"In this debut historical novel, a young German Jew flees his homeland before World War II and is later drafted into the US Army, serving closely under the legendary Gen. George S. Patton. Lang-Slattery effectively mines family history to create a solid work of historical fiction from her uncle's real-life derring-do. . . . In the sunny glamour of the book's California passages, she effectively evokes the young immigrant's overflowing hope. . . . Overall, her uncle's fictionalized adventures never fail to interest, whether he's slipping behind the lines for Patton or simply attempting to romance the local girls. An often engaging tale of one man's involvement in the world's most horrific war." Kirkus Reviews "Lang-Slattery grounds the memories and stories of Lang, who was her uncle, with a great deal of research, and she tells those stories in vivid prose and very lively dialogue to make a memorable WWII-era coming-of-age story." - Joanna Urquhart, Historical Fiction Society This work of historical fiction closely follows the story of Herman Lang's WWII experience. Lang witnesses the rise of anti-Jewish sentiment and laws as a young teenager in Germany, eventually gaining passage to England as he awaits a hard-won U.S. visa. He succeeds, but is carried forward into the tides of war. . . . The plot follows Lang's service in the Third Army under General Patton as they battle eastward through France and Germany. Most of the characters are based on famous WWII personalities like Patton, with special focus on the G-2 Intelligence Service of the U.S. Army. . . . Lang succeeds in his mission through accurate character assessment and intellectual guile. . . . The author, Captain Lang's niece, has relied heavily on facts, only fleshing out conversations and internal thoughts of characters. A useful map and a short biography of the real Herman Lang is provided. The result is engaging and informative. - US Review of Books, Recommended "A captivating book, extremely well written. Thanks to the army's Camp Ritchie Military Intelligence Training Center for molding soldiers like Herman Lang and to the author for sharing his story with us." Ralph M. Hockley, Colonel, US Army (Ret); Career Army Intelligence Officer, 1952-1980; and a Ritchie Boy "K. Lang-Slattery has uncovered small but significant details that not only add to the fascination of her novel but also bring material before the public never hitherto disclosed. Beyond that, her brief character sketches bring us, in miniature, samples of the "Greatest Generation." And her style keeps the reader glued to the page!" Guy Stern, Distinguished Professor Emeritus; Director, International Institute of the Righteous, and Ritchie Boy "Written by Herman's niece, Immigrant Soldier, The Story of a Ritchie Boy, has an appealing personal touch. Interwoven through the story is a wealth of well-researched and often little-known information about World War II. Time reading this book is time well-spent, and anyone-from teens to adults, history buffs or not-will enjoy it." Marion Coste - Editor and award-winning children's book author of Kolea.