The Flying Dutchmen

The Flying Dutchmen

by Andrew B. Suhrer
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The Flying Dutchmen by Andrew B. Suhrer

The Flying Dutchmen

Whether you are a Civil War buff or a fan of dramatic historical Fiction, The Flying Dutchmen will keep you enthralled.

Thoroughly researched, yet told with humor and emotion, The Flying Dutchmen is the story of Fernando Suhrer, who though betrothed to the lovely Eva Plotts, reluctantly enlisted in the ill-fated 107th Regiment of Ohio Infantry.

Scorned as cowards by the rest of the Army and the public, the Dutchmen of the Eleventh Corps fought heroically against impossible odds, suffering tremendous casualties.

The Flying Dutchmen is as much of a story of love, separation, friendship and tragedy as it is a history of unsung heroes of the war.

"Surreal, stunning, heart warming and magnificent."

"The Flying Dutchmen takes no time in whisking the reader on an adventure that will leave you wanting more."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434386304
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 07/30/2008
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.16(d)

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Flying Dutchmen 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 An unadorned mass-market paperback would have made the book a lot cheaper at the expense of much previously unpublished information.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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.