STORY LINE STALINGRAD THE LONELIEST DEATH:
Author Christoph Fromm created an intense emotional novel in Stalingrad The Loneliest Death. Set in 1942, German Leutnant von Wetzland will face his own mortality; as well as the vile nature of himself and his comrades. Von Wetland begins his journey as an idealist, believing in rules and proper conduct in war. He will face not only his but his fellow-man’s basest nature. For the baseness of man’s morality is ugly; he will find war is vile and ugly without rules or morals.
Stalingrad is a place of pain, blood, and death. It will bring Von Wetland face to face with the darkness of man’s nature. He finds he can not control the ultimate evil in man’s heart as he spirals into the abyss. My contemporary military war novel review of Stalingrad The Loneliest Death follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:
Author Christoph Fromm created an intense character driven novel of war. This is not a pretty novel for war is ugly. In a time period in which movies glorify war, Fromm presents war at its ugliest without frills or pretty words. As man achieves the ultimate evil against his fellow-man, Fromm’s characters fall further into the blackness.
Furthermore, Fromm developed his characters to their full potential. Fromm’s main character progressed from an idealist to find humans have a dark side just beneath their thin veneer. Unable to control the SS, his fellow combatants, or himself, he will face the dark pit of war.
Although a work of fiction, Fromm extensively researched his subject. Seen from the view-point of the participants, Fromm skillfully shows the evil of human nature and war. This book was not my cup of tea. The vileness of my fellow-man was hard for me to stomach. However, anyone who enjoys a solid well-written military novel based on fact will enjoy this book.
Additionally, I found Stalingrad The Loneliest Death well-written and the characters well-developed. If you enjoy military war novels, this book will hold your interest and give hours of entertainment.
STALINGRAD THE LONELIEST DEATH RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
In addition, due to violence, language and mature subject, I recommend Stalingrad The Loneliest Death for adults only.
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and under my name, are my opinion. Without a doubt, the ARC did not affect my voluntary contemporary military war novel review.