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Soldier X

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,672 ratings  ·  260 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
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Published July 14th 2003 by Speak (first published March 19th 2001)
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Dominic
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
Ryan Ebert
May 30, 2014 Ryan Ebert rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Matthew Sysak
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
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
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Ms. Yingling
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
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Nick
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
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Paul
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
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Sam Seiken
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
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Cole Palmer
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
Alex
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
Michelle
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
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
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Wolf S
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Wolf S.
3/8/15
"Soldier X", by Don Wulffson, is a true, but very morbid story about World War Two. It is the story of how Erik Brandt, a sixteen year old boy who is half Russian, is drafted into the German military and forced into the front lines against Russia. The main theme this book revolves around is in war, both sides are made of living people, who all have families, emotions, and feelings. This story allows one to realize that in war, there are no "good guys" or "bad guys", but instead peop
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Erin S.
In Soldier X by Don Wulffson, the author tells the reader that sometimes good people don't always have the best intentions. Sixteen-year-old Erik Brandt has to leave his family in Germany behind to fight in the German army. After a long, tough battle on the front lines, he finds himself behind enemy lines. He soon has to decide whether to risk his dignity or to risk his life.

This book was well written, but it wasn't one of my favorites. The main problem in the book was solved not even half-way
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Dylan Van
Soldier X by Don Wulffson starts off when 16 year-old Erik Brandt is drafted into the German army which was run by Hitler in 1944. Erik does not know much of what he is getting himself into on his way to the German base when Russians attack. This attack left tons of soldiers injured. Erik and other new soldiers received training for a day before they were attacked again by Russian soldiers. During this attack, Erik gets knocked out, awakened to most of not all of his friends dead. Germans were ...more
Kendall Thyes
Soldier X is an amazing book and anyone who likes to read historic books should read. This book is written in first person, and is a true story. Tells how this German solders survives a war as a Russian soldier. This book does not leave anything out, and even describes things for a person that does not know a lot about WW2 would understand. This book is historically accurate and tells a story that is worth reading. I give this book a 5/5.
You will read about-
1. German trenches
2. Hitler Youth cam
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Nick Young
The author's purpose in the book "Soldier X" was to inform the reader about what happened in Eric Brandt's life as a sixteen year old soldier in the height of World War II. The book is written in first person limited point of view because we don't know what is going to happen in the story. It is written directly from Eric's first hand experiences.

The theme of "Soldier X" is one can do anything necessary to survive in times of war. The author is giving the reader an account of what Eric went thr
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Jordan Josephs
Jun 04, 2014 Jordan Josephs is currently reading it
A boy traps behind enemy lines. Faced with danger. Will he survive? Or will he be discovered?

He got drafted into war and on the first day he already saw some of the people he met get murdered. He and a couple of friends he met were staying at a bunker as reinforcements and soon they are on the front lines and everyone is killed. He survived by taking a dead Russians uniform and because he speaks Russian.

He finds himself at a hospital being treated for his wounds. He lies and says he's suffering
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Janette
Erik Brandt is a teacher at a high school in Washington, and his students find out he was in World War II. They talk about how awful it must have been to fight Nazi, but inside Erik is thinking about how in World War II, he was a Nazi, a sixteen year old boy fighting in Hitler's army. Born in Germany but with Russian grandparents, Erik spoke both German and Russian, and when war broke out between the German Nazis and the Communist Russians, he felt his loyalties divided. Serving on the front lin ...more
Joey Koebe
Have you ever thought what it would be like to be stuck on enemy lines? Well Erik, a Nazi soldier, learns exactly what that is like. Erik is only 15 when he enters Hitler's Youth in WWII. During Erik's first battle he finds himself stuck under a Russian tank. He decides to take a uniform from a body under the tank with him and escape from under the tank. While escaping from under the tank he gets shot a few times by his own troop. He is sent to a Russian hospital to recover. Erik pretends to hav ...more
Anna Harrington
Have you ever thought what it would be like to be stuck on enemy lines? Well Erik, a Nazi soldier, learns exactly what that is like. Erik is only 15 when he enters Hitler's Youth in WWII. During Erik's first battle he finds himself stuck under a Russian tank. He decides to take a uniform from a body under the tank with him and escape from under the tank. While escaping from under the tank he gets shot a few times by his own troop. He is sent to a Russian hospital to recover. Erik pretends to hav ...more
Heval Deliktas
The story of a 16 year-old fighting for his country. He doesn't know much about war. Until... he finds a way to possibly survive...


Erik Brandt is a 16 year-old who is half Russian, half German. He is a member of Hitler Youth. He knows Russian, German and English, and that's one of the reasons why he gets sent to the Eastern Front of the war on his birthday to fight against Soviets. He doesn't really know much about the war, until he starts fighting. He sees terrible things, he goes through very
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Louden
Louden 4/29/14 Soldier X
The book, Soldier X by Don Wulffson is about a boy named Erik Brandt. He is a sixteen year old of German and Russian decent and is in Hitlers Army. He had no choice in joining or else he would be killed, and so would his parents if they objected. He was being taken to the Eastern front by the border of Russia near Gryuskow, Poland to fight Russian troops. As he arrived and packed up, four Russian aircraft surprised them and started to fire at them. The assault was quick,
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Lance Thomas
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
Mary Olson
Erik Brandt is unique because he can speak German and Russian due to his parents’ ancestry. He is one of the many young and inexperienced troops sent off to fight in World War II. When they arrive at their first camp, they soon discover that all of the men are dead and they are now sending in the boys to fight for their country. After a short briefing on the artillery and weapons they are sent into battle. Erik finds himself badly injured on the opposite side of the war zone. It is do or die so ...more
Collin Avery
If you plan on reading this book, prepare to learn about the following topics:
Germany, Russia, Hitler, Hitler Youth, Lebensraum, Stalin, Undesirables, communists, rationing, Eastern front, bombing raids, Stalingrad, artillery, Jews, open cockpit planes, tanks, Leningrad, and propaganda.

"They've run out of men, now they're sending us boys."
This is said by one of the main character Erik's officers when him and his friends arrive at their military base in Russia.
Erik is sixteen years of age and is
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Laney
Well... I started this really great review for this book, but it got deleted. I can't even explain how mad that makes me, so unfortunately,this won't be an in depth review.

Both genders with love it. There is a perfect blend of romance, action, tragedy...
If you're anything like I am, then you'll read the first few sentences(read the prologue please)and immediately be drawn in. You'll continue to read and you will be succumbed to the book. Then by the fourth chapter or so, you ask yourself,"What
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Shannon
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Sierra Hewitt
Have you ever told a lie and felt like you were about to be found out? Erik, a Nazi soldier is drafted into World War 2 at the age of 15. He thought he was going to be on the reserves for the war but then never realized when they sent him to war, he was going to have to fight for his life which he did. He was near death, as his new found friends were already dead, and thought the only way to save himself was by switching sides and becoming a Russian soldier. He stole a soldiers uniform that had ...more
Mitchell
Erik Brandt is a 16 year old half Russian half German boy. He is in a program called Jungend, which is also known as Hitlers children army. His program has to fight when they are needed. One day Erik was sent to war. Erik was uncomfortable fighting in Russia because he is half Russian half German. Although he knew he had to fight because that’s what he signed up for. While traveling to Russia, he met 3 other boys named, Oskar, Jakob, and Fassnacht. All 3 boys were scared out of their mind. In t ...more
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