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Full Name: Eve Beringar
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Hannah Howe
Time Span: 2020 - 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

Eve Beringar is an agent with the S.O.E.

The time period for her involvement with the highly esteemed British Special Operations Executive is the Second World War. She had been living an interesting life already by the time we catch up with her in Marseille, France, in the Fall of 1942 and her life was about to get even more exciting and dangerous and fun to follow.

She gives us a very brief synopsis of her history with: "As a child, I'd run away from home. As a teenager, I'd travelled the world, living on my wits. As a journalist, I'd witnessed atrocities inflicted in the name of fascism. As a member of the Resistance, I'd eyeballed fear and stared it down. For the past thirty years I'd lived a full life. I could do this. However, even as I voiced my agreement I knew that my life in Marseille, my life with Michel [her husband], would never be the same."

In another, slightly longer detail of her history [on the Web], we learn Beringar, the youngest of six, was born in Wales in 1912. Her father died during the Great War and she grew up as a tomboy who did not fit into school well nor was she close to her mother. She ran away at age 16 and for the next couple of years worked as a nurse while learning how much fun pubs and men could be. In 1930, thanks for a nice small inheritance from an aunt, she crossed the Atlantic and learned some pleasures to be found in America. After a couple years as her funds were dwindling, she took course in journalism and easily found a job. In 1934 she was sent to Paris to be a European correspondent.

It was in 1938 while visiting the French Riviera for work and pleasure she met "playboy and successful industrialist Michel Beringar". A year later they were married and the year after that, 1940, the Nazis invaded France. Both she and Michel became part of the French Resistance and through their (largely her) efforts, several hundred downed airmen were secreted across the Pyrenees into Spain and eventual return to England. This earned her the attention of the Gestapo, making her job immensely more dangerous. It was after nearly two years of this vital but deadly work that her activities become part of this entry.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:12
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2023

The author chose (and I applaud this decision loudly) to tell the extremely interesting and exciting story of Eve Beringar and her involvement during WWII in the form of a dozen novellas.

I find it fascinating that these are written so well, they seem to fly by.


1 Operation Zigzag Operation Zigzag
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2020

Marseille, December, 1942.
"The Gestapo have captured a British agent, code name Zigzag. They picked him up through his false identity papers, only the thing is they haven’t discovered his true identity, yet. But they will. And he will talk. They all do in the end. And when he talks he will reveal secrets that will destroy the local resistance networks, including our own. But there’s a way out, through a guard. He’s open to bribes. We’d like you to meet the guard, bribe him, spring Zigzag from the Gestapo prison then escort him over the mountain pass into Spain."
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2 Operation Locksmith Operation Locksmith
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2020

The date is March, 1943.
Eve Beringar is bored with her job as a pool secretary in the Air Ministry and longs to return to Marseille, her husband, and her work with the Resistance. She is offered a spot in the top secret S.O.E. and a chance to fulfill her desires to again be in the action.
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3 Operation Broadsword Operation Broadsword
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: v

The date is roughly May 1943.
Eve Beringar is on her first official mission with the SOE as she along with fellow agents Guy and Mimi, parachute into France.
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4 Operation Treasure Operation Treasure
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2021

The date is roughly July 1943.
The mission for Eve Beringar and her team is is steal a set of plans from a factory in Nazi-controlled France and then destroy the facility.
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5 Operation Sherlock Operation Sherlock
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2021

The date is roughly September 1943.
The Nazis are perfecting their deadly rocket knowledge and raining terror on England. Eve Beringar and her fellow agents are told to find a launch site near them so the British Air Force can bomb it.
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6 Operation Cameo Operation Cameo
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2022

The date is roughly November 1943.
Eve Beringar and her fellow operatives are being told to accept a new member into the team, Vivienne, as a short-term replacement for Mimi. Eve does not see a problem and that will be the issue.
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7 Operation Rose Operation Rose
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2022

The date is roughly January 1944.
Eve Beringar has her doubts about the newest person to join the team, Rose. London trusted Maxime Durand and Durand trusted Rose. Eve has her reservations.
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8 Operation Watchmaker Operation Watchmaker
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2022

The date is roughly April 1944.
The SOE sends instructions to Eve Beringar and her team to head to Le Havre to destroy two gun installations there as a bluff to make the Nazis think the upcoming invasion will happen there.

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9 Operation Overlord Operation Overlord
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2023

The date is roughly June 1944.
With the invasion finally happening, Eve Beringar and her fellow operatives are made busier than ever.

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10 Operation Jedburgh Operation Jedburgh
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2023

[plot unknown - coming soon]
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11 Operation Butterfly Operation Butterfly
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2023

[plot unknown - coming soon]
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12 Operation Liberty Operation Liberty
Written by Hannah Howe
Copyright: 2023

[plot unknown - coming soon]
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MY COMMENTS

Not being in the publishing industry, I have no idea whether selling stories in novella format makes more sense than packaging them into several books. I hope it does because I really wished other authors would go this route. So many terrific plots would benefit, as these here do, from not being filled with needless fluff.

Tack on that I enjoyed the heck out of Hannah Howe's incredible writing style and even more her fascinating character of Eve Beringar and you have a winning spy series on your hand as well as an impressive set of historical dramas.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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