Four Steps to Death PDF/EPUB æ Four Steps PDF/EPUB

Four Steps to Death In this novel by John Wilson set during the Battle of Stalingrad, three participants two fighters and a boy are caught in its horrors Their story is told over seven days of fierce and deadly street by street fighting Vasily is a patriotic Russian soldier determined to rid his country of the hated Nazi invaders if he can stay alive long enough Conrad is a German tank officer, part of the seemingly unstoppable force sweeping eastward over the steppe, expecting a quick victory over Stalin s ill trained and badly equipped army Between them is eight year old Sergei, whose home is the maze of rubble that used to be the city of Stalingrad None of them can know that their fates will be intertwined as the cataclysm engulfs them YA novel about the Battle of Stalingrad Told from three different perspectives, a eight year old Russian boy living in the city, a German Tank Officer and a Russian army scout in Stanlingrade who is working with the famed Russian Sniper, Yelena Pavola, to repel the Germans from the city. Four Steps to Death is a good read for mature children or young teenagers This book is an entertaining war story with colourful cast of characters The locations, weapons, and terminology are accurate enough to be interesting for a child interested in military history The broad plot of this story could have been taken from films like Stalingrad or Enemy at the Gates Wilson manages to write a high interest and action packed story while avoiding glorifying war The main theme of this story Four Steps to Death is a good read for mature children or young teenagers This book is an entertaining war story with colourful cast of characters The locations, weapons, and terminology are accurate enough to be interesting for a child interested in military history The broad plot of this story could have been taken from films like Stalingrad or Enemy at the Gates Wilson manages to write a high interest and action packed story while avoiding glorifying war The main theme of this story is of loss, and of the tragedy left behind in the wake of war I found it very refreshing that Wilson has imagined a realistic cast of German and Russian characters, who are symbolic of their respective national characters Wilson does a tactful job of explaining the appeal of National Socialism and Stalinist Communism, and describing the gradual loss of morale and disenchantment which common soldiers felt There are some very graphic scenes of violence and cruelty described in this story, but the author does not relish in them Four Steps to Death gives insight to the Battle of Stalingrad that no text book could ever give you It replicates the feelings of the soldiers to such a high degree that you can almost feel them yourself their pride, fear, pain, agitation, and suffering during one of the bloodiest battles in history Four Steps to Death exhibits this threw both side of the war, the Russian side and the German side Using the characters Vasily for the Russian side and Conrad for the German Not only does it ref Four Steps to Death gives insight to the Battle of Stalingrad that no text book could ever give you It replicates the feelings of the soldiers to such a high degree that you can almost feel them yourself their pride, fear, pain, agitation, and suffering during one of the bloodiest battles in history Four Steps to Death exhibits this threw both side of the war, the Russian side and the German side Using the characters Vasily for the Russian side and Conrad for the German Not only does it reflect the soldiers emotions but also, the civilians This is targeted through Sergei, the eight year old boy caught in the middle of the battle The books descriptive style of telling these three characters story givesfeeling, understanding, and connection to the horrors of the Battle of Stalingrad then any bland textbook could give Four Steps to Death gives the pearl of wisdom of don t get too cocky In the beginning of the book Conrad is quite cocky as the Battle of Stalingard is his first battle Veteran soldiers around him constantly remind him of this fact and warn him of its dangers I really enjoyed Four Steps to Death One of my favourite features about this book was that it showed the different sides of the war This dispels the theme were taught about WW11 when growing up that theme of good vs evil The different perspectives help remind us that war is a horrid thing to go through, no matter who you are or what side you re on It affects many people and bring unimaginable pain Another thing I liked about this book was the character Gottfried Although he was on the German side, he was one of the only characters to recognize that both side were doing disgusting things For example, when they fired at a Russian battery of 37 mm antiaircraft guns with their tank, the people who were operating these guns were young women Conrad and the other displayed disguised at the Russians and call them barbarians , Gottfried only states that they are no different for how many sixteen year old girls sitting at home did have the Richthofen s bombers killed today Wilson, 65 Made me think of Enemy at the gates and numerous other books on Stalingrad.Interesting way at looking at using soldiers and civilians from both sides to tell us the story of the battle for Stalingrad.

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