Author: Judy Bruce
Genre: Fiction - General
Date Published: 00 , 0000
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Death Steppe by Judy Bruce is the World War II story of Elena and Friedrich. The book opens with a train ride with Elena - not sure exactly where she is headed, but with no choice but to be there. Death Steppe's setting is the Soviet Union during the time that the Germans are retreating. Elena is a widow (Russian) and a medic in the war. She is thrown into front line action and then at one point is forced to join the Night Witches. This group of women become enthralled in the war and are involved in bombing and killing of soldiers. As you will see all of this is a far cry from Elena's life prewar.
Friedrich is a German officer who is also fighting on the front lines. Friedrich had been a professor prior to the war and is less than enamored with his role and the leadership of his men. At times he struggles with the moral and ethic aspect of this was. He truly believes there is no way he will survive to leave the Soviet Union. With orders to attack Friedrich and men storm the front lines only to be bombed by the Night Witches.
From there Bruce does a masterful job of leading you on Elena and Friedrich's journey. Desperation, deserters, lovers - you will be drawn to Elena and Friedrich and the plight that follows them. Bruce has taken wartime and turned it into a story of two people that you are eager to read about and follow through their perils and pearls.
Death Steppe is a must read.
Though I spend most of my time writing novels, I also blog and post an occasional comment on Facebook. A mother of two, a wife of one, a sibling of three (formerly four, see my blog), I was orphaned at age thirty-three. My autistic son keeps me in touch with my quirky side (he?s also in my blog). Aside from writing novels, I have contributed various works on law, history, and social issues. I am a Kirkus Reviews Featured Author, and a member of Goodreads, the Authors Guild, the Cassell Network of Writers, and the American Film Institute. Yet my true love, apart from my family, is fiction?writing and reading it.