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on September 29, 2017
Based on a real person the book gave an interesting and exciting account of countries and people caught in the fighting between the Germans & Russia during the beginning of WW2.
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on September 22, 2017
Good read. A surprising perspective of WWII from the effected people on the eastern front
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on August 30, 2017
interesting and easy read
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on August 10, 2017
Horrible
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on July 16, 2017
What an interesting find. As a Ukrainian Canadian originally from Winnipeg and now living in Mont Tremblant, Quebec the story was relatable and relevant. A great friend of our family was a young conscript in the Soviet Army when Hitler invaded. He was shot, captured and ended up a HIWI. When the war ended he was processed and emigrated to Canada where he became a respected surgeon. At one Ukrainian business function I spoke at length with two gentlemen about the war. My father later told me they both served in the 14th SS. So having a young fellow from Montreal get swallowed up in Operation Barbarossa is not entirely fantastic.

Author Bury's fictionally enhanced story of his father-in-law's wartime experience is fascinating. Borders and loyalties shifted with frequency pre-war and during. Indeed that is Ukraine's history and sad legacy. My father was fond of saying, "Put two Ukrainians in a room and they will form three associations." He fought in the Canadian Navy and knew the Soviet Union was no good for Ukraine but equally knew Germany was not a saviour for the country though many greeted them as such.

Bury does an impressive job with research from macro to micro. He gets the political and nation confusions along with details down to uniforms and weaponry. The setting is apocalyptic and the atmosphere tense. I look forward to the next two instalments and Mr. Bury if you ever get to Tremblant the vodka is on me!
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on July 6, 2017
Boring and short. It's free on Kindle and I see why. It's an unpublished or privately published Piece. I see why no publisher wanted it. As to historical, its 7th grade history at best. The Germans invaded Russia in World War 2. First the Germans won then it was hard. That's where it ends. The escape from the German prison camp is so laughable and improbable as to be a joke.
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on April 23, 2017
Great book. Will continue reading the rest of the series. Thank you to Scott Bury for this free read.
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on April 20, 2017
What happened on the Eastern Front? I have been meaning to read more of the People's perspective of the Ukraine, and the other Slavic states for awhile and this gives one the feel of that different war that had no beginning and almost no end. Thank you Mr. Bury.
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on April 15, 2017
Mr. Bury's book is a story you will love to read over and over. Personal experiences in war have us all in wrapped attention. I have read the experiences on the German side and they are equally gripping.
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on February 27, 2017
Very well written. Has realistic look into the life of an unusual Canadian who lived in Ukraine and Poland before and during WWII . New information of what it was like fighting in Red army, being a war prisoner, and a Ukrainian freedom fighter. Would make a very good movie.
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