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Save Me Twice: Based on a True Story

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Based on a firsthand account. Imagine fighting for an ideal you cannot fathom. Imagine searching for a flicker of patriotism before a wave of blood. Imagine nausea at the idea of your brother as a target. Imagine curtains opening to reveal calculated extermination. Towards the end of World War II, Hitler was desperate. He pulled in young and old to fight a losing war. Sixt ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 3rd 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Wendy
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Save Me Twice is a wonderfully told story. It is based on the author’s father’s stories from World War II. I felt like I was right there with the characters every step of the way. In fact I couldn’t put it down! This was a new perspective for me, as far as reading about this time in history. I have read many books about the Holocaust, but none from the view of boys in the Hilter Youth. This story chronicles what happens to Karl, the main character of the book, and his brothers, Hans and Hermann ...more
Darryl Greer
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Towards the end of World War II, Germany was on its knees but Hitler was hell bent on fighting to the death — literally. With millions of soldiers and civilians dead and desperation taking hold, he ordered the roundup of every able bodied male in the country, including boys as young as 12. They were put in uniform, many in that of the fearsome SS, given a weapon they barely knew how to use and marched off to war. Against this background, author E. A. Dustin has based her novel "Save Me Twice." T ...more
Marianna
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to start with this, it is an amazing and easy book to read. And by easy, I mean is so clear, easy and understandable to read no matter what is your English level.
Secondly, the perspective of the book is so interesting. The perspective belongs to a writer whom her's relatives have been in all this situation, in all this tragedy, WW2. It is a book telling a story who started almost 75 years ago and it has been written nowadays. It is so alive and it made me be thankful I am alive. Tha
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Kyla
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy for review.)


I am a bit of a World War II buff, so I was pleasantly anticipating reading Save Me Twice by E. A. Dustin, as it had been described as “based on a true story.” I was not disappointed – the book is rich in accurate period detail. The author, while basing the book on her own father’s reminiscences of his experiences as a German teenager during the last days of the war.

The book begins in the 1940’s, in the German countryside. We meet Karl, his mother
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Nadine
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to read this story, being a German myself and growing up listening to the stories my great grandmother and grandfather always told me. He was in his early twenties during WWII and "Save me twice" told from the POV of 17 yo Karl was just something I had to discover.
I wasn't disappointed: the first scene is one of the most heartbreaking ones of the whole book. The way three young boys are ripped away from their mother, one of them being handicapped and very likely ending in a KZ was n
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Sarah
Of all historical fiction, I'm always more drawn to stories like these that include untold war stories. What makes this one unique for me is reading about the experience of a German soldier during WWII instead of someone that fought on the allies' side of the war. It's enlightening and something I feel like I needed, as a lover of historical fiction (specifically WWII-era books). While it's not all true, I imagine quite a bit of what the author wrote about her father was, and it therefore makes ...more
R.C.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I credit the fact that my great-uncle was a POW during WWII as the reason I find myself drawn to books, movies, and television shows about that era. Save Me Twice is the first book I read from the German perspective. The author does a great job of turning her father's experiences into a captivating read. With the turn of each page you feel the emotion, the loss, and the pain that Karl felt both as a 16 yr old kid and a 75 yr old man. Karl's story is a good example that not everyone believed in t ...more
Jaime
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Save Me Twice provides a narrative of horrors of the Holocaust and World War II Germany from the perspective of a young, German soldier. Karl was ripped from his home by SS soldiers to join the war near the end of the War. The narrator does not believe in the cause and is not a willing follower of Hitler. He follows along because he is young and afraid for the lives of his family. Dustin does a good job depicting the horrors of an internment camp after the war as well. If you are a fan of World ...more
Savannah McFadden
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were a lot of unnecessary explanations in this book (defining SS, explaining Hitler Youth, etc.) that made it seem like the author only needed to reach a particular word count rather than tell a compelling story. WW2 stories are my favorite to read, but this one was dry. I didn't feel like I was excited to get to the end to solve some sort of mystery or find out what happens. It seemed like a first novel, one that needed to be edited once more before going out. Would give the author anothe ...more
Holly
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a wonderful, well-told story. Very touching. It was hard to put it down; I wanted to know how it was going to end—what would happen to the characters I'd come to care about. Based on true events from WWII, it reminds a person to have hope. I'll remember this story for a long time.

I heard that the book is being professionally edited, which will only make the book better.
Payton
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four stars because of the unique perspective (and I like WWII novels). A little hard to get into at first, but picks up after a few chapters.
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