of atrocities Nazi invasions had on the unfortunates.

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About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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One Response to Review: The Siren Of Paris by David LeRoy

  1. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

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