Wolf by Wolf
Genre: Historical Fiction
Story contains: violence, action.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while! An intense read that kept me turning the pages. A historical fiction novel that’s based on the “what if’s” after World War 2, especially the “what if” Hitler had won.
This story was full of action, but not in a way that fries your brain (as some action movies do when so many kicks and explosions are happening all at once that you have no clue what’s going on). Thankfully, the action here is well balanced with character development–which is my favorite part of a story. We want to learn about the characters and connect with them, and for me Wolf by Wolf did just that.
Main character Yael goes on the Axis Tour, which is a motorcycle race across several countries, from Germania to Tokyo. She must win for the sake of the world, because only the winner can get close enough to Hitler to kill him. But she can’t enter the race as Yael. Instead, she goes undercover as Adele Wolfe, who was the winner of the previous Axis Tour and who’d met Hitler after winning. Hitler had a fancy for her, the pure German Adele. And for these reasons, impersonating Adele is key.
While reading, you feel the heavy weight Yael carries on her shoulders as she rides her pulse-pounding motorcycle through the roughest and most dangerous terrains. It kept me enthralled. The author’s writing style is different than what I normally come across (bolded words, parenthesis, etc) but after the first chapter I grew used to her style and fell right into the story. For a while every other chapter is a flashback to Yael’s past, but don’t worry, this is a good thing, as it reveals important events in Yael’s life and the few persons special to her that made her who she is. It didn’t bother me at all, and blended well with the story’s momentum.
The flashbacks are the heart and soul of who Yael is. We learn how she is able to take Adele Wolfe’s identity, and it’s because she can skin shift–a product of her childhood when she underwent experiments in a Nazi camp.
Intrigued yet? 😉 Well, I better not say anymore except that the ending is a huge twist I was not expecting! If you enjoy thrills, motorcycles, races, painful backstories, and mysteries, then I highly recommend you pick up a copy!
I give Wolf by Wolf 5/5 stars
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