Prisoner B-3087

 

The book for review is “Prisoner B-3087” by Alan Gratz. This book is based on the true story by Ruth and Jack Gruener. This book genre is historical and WWII.

Meet our main character, Yanek Gruener, a young Jewish boy living in Poland in the 1930’s. Life is full of laughter, family dinners, reading and spending time with his friends. Life is wonderful.

That is until the Nazis take over and start rooting the Jewish people out of their homes and businesses forcing Yanek family to take in other families. Their home is now the ghetto for Jewish people. Things get tough with food running out, soldiers taking workers to help with the war effort, the fear of the unknown or worse the fear of what the rumors say is going on. The men don’t always come back home from the work detail.

It is only a matter of time before everything that Yanek knows and loves is gone. His parents, his relatives, his home and friends are soon a thing of the pass as the Jewish people from his home town, and throughout Europe, are taken to the many concentration camps that are sprouting up across the landscape.

It is in one of the camps that he finds out about what happened to his family. He is moved from camp to camp, each time demoralizing him even more, but manages to survive only to be lead on a death march.

This is a very detailed book on what this survivor had to deal with in the many camps he was shuttled to and what he had to do to survive.

This will tear at your heartstrings and emotions.

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“All Things Bright and Strange”

The book for review is “All Things Bright and Strange” by James Markert. This falls in the genre of fiction

Growing up he is one of many men from his home town of Bellhaven, South Carolina who fight in World World II. Surviving war, the death of his son, wife and future prospect as a pitcher for the MLB we see Ellsworth a broken man who drinks a lot and hangs with fellow soldiers who have seen what a war can do. But is on the verge of committing suicide.

Hi neighbor and friend cooks for him twice a day, bringing hot nourishing food to a man who might as well be dead inside. Everyone in town thinks Ellsworth is something. He as a child survived major health events and landed on top.

That is until a chapel hidden way deep in the forest that brings the towns people of Bellhaven peace as they get to talk to their loved ones. This while at first seems like a miracle the chapel starts to take a whole of the people. It draws them in repeatedly, sometimes multiple times a day, for people to get their fix. This while it could be harmless , even though it is excessive, doesn’t end there. The mood of the people start to change by causing them to act on their impulses regardless what they are.

The place is evil and if something isn’t done fast the town could easily be destroyed.

This was a really interesting book for me. It kept my interest peaked as I wanted to know what was going to happen. The book was read rather quickly. I fell in love with some of the characters which then had me invested even more so in the book.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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