2017, 310p, Historical Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
Eight years after immigrating to the United States, German-born Lukas Ley embodies the American dream: successful athlete, gorgeous girlfriend, loving family. But beneath the surface, eighteen-year-old Lukas is driven by ambition, resolved to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of the Nazi regime. Unfortunately, a failed physical throws his plans for flight school off course. Unlike his war-hero older brother, Lukas’s purpose is unclear. He can’t fly, and in the eyes of the military, he’s good for only one thing—the front lines.
From the foxholes of war-ravaged Luxembourg to the devastation of an enormous German offensive, Lukas’s journey is fraught with peril. But when he’s taken as a prisoner of war, he realizes life is about to get much worse. In the enemy camp, Lukas is viewed as a German fighting for the wrong side. Ripped from the innocence of an idealistic youth, he becomes a man beaten by the horrors of war. Now his only hope of survival is to hold tightly to his faith in God and his love of family and home. But even if he manages to make it out alive, can he ever be whole again?
Sometimes survival is the ultimate act of Defiance.
Lukas Ley was born in Germany and now lives in Virginia. He's 18 years old and decides to join the military during World War II. His dream is to be a pilot in the air force, but his eyesight isn't good enough for that. He has a girlfriend, Belle, whose father doesn't like him and is glad to see him go. His brother, Bastien, returns from war before Lukas leaves with a few surprises.
I loved this book! The content is hard to read at times, since it's about war, and there is some violence and mistreatment of human beings. The ending brought tears to my eyes at the reality of what Lukas had been through and how he dealt with it. There were some intense moments and plenty of times that I wanted his situation to be easier. Lukas changed a lot during his time away from home.
This is a well-written and well-researched book. There were times that I forgot it was fiction because it felt so real. I have loved every book I've read by this author and she delivered with this one as well! This is a fantastic choice for anyone that enjoys reading World War II novels!
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