Monday, May 5, 2014

Honor & Innocence Book Review

I have a beautifully written story about war and love called Honor & Innocence written by Glen Thomas Hierlmeier.
Hank Fischer is drafted into the American Army soon after high school graduation in 1945, beginning a six month saga of intrigue, horror, and love that takes him from his southern Wisconsin home to Texas, then Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and Singapore, revealing along the way the devastating truth of the tragic consequences of war. In the Texas prisoner of war camp where Germans were interned, a youthful and naïve Hank is targeted by Haynes who becomes his lifelong tormentor, but he also begins his closest, nearly unimaginable lifelong friendship with Max, a German prisoner of war under his supervision, whose twin sister, Roberta, back in their German homeland, is destined to become the love of his life.  
Hank is drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue by the common heritage he shares with Max, a prisoner of war being returned to his homeland, and the intense love he finds with Roberta. Because of their ties to the SS through their father, a senior Nazi official hand-selected by Adolph Hitler himself, Max and Roberta are pursued by the Intelligence Forces of the American and British Occupation. Hank is faced with the colossal choice between his allegiance to the U.S. Army and his love for Roberta.  
Hank chooses to collaborate with Max and free Roberta from a British prison camp, beginning a desperate flight through war-torn Germany where they witness first-hand the ravages of post –war Europe, while staying perilously ahead of pursuing forces. Their flight takes them to a secret refuge in the mountains of neutral Switzerland where Lazlo, a Hungarian born war-time profiteer provides the opportunity for their escape. Sadly leaving Max behind in Switzerland they set out for the port city of Trieste by train, only to survive an attack by post-war Italian Army pirates, then sail the seas on a merchant ship with a modern day Greek philosopher, Captain Koz, to search out hidden treasure in a small Greek village.  
Again forced to flee, Captain Koz helps them find refuge across the Indian Ocean, in Singapore, only to once again face the bane of powerful men…another war-torn country. Their very survival hangs in the delicate balance between their powerful love and will to live, and evil man’s violent quest for power and wealth.  
Their amazing journey, immersed in horrors of war, bombed-out cities, dead bodies, displaced person by the millions, desperation and hopelessness, give the reader a rare look at the despair of victims of the hubris of men seeking power for the sake of power, amidst their powerful love story.
War is never pretty and it this story will have great moments but also tragic scenes that will steal your heart away. These three young people are caught up in this war and none of them really want to be where they are.
It's a beautifully written love story amid war and what choices these three have to make in order to survive. Hank is a true hero, in my eyes anyway, and I bet you will agree. Roberta, the girl that he loves and the brother that he saves even though he is a prisoner, will break your heart.
I wasn't too crazy about the ending, hoping it would be one of those happily ever after ones, but like I said, war is not pretty and things will not go as planned, but some will make it and out of that, a good thing happens. Oh, how I wish the ending had been different, but then it wouldn't be a haunting book that will stay with you for some time to come!
Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
The author graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, then earned an MBA at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Early military assignments on the Manned Orbiting Laboratory and the design of the F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft served to give him insight into the workings of the military and a keen interest in military history, providing a unique foundation for this book. His previous published books are We Had to Live: We Had No Choice and Thoughts from Yesterday: Moments to Remember.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.