What are the best World War II fiction books?

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    #1A Town Like Alice

    A Town Like Alice

    A Town Like Alice is a novel by Nevil Shute. Set during World War II, it follows the story of Jean Paget, who travels to the outbacks of Australia to look for the Australian soldier who saved her life. 


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    Johnny Ortiz
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a great true story! If you are in the mood to read a true story about one of the worst time sin this world's history and yet there is still true love keeping the story with an upbeat feeling of happiness . Jean Paget really goes through a lot travelling Australia in world war II, come find out if you will enjoy this book as much as I did."
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    #2The Tunnel

    The Tunnel

    The Tunnel is a fiction written by William H. Gass. First published in 1955, this book is published in 1999 by Dalkey Archive Press. The book, which has over 600 pages, is an American fiction literature.


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    Douglas Baker
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A little bit disappointing. I found myself not really getting "into it" as much as I thought I would, but it still held my interest enough to finish it. There are better novels out there."
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    #3A Small Death in Lisbon

    A Small Death in Lisbon

    A Small Death in Lisbon is a thriller novel set in Portugal written by Robert Wilson. A Small Death in Lisbon was published on March 5, 2002 by Berkley Books.

    Kyle Cook
    Written on May 4, 2018
    ""War is hell"...it has been said. World War 2 was 5 years of intense drama and death for many people. Toss in sex and secrets and you have a Very compelling book. Give it a read, you will not put it down."
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    #4The French Girl's War

    The French Girl's War

    The French Girl's War is a historical fiction book set in World War II written by Herb Williams-Dalgart. This holocaust fiction novel is published in  2014 by CreateSpace. 


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    Joshua Castro
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This was a pretty good read towards the end. I wasn't able to "get" the characters until well into the book, which is when it started getting better for me."
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    #5The Madonnas of Leningrad

    The Madonnas of Leningrad

    The Madonnas of Leningrad is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Debra Dean which centers on Marina who is already losing her fight with Alzheimer's disease.


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    Jessica Wu
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Yes this would be a good solution if you are looking for a world war 2 fiction book."
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    #6No Less Than Victory (World War II)

    No Less Than Victory (World War II)

    No Less Than Victory is the peak of glory for Jeffrey Shaara's creative retelling of an important part of history. This novel is the last book in the author's World War II series. The book was published on November 3rd, 2009 by Ballantine Books.


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    Jean Hart
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Although this book has been out for a while I just came across it. I am always searching for new books to read about WWII. After reading it I can say that this is the best WWII fiction book. Jeff Shaara has written several books about the war and after reading this book I plan on reading the other books too. No Less Than Victory puts you right in the middle of WWII and you feel like you are living the war along with the other characters. This is a must read!"
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    #7Spies of the Balkans

    Spies of the Balkans
    Spies of the Balkans is the eleventh book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction set in Greece, 1940. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Random House.

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    Sun Zhou
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Do you like making up history? Well this is the book for you! I can't read so I hated it but if you're into reading, it is a book, so there are words for you to read inside it."
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    #8The Man With the Golden Arm

    The Man With the Golden Arm
    The Man With the Golden Arm is a realistic drama novel for young adults and adults written by Nelson Algren and with the introduction from James R. Giles. It was originally published in 1949. It won the first National Book Award.

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    Ralph Chapman
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Man With the Golden Arm is a lovely tale. The book is touching and is certainly worth a read."
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    Chromos is a post World War II fiction written by Felipe Alfau. This book is written in 1940 but only published in 1985 by Dalkey Archive Press. This book's republishing is in 1990.


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    Liu He
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Chromos is a ficiton book set afer world war 2 and taking about the aftermath from the perspective of somebody who lived through it. It wasn't a particularly engaging read for me but I could see how somebody might like it."
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    #10The Postmistress

    The Postmistress

    The Postmistress is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Sarah Blake which centers on the lives of women Iris James and Frankie Bard. This is first published on December 24, 2009.


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    Paul Edwards
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "It's kind of odd to read fiction books about real wars but The Postmistress is worth a look. The women in the book are great heroes."
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    #11The Final Storm (World War II)

    The Final Storm (World War II)

    Jeff Shaara's The Final Storm shows a different perspective in his chronicle of novels on World War II. The book about the war in the Pacific was published on May 17th, 2011 by Ballantine Books.


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    Jack Garza
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This definitely looks like it fits the topic as this book has many positive reviews and is a New York Times best seller. I would say that anyone looking for WWII fiction would be pleased if they read this book and that this is in the upper echelon of that subject matter."
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    #12Black Cross

    Black Cross

    Black Cross is the first book in the World War Two series written by Gren Iles, the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2001 by New American Library.


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    Anthony Chapman
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Nothing about this book is historically accurate. That being said, if you can past the historic discrepancies, It is still a terrible book."
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    #13Bitter Seeds

    Bitter Seeds

    Bitter Seeds is a fantasy science fiction novel written by Ian Tregillis. It was first published in 2010 by Tor Books under ISBN 0765321505. Bitter Seeds is the first book in the Milkweed Triptych series.


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    Gabriel Salgado
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If you are looking for a truly on of a kind perspective on world war 2, this is your book. From superman, to demons and wizards, this book has it all. This takes the history of world war 2 and throws it completely on it's top. This alternate universe book is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The author went outside the box with this book. "
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    #14Omaha Beach and Beyond

    Omaha Beach and Beyond
    Omaha Beach and Beyond: The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter is a memoir written by John Robert Slaughter with the help and foreword of Alex Kershaw. It is about the main author's experience in the U.S. invasion of Omaha Beach.

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    Dylan Weaver
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I am a big WW2 buff and like to read lots of books on the subject. One book that stands out is Omaha Beach and Beyond. It actually shows the reality of how brutal this war was."
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    #15The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Jeremy Carlson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The book is narrated by Death, the Grim Reaper. Yet he is not an evil presence, indeed his tender observations are endearing. In the end, the circumstances of 1940s Europe keep him far busier than he’d prefer. Yet he cannot take his eyes off these dismal, glorious humans. Its the best book I’ve read in a year."
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    #16The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line
    This is the classic New York Times bestseller by James Jones about the first marines charged in Guadalcanal in the beginning of a six-month battle for just two thousand square miles of jungle and sand.

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    Judith Harper
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "This book will tug at your heart strings to say the least. It is packed with action and drama and you will not be able to put it down. Just amazing!"
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    #17The Bronze Horseman

    The Bronze Horseman

    The Bronze Horseman is the first book in The Bronze Horseman trilogy. A story where Tatiana meets Alexander, a young officer of the Red Army who will fight against the Germans in the Leningrad siege. 


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    Andrea Freeman
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book because it made me think about life and my place in the world. It's also got some cool World War II battles that I liked reading about. Definitely give this one a try. "
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    #18Code Name Verity

    Code Name Verity
    It's wartime in Great Britain when one young woman on a mission to occupied France is captured by the Gestapo and became a prisoner of war. Everything from that point is written by "Verity" to her captors. 


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    Parakram Chatterjee
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "I love history and every once in a while it's fun to read fiction depicted in a certain era. I lost myself while reading this because it was so well written."
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    #19Suite Française

    Suite Française

    Paris, 1940. Is the beginning of the Nazi occupation. This is a remarkable story about men and woman under hard Nazi France and how they learn to live with the enemy. A classical book by Irène Nemirovsky.


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    Christine Price
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "I wanted to read some fiction based on WWII, but this isn't really that. It is real-life events and first-hand stories from that time period, which isn't what I was looking for. It is a lot easier for me to enjoy when I know the horrible stories have not actually happened to real people."
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    #20The Reader

    The Reader
    An exceptional novel by Bernhard Schlink about betrayal, guilt and the memory of the Holocaust. This is the story of the adolescent Michael Berg, rescued by Hanna. Both embark on a clandestine affair leading Michel in euphoric and confused times.


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    Shirley Cook
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "I haven't read any of Bernhard Schlink's other works, but this was a decent introduction to his writing style and narrative method. It's a very entertaining story with many twists and turns anyone interested in historical fiction would really enjoy. I found it listed under the thriller section at my local bookstore, but in my opinion it's definitely more of a drama."
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    #21The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    The Nightingale tells the story of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, as each of them fights their own battle for love, freedom, and survival in German-occupied France during World War II.


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    Harini Chattopadhyay
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "The Nightingale was one of those books that I just couldn't put down. It kept me interested and engaged the entire time. If you are into World War II fiction, you should definitely check it out."
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    HHhH is a historical fiction novel written by Laurent Binet which centers on the lives of Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis who are responsible for the death of Reinhard Heydrich, Othe Butcher of Prague. 


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    Albert Hicks
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love war. I love no war more than World War II. As such a big fan of war, I love to read fiction about World War II. With Hhhh, I was able to feel myself actually reliving the story of two Czech political assassins as they tried to make their way to freedom after their killing of Reinhard Heydrich. This is a thrilling, and accurate piece of WWII fiction. "
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    #23The Naked and the Dead

    The Naked and the Dead

    The Naked and the Dead is a 1948 novel by Norman Kingsley Mayer. Drawing from the author's own experiences during World War II, this book tells the story of American soldiers who tried to reclaim an island from Japanese hands.


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    Zachary Stone
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book does a fantastic job of weaving th history of WWII into this smart and entertaining fiction novel. Great characters and a story that will keep you on your toes guessing. A must read!"
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    #24The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Bruno returns home after a school day in the Berlin of 1942, when he discovers that his family should move to another house close to a tall fence where he can see strange people in the distance. Bruno discovers there a desolate place where he'll make a friendship, with devastating consequences. 


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    Wendy Yin
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I found this book to be so compelling. It had me smiling at times and it had me in tears. It is such a powerful story of a time that was so frightening and unbelieving. Bruno is an innocent boy who befriends a Jewish boy in a Jewish Concentration Camp during World War II. Their story touched my heart as I know it will yours too. "
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    #25Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.

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    Mark Foster
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "Number the Stars is a great novel. I like that the novel ties in historical events to make the story line more interesting. "
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    #26Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key is a historical fiction novel by Tatiana de Rosnay which is about the life of 10-year-old Jewish girl named Sarah and then after 60 years, journalist Julia Jarmond unearths Sarah's story.


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    Christopher Fisher
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I don't usually read or care about WWII books because I'm sick of hearing about Nazis and Jews, it's been done so many times. However, a friend suggested this book to me and it turns out to be a really compelling fictional story of a young Jew girl's life during the war. It's really very good."
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    #27All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See
    All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.

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    Hansika Chavan
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "This book was absolutely fantastic and really made me look at the war in a new light (no pun intended). I highly recommend it."
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    Have you ever imagined how would be the World if Hitler won the World War II? Xavier March is a detective of the Kriminalpolizei in the capital of the Third Reich who should investigate the discovery of a body in a lake near Berlin. As March discovers the identity of the body, starts to uncover a conspiracy that reaches the very top of the German Reich. 


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    Muhammad Chauhan
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I was looking for a novel set during this time period, however I can't say I enjoyed the plot of this one. This sort of narrative simply isn't interesting to me as enough evil and oppression really do continue to exist today. I don't need to read a fictional account of "what ifs" featuring Hitler to be immersed in that."
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    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.

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    Laura Perry
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "This book is very graphic, so if you don't like violence, don't read this book. For me, it was a great experience reading this book. I like the setting and the characters were interesting. I'd recommend this book if you like World War II fictions."
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    #30Bodyguard of Deception (World War Two)

    Bodyguard of Deception (World War Two)
    Bodyguard of Deception is the first book of the World War Two trilogy written by Samuel Marquis, who is named as no. 1 Denver Post Bestselling Suspense Author. This book is published in 2016 by Mount Sopris Publishing.

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    Gerald Harrison
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Fantastic read. Pick it up and get lost in the story. Incredible suspense set amid WW2. I cannot wait for the concluding book to see how the story unfolds. I'm amazed how lost I can sometimes get in a story and this book was the perfect example. "
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    #31Remember Me

    Remember Me

    Remember Me: A Search for Refuge in Wartime Britain is the first book in the Escape from Berlin series by Irene N. Watts. This historical fiction for young adults was originally published in 2000.


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    Tyler Garcia
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Book 2 of a trilogy. A compelling story of a young Jewish girl taken from Germany to live with a sponser in Britain. It was not an easy situation since she didn't speak the language and she missed her Mother terribly. This is excellent young adult material as we step out of our shoes and into those of someone with far worse problems than we have."
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    #32The Tenth Man

    The Tenth Man

    The Tenth Man is a book by Graham Greene that tells the story about a group of men that was captured by the German's on World War II. One of them managed to trade his wealth for his life and this is his story.


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    Amalia Franco
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Great WW2 book. It was gripping until the end and had me on the edge of my seat. The story really sat heavy with me and made me think about my own choices in life."
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    #33The Upstairs Room

    The Upstairs Room
    The Upstairs Room, the first book in Johanna Reiss' famous series, tells the story of the 10-year-old Annie, a Jew living in Holland during World War II, and her courageous fight to survive the Nazis by hiding in a cramped attic.

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    Hannah May
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "The Upstairs room is truly a wonderful book to help kids learn about WW II from the perspective of someone there own age, it helps them to think about such a sad time in history. I truly enjoyed reading this book when I was younger and still find it to be very moving today. To read about the goodness and beauty that she still managed to find in the world is truly inspiring. "
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    #34The Rover

    The Rover

    The Rover is a book by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of naval life during the Napoleonic Era. This revolves around the life story of Peyrol. He will retire from duty but his Lieutenant will call him back again to serve. 


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    Jacqueline Payne
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "The story of a man in seemingly endless wars. His attempt to find his roots in his native homeland and many adventures at sea. "
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    #35Kingdom of Shadows

    Kingdom of Shadows
    Kingdom of Shadows is the sixth book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction during the Nazi era. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Random House Trade.

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    Zachary Day
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I started being interested in major historical events and was just browsing for books to read. I found this book and I am so happy that I was able to discover it. I have not been able to put it down"
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    #36Darkest Before Dawn

    Darkest Before Dawn
    Darkest Before Dawn is a historical romance novel written by Katie Flynn. Darkest Before Dawn was published on November 10, 2005 by Arrow. It follows the lives of the Todd Family during the second World War.

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    Ruth Stanley
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The book does a good job at showing what Word War II was like for common people. However, it was a somewhat boring read that seemed to drag on longer then it should have. "
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    #37Across the River and into the Trees

    Across the River and into the Trees

    Across the River and into the Trees is about the story of war-ravaged American colonel Richard Cantwell who was stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War and his love for a young Italian countess. 


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    Andrea Bishop
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Across the River and into the Trees is a WWI fiction book. This book is an anti war novel that is hard to finish reading."
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    #38Altar of Resistance (World War Two)

    Altar of Resistance (World War Two)
    Altar of Resistance is the second book of the World War Two trilogy written by Samuel Marquis, who is named as no. 1 Denver Post Bestselling Suspense Author. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2017 by Mount Sopris Publishing.

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    Liu Cao
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Nice book for History buffa. I can't seem to put it down whenever I travel."
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    #39Cinderella's Dress

    Cinderella's Dress

    Cinderella's Dress is the first book in the historical fiction series with the same name written by Shonna Slayton which centers on the life of teenage girl Kate Allen. 


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    Joyce Wang
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Cinderella's dress is a good story, but The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a much better example of the best in WWII fiction. It grips you in a way that Cinderella's dress just can't quite match."
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    #40The World at Night

    The World at Night

    Spies of the Balkans is the fourth book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction set in Paris, 1940. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Random House Trade.


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    Rachel Morrison
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Spies of the Balkans is a pretty interesting WWII fiction involving a non-political French man named Jean Casson who must get involved in the war effort after Germans seize his country and move to throw the people he loves in jail. He chooses between doing nothing and staying silent and risking it all for the life and the woman that he knows and loves. It's riveting."
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    #41The Odessa File

    The Odessa File

    The Odessa File is a spy thriller historical fiction written by Frederick Forsyth. This novel features Adolf Hitler's plot of "Final Solution." With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1983 by Bantam.


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    Roy Adams
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I needed to find a World War II fiction book for my brother as he needed one for a book report. I ended up helping him rent The Odessa File from the library. He said that this was a great book to use for his report."
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    #42His Very Own Girl

    His Very Own Girl
    His Very Own Girl is a historical romance novel by Carrie Lofty. Set during the World War II, it tells the story of Joe Weber, an American medic who had to cure Lulu Davies when her plane crash-landed.


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    #43The Rising Tide (World War II)

    The Rising Tide (World War II)

    From the creator of classic historical novel Jeff Shaara now embarks on America's journey during the World War II in The Rising Tide. The novel was published on November 7th, 2006 by Ballantine Books.


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    Christina Santos
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I wasn't a big fan of this book. In all honesty I don't like World War II fiction that much anyway so I may not be the best judge. I did like all the history and time I'm sure the author put into making a historically accurate fiction book but I thought a lot the dialogue was a bit tedious and kind of hard to get through for the most part. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a hard core war fiction reader. "


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