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Posted March 1, 2010
The Flying Dutchmen is outstanding. The author covers the horrors of war from the soldier's point of view and not just the fighting but the daily woes as well. Suhrer made the characters Fernando and Eva Rosa come to life. Suhrer's talent for writing brings the events that the soldier went through so real that you feel like you are there. He brings the facts out about the 107th that were not widely known. I can't wait for more work from Suhrer!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2009
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 An unadorned mass-market paperback would have made the book a lot cheaper at the expense of much previously unpublished information.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.
Posted August 2, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2009
The Flying Dutchmen is outstanding for scope and balance. The author shifts from the horrors of war to the tenderness of love letters between Fernando and his betrothed Eva, thus assuring your wanting to read more.
Mr. Suhrer has a talent for description, so evocative that you sense the "brutally hot sun and biting mosquitoes" and your belly feels empty when the soldiers once again have only coffee to keep them going for the day.
A very fine first novel. Its author is rich in talent and promise. I look forward to a second book.
Posted February 18, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2009
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 14, 2011
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