Book Review: Downed Over Germany (War Girl #0.5) by Marion Kummerow

Downed Over GermanyAbout the Book

When the shell hits Tom’s aircraft he just knows this will be a bad day.  Shot down. Stranded behind enemy lines. This is not how British RAF pilot Tom Westlake expected his secret mission to pan out.  But he soon discovers that his day is about to become a lot worse…

Unwilling to surrender, he escapes his captors more times than he cares to count – until the Gestapo enters the chase.  In the hands of his deadliest enemy yet, will there be hope for him to survive?

Format: ebook (50 pp.)    Publisher:
Published: 6th May 2017    Genre: Historical Fiction

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My Review

Downed Over Germany, is a prequel to War Girl Ursula, the first novel in the author’s War Girl series set in World War 2.  For readers familiar with War Girl Ursula it provides the back story for an important character in that book.   For new readers, it will provide the perfect introduction to the series.

The author creates a believable sense of jeopardy as Tom seeks to evade capture whilst attempting to make his way across country to the safety of the Dutch border.   He’s hampered by the injuries he suffered when he was forced to bail out, by lack of food, by his rudimentary German and his conspicuous clothing.  Oh, and the fact that pretty much all the people he might encounter will want to kill him.  He is the enemy, after all.

Without spoiling the story, Tom has some narrow escapes and some pretty brutal encounters.  However, fortune seems to be on his side when help arrives from an unlikely source, setting the scene for the events depicted in War Girl Ursula.  I enjoyed following Tom’s adventures in Downed Over Germany.  I particularly liked some of the interesting detail about how RAF pilots were equipped to cope with the prospect of capture.

I received a free copy of this short story for signing up to the author’s newsletter and chose to provide this honest and unbiased review.

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Marion KummerowAbout the Author

Marion Kummerow was born and raised in Germany, before she set out to “discover the world” and lived in various countries. In 1999 she returned to Germany and settled down in Munich where she’s now living with her family.

After dipping her toes with non-fiction books, she finally tackled the project dear to her heart. Unrelenting is the story about her grandparents, who belonged to the German resistance and fought against the Nazi regime. It’s a book about resilience, love and the courage to stand up and do the right thing.

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