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The End of Law, by Therese Down
Intensely loyal to the Third Reich in 1930s Germany, Officer Walter Gunter dreams of glory in battle and is outraged to be put in charge of the gas chambers instead. His wife, Hedda, is troubled by her husband's brutality and seeks safety for herself and her children. Will guilt-ridden S.S. officer Karl Muller provide a way out?
There are a few instances where some may find the language may be mildly objectionable.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.0 (inches)|
Janny5 Stars Out Of 5The End of The LawJuly 12, 2016JannyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Get past the first chapter of the well-bred English vocabulary and you will find an author's well written story from a new perspective. You will learn not all German's were bad .... and how a good many were either appalled or unaware of the greatest kept secret in history. Excellent.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Gripping WWII Historical FictionMay 13, 2016VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Therese Down in her new book, The End Of Law published by Lion Fiction gives us A Novel of Hitlers Germany.
From the back cover: Berlin, 1933: as Hitler rises to power; the lawdesigned to protect and servebecomes twisted to the will of those who dream of a pure Aryan race.
SS Officer Walter Gunther is intensely loyal to the Third Reich. His readiness to kill without question or remorse would seem to make him the ideal candidate to lead the T4 euthanasia programme. SS officer Karl Muller, a trainee doctor and engineer, is also brought into the programme, and assured that his work is consistent with the Hippocratic oath hes due to take.
Their mandate: to kill the unworthiesnot just the Jews, but crippled children, the mentally ill, homosexuals. Hedda, Walters wife and old acquaintance of Karl, has no idea of what their work entails. Until, that is, the fate of their families is at stake, and each must confront afresh the choices they have made.
This dark, tense novel is a compelling story of human tragedy, and mans potential to revel in, or fight against, the evil actions of a corrupted nation.
Let me start out by stating that this is a terrific story. It is everything that it could be all rolled up into one terrific package. It is a World War II thriller. It is a story that shows us the depths that a human soul can sink to but it also shows us the heights that the human soul can rise to. Ms. Down has given us a historical fiction which means that the events actually happened it is just that she has fictionalized them. Ms. Down has given us marvelous, well-written characters that you will get involved with, both the good ones and, equally, the bad. This story will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. I believe you are going to enjoy this book and our heroine and that you are not going to want to put it down until you have finished it! It is just that good. I am already looking forward to more from this highly talented author.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Another good WWII readMay 12, 2016MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I love getting into the thoughts and lives of characters during WWII.
This book will bring you into the lives of people very much in the middle of all Hitler desires. Hedda is kind of clueless as to what is going on but she knows her husband is changing and its not for the better. She is suffering and so are her children.
This book isnt overly fast, at least not to begin with, but if you press on you will be drawn into the story and lives of these characters.
A heads-up, there is language in this book, actually I was surprised to find a very offensive use of the Lords name in this book. I do understand that this is Walter speaking and where he was at in his life and perhaps the author thought that was the best way to express that character, but that did bother me and might bother other readers.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting Take, Not an easy ReadMay 11, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Being a history buff, I was really interested in this book the first time I saw it. Especially since it revolves around the WWII era, Hitler, Germany and the happenings there. I found it especially intriguing. It begins a bit before the war is in full swing with Hedda, a very worldly inexperienced young woman. She marries well, mostly for wealth and position. But soon her life takes a dreadful turn as the war becomes more progressed and her husband more involved with Hitlers regime and his horrible tactics.
Her husband Gunter becomes actively involved and even in charge to an extent of the euthanasia program. He quickly becomes calloused and the killings of children, elderly, disabled and many others are excused in his mind for the betterment of Germany. Will his daughters accident be enough to change his heart and mind? Or will he continue to be faithful to his country above his family no matter what the cost?
Meanwhile, a long time past friend of Hedda's, Karl Muller, also involved in the program, although much more reluctantly, surfaces in their circles. This character is based on a real life character from that time period. The guilt he feels becomes overwhelming and he finally has to make a choice. The fact that his wife suffers from the mental illness depression and is quite susceptible to the regime's inhumane methods really bothers Karl.
The author will keep you on the edge or your seat as you get into the story. She will keep you wondering and guessing who will be true to Hiltler, and who will be willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice. I enjoyed reading this book with exception of a couple things. One was the use of some strong language, I would have preferred not to have in the books I read. The other was the chapters were extremely long. The book consists of only fourteen chapters but they can be thirty plus pages long. I supposed I would recommend this book but with the warning of caution. There is quite a bit of graphic descriptive scenes of those who suffered under Hitler's regime, as well as several swear words.
A copy of this book was provided to me by Kregel publications in exchange for my honest opinion.
The Happy ReaderColumbia, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't Read if You Don't Want to ThinkMay 10, 2016The Happy ReaderColumbia, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I've always been interested in this particular time period. How an entire country could condone the genocide of a race of people is disturbing, to put it mildly. But, taking instances out of our own generation that people wouldn't have even dreamed of allowing to happen ten years ago, things become a little clearer.
Therese Downs' book is an excellent look at the struggles of ordinary people. Some were called upon to serve their country - albeit wrongly - they answered that call. Honestly, what would you do if that call had come to you? If your country was wrongly imprisoning, torturing and murdering people that spoke out against an out of control regime, would you be numbered among their victims? Or would you be among the silent masses who knew the government was wrong but was afraid-or worse-unwilling to do anything about it?
I wondered if there were people in Germany at that time who were against this killing, lawless machine, and I was very glad to read there were. The author's research definitely shows in these pages. I did my own research on some of the things in this book to see if it was factual and was surprised to see that they were. I wish I could tell you which things I'm referring to, but I don't want to give away spoilers.
In all, this book is very good. There is some swearing and some 'things' are alluded to, but I felt they were presented correctly. Definitely not for younger readers.