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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 9 Aug 2007
This review is from: Legion of the Damned (Cassell Military Paperbacks) (Mass Market Paperback)
Firstly, I'm an avid reader of WW2 fiction and thought it was about time I started reading Sven Hassel. I thought it might be interesting to get an account, albeit fictional, from the German perspective. The first couple of chapters were good and full of promise, describing the brutal acts carried out in the German penal colonies. However, after that the book began to fall apart. The plot is disjointed, at times feeling like a short story anthology and at other times an autobiography. Each chapter starts with an annoying half-page of prose in italics that bears no relation to the story that follows. The characterisation is poor, so you are left feeling like you don't know the characters and don't care if they live or die. The book is not originally written in English and it shows as the translation is poor.
I finished the book out of sheer determination but found it took enormous willpower to pick the book up each time.
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Initial post: 14 Dec 2010 11:10:18 GMT
in his books, nothing is fictional, 99 percent of his stories are real. remember, all his books are linked, so if you want to understand the caracters, you should read all of them. try to understand the caracters in one episode in the middle of 4th series of Dexter without seeing anything else. boring, right?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2013 11:09:58 GMT
Bridgey says:
So that's 1% fiction then? lol
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