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About Michael Reit
Michael Reit writes page-turning historical fiction. His books focus on lesser-known events and people in World War II Europe.
Born in the Netherlands, he now lives in beautiful Vienna, Austria, with his partner Esther and daughter Bibi. You can connect through michaelreit.com or Facebook (Michael Reit Author).
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The words still rang in Agnes Markx’s head as she left the Judenramp and the hive of activity around the train behind. As a nurse assigned to Block 10, she realizes the stories of the horrors transpiring here weren’t exaggerated. Now an unwilling accomplice in the Nazi doctors’ medical experiments, she vows to save as many women under her care as possible.
Electrician Joel Kozak has access to all areas of the gargantuan camp. When the underground camp resistance reaches out to him one day, he discovers his appointment wasn’t by accident.
As a stoker in Birkenau’s crematoria, Samson Tarski witnesses more death in an hour than most people in a lifetime. The thought of stepping into the gas chambers and ending his struggle is always on his mind. But when one of his friends shares a bold plan to rise up and destroy the buildings of death, he finds a renewed sense of purpose.
These three strangers are now part of an attempt to achieve the impossible without knowing each other.
To rise up, destroy the Auschwitz-Birkenau death factory, and escape to tell the world about it.
Based on actual events, Tracks to Freedom is a story of bravery and the battle to retain one’s humanity in a place where there is none.
From the bestselling author of "Beyond the Tracks" comes another sweeping WWII tale...
We mustn't let darkness win.
Natan Borkowski has it all. In line to take over the successful family business, his future is set.
Julia Horowitz lives in poverty. The daughter of a shoemaker, she dreams of a different life—a different world.
Everything changes when Hitler’s armies invade Poland. Natan’s future is ripped away by the flick of a switch of a Luftwaffe pilot. When the smoke clears, Julia and her family find themselves locked within the walls of the newly-formed Jewish ghetto.
On opposite sides of the wall, Natan and Julia’s lives are not so different anymore. As the Nazis unleash a reign of hunger, terror, and death across the city, they must now decide what’s more terrifying:
To die on their knees, or go down fighting?
Based on true events, Warsaw Fury is a story of love, courage, and resilience in the face of unimaginable evil.
The Reviews are in! See what Readers have to say about 'Warsaw Fury':
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A stunning, riveting tale from the first page to last. Michael Reit expertly takes readers deep into the Warsaw Uprising and the resistance movement in Poland during the harrowing years of Nazi invasion and occupation. Filled with heart-stopping suspense, tender moments, and heartbreaking ordeals, Warsaw Fury is one I couldn’t put down.” — Alexa Kang, USA Today bestselling author of the Shanghai Story trilogy.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Michael Reit is truly a refreshing new voice in WW2 Historical Fiction! The tale of Polish resistance – a topic insufficiently explored – had me hungrily turning pages. I followed Natan and Julia’s adventures with breathless anticipation to the very end. Reit is definitely an author to watch!” – Roberta Kagan, USA Today Bestselling Author of WW2 Historical Fiction
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "... filled with hope, endurance, courage and justice. These themes carry the book and are made even more heartbreakingly beautiful when coupled with the realistic portrayal of the horrors experienced by the Polish resistance fighters." —Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Set during WWII in Warsaw, this riveting and tragic Historical Fiction is about despair, anguish, courage, resilience and hope. " —NetGalley Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The story was heartbreaking, tear jerking, and filled with the spirit and enthusiasm of the young. It was definitely a good read and one that would inspire anyone. I would definitely recommend this book." —NetGalley Reviewer
It’s no longer safe here.
When the Jewish families of Berlin start disappearing in nightly raids, 21-year-old Jacob Kagan knows it’s only a matter of time before the trucks come for him. Along with his family and best friend, he flees the country he’s always called home to find shelter in a Dutch refugee camp. Before long, the Netherlands falls to the Nazi war machine — Jacob’s new home is transformed into a transit camp with weekly trains bound for the horrors of the Eastern concentration camps.
Handpicked by the cruel new SS regime to police the camp’s Jewish population, Jacob has the opportunity to save his parents and best friend from the dreaded transport lists — but at what cost?
Based on true events, Beyond the Tracks is a redemptive story of unconditional loyalty and a will to survive at impossible odds.
Readers are raving about Beyond the Tracks:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Fantastic book. Very easy to read...hard to put down. Lots of detail. I was surprised at the end to find this was a historical fiction. It felt very real."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "All I can say is WOW. This book holds your interest from the first page to the last."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This book was phenomenally written and really tugged at the heart strings."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This was an excellent read. I am well versed on WWII but this opened my eyes to a few things I was unaware of."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This book grabs you from the first page. Each character becomes alive as their story unfolds. I quickly felt endeared by some and disgusted with others. I felt the joys and sorrows as the story unfolded. It's been a long time since I read a book I could hardly put down, and at the same time not want to end."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "If you are considering reading this book I am sure like me, you have read many on the Holocaust. This book is particularly special because the events are true. The details of the camps are true. The events happened. Some of the characters are nonfictional. It is a true portrayal of what occurred in all of its ugliness."
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Michael Reit has a way of captivating the audience and transporting the reader into the trials and tribulations of Jacob Kagan and his friends and family. I finished this book in less than a day...I could not put it down!"
German forces have invaded Amsterdam. As the tension in the city increases, the Dutch Resistance is born.
Tormented by what is happening in his city, Christiaan joins the Resistance. He risks everything to shield the oppressed and fight for the freedom of his beloved nation.
His brother—Floris—is ruthless and driven to succeed. Promoted to the Bureau of Jewish Affairs, he becomes instrumental in hunting Jews to transport them to the Nazi death camps.
Unable to tolerate Floris' actions, his wife—Nora—defies him by secretly joining the Resistance. She bravely risks her life to save orphans from the terror of the transport train and the horrifying fate that awaits them. All while fearfully deceiving the enemy with whom she lives.
These three find themselves in the middle of a maelstrom that will change the course of human history. As ambition, fear, and desperation collide, no one is safe.
Not the Jewish. Not the Dutch. Not even the powers-that-be.
"Orphans of War" is the breathless first installment in the heart-wrenching "Dutch Resistance" trilogy. Enter the terrifying world of 1940s Europe when the only thing that eclipsed the regime's violence was the incredible bravery of the heroes and heroines of the Resistance.
Readers praise for Orphans of War:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "...intensely moving and unforgettable book. It is a standout. I am eagerly awaiting the next" – Netgalley reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Orphans of War was one of the best books I’ve read this year. Michael Reit is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction and books who have characters who struggle against Nazi persecution. In Orphans of War his main characters showed strength and courage to accomplish meaningful acts that saved many lives. Whether it was working to save people by hiding them from the Nazis or moving children and babies to safer locations under the Nazi’s “eyes”, his characters worked tirelessly even though they knew what they were doing could mean arrest and death for themselves. Mr. Reit’s extensive research shows in his writing. I wish the book had been published prior to my last visit to Amsterdam so that I might have visited some of the places noted in the novel, not that his writing didn’t already make them easy to visualize. I just would have liked to visit them and physically walk through them. Thank you for another great novel and I look forward to your next one." – Netgalley Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "this was truly an emotional and touching story. Worth five stars." – Netgalley Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "In his latest novel, Reit intuitively paints before us, the lives of a few heroes of the resistance. We become connected to the characters thanks to the author’s vivid palette of descriptive phrases and crisp dialogue. The plot is quick and loaded with twists and turns. The reader is continually held in shades of inspired suspense.