Soldier On Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File Size : 713 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00BZHTRFG
- Publication Date : March 22, 2013
- Print Length : 59 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,708 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is another good read from Mitchell. I was hooked from the introduction. It gives this book a different perspective. Suddenly these are not German soldiers at the end of WWII, now it is about men following orders. These characters are solidly written and consistent, quite an accomplishment considering the relative brevity of this novel. I also really enjoyed the ending; it allows for either follow-up writings or just to let me fill in the blanks as I like them filled. I strongly recommend this book, especially for those who think they don't care for war stories. Soldier On will change your mind.
However, a great many of Germany's soldiers fought on, grimly determined to do their duty. This story follows a shattered company of men along the Western front just a couple of months before hostilities end, as they decide day by day if enough is enough - whether their dedication to Germany is worth their lives so close to the inevitable end. This is a subject that isn't usually touched upon, because any attempt at making the German army appear sympathetic gets controversial very quickly. But the fact remains that, for better or for worse, a lot of the Heer (the regular German army, navy, and air force) fought out of pride in their nation and their duty as soldiers. Everything beyond that is open to a debate that will no doubt rage on for many, many generations to come.
If I had a quibble with this story, it'd only be that it is, perhaps, a little too introspective. There is a brief bit of action in the beginning, but I'd like to have seen a little more combat, something that showed us that no matter how rough it was for these soldiers, they were veterans of many campaigns and could still hold their own against the Allied forces. This is, however, only a personal preference, and as this was clearly written as more a view into the lives of the men, and not necessarily an action piece, I can't fault Stan for making this decision.
Some reviewers have complained about the ending, but I found it to be perfect. World War II is a great setting, and technically, we all know how World War II ends. I love an ending that leaves you thinking, wondering, and finally accepting. The more I have thought about this short story and its ending, the more I like it. "Soldier On" will definitely stretch your mind, leaving you incredibly empathetic, impressed, and beyond satisfied with your small purchase.
If you're looking for a gritty and believable short story about the challenges and psychological battles that a soldier must endure, then you've absolutely found the right short story. Brief, descriptive, and to-the-point. If you're familiar with and fond of Ambrose Bierce, author of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," then "Soldier On" should definitely be in your library. A short story does not tell a story from A to B. Instead, its job is to show you just a tiny bit of that journey in such a way that allows the reader to figure out and decipher the whole story. Stan Mitchell does this expertly, and I look forward to reading more of his works. I would love another short story from this author.