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Mr Uzell has certainly done his research and has written from the heart. However his manuscript would benefit from a thorough proof reading. There are irritating grammatical errors on almost every page which detracted from the story. Not only mistakes in grammar but the misuse of words which, sadly, robbed the book of gravitas. I made a note of all of these and here are a few examples. Page 219 the use of 'spurred' instead 'spurned'. Page 286 'uncircumscribed' instead of 'uncircumcised'. Page 344 'deportment' instead of 'deportation'. Page 372 'way on my conscience' instead of 'weigh'. Then there are anomalies such as on p 74 '...Ronen...started to cross himself...' Hang on, Ronen is a Jew, why would he be crossing himself? There are so many errors like this but no room to mention them all here. However, a simple Google check would have told the author that Amon Goeth's name doesn't have an 'e' on the end. Goethe is the name of the German writer and poet, not the commandant of Plaszow. Despite all this I would still have given the book 4 stars as it kept me turning the pages...until the last two chapters which were confusing and infuriating. I invested a week of my time on reading this book only to be left with a gigantic question mark in my head. The worst ending ever. It made no sense at all and left me feeling cheated. The 2 stars I've given it are because I think the author's heart is in the right place but goodness knows where his head is. I'm so disappointed.
I want to thank the author for giving me an amazing , sad , funny and thrilling read. You really did your research too. This book was for me because I have read and researched the Holocaust for many years usually reading only factual books on the subject . I started my journey with the survivors when I was 16 I am now 54 yet still have not read all the survival stories. Again I thank you . Shalom my friend Shalom
This is a fantastic read. I felt the Author must have put an awful lot of effort into the research. Having visited Auschwitz myself I was drawn to read this book. You feel you really get to know Josef/Harry and you are on the edge of your seat throughout the book hoping he is not going to be found out! An incredibly well written book, I will certainly look forward to reading the Authors next book.
I am Juden, is a really interesting read. I was very drawn to the topic, about a Jewish undercover agent working for the Nazis in World War 2, and hearing it is based on a true story made me even more intrigued to read this book. It’s funny, sad, tense and feels like Suite Francaise and Defiance for the way it deals with espionage and moral grey zones. I really loved it, it has some scenes that stay with you long after you read them, some to cry at and others that will make you laugh out loud. I loved this book!
I love it! As a person, who doesn't read books based around facts on the whole, I was surprised how engrossed I became by the story-line .I found I had a compulsion to keep turning the page.
Both the characters and descriptions were vivid and I loved the variety of language. You can clearly see that the writer has done his research and he has presented it in a way that makes an otherwise boring subject, thoroughly interesting.
This shows what truly great imagination can achieve, the parts he created with minimal to no information fit the subject matter really well and helped to bring the rest of the story to life. This is an absolute must read and I look forward to seeing the next masterpiece this author invents.
For anyone interested in the Jewish resistance during the Second World War this book is a fascinating story of courage, humanity and unimaginable bravery. The story is a heroic account of a Jewish resistance agent who evades capture by the Nazis and ultimately goes undercover as an officer of the SS. This is a moving novel and successfully captures the emotion of the times.
There are many typos as has come to be normal in Kindle books, however, there was one bit of this book that spoiled it for me. After he had assumed the uniform and rank of Oberfuhrer SS he became subservient and frightened of his 'Boss' a Hauptsturmfuhrer. A Hauptsturmfurer is equivalent to a Captain in the army. An Oberfuhrer is equivalent to a Senior Colonel. Throughout the book, he was treated like a private by a captain when in fact he was 5 ranks higher. There were quite a few comments that could have been researched better. For instance, Hitler did not have any V2 rockets in 1941. I got to the end though and enjoyed it.
If you're interested in history, especially the parts that not many people are willing to talk about, this book is for you. Not a lot of people know about this unknown hero and it's written so well- really does the story justice.
This is an important book, telling a fictionalised account of events we will all recognise from the Holocaust. It is, for the most part, well-written and the horror of the Ghetto is defined effectively, with daily attempts to survive explored in detail. There are 2 reasons why this is a 'flawed' book - firstly the final couple of chapters do not immediately make sense in the context of the rest of the book. It is almost as if there is something missing. Secondly this is the worst kindle book I have ever read for errors - and this is supposedly the revised and fully updated version. As another reviewer has noted, there are so many errors that it makes it almost unreadable at times. I kept having to go back just to get the sense of some of it. What a shame - but this should not put readers off as the story itself - based on an audacious impersonation - is worth the read.
This is a very fine book, which is full of well-researched detail. The characterisation is excellent and the sense of tension is sustained throughout. At times there is a sense of authenticity so deep that you find it hard to believe that this is not a first hand account. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the period or in historical thrillers. It is a debut novel of distinction and I look foward to reading the sequel.