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.