Charmed Book Haven Reviews “Paper Boats” By: Erndell Scott

Charmed Book Haven Reviews “Paper Boats” By: Erndell Scott

Title: Paper Boats
Author: Erndell Scott
Publisher: Erich Scott Group LLC
Pages: 442

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World War II was a monumental war for the world’s history. Many laws, procedures, medical discoveries and blocks, films, books, families, and products are still affected by it today. It was a very rough time for the world and for human kind, period. Millions of soldiers and innocent people lost their lives, cities were shattered beyond recognition from air raids and grenades, and trust between loved ones were compromised at the time in order for us to be here today. I recently finished the WWII Historical Fiction novel entitled “Paper Boats” by Erndell Scott. Throughout it’s contents, I was reminded of those times and was transported into Berlin, Germany, close to the end of the war.

The novel follows the personal journeys of two young boys, Otto Kaufmann and Joseph Kessler. Otto, a nine-year-old Jewish slave/official courier to a Nazi , fights his way through closing war while being sent out to complete tasks made by his master, placing him into dangerous situations from his surroundings and his assignments. Joseph, on the other hand, is a Hitler youth. Raised to praise his leader and must also embark on a dangerous mission with Otto. They both rush into the hell of war in order to fulfill one final mission from Adolf Hitler.
2496828267_0fd38f1b6f_b The author’s visuals of war are all intrusive and too overwhelming real at times but that is what made the story all the more enjoyable. You literally feel as if you are running right beside Otto dodging bombs, escaping land mines, and searching for freedom. Now, I have read plenty of historical fiction books but up to now none have had the ability to throw readers in so deep into the action that you feel yourself drowning in it before you realize what you’ve gotten yourself into. This book is that intense, especially being told mainly from a child’s perspective.

7a82f0f1093391309bfd07353fc55829Otto’s story is unutterably heart-breaking to watch unfold. In the beginning of the story, he reflects in the early days of the war when he and his friend Annie, would play with their sail boats. Simpler times. Times when war wasn’t breaking down his home around him. The scene painted is almost like a metaphor for what was to come into his life. The edges of his boat or life would get soaked by the water and eventually fall apart. He’d constantly try to rebuild a proper one over and over again. But all would remain in the end were bits of paper. Much like many Jewish survivors in the war. Tiny bits of their former lives remain, but the darkness of the war, persecution, sights, and terrors have overtaken the majority of their souls.

The tying of the two boys, however, shows the vast difference of the teachings between two people yet they were from the same country. The book shows the struggle of the separation of their people, only to realize they need one another in order to survive. After all, we are all people trying to live.

10 out of 10 Book Charms! 

Suspenseful, intriguing, and a book to be read for book clubs and readers!

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

 

 

 

“Save The Last Bullet For God” By: JT ALBLOOD

“Save The Last Bullet For God” By: JT ALBLOOD

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Aliens…..cospiracies…..put those two together, what do you think of? If you said X-Files, we are on similar pages. But suppose we went back in time to World War II and discovered there was a deeper agenda taking place during the war. Now, now, I’m not crazy nor trying to plant ideas. This actually leads me to the first book of this series.

“Save The Last Bullet For God” left me in a bind after I finished. History buffs and WW II can agree with me that a tremendous amount of occasions occurred during that time. This book discusses things occuring aside from what we understand. These occurances happen to be aliens.

We begin the story with psychologist Wilhelm Reich laying the foundation for the “future” of events in the novel by describing his meeting of a mysterious young woman named Maria Osaric. She opened his world to the possibility of Aliens existing by revealing her conversations with them within her brain. You and I both would immediately come to the conclusion she has mental problems. Wilhelm, blinded by love, believes otherwise and leads the rest of his life studying an ancient text Maria gives him to cypher. 50 years later, an individual named Oktay uncovers Wihelm’s discoveries and they in turn send him on obsessive trail of uncovering one of the biggest mysteries in our world’s history. Do Aliens truly exist? Where are they? Can things we discover today be hidden only then to be discovered in the present which in turn affect our future?

This is much like the Davinci Code filled with facts and instances you actually want to ponder upon even after finishing the novel. My mind felt like a fresh pan of scrambled eggs within reading the first one hundred pages. There were times I had to put it down in order to set my head back in place before reading again. Although I enjoy mind-bending books, this one kept me going through the endless cycle of having to put it down, clear brain, pick it up, read, put it down, clear brain, and so on it went.

If you enjoy books that challenge your brain, deal with controversial topics within our history, or just enjoy Science Fiction-try this book on for size. It’s only the first book but it will not leave you disappointed in the mind blowing department.

I’m giving this book 9 out of 10 Book Charms. Only 9 because I kept having to  put it down and get some air. I love challenging books but there’s a time when you want to scream for the book to back off a little. If you love those kinds of books, though, you can disagree with my statement.

Moulder and Scully, here’s a run for your money!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.