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review It was a basic world war two story line for the most part battles scenes and all that But It was a basic world war two story line for the most part battles scenes and all that But did like The slightly different view of it being told from The perspective of a oung German SS soldier hiding his Jewish heritage rather than the usual allied soliders story The main plot was about the love triangle
Between The Young Solider the oung solider commander and the commander s mistress which #Wasn T The Most #t the most story line I wasn t a big fan of the writing style but I liked the story line enough to continue with it This wasn t a great book nor was it bad I won t give a summary of this book s plot as some other reviewers here have already done that but what I will say is that this writer takes what could have been in a lesser writer s hands a simple love triangle and basic war story and gives us instead a compelling read full of suspense action heart and even humor An evil Nazi a beautiful proud heroine and a oung hero may sound like stock World War II characters but Mr Hartov makes them so surprising complex conflicted imperfect and human that they are anything but Written as a memoir by the book s hero the story is intimate and the prose has a slightly old fashioned uality to it which I found to be fairly brilliant at capturing the voice of an old man writing of the past in a language not his mother tongue And Mr Hartov s ability to describe battle scenes environment behavior mood and feeling had me feeling as if I were watching the movie of this book as I read it And what a beautiful movie this book would mak. Immel to noticeColonel Himmel has other concerns however He can see the war's end on the horizon and recognises that he is not on the winning side no matter what the reports from Hitler's generals may say So he has taken matters into his own hands hatching a plot to escape Europe To fund his new life he plans to steal a fortune from the encroaching Allies A fortune which Shtefan in turn plans to steal from him. .
Colonel s cruelty he falls in love with his commander s mistress Gabrielle who in my view is the true hero of this beautiful novel I couldn t put this book down I am a Holocaust survivor The feeling of helplessness and scheming to survive by Shtefan Brandt a Nazi soldier of partial Jewish ancestry and by Gabrielle Belmont the Jewish mistress of Brandt s SS commander are all too real Yet so is their humanity This book shook my core and wouldn t let go I found the book to be fantastic If Doctor Who you enjoy fictional stories associated with WWII Germany and a good thriller with action and what I believe to be an extremely complicated romance this book is forou Page after page of pure enjoyment You ll never believe what happens in the end Loved loved loved this book This one needs to be a movie even though I m generally not a fan of war stories I was drawn to the characters even the ones I expected to hate Heroine Gabrielle holds my top choice as the novel s most stunning and powerful character Hartov writes with the grace of a Fitzgerald and the vividness of Hemingway all in the voice of a mature man looking back on his extraordinary life as a na ve oungster a green soldier forced to learn the ways of war against his will and of a
man thrust into maturity by the sheer force of love This book is an absolute gem From thrust into maturity by the sheer force of love This book is an absolute gem From one I found the characters engaging and I was utterly drawn into their story Though not a long book it actually took me awhile to finish it as I often found myself compelled to reread passages to once again savor the exuisite writing I loved it and I highly. Of bringing his staff into combat and a pair of secrets that are far dangerous than the battlefield Shtefan is a Mischling and one of the thousands of German citizens of Jewish descent who have avoided the death camps by concealing themselves in the ranks of the German Army And he is in love with Gabrielle Belmont the colonel's French mistress Either of those facts could soon mean his end were Colonel Erich .
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in southern france at the end of thesouthern France at the end of the Yet this is mere backdrop for the searing tension of the book Aware of Brandt s partial Jewish ancestry Himmel extorts his loyalty
Aware of the Jewish ancestry of strikingly beautiful Gabrielle Belmont Himmel extortsof the Jewish ancestry of strikingly beautiful Gabrielle Belmont Himmel extorts And Shtefan learns we meet him as a bewildered adolescent then hear him as he transforms into to soldier as he falls in love with Gabrielle and as he plots to steal her from his commander This book is great Tough to follow at first but everything ties together and makes sense I actually enjoy the style of writing it s different and uniue Highly recommend reading if ou like WWII historical fiction I bought this wonderful book at the Manhattan book signing on April 18 I started it on the 20th and stayed up all night to finish it The story the characters and most importantly the poetic elegance of this writer seared #my heart I don t usually read books about war but this one was different This story goes far beyond #heart I don t usually read books about war but this one was different This story goes far beyond vivid portrayal of the lives and tribulations of soldiers that I m sure will fascinate students of military history Shtefan the book s protagonist starts out as a naive though conflicted adolescent Forced to confront not only his own fears of dying in battle but of living as an enabler to his commanding. Atmospheric and intense The Soul of a Thief captures the turbulent emotional rush of those caught behind the lines of Occupied France where one false step could spell death and every day brings a new struggle to surviveIn the spring of 1944 I realised that I was not going to survive the warShtefan Brandt adjutant to a colonel of the Waffen SS has made it through the war so far in spite of his commander's habit.