Book Review: RED SOLSTICE by Franz Beisser
I bought RED SOLSTICE: An MIA's Hell, Lust and Life by Franz Beisser primarily because I like Franz. He's a nice man, a friend, and I've enjoyed hearing the short pieces he's read at our Lake Writers' meetings. However, I didn't really expect his book to be exceptional. Boy, was I wrong!
Born in 1940 to German parents, Franz last saw his father, a World War II German infantry soldier, when he was four years old. Listed as missing in action, his father's body was never found; he was declared dead in 1950. Franz' mother remarried and the family moved to the US in 1955.
Franz has always wondered what happened to his dad. Did he really die? Was he injured or taken prisoner? Had he been searching for his family? RED SOLSTICE is Franz' account of what could have happened to his father. Impressed with Franz' descriptions, imagination and writing style, I was hooked after reading the first paragraph on page one. Judge for yourself after reading the italicized paragraph below.
Steel crashed against steel. I shuddered at its finality. Blindfolded and prostrate, I lay limp on the floor, beaten--inhaling the filth under my chin. I heard the trucks roar away. The pounding stopped.
If you want to read more, you may order the book by going to Franz' website at www.fxbiii.com. To order by e-mail, go to firstname.lastname@example.org and say "Order Book" in the subject line. The cost is $10.00 plus $4.00 for shipping/handling.