The Secret Agent is historical fiction of the Resistance set during World War II. The strength of Sylvie's character drew me in from the very first scene where she was being interrogated. I was intrigued by the training that the women of the SOE went through and the various roles that they played in the Resistance. While Sylvie may not have been a real person, she was based upon three very real women who risked everything to help their country: Noor Inayet Khan, Odette Hallowes and Violette Szabo. While there may have not been a resistance cell in Nantes, I was impressed by the historical detail of the occupied town, the attitudes of the people there and the activities of the Resistance. I was constantly amazed by Sylvie's fortitude and willingness to take on tasks. The writing style bounced back and forth between Sylvie's point of view before the war and during the war creating an even pace and well rounded characters.
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