Genere: Historical Fiction
Immigrant Soldier, The Story of a Ritchie Boy, based on the true experiences of a refugee from Nazi Germany, combines a coming-of-age story with an immigrant tale and a World War II adventure. On a cold November morning in 1938, Herman watches in horror as his cousin is arrested. As a Jew, he realizes it is past time to flee Germany, a decision that catapults him from one adventure to another, his life changed forever by the gathering storm of world events. Gradually, Herman evolves from a frustrated teenager, looking for a place to belong, into a confident US Army intelligence officer who struggles with hate and forgiveness.
ìIn this debut historical novel, a young German Jew flees his homeland before World War II and is later drafted into the US Army, serving closely under the legendary Gen. George S. Patton. Lang-Slattery effectively mines family history to create a solid work of historical fiction from her uncleís real-life derring-do. . . . In the sunny glamour of the bookís California passages, she effectively evokes the young immigrantís overflowing hope. . . . Overall, her uncleís fictionalized adventures never fail to interest, whether heís slipping behind the lines for Patton or simply attempting to romance the local girls. An often engaging tale of one manís involvement in the worldís most horrific war.î – Kirkus Reviews
ìA captivating book, extremely well written. Thanks to the armyís Camp Ritchie Military Intelligence Training Center for molding soldiers like Herman Lang and to the author for sharing his story with us.î – Ralph M. Hockley, Colonel, US Army (Ret); Career Army Intelligence Officer, 1952-1980; and a Ritchie Boy
ìK. Lang-Slattery has uncovered small but significant details that not only add to the fascination of her novel but also bring material before the public never hitherto disclosed. Beyond that, her brief character sketches bring us, in miniature, samples of the ìGreatest Generation.î And her style keeps the reader glued to the page!î – Guy Stern, Distinguished Professor Emeritus; Director, International Institute of the Righteous, and Ritchie Boy
ìWritten by Herman’s niece, Immigrant Soldier, The Story of a Ritchie Boy, has an appealing personal touch. Interwoven through the story is a wealth of well-researched and often little-known information about World War II. Time reading this book is time well-spent, and anyoneófrom teens to adults, history buffs or notówill enjoy it.î – Marion Coste ñ Editor and award-winning childrenís book author of Kolea.
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Kathryn Lang-Slattery, a published author of fiction and nonfiction for youth, became fascinated with her uncleís World War II stories and began taping his conversations in 1996. Soon she knew she had found a fascinating untold story of Jewish refugees who became silent heroes. More than a decade spent researching, interviewing Ritchie Boys, and turning the true story of her uncle into fiction became an odyssey of discovery that resulted in the novel, Immigrant Soldier, The Story of a Ritchie Boy.
Immigrant Soldier Blog Tour Schedule
Friday, April 10
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Sunday, April 12
Review at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, April 13
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Tuesday, April 14
Guest Post at Books and Benches
Wednesday, April 15
Spotlight, Excerpt, & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Thursday, April 16
Review at Bookramblings
Friday, April 17
Blog Tour Wrap-Up at Passages to the Past