Author A.L. Sowards has written some of my favorite historical fiction novels in the past few years. Codes of Courage is another heart-stopping novel that takes place during World War II. The same characters we met in 'Heirs of Falcon Point' are in this novel too. Please read that book first that establishes the characters and their personal motivations. Readers are given an in-depth look at some of those who were affected by this war. We get the POVs of Rolf a German soldier assigned to a German Uboat, Lars who fights for the Allies on a British ship, Lar's girlfriend Millie who is a codebreaker in England, and we also get insight into Rolf's wife who has just given birth to their first child. The emotional impact of war is clearly shown and it's hard not to be moved.
As most reviewers will tell you, Sowards does impeccable research for her historical fiction books. I also learned so many new things about that time period and previously unknown facts, especially having to do with the codebreaking.
During World War II, Germany believed that its secret codes for radio messages were indecipherable to the Allies. However, the meticulous work of code breakers based at Britain's Bletchley Park, where the character Millie worked, cracked the secrets of German wartime communication, and played a crucial role in the final defeat of Germany.
There is a lot of suspense as the fighting takes place in the ocean where Karl and Rolf are. It really rattled my nerves at how many close calls there were for both men. There were several shocking things that happened in this novel that caused me anxiety and also brought me to tears.
In the end, it showed how being courageous saved many lives and impacted so many others even years later. I love Codes of Courage and once again I have been thoroughly amazed at A. L. Soward's writing skills and her ability to write an engrossing novel.
****Meet Author A.L. Sowards****
I love books, so that makes Goodreads my favorite social media site. As a reader, I enjoy a variety of books. As a writer, I create historical novels with a wholesome mix of action, adventure, and romance. My stories include a Whitney Award winner, several Whitney finalists, and a Gold Medal winner in the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.
I'm a wife and a mother of three, and I've called Washington State, Utah, and Alaska home. I'm usually reading a couple books at once and working on multiple writing projects too. Other than that, my life is pretty ordinary. I'm grateful for that. I'll let the characters in my books have all the adventures.
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