Soldier X

Soldier X

by Don L. Wulffson

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Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson

Sixteen-year-old Erik Brandt barely knows what Germany is fighting for when he is drafted into Hitler's army in 1944. Sent to the killing fields of the Eastern Front, he is surrounded by unimaginable sights, more horrific than he ever thought possible. It's kill or be killed, and it seems clear that Erik's days are numbered. Until, covered in blood and seriously injured, he conceives of another way to survive. Filled with gritty and visceral detail, Soldier X will change the way every reader thinks about the reality of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142500736
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/14/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 105,408
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Don L. Wulffson is the author of more than forty books, including Point Blank, The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle, Future Fright, and The Upside-Down Ship. He lives in Northridge, California.

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Soldier X 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is seiously one of the best books I have ever read. Its packed full of action, suspense and everything a good book should have and more! Definately read it.
djordje More than 1 year ago
Soldier X is a must-read for anyone who loves stories about the realities of war. Wulffson includes suspense, drama and romance in an epic tale about the terror of war. Soldier X tells about the war from the perspective of Erik Brandt as he leads a life as both a German and Russian. A young boy with The survival instinct of a soldier is altered in soldier X when behind enemy lines. The book describes the life of a young man/soldier who has taken on the identity of the enemy and rushes from the bullets of the other side in his journey, avoiding death from his own people. Although, he is faced with a question. Where do my loyalties lie and will the war ever be over? But he will find out that the war will never be over until the life he once knew is no longer and forgotten.
Wakka More than 1 year ago
This novel is a great classic of the hardships & triumphs of Erik, a 16 year old enlisted in the army of Germany during the Nazi occupation of World War II. As is well known, most WWII books or movies follow the storyline of someone enlisted in one of the armies of the Allies, but this book takes a totally different look at the events. Don Wuffison epicly depicts a tale of a young boy overcoming the adversity facing him due to his forced enlistment. At a point in the story, he is forced to go behind enemy lines, or possibly be killed. He goes undercover, (being able to due to his Russian roots) and ends up in a Russian hospital. Along the way, he develops a love interest in a girl named Tamara. Eventually he and her are forced to leave, and they become refugees in their own country. They begin to fall in love with each other, but near the end of their journey, they both are mistakenly shot by an American GI part of a unit patrolling the area. Erik loses an arm, and faces a descision he must make. Overall, a very interesting book, and one that i definetly would recommend to my friends. Don W. writes a very captivating & exciting story that will keep you guessing what will happen next.
Aden_J More than 1 year ago
The novel Soldier X is an action packed adventure that is so accurate it feels real. This book is an amazing book for some one who loves war history. and even there is a little love story behind it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
War is never fun, but it is interesting. Told from X's perspective, my son and I enjoyed his story very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. It was interesting to read the "other sides" perspective. I cried, loved it.
Matt-M_55 More than 1 year ago
Soldier X is a must read for anyone interested in books about war, or history. Soldier X is a historical fiction novel that takes place during World War II. The book follows Erik Brandt, a sixteen year-old German soldier who has to use his intelligence in order to survive the dangerous environments of World War II. The book is told in first-person through Erik’s perspective. The first-person point of view definitely adds depth, and makes the story more personal. In fact, when Erik describes one of the battles he had to fight in; it almost feels like you are in the book fighting alongside him. Soldier X is an extremely moving book, as I read cover to cover; I felt a variety of emotions. Some chapters will make you smile with joy, some will make you sick with sorrow, and some will leave you slightly disturbed. But trust me, this book is a page-turner, not once did I want to put this book down; it keeps the reader engaged and interested in the plot. The author, Don Wulffson, does a great job of developing the main characters, and each one seems to have their own unique personality which is refreshing. The setting mainly takes place on the border of Germany and Russia, along with many small European villages. The setting is constantly changing, which I find to be interesting. The characters are always on the move searching for safety, which keeps the reader engaged and on edge. This book is an extremely easy read, and anyone who is interested in history should definitely take the time to read it. I would, without a doubt, read other books by Don Wulffson, I believe he has a truly unique style that keeps readers motivated to read more. Without a doubt I recommend Soldier X to anyone looking for a quick, moving book to read.
Jaclem More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing to say the least, it was filled with action the moment you start reading. Great read, I really recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
¿Soldier X¿ is an action packed story about 16 year old Erik Brandt who is drafted in to the German army. It is an amazing story and it will always keep you on your toes. This is a great book for one reason because it is filled with imagery and it makes you feel like you right with the characters. The author Don Wulffson did a wonderful job explaining what it was like for the main character Erik Brandt behind enemy lines.¿Filthy gold tassels hung from faded green velvet curtains; the windows were oval in shape, the glass yellowed by age; stuffing sprouted from seats upholstered in cracking, scaly-looking leather; and at the back of the car, behind a curtained of alcove, was a toilet that emptied directly onto the tracks¿, is a wonderful example of the beautiful imagery in this book. It was very entertaining and filled with action; it also shows the pain and suffering of war. I have read many other books about war and ¿Soldier X¿ is definitely my favorite so far. ¿Soldier X¿ is an imagery filled book that will always keep you on the edge of your seat. This book is one of my all time favorite that I have ever read. I think that the author did an amazing job telling the story of how the main characters survived.Over all ¿Soldier X¿ is an amazing book. It is one of my favorite books of all time. I give this a five star rating. It is a must read, but not for all ages I recommend 12 and up. If you decide to read the book I hope you enjoy.
Michael3238 More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with drama. It's seriously suspenseful, and you will never know what the next great battle will be. There is a lot of romance in there too! In the end of the book it ends up to be like a chick book. All romance! I would recomend this book to someone who loves to read romantic books, or books that deal with war.
TheBlackNight More than 1 year ago
Read this,its great! I know this may not conatin as many words as all the other reviews, but thats because theres only one word to describe it: Awesome. Read Soldier X,now.
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baylzz More than 1 year ago
this book is AMAZING i would recomend it to anyone who enjoys war and or learning about the holocaust. It is a really wonderful survival story More than 1 year ago
I read this book a couple of days ago and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!I give it 10 stars!!!! This book is about a sixteen year old boy named Erik and he is half German half Russian. His father died when he was very little and his mother and grandparents own a resturant the Orange Kitchen( which is right below their apartment). Well he drafts into Hitler`s army, but in one of the battles an event occurs that changes Erik`s enitre LIFE!!!!!! I would tell you but you MUST, MUST, MUST READ THE BOOK!!!!!!! :) I highly recomend this book to anyone who wants to know what it was like to live during World War II. I also learned alot of German and Russian words :)!!! Awsome book !!!!! Must Read!!!
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Anonemous1 More than 1 year ago
I Would recommend this book because it was very factual and told about World War II and what it was like to be a soldier who had to leave there family and fight in war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SOLDIER X, by Don Wulffson was a great and touching novel that was fictional in plot but based of of real happenings. It was well written and thought provoking, both important elements of a great book. It also reviewed the hardships and injustices throughout the World War 2 era, as well as morals learned through these hardships. Mr. Wulffson's writing, like most great novels, was able to create a strong connection between the main characters and the reader. He did this so well he was able to make the reader connect with Nazi German soldiers and the Soviet Russians they were fighting as the main character traveled through connections with both sides, both good and bad.So well that he made a loving relationship between a German and a Russian of the Nazi-Soviet era not only probable, but possible and no different than those between a couple of the same nationality or allied countries. This book, like any other that takes place during World War 2, discusses the tragic and heart-throbbing destruction and violence that took place everywhere in Europe during that time. Mr. Wulffson did this with a clarity that myself as a reader has rarely seen in other works. His writing makes the reader not only vividly see the settings in his/her head, but makes him/her feel like they are in that place at that time. This book's end, like many, was happy. However, the author did not make it seem obvious that it would be happy. In fact, there are several points that make a happy ending seem impossible. So, if a reader is looking for a thrilling, well-written, emotional, and action-packed book, SOLDIER X, by Don Wulffson is the book of choice.
CCarmichael More than 1 year ago
In the book, Soldier X, Erik Brandt is a German teenager who is sent off to the battle front to fight the Soviets. There he loses the most of the friends he has made and is badly injured and knocked out. When Erik wakes up, the Soviets have pushed forward. He is now behind enemy lines. Erik takes a dead Soviet's uniform and is taken to a Russian hospital, where he passes himself off with the new identity, X. One day, Erik, while helping out in the hospital, burns himself and yells out in German. His cover is blown, but Tamara, the nurse who heard him, has not reported him for weeks since the incident. Then, the Germans invade the town and Erik and Tamara run for their lives. Erik must now run from both the Russian and German army which he deserted. Along the journey Erik and Tamara begin to fall in love and must face many hardships.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely outstanding. Usually I read about the Russian Revolution, but this book made me want to read so much more about WWII! Erik Brandt is a sixteen year old German boy who is drafted into the military and sent to fight the Soviets. In a battle, he loses most of his friends to the war and is badly injured. Taking the uniform of a dead Russian boy, he is taken into a hospital and takes a new identity, X. When the hospital is attacked, X's life takes another turn as he has to run from the Russian army and the German army he has abandoned. Along the way he falls in love with the Russian nurse Tamara, who accepts him for who he is and what he is and understands that just because he is German does not make him a true Nazi. To find the real, true, amazing story you will have to read the rest of the book. I was glad to read a book that tells about what the war was like in Europe, not just America and Japan. It was a book that was bloody and gave an accurate depiction of war and how it affects so many lives, but at the same time it was in a way a love story. It made me realize that not everyone who fought for Germany was a cruel Nazi, but Germany, like America, had a draft. I don't think many Americans or any people whose countries fought Germany consider that. This was superb and I could not put it down. This is a book everyone should read! Go out today and buy Soldier X!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book because every book about WWII is about the American-Japanese or American-German battles. They never have UK or Soviet Union in any WWII. Second of all, I loved this book --- it is the best WWII book you'll read. I think it is better than Flyboys or any other teenage military book. This book describes exactly how WWII action was fought and was written with great detail. There is never a moment where you are bored in this story and never a part you would want to skip. I've read it 3 times and I still love the book.