Title: Behind Enemy LinesBehind Enemy Lines
Author: Bill Doyle
Pages: 135
Recommended Ages: 9-14
Star Rating: ★★★★

In this collection of daring spy stories, Bill Doyle recounts the legendary adventures of Nathan Hale, Private Frank Thompson, Tommy Sneum, Moe Berg, Virginia d’Albert-Lake, Dieter Dengler, Lieutenant Troy Weltz, and Master Sergeant Martin Moore in their services during the American War for Independence, War Between the States, World War II, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and Iraq War.

I had only heard one of the stories before (that of Private Emma “Frank” Thompson), but they were all riveting. Each of the individuals, and the teams they sometimes worked with, were examples of loyalty, honor, devotion to duty, and courage. Even as I reviewed the book, I found myself stopping to read some of the stories over again!

It is mentioned that one patriot woman was strung up by her heels then tossed into a fire as punishment for her “treasonous” actions.

It is said that Emma Thompson, who joined the Union army under the name and pretense of being “Frank” Thompson, had a troubled relationship with her father who wished she was a boy and beat her every time she displeased him with her girlish ways.

Conclusion. A great collection of espionage tales for children – also read The Secret Is Out and The Secret Agent.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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