Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Gripping, Mid-20th Century Historical Fiction

 World War II is over and Germany partitioned among the victors. 
For most in the Soviet-occupied zone, life is grim and anything but peaceful.
 Hunger's a constant companion, trust in short supply. 
Most despise their Russian masters
 and even more, the German police--Schupos--who do their bidding. 

After a childhood cut short by war and the harsh strictures of Nazi Germany, sixteen-year-old Wilm is finally tasting freedom. 

In spite of the scars World War II has left on his hometown, Leipzig, and in spite of the oppressive new Soviet regime, Wilm is finding his own voice.

 It’s dangerous, of course, to be sneaking out at night to leave messages on police buildings. But it’s exciting, too, and Wilm feels justified, considering his family’s suffering.

 Until one mission goes too far, and Wilm finds he’s endangered the very people he most wants to protect.


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