Book Review- Flames of the Tiger

Book Author: John Wilson

I love this book. This may sound a little biased but I enjoy stories tackling the events of the second world war.
When I read this book, I found the first half boring and slow to take off but when it takes off, it takes off. One thing I love about this book is that it does not focus on the battlefield. It focuses on the home life of the “bad guys “also known as the Germans. They suffered a lot during the war, probably more than other nations.
A small problem I have with this book is the before and after segment. Most of the book takes place before Dieter and Greta find the tiger tank while the after segment, even though shorter, broke the flow for me. When the book starts, it starts with the after- of finding the tiger tank and I thought most of the book would be in that time frame. However, I get completely confused and thrown out by the book when the majority of it, is in the before segment.
What stings about the after segment is that Dieter and Greta are the only characters. This means that you can already tell what happened to their family instead of it being a surprise. The book realizes this and changes the question of “what happened to them? To “When and how did it happened? making one more invested.
This book is paced like a movie which damages it in some aspects but improves it in others.
Overall, this is a very good book that moved me and very few books can affect me like that. I give it a 9/10 rating.

Reviewed by: Kanyua Kimani (17 years)

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