The Children's War by J.N. Stroyar
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Peter has had more identities than he can remember and suffered pains and humiliations he longs to forget. But, whether spy or prisoner, slave or propaganda tool, none of his roles has brought the one thing he wants above all: freedom.

Bad papers. That's how Peter's nightmare began. Living in contemporary Europe under Nazi domination -- more than fifty years after the truce among the North American Union, the Third Reich, and the Soviet Union -- Peter has struggled to make sense of the reign of terror that governs his world. Now, arrested for bearing a false identity, he is pulled full-force into a battle against Nazi oppression. The crusade for freedom that belonged to generations past is now Peter's legacy -- and his future depends not on running away, but on fighting back.
Escaping a Nazi prison camp and joining the Underground Home Army, Peter dedicates himself to breaking down the system that betrayed him. But by facing the evil at the heart of the Nazi political machine, Peter falls deeper into a web of intrigue and adventure that risks everything he holds dear -- in this life and for the sake of future generations.
A disturbingly real vision of what could have been, The Children's War is a page-turning epic thriller with a mesmerizing premise and an unforgettable cast of characters. J.N. Stroyar's searingly authentic, impassioned vision of human triumph over the forces of corruption and cruelty stands as a powerful tribute to the millions who have sacrificed and died in the name of freedom.

About J.N. Stroyar

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J.N. Stroyar, a nuclear physicist living in Frankfurt, Germany, has also worked in America, Belgium, and England. Her extensive research for The Children's War included visits to Poland and what was once East Germany and the USSR as well as studies of Nazi Germany and resistance movement archives, family accounts of slavery and concentration camps, and personal interviews with torture victims, Holocaust survivors, and former Nazis. This is her first novel.
Published February 7, 2002 by Atria Books. 1168 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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His life as a subhuman house-slave fills the first third of the novel until, close to committing suicide, Peter flees the family, gets taken in by the Underground in the Carpathians, and afterward marries Zosia, a high officer and assassin for the Underground whose first husband has been murdered.

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As Peter and Richard's complex stories unfold, the author layers her fictional tale of modern-day life in the Third Reich with historical accounts of actual atrocities as well as the role of the Polish resistance movement during WWII.

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