Sunday, May 11, 2014

Review: Honor and Innocence by Glen Thomas Hierlmeier

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Title: Honor & Innocence: Against the Tides of War
Author:  Glen Thomas Hierlmeier
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 327
Published: March 2014
Against the Tides of War, a historical romance novel by Glen Hierlmeier, will be released March 2014. This book takes the reader through the devastation left by World War II across the European and Asian continents following its main character Hank Fischer, who was drafted to the American Army in 1945 shortly after his high school graduation.

During his service, Hank befriends a German prisoner-of-war, Max, who tells Hank of his twin sister, Roberta, also in captivity. An unlikely romance buds between her and Hank, leaving Hank conflicted between his allegiance to the American Army and his love for Roberta. Hank decides to break out Max and Roberta, and together they make a desperate flight through war-torn Germany where they witness first-hand the destruction post-war Europe has endured. Leaving Max behind in Switzerland, they make their way to the port city of Trieste, where they board a ship and depart to the seas, dealing with pirates, facing adversity, making new friends, and desperately seeking a safe refuge in a place where their love can flourish.

Follow Hank and Roberta on their intense and captivating journey from country to country as they seek refuge. Read as they make their way through bombed-out cities filled with dead bodies, giving a rare glimpse into the tragic consequences of war, as they remain together bound by love.

My Thoughts:  This was a very well written historical fiction novel. I did not realize that I was going to learn a lot more about WWII in this book. I was completely awed by all the information that was given as well as the beautiful story of Hank and Roberta.

The story was very captivating and educational. The plot began with Hank entering the military with a very touching scene between Hank and his father. It then moved on to Hank's torturous life in the military due to a man named Haynes, to meeting Roberta, and to Hank and Roberta trying to stay together. Every scene was told with historical facts as to what happened during the particular time in that location. What fascinated me the most about all these facts was seeing the German side of the war. Not all Germans were evil, so it was an eye-opener to see how many of the German soldiers had little choice in what Hitler demanded and I learned on how much the German people suffered after the war ended. 

Next, the emotions in this book were quite real. Everything was described as if the author himself were actually there. I felt the pain and sorrow that all the people went through with the war. I felt the anger of those who felt betrayed, especially of the soldier named Haynes (a scary man, by the way). I also felt the glee and innocent love that was between Roberta and Hank. Glen Thomas Hierleier did a wonderful job in capturing the characters' feelings as well as the real emotions that surrounded these tragic events. 

This was a very well written story. The only reason why I didn't give it a five star rating was that I felt that the historical information deviated from the plot of the story a few times. Don't get me wrong, all this information was great but after a while, I found myself forgetting what the plot was about. Other than that, I simply enjoyed this book. A word of caution though, be prepare to share a tear or two towards the end of the book. I rate it: 


About the Author:

GlenGlen graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, then earned a Masters of Business Administration at The University of Wisconsin at Madison. He served in the US Air Force on the Manned Orbiting Laboratory space exploration program and on the design phase of the development of the F-15 fighter aircraft. After leaving the Air Force, Glen returned to Wisconsin and became Vice President of the largest bank in his home state, First Wisconsin National Bank. In 1979, he moved on to become President and CEO of several real estate development and management companies. Glen retired in 2009 to devote full time to his grandchildren and his writing. Glen is the author of Honor and Innocence, We Had to Live: We Had No Choice…, and Thoughts From Yesterday: Moments to Remember.


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