Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy

Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy

by K. Lang-Slattery


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Immigrant Soldier, The Story of a Ritchie Boy, based on the true experiences of a refugee from Nazi Germany, combines a coming of age story with an immigrant tale and a World War II adventure. On a cold November morning in 1938, Herman watches in horror as his cousin is arrested. As a Jew, he realizes it is past time to flee Germany, a decision that catapults him from one adventure to another, his life changed forever by the gathering storm of world events. Gradually, Herman evolves from a frustrated teenager, looking for a place to belong, into a confident U.S. Army Intelligence officer who struggles with hate and forgiveness.

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ISBN-13: 9780990674207
Publisher: Pacific Bookworks
Publication date: 03/25/2015
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 617,798
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

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Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 3 months ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy by K. Lang-Slattery is a coming-of-age story with a powerful historical setting against the backdrop of a world ravaged by war. In this historical novel, a young German Jew flees Germany after witnessing the arrest of his cousin. It is 1938 and WWII looms ahead. Herman leaves Germany and goes through challenging situations to finally get drafted in the US Army, where he serves under the legendary General George S. Patton. Inspired by real-life events, this narrative follows the journey of Herman’s adventures from the fragmenting and unfriendly Germany into the folds of the US army. The author recreates scenes that are lively and writes them in prose that is crisp and exciting, exploring the young protagonist’s experiences in the trenches of war and his encounter with girls. At the heart of this story is the transformation of a fugitive into a formidable weapon. Herman is a character whose humanity is beautifully depicted in the story. The reader encounters him in a moment of dark despair, hesitant and uncertain, embarking on a path he knows not where it will lead him. It is interesting to notice how his hope develops and how he transforms to become a skilled soldier, from his dedication to the challenges of training and change of lifestyle. Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy is deftly written, replete with drama and adventure. The story is also filled with humor and there is a liveliness in the narrative voice that appeals to readers.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy is the story of Herman, a young Jew, who sees his cousin and friend being arrested by the SA and decides he has to flee his home if he wants to survive this upcoming war. This decision turns his life around completely, as he leaves the country and tries to craft a future for himself. He becomes a Ritchie Boy, a US Army Intelligence Officer belonging to a special regiment called the “Ritchie Boys”, consisting mostly of German-speaking immigrants to the US, most of them fellow Jews. Knowing the language and customs makes ihm perfect for this job. But the harshness of war also has a profound influence on him, and as he tries to make sense of everything that’s happening – the hate sweeping through humanity, the power of forgiving those who’ve wronged you – he might find a way to forgive the people who hurt him. This is a powerful story, and Herman is an engaging and fascinating character. The book is quite long, but it didn’t feel that long. Immediately, I felt like I belonged in the world of Herman, and I could connect with him right away. The story is at times raw and painful, at times inspiring and thought-provoking. The writing makes the characters and plot shine, and ultimately, it’s an excellent historical read. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.