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Invasion Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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I think that this book challenged some of my views of how the Americans treated German prisoners and how their troops functioned. Like when they captured a deserting German solider they questioned him and then shot him and I thought that the Americans were much more nice. “Search them.” “I went through his pockets. He had a letter, ammunition, and a Hersey bar.” They did not help them they just left them to die after they took everything. They also had to keep going and did not help out their fellow soldiers. “Leave him he’s dead.”
I like the book over all and it was very intense at some points of time in the book. They made it sound like you were in the war with booms and cussing when stuff happened. I may read some other of his war stories because they were so good. He is a good author and knows how to get and keep your attention. I would recommend this to everyone who likes war and World War II. It is very realistic and you feel like you are there.
I've seen a lot of works by this author but have never tried any of his works for myself. I was a bit nervous to read that Invasion is a prequel to two previous works by Myers but after conducting a bit of research, I realized they aren't really related. One character in this book is the ancestor of characters in the other two but they are set in much later time periods while this one looks closely at D-Day and the invasion of Normandy.
I've read some outstanding examples of WWII fiction (um, Elizabeth Wein anyone?) but lately it has been looking more at a female perspective rather than the male soldier perspective so I was excited for a different take. From the summary, I thought it might explore segregation during this period in addition to looking at war's tragedies. That's not really true. Though main character Josiah Wedgewood does briefly mention segregation (not officially ended until an Executive Order in 1948) and how that might make his friend feel, never mind how he feels about it, it does not play an important role. Instead there are long descriptions of the fighting and killing and towards the end, the story becomes more poignant with Josiah pondering how he'll continue.
After getting over my disappointment that this book isn't really about Josiah and Marcus Perry's interracial friendship (and really doesn't the cover kind of suggest that?), I really struggled with this book. It reminded me of "Saving Private Ryan" with its incredible visuals that are much harder to read. I found the reading very dull.Read more ›
I would definitely recommend this book if you like war novels. I felt like the book was a little dry at first, then at very few points throughout the rest of it. But when the action started, it kept me very entertained until the very end, and I think Walter Dean Myers did a great job with that.
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I had a very good time reading this book, It was good and never boring. If you order this book, you will not be disappointed.Published on January 9, 2014 by Marc Worob