Official Review: Kaiserjaeger by Ronald McQueen

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Official Review: Kaiserjaeger by Ronald McQueen

Post by crediblereading2 » 31 Jul 2018, 21:29

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Kaiserjaeger" by Ronald McQueen.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Kaiserjaeger by Ronald McQueen, is categorized under the genre of fiction books and is the second part of a trilogy series. The book targets a young adult audience and is a captivating read that is packed full of jaw-dropping and spine-tingling actions and surprises. Children and older folks will also be enthralled by this page-turner. The stories are inspired by events that happened during the end of the Second World War or World War 2. The area of focus is Austria, and the story depicts the Emperor’s elite troops aka the Kaiserjaeger, on a mission to fight the enemy in the mountains. The book promotes loyalty, bravery, and teamwork.

Austrian Archbishop Franz Ferdinand and his wife have been assassinated. Serbia is the suspect, and there are talks of reprisals, however, as Russia considers itself to be Serbia’s protector, this could pose a problem for Austria. An attack on Serbia may also incite Germany to become involved. War is imminent, therefore, a group of men from various surroundings has gathered to be trained to fight this battle. Included among this regiment, is August Thaller, the skillful mountain-climber, and sharpshooter, and Andrei, a country boy from the Cossacks in Russia. He is on the run for being a suspect in a shooting in Sarajevo, and has decided to seek refuge in Austria. Another key player in this fight is Harald who is accused of an indiscretion. He is the personal secretary to the distinguished Maximillian von Gutschien who is a very important figure in the governing body of Austria-Hungary. Preparations are underway for the war, however, unbeknownst to the men, other looming and deadly surprises await them in the mountains. Will they be able to survive these surprises and will Austria succeed in the battle against its foes?

The author's life has been touched by the events of World War 2 as his parents’ paths became intertwined during that time. Recapturing the events and having them penned in this story has, therefore, become a personal part of his journey. Using dialogue and action, he has craftily stunned his readers with vivid sceneries of a war in progress. His prose is crisp; clear, and exuberant, and he has certainly introduced much pathos and ethos to the entire story. He narrates in the third person and the mood he has utilized throughout the passage is revenge.

I have enjoyed the way how the author has developed the characters, especially that of Andrei. He is to be greatly admired because he starts out as a country boy from the Cossacks in Russia then becomes trained in the military in Bosnia. He is, however, framed as a killer in that country but courageously escapes with his friend Nikolai to safety. He afterward joins the Kaiserjaeger, fighting to avenge Austria.

I know that this is a book on war, therefore, scenes of death and destruction must be anticipated, however, these are the parts that I do not enjoy about the story. Because these scenes are expected, I will not allow it to detract from giving this book a 4 out of 4 stars rating. Also, I have not spotted many errors, therefore, this has influenced my decision in awarding this rating.

This book will appeal to persons who are interested in the military and those who enjoy action stories. However, persons who have undergone many traumas in their lives are cautioned against reading this book.

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Post by Morgan Jones » 02 Aug 2018, 07:27

Excellent review! Extremely detailed and insightful. Unfortunately, war-themed books are too heavy for me because I can't handle death and destruction properly, so I think I'll pass.
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Post by Sunnyroyish » 02 Aug 2018, 09:47

I've seen some of the film's on world war 2. But I never read a non-fictional story about it. I think I'll read this book once I finish reading my current book.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 02 Aug 2018, 22:19

Excellent review! Despite the war-related content, the plot sounds quite intriguing.

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 03 Aug 2018, 09:16

Great review! Very detailed. I haven't read any war books before but I might try this one. I'm glad you get to know the characters very well in it. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Eva Darrington » 03 Aug 2018, 14:25

I really enjoyed reading your review. I also struggle with my desire to learn about this time period in our history, but also being very sensitive to the imagery of war. I think it is important that we understand the tragedy that war brings and one of the ways to do that is to grow our capacity to read about it. So, I am on the fence. I am, however, curious about what becomes of Andrei! At any rate, I really appreciate your honest and thorough review.
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Post by crediblereading2 » 03 Aug 2018, 22:03

Morgan Jones wrote: ↑
02 Aug 2018, 07:27
Excellent review! Extremely detailed and insightful. Unfortunately, war-themed books are too heavy for me because I can't handle death and destruction properly, so I think I'll pass.
Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate the feedback.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 03 Aug 2018, 22:03

Cecilia_L wrote: ↑
02 Aug 2018, 22:19
Excellent review! Despite the war-related content, the plot sounds quite intriguing.
Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate the feedback.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 03 Aug 2018, 22:05

LaurenHaupt wrote: ↑
03 Aug 2018, 09:16
Great review! Very detailed. I haven't read any war books before but I might try this one. I'm glad you get to know the characters very well in it. Thanks for the review!
Yes, I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to know the characters. Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate the feedback.

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Post by Dolor » 04 Aug 2018, 06:21

I am not into war and scenes of death and destruction so I'll bypass reading this book. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this book and gave it a perfect rating. Lovers of this genre will love this book.

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Post by Yssimnar » 04 Aug 2018, 18:23

I also don't like war books, but it sounds like this was able to keep your attention anyway.
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Post by Charlaigne » 04 Aug 2018, 20:15

Sounds different: a war book for a young adult audience is not something I've encountered. That was a thoughtful and well-considered review, and I'm actually intrigued that you mentioned it might not suit those who have undergone previous traumas.

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Post by Al Chakauya » 05 Aug 2018, 07:08

Great review there -honest, thorough and comprehensive. I enjoy watching movies and documentaries on world wars but I haven't read a book on that. This seems a great read from your description but not my kind of read though: I prefer the moving picture version apparently. The author has made a great job by minimising typos and gramma mistakes- a great way of capturing the attention of the reader.

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Post by Dahmy 10 » 07 Aug 2018, 05:44

This review is awesome, I have gotten a good picture about this book and I would surely pick it up as I love stories that have something to do with the second world War.

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Post by sanjus » 11 Aug 2018, 04:31

Great review of the fiction book which is written elegantly with full of surprising actions and much captivating . I hope to read this book soon
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