Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Call Sign, White Lily by M.G. Crisci
CALL SIGN, WHITE LILY is the story of a fun-loving little girl who collects fireflies and wildflowers, ice-skates like the wind, and, at the age of 18, becomes Hitler's worst nightmare: a patriotic killing-machine that humiliates Germany's elite all-male Luftwaffe.
Lilia Litvyak (Lydia Litvak) was an amazing young lady who grew up in a male-dominated society to become one of the great heroes of World War II, a war that touched every Russian family. An estimated 30-40 million citizens died defending the Motherland in what was certainly the greatest human tragedy of all time. Unfortunately the rise of Stalin, and other political factors, have caused the sacrifices of these kind, generous people to grow dim among younger generations, particularly in America. Equally disturbing is the fact that the story of Lilia, her childhood, her life, her loves, her sacrifices, have only been shared in bits and pieces. How an American with no Russian ancestry would come to write this story, and would come to visit Lilia's grave site and monument in a tiny section of the Eastern Ukraine, is a curious phenomena. But with the support of some wonderful people you will meet in this book, and three years of travel, research and diligent efforts, Lilia is now ready for "her coming-out party."
(Synopsis taken from Amazon.)
Once again, M.G. Crisci does not disappoint. This is the second book I've read by him, and I loved both books. I'm finding out that his writing style is writing a non-fiction book so well that it feels like it's fiction. Personally, I'm not a fan of non-fiction novels, but if it didn't say true story on the front, I wouldn't have know it was a true story. I liked all the characters in Call Sign, White Lily. I can honestly say there's not a person I didn't like. I also loved how he wrote the book to sound like it was Russian translated into English. It gave the book more authenticity. Crisci makes you feel like you are actually there living the story right beside Lilia Litvyak. I recommend this book to anyone that likes stories about World War II or just wants a good book to read.
I give Call Sign, White Lily: 5/5.
Check out the book trailer: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150104656569537
Want to know where to buy this book?
Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Call-SignWhite-Lily/ORCA-Publishing-Company/p/9780966336030
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and was in no way compensated for this review.