Genre: Historical Fiction
Herman watches in horror as his cousin and a friend are arrested by the SA. As a Jew, he realizes it is past time to flee his homeland, a decision that catapults him from one adventure to another, his life changed forever by the storm of world events. Part coming-of-age story, part immigrant tale, part World War II adventure, Immigrant Soldier, The Story of a Ritchie Boy follows Herman as he evolves from a frightened and frustrated teenager looking for a place to belong into a confident and caring US Army Intelligence officer serving in the Third Army. The reader is swept along as the hero experiences fear, romance, loyalty, disappointment, friendship, and compassion in his quest for an understanding of hate and forgiveness.
Review: Immigrant Soldier follows Herman, a young Jew who is thrown in the middle of World War II and has to try to survive in a tumultuous, dark time. The book is quite long, at over 400 pages, so it took a while to finish reading it, but I never grew bored. It's an interesting coming-of-age story set in this fascinating historical period. The writing style is engaging, and the characters, especially Herman, were intriguing. If you enjoy historical fiction, you'll love this one.