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Soldier X

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  2,430 Ratings  ·  343 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Erik Brandt barely knows what Germany is fighting for when he is drafted into Hitler's army in 1944. Sent to the killing fields of the Eastern Front, he is surrounded by unimaginable sights, more horrific than he ever thought possible. It's kill or be killed, and it seems clear that Erik's days are numbered. Until, covered in blood and seriously injured, h ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 14th 2003 by Speak (first published March 19th 2001)
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Ryan Ebert
May 27, 2014 Ryan Ebert rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages
Recommended to Ryan by: No one
After reading this book both in eighth grade and recently, I consider this book to be my favorite book of all time. Being a World War II buff and fanatic, I picked up this book to pass the time. The story is epic and the character development is one of the greatest I've ever found in literature. I don't think this book gets enough publicity or credit. It is a historical book with real historical battles from World War II, and it gives a Fictional first-person outlook on the trials of a young boy ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Dominic rated it it was amazing
This probably one of my all time favorite books lots of action and packed with history. It provides a detailed acount of of life trapt behind enemy lines in the Eastern Front. It is baded on a true story
Rebecca L. Snowe
Jan 03, 2015 Rebecca L. Snowe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2015-reads
Awesome book that tells what war is really like and what people go through in it. Reminded me of All Quiet on the Western Front. Very moving.
Matthew Sysak
Sep 23, 2009 Matthew Sysak rated it it was amazing
The book is about a fifteen year old boy named Erik Brandt that likes to be named X. Before Erik was sent to war he was complainig that he was mistaken for a sixteen year old. Erik was not a Russian he was a German but he was supposed to kill his own people (not the Russians, the Germans). When Erik was on the battlefield he got barbed wires stuck below his knee and he got shot. in the emergency room Erik say a beutiful 15 year old girl named Tamara and was a nurse helping alot of other wounded ...more
Alex Cooper
Nov 07, 2010 Alex Cooper rated it it was amazing
Soldier X:

The book is about a 16 year old kid named Erik that is fighting for the Germans. During the middle of a battle that he is in he finds himself in a ditch wounded. The only way for him not to get captured by the Russians is to switch clothes with one of the dead Russians in the ditch. After passing out in the ditch Erik wakes up in a Russian hospital. He doesn't know anyone but he is half Russain and can speak some too. When in the hospital he fakes memory lose and pretentends to forget
Nov 28, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Paul Harrington

Soldier X by Dun Wulferson is a true story. READ: Therefore it does not have the normal plot line of a normal novel! The book is set in WWII during the last part of the war. The book takes place in Germany then Russia then Germany again.

The main character’s name is Soldier X. He is a soldier drafted into the Nazi army at 15. But this is complicated by the fact that he is half Russian. This means he can speak fluent Russian, making him invaluable as an interpreter. However every
Jul 10, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Read this with my teenage son a few years back. I appreciated the experiences through the eyes of a young German who has been more or less brainwashed by the Nazi propaganda machine (as many Germans were). Sent to the Russian front, he finds himself trapped behind the lines & desperate to survive. Putting on a Russian uniform to blend in, Erik is mistakenly wounded by a fellow German soldier & brought to a Russian field hospital as a "war hero" putting him in precarious circumstances as ...more
Sep 19, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: young_adult
Soldier X is like All Quiet on the Western Front, written in the style of a video game, with a love story, WWII, and The Russians.

A young German boy, whose family is half-Russian, goes off to fight the Russians on the Eastern Front, on a roller-coaster journey into hell. Expertly-paced for reluctant readers more familiar with story-lines from WWII FPS games, Wulffson draws the reader in with engaging, visceral, brutal, and often heavy and thought-provoking prose. The book is divided into three
Oct 27, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
The book “Soldier X” was a thrilling non stop book that was based on a true story during World War ll. The book was just constantly having things happen. Like right when you think it’s all calm nope. The book has so many twists and turns and it honestly made me cry. I can’t believe I liked a book about war. But I think I enjoyed it because it wasn't just about survival. It was showing how scary things can get but you just have to keep pushing and pushing no matter what happens. It also shows th ...more
Apr 21, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing
Soldier X tells a courageous story a young boy's experiences during WWII as a German soldier used to question the Russian prisoners of war. Brainwashed under Nazi rule, 16 year old Erik Brandt has no choice but to follow the commands of his superiors. Erik is able to escape the battle by changing into the uniform of a nearby dead Russian. However, during his escape he is shot by a fallen German soldier. He is then taken to a Russian hospital where he becomes acquainted with his nurse, Tamara, a ...more
Peter Coppes
Sep 17, 2016 Peter Coppes rated it it was amazing
Soldier X is an exciting World War II era thriller that makes you want to keep reading. The novel follows the life of a teenage boy named Erik Brandt who fought for the German army in World War II. As the story continues Erik makes new friends, meets the love of his life, and keeps a secret that is life or death if anyone finds out. Some insights that the book enlightened me to is the quality of life that the solders had to live in. They had to dig bunkers into the side of hills as living quarte ...more
Sam Seiken
Jan 12, 2012 Sam Seiken rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-irp
the book solder x is about a and young Nazi soldier during World War II. The character’s real name in the book is Erik Brandt. His family immigrated from Russia to Germany during the Bolshevik revolution because they were wealthy and they did not want the Bolsheviks to take all of their money. Their family’s 1st language was Russian and the 2nd was German. When the main character was born his 1st language became German in a 2nd language became Russian similar to many immigrants.

when he was 17 h
Ms. Yingling
Feb 27, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of war books, but there are some boys who want to read nothing else. This 2001 title combines many good elements that make this a great read for your WWII obsessed boys.

Erik is only 16 when he is conscripted into the German army. He's not thrilled, because his grandparents are Russian. He gets sent to the front, and there is some rather graphic fighting. The sad conditions of war are all described-- the filth, the cold and damp, the battles that cause young boys to lose their l
Antonio Caruso
Jan 03, 2017 Antonio Caruso rated it it was amazing
I finished "Soldier X" today and it was amazing! It had suspense drama action and even love! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. This is a book i recommend to many.

It started off amazing and was good the whole time. The book was based around a kid named Erik who was scared. He lost many people in the book including his best friend. The whole book was dedicated to his survival. He knew if he was caught by anyone he would be killed.

He starts on the Germans but then in a desperate ac
Tanner Thompson
Feb 03, 2017 Tanner Thompson rated it it was amazing

This book is a heartwarming tale about World War II. Soldier X is very well written by Don L. Wulffson and is 227 pages long so perfect for a fun quick read. This book is composed of drama and suspense, for example,“I wanted to scream. I wanted to yell out the truth. But I couldn’t.” This book is full of suspenseful moments like this and if you read this I promise you will be on a roller coaster of emotions.

This book also has many fun layered people for you to decode, the main character ev
Nov 04, 2016 Jayla rated it it was amazing
I consider this book to be one of my favorites. I loved how realistic the book was and I could actually picture the scenarios in my head. It was written in a fifteen year-old boy's point of view, so it was interesting to read a book that was based on the experiences that these young men had to go through. To me, something like that seems unreasonable, but, it actually could be something that would possibly happen if our country was in some sort of crisis. The book was so detailed that, at times, ...more
Cole Palmer
Jan 23, 2012 Cole Palmer rated it really liked it
Soldier X, by Don Wulffson, is a great book that shows what life was like in a realistic way for soldiers in WWII. A young German soldier who is half Russian is chosen to fight for the Nazis in a great theme plot of friendship, love, and sorrow. This book shows in a great way the life of young German soldiers. The plot is very credible because it was based on a true story about a man who now lives in Oregon. In addition, the authentic setting of Nazi Germany and even on the front lines of battle ...more
Riley Schopf
Sep 28, 2016 Riley Schopf rated it it was amazing
I would have taken notes during my reading, but I gotten so drawn into the book last night, I read 225 pages! I started reading at 4:00, forgot the time and stopped reading at 9:00. It's just that kind of book. It was very descriptive though, so like my review of Fallen Angels, there is much gory and blood. The worst part is the fact that this a biography. At one point, the author's in a hospital after being shot and he meets a new friend named Nikolai. They talk all day because their beds are n ...more
Travel with me along this journey with this young, German boy. In Soldier X by Don Wulffson, Erik, is taken by Natzi regime in order to be a soldier and fight against the soldier. Erik, similar to the others, does not like being a soldier because of the tough conditions they have to face and many consider suicide. They young soldiers miss their families. Erik stays and fights, falls in love. In the end, facing death, looking at the past all Erik wants is to take it back.

I recommend this book to
Alysha Speer
This book was so . . . deep.
It's rare I read a book about the Nazi/Jew war, or that I read historical fiction at all, but when I picked up this, I had to read it.
Eric Brandt (More prefered name: X) is a German soldier at age sixteen, but he gets trapped behind Russian lines. There's no way for him to get back, so he either must kill himself, or pretend to be a Russian Soldier.
Well, X knows Russian because his grandparents are Russian and he becomes part of Russia's army. He is very badly wounde
Ashley Chepulis
I felt the the book Soldier X, by Don Von Wulfferson was a good read but had some problems that definitely could've been fixed. As it tells the story of a young German-Russian teen drafted to fight in ww2. The book was entertaining Enough and had great accuracy towards the time period. The problem I had with it was the emotional aspect and the ending. Both of which I felt were lacking as it doesn't talk more about the emotion effect the war had on our main character. As well as the fact that the ...more
Morgan V
Jan 25, 2017 Morgan V rated it really liked it
It is an errie, disturbing tale of World War 2. It had me scared, disturbed, angry, and sometimes on the verge of tears. If you have a weak stomach, or don't like the idea of corpses, I don't think you'll like it.
Charles Wang
Nov 17, 2014 Charles Wang rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy who went to serve Germany in World War Two, where he gets trapped behind the enemy lines and does the impossible... Will he survive the war?!

If you love horror and war books MUST READ THIS~!!!!
Patrycja 706
Dec 22, 2016 Patrycja 706 rated it it was amazing
Many historical fiction books are boring in my eyes. When it comes to books about World War II though, I’m a HUGE fan, and this might be one of the most interesting ones I have ever read. Although the plot is at a constant change, the book is really easy to follow thanks to the way Don Wulffson illustrates it.
Even though I am also a big fan of WW II stories that feature people that once really lived, I love the character that the author created and really enjoyed reading it.
I highly recommend t
Jun 07, 2017 Gregory rated it really liked it
This was a good read especial for someone who has a somewhat romanticized view of war. It gets across the horror of war without terrible bloody and gruesome. I think it better because it is from the point of view of the "enemy".
Matthew Petridis
Jun 05, 2017 Matthew Petridis rated it liked it
Soldier X is interesting, but a very simple read. The book is short, about 150 pages and provides the reader with an interesting but very predictable storyline. I would recommend this book to a middle school aged child who is interested in World War 2.
May 30, 2017 Tannerkeough rated it really liked it
This book is a historical fiction and it is an easy read for kids that are at a high reading level and also easy for adults i recommend this book to people that like to read books about history
Zach Koenig
Feb 25, 2017 Zach Koenig rated it liked it
Though I generally consider myself a fan of historical fiction, I usually need a very interesting "hook" to keep me engaged. That, beyond anything else, was my main problem with "Soldier X". It was solid, but pretty much unspectacular in every way.

For a basic plot summary, "Soldier X" tells the story of Erik, a half-German, half-Russian young man who has been recruited into Hitler's army during WWII. Soon after being shipped out for combat on the Eastern Front, Erik's company is attacked and ove
Lance Thomas
Apr 07, 2014 Lance Thomas rated it it was amazing
This story first takes place on March 21, 1944 in Nazi Germany. It is about Erik Brandt, a 16 year old boy from a German father and a Russian mother who live with their Russian grandparents in an apartment above the Kuche Apfelsine (Orange Kitchen) in Vilsburg, Germany. He has been drafted into Hitler's army to fight on the Eastern fronts of World War II against Soviet Russia after training in the Hitler Youth to become a spy since he knew Russian so well from his home. After a long journey by t ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing
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Don L. Wulffson is the author of more than forty books, including Point Blank, The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle, Future Fright, and The Upside-Down Ship. He lives in Northridge, California.
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