One of the most horrible ”books” I’ve ever read…


I don’t want a ‘’fictionalized’’ account. I don’t want the POV of a Nazi. I don’t want a ludicrous fictional character -whose only thought is SEX SEX SEX!!!! – that has nothing to do with the actual regiment. I don’t want a boy’s wet dream about these heroic women who sacrificed everything for freedom. I don’t want the POV of a misogynist Soviet pig (my apologies to the lovely, cute animals for being compared to the Soviets)

Are editors and publishers even serious? The Russians and the Germans speak as if they are part of a Hollywood Mafia film. I was waiting for someone to come out and actually say ‘’I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse’’. And if you are going to play it down for shock value and decorate page after page with intestines, at least make them look realistic. Don’t ‘’draw’’ them like enormous, twisting, pink doodoos.

This…thing is an absolute blasphemy of the extraordinary story of the Night Witches, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, the women who showed the Germans how this game was played in the Southern Front.

Don’t mess with Russian history (or any history, obviously) if you don’t have the chops to do it justice.

What’s next? Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps presented as bartenders? The Auxiliary Territorial Service depicted as pole dancers?

How does such trash get published?

ARC from Naval Institute Press and NetGalley.


  1. Sadly theres another book I got to review on them and the main character cracker a joke in a barracks about Stalin….and lived. There are no fact-checkers or real editors today. As long as all moder p.c. requirements are met & everyone has graphic sex it is published.

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    1. Exactly! These guys, in particular, are in need of a writing workshop, a History class, a lesson in decency and psychiatric help…

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      1. It’s why I post errors in my reviews or, if it is so bad I won’t review it I send the errors to the publisher. Modern swearing, modern attitudes are another problem too.

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      2. I review every book, especially if it is so horrible. People need to know. It is the publisher’s duty to visit platforms such as NetGalley and Goodreads. When a book is so disrespectful and hideous, my concern has nothing to do with the editors or the publishing houses. My aim is to inform the public, within my extremely limited power as a reader. The worse the book the more vehement my review will be.

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