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Reviewed By Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
The Devil's Bookkeepers is a historical fiction novel based on an actual Jewish chronicle of the declining conditions in the ghetto of Lodz, an industrial city in Nazi-controlled Poland, during World War II. Lodz was the second largest ghetto in German-occupied Europe, but very few of its residents survived the Holocaust. Among those survivors were the parents of author Mark Newhouse, who wrote this story as a tribute and as a plea that we allow such things to happen "Never again to anyone."
In The Devil's Bookkeepers, Newhouse gives us a moving and an emotionally riveting account of life inside the ghetto from the perspective of its residents, and the impact on them physically, emotionally, and mentally. If this were a film, it would carry warnings about its graphic nature not being suitable for all viewers. But, it doesn't hit you all at once. There is hope in the beginning that the war will end soon and the ghetto with it, but things only get worse as they go from terrible to intolerable, from difficult to unbelievable, and from rational to insane. You cannot read this story and remain unaffected. Highly recommended.
"...a riveting, emotionally charged novel... an amazing accomplishment. The characterscome achingly alive -- their pain, your anguish -- their hope, your longing forthe war to end and their lives to continue. This is a must-read..." LouisEmond, Professor of English, Assistant to the President, Darton College(retired)
From the Author
- Publication Date : February 6, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 374 pages
- Publisher : NCG Key (February 6, 2019)
- File Size : 3031 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07NGJ7HGW
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,104 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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With that being said, I was beyond surprised with his writing style. He builds up each character as if we were there. He paints a picture of the Lodz Ghetto that helps to bring every page to life.
The story follows what the writers of The Chronical had to go through daily. The short chapters help to bring past to present as you seemingly are right there with these brilliant men by following the protagonist, Bernard Ostrowski, through his daily life in depth, but not overwhelmingly.
The dreamers and the engineer... So differing in views, all of them, but brought together in a war they pray "will be over soon".
The Ostrowski's wife, Miriam, connects to those of us women who are always looking for the truth and justice, but conflict with our ache for peace.
I am eagerly awaiting for book 2 to come out in hardback so that I can continue this adventure.
The main characters, Bernard Ostrowski and young, beautiful Miriam, struggled to keep their love alive, continue a commitment to their faith, and raise their new baby in a world gone totally mad.
Newhouse has faced these emotional demons head-on - creating a family story solidly based on heart-rending historical facts. I'm sure the best is yet to come.
Mark Newhouse invites us to share the dark cubby with the bookkeepers. This allows us to listen to their conversations and experience their feelings. Each bookkeeper has different perspectives on the Chairman and the horrifying events happenings in the ghetto. We feel their hope, frustration and ultimately despair as the Nazis’ noose around the ghetto grows stronger every day. As the noose tightened I could feel myself choking.
This book not only enlightens the reader about what happened to the Jews during World War II, but warns us of what can happen whenever government power gets out of control.
I can’t wait to read Book 2.
Mr. Newhouse has written a truly captivating story. I look forward to the next book.
Lois W. Stern
Author and Creator of Tales2Inspire®