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Liquidate Paris (Legion of the Damned Series Book 7) Kindle Edition
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As all his books Hassel is not afraid to write about the bloody and gory battles, so be warned this book is not for the faint hearted.
This is not just a "boys" book. There is a lot of love and emotion in this book, and a great read for everyone.
I would definetly recommned this book to everyone. also all of Hassel's other masterpieces.
"I had a grenade in my hand. So, no doubt, did the English private. I tore out the pin with my teeth. Lay there and counted. Twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four…The grenade whistled through the air towards the English soldier. On its way, it passed his grenade whistling through the air towards me. He had thrown it at exactly the same moment. But no damage done. We obviously shared the same reactions and had both rolled out of range in time to save our skins. I leaped for the machine-gun and feverishly fired several rounds. A second grenade exploded. Almost had me, that time. There was a vivid flash in front of me; my head, safely encased in its steel helmet, nevertheless felt as if it were bursting open at the seams. For a second I felt fear, and then, almost immediately, a mad fury overtook me. Until that moment I had not personally hated my enemy. Killing him had been a necessity. Now it had become a perverse pleasure. I certainly had no intention of dying in the muddy fields of France."
It is Hitler's last chance to save The Third Reich. . . Millions of Allied troops have landed in Normandy. The orders are clear: Sven and his comrades, hardened by a savage war that has led them from the bloody steppes of the Russian Front, to the slopes of Monte Cassino, are ordered to withdraw to Strasbourg and destroy Paris on the way. . . Liquidate Paris shows the eruption of World War II in its most brutal and cruel phase, as allied troops advance upon Paris and the penal regiment retreat.
The series is written (almost) in autobiographical style, but mainly I think it's about how a collection of extraordinary characters try to survive the nightmare & waste of war, serving in a penal regiment.
When I bought my VERY first lot of these as new paperback, they mostly cost 65pence & I had the extra pleasure of anticipating new stories due publishing release. I still don't know if they had really existed as a group or were seperate individuals, met by author but ALWAYS it was good follow their many exploits; the war itself an unwelcome interruption.
But this is a bit incoherent: Tiny has changed his name; they are sometimes the old punishment battalion and sometimes elite Tiger tank crew; Sven has been partially blinded, but is sometimes a crack machine-gunner and sometimes a crack tank-gunner; Brits engage in suicidal human-wave attacks.
Back to the Eastern front please, where endless human wave attacks actually happened - no, the Brits and Yanks were too sensible to do that thing in Normandy.
As a brief search in the Internet will inform you, there are controversies about who was Sven Hassel or even who wrote his books (there are 14 of them). Indeed, the general atmosphere and writing style differs so much from book to book that it sometimes seems each one was written by a different person! Anyway, what is important is they are good, entertaining, sometimes vulgar, sometimes tear-jerking, sometimes extremely funny books.
LIQUIDATE PARIS has fewer combat sequences than other books, but even so is a generally good entry in the catalogue. If you read one of the other books and liked it, you'll like this one.
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I like Sven Hassel novels although I have to say, this one doesn't seem to have that certain 'thing' that he brings to a story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aesop fussy git