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The Flying Dutchmen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2009

    Darn Good Novel!

    Boy meets girl, goes off to war. Suhrer combines family history, the Civil War and fiction in this engaging work that follows the despised and unlucky German 107th Regiment of Ohio Infantry.
    Some negatives, the book is self published, and therfore, relatively expensive. The trove of illustrations probably adds a great deal to the cost. An unadorned mass-market paperback would have made the book a lot cheaper at the expense of much previously unpublished information. On reading through it a second time (it's that good) I noticed a few typos and some missing punctuation. Suhrer doesn't seem to have anything else in print. He is not a slick, well-polished writing machine.
    The positives: All I can do is echo the previous reviews. The Flying Dutchmen is a page-turner from first to last. It is one of the most entertaining and emotionally evocative works of historical fiction I have ever read. I couldn't put it down and stayed up all night finishing it. It's most definitely worth the extra few bucks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    Real to Life Historical Fiction.

    A young German immigrant (Fernando) training to be a doctor falls in love with a young girl, (Eva) but fate intervenes and he reluctantly joins the Union Army. Suhrer really keeps the story moving. The book is moderately offbeat, very funny, dramatic, very touching, romantic and extremely thilling by turns. Fernando and his friend, George, try to make the best of it through repeated disasters and hardships. The book's climax is the fight atop Cemetery Hill during the battle of Gettysburg. The historical accuracy of the novel is outstanding, but the story telling is even better. There are almost 200 pages of notes, pictures, documents and biographies of the people who are in the novel which are every bit as entertaining as the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Someone should make a movie of this book!

    It's not about the Civil War as much as the story about a couple of guys trying to do their duty and stay alive so they can return home to their loved ones. The story is fascinating, even if you aren't interested in the Civil War. Nothing quite like it. A real page turner to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2009

    I always thought historical fiction was dull, boring and probably only interesting to guys. Not this one!

    Andy wrote a humor column for for a youth band organization newsletter for many years. His descriptions of parent/child relationships were knee-slappingly hilarious. If I had not known the author peronally and been a fan of his writing, I would have never considered reading a book about the Civil War. He writes beautifully! I have never read anything like it. I love the characters. They are very realistic and feel like friends and family by the end of the story. The book moves fast and really is difficult to put down. The back is filled with notes, pictures and documents, which are fascinating and fun to look through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2009

    Could not put it down! One of the best works of historical fiction I have ever read.

    Ignore the fact that the book is "historical" fiction. The Flying Dutchmen is about the most entertaining work I have ever read. It is impossible to not burst out laughing or break into tears, repeatedly, while reading the story. The depiction of the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg are riveting and will make your heart pound. My wife read it when I was finished and enjoyed it as least as much as I did. <BR/> Mr. Suhrer has a unique writing style. Very witty and quick-paced. The book completely transcends its genre. I heartilly reccomend The Flying Dutchmen to anyone who likes to read. It's that good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Historical Novel filled with action & intrigue

    A wonderfully researched and written Civil War era book, a page turner to the end. I could not put it down, the characters literally jumped off the pages as each battle on the field and crisis in daily life was fought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Great Historical Fiction!

    The German 107th OVI was possibly the most scorned unit in the Union Army, with a reputation for hard luck and cowerdice in battle. Suhrer combines history and story telling in an uniquely enjoyable mix. Well researched with a terrific story.

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