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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
    Eve Pines
    Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Couldn't put it down! Based on true story, about a part of German World War II history that we don't usually hear about.
    Dawn Gehler
    Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Amazing story

    I was amazed at how well this was written very good read makes you angry at what innocent people went through
    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
    Helen P Raczkowski
    Very Good read

    It was interesting to hear a store of Germans who did not agree with Hitler and the trials they faced.
    D Lincoln
    Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Wow!

    This may be fiction but based on facts told to a daughter by a father who was a 16 year old German soldier in 1945. We need to read these books so these terrible events are not repeated.
    Mariel
    Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Save Me Twice by E.A.Dustin
    I wrote this review based on an advanced copy that the author sent me.

    A work of fiction based on a true story, this book describes an experience of the exploitation of race and class that millions fell victim to and “ it is our responsability to not let history repeat itself “.

    It begins in October 1944 Nümberg in the dead of night when 16-year-old Karl is woken by hammering on the front door. As his mother nervously opens it, he recognises the voices of SS soldiers on
    ...more
    Sean
    Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed Save Me twice by E.A. Dustin. The book was easy to read and the characters were very relatable. The story is in the historical fiction genre and it wasn't until the end that I discovered that the story was actually based upon a true story. Set in Nazi Germany, the story is told through the perspective of a 15 yr old boy who finds himself and his brother conscripted by the SS to fight the final few months of the war. The horrors of the war are revealed both on and off the battlef ...more
    JJ Dunaway
    Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was a powerful story full of history, from a new perspective than any I have been offered previously. The path was difficult and heartbreaking as I suspect it truly was for so many young boys in Germany during the 40s. The story is genuine and I was pleasantly surprised at the twist at the very end that I will leave for the reader to follow the story and come to the end of this journey.
    Jenifer Owens
    Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Good Read. Give me more.

    The fact that the author included her father's writings added to the authenticity of this story. I wished I could read German. This book was interesting but I wanted more, more character development, more description. It could easily have been expanded. I enjoyed it. I just wanted the author to give me more. Hopefully, there will be a sequel, Karl and Michael meet again?
    Hannah Stoffield
    Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    To be completely honest, I don't really know anything about World War II going into this book. I only remember the information we were taught in school. So I didn't know much about the German side of the spectrum. I went into it with an open mind and it surely did help.
I found this book very educational. While reading, I learned so much more about the war that I wouldn't have known without the help of E.A. Dustin.
The book has a steady pace. There wasn't any slow parts to the story. It followed ...more
    Sarah E Mudge
    Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    An amazing thought provoking story. It was good to see the events from the prospective from young german boys who didn't want the war. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history.
    Lauren Stewart
    Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book takes you through a moment in the later life of Karl (who was once part of the SS in Germany) as he flashes back to moments of the war. A really interesting and engaging read. Lots of heartbreak and joy and written from an interesting point of view with a great emotive narrative.
    Christopher Warner
    Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Interesting perspective of the end of WW2, from the German side. An easy read, well worth the time invested in reading it.
    Abdulla Tajedin
    Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved the book. I finished it in one setting. It was a very touching book that offered a different perspective of the second world war. Looking forward to future books from this author.
    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
    ...more
    Nessamars16
    Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: loved-it
    *Thank you to BookTasters and E.A. Dustin for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

    -Highly recommended –

    Sometimes school is just not enough, sometimes reading a book is just what you need to learn something new.
    Even if this is the case with most books, I consider it to be especially the case with Save me twice by E.A. Dustin, a book based on WWII events. At school they teach you about WWII focusing mainly on the historical events and the cruelty that was perpetrated towards
    ...more
    Vedika Pandey
    Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Amazing book! I absolutely loved it. The fact that it is based on true events makes it an even more interesting read.

    The author tells us the heartbreaking story of two young german boys forcefully taken from their house to fight even when they don't want to. The story, written from a German's perspective, highlights the atrocities committed by Hitler, and the pain not only of those who suffered the Holocaust but also of the civilians, young and old. It is an eye-opener.

    The writing itself was so
    ...more
    Kiona18
    Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    I have read books about World War Two but normally it has been in the perspective of war prisoners or British soldiers.

    It was interesting to hear from a perspective of a young German boy who was forced into the Hitler youth. As I haven’t come across many books that have done this. It breaks my heart to hear the stories of soldiers who were forced away from their families into war.

    This novel has so much detail all the way through you can tell that the author has done dedicated research to tell t
    ...more
    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
    JG
    Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Save Me Twice by E.A. Dustin is a historical fiction book based on a true story. Karl, a German teenager and his brother are taken in the middle of the night and forced to join the SS. His family did not believe in the war and were secretly against the Nazi propaganda that Germans were forced to obey. After Hitler committed suicide and the war was over he ends up becoming a POW. It is during this time, he sees the devastation left behind in a concentration camp. He is both appalled and ashamed o ...more
    Eva Lazar
    Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I actually don’t have a lot of bad things to say about this book at all! Whenever I see books describing WWII from a German’s perspective, I roll my eyes a little since they tend to portray people doing horrible things while claiming to be a good person. This book instead describes how a young boy is forced to dig trenches until the war ends, and then tries to make up for the wrong that “his side” did in the war. There is still a lot of self-righteousness going on and there definitely is a skewe ...more
    R.C.
    Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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
    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
    ...more
    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
    ...more
    Kirsty Herrington
    Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Based on a true story, Save Me Twice is a compelling piece of historical fiction written by E.A Dustin, which tells the story of sixteen-year-old Karl Elheusch. In 1945, at a time when Hitler’s Germany is losing its grip on the war, Karl and his brother Hans are taken from their home in the middle of the night by Karl’s childhood friend, and forced to join the SS. In the present day, Karl visits his daughter in America, but things don’t quite go to plan when he’s taken ill at the airport, and su ...more
    Rebecca Hill
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: booktasters
    Karl and his family are navigating WWII the best that they can. As the war rages in Germany, they are finding shortages everywhere, and the world they knew turned upside down. As Hitler and the Nazi party push the war to greater heights, the people of Germany are told they must do whatever is necessary to win, even if that means signing up young teens as soldiers.
    When Karl and his brother Hans are taken to become part of the SS, they are not sure if either of them will see home again. For a whi
    ...more
    Lia
    Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    It's one of those books, which you can't put aside, once you've started reading it. The story develops quickly and keeps you on your toes until the end.

    This book is about young men in the last year of WWII and what it was like to live during the times when lives of people, who did not support the existing regime, were in danger day and night. How childhood friends turned into your enemies, how a knock on the door in the middle of the night meant their lives would never be the same, how people re
    ...more
    Paul Janiszewski
    Save Me Twice - EA Duston
    A story based on her father's experience as a young boy toward the end of a war that wrought so much suffering to victims and perpetrators alike. EA Dustin was presented with an opportunity that for a son or daughter of parents having survived the torments of war, have seldom ever been unlocked and opened to reveal a previous plight of tenuous survival, and with it, the inner fears that still remain harboured in the soul of the very victim, dormant but not dead.
    I had ho
    ...more
    Ana Souza
    Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Once, I’d watched an interview by Oskar Schindler’s wife telling us about the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during World War II and about a potential disbelief of New Generations about what really happened during that time, such the level of cruelty and psychopathy.
    Just because of this, EVERY personal story should be shared in an effort to try to avoid that similar situations come to happen again.
    Save me Twice is a piece based in a true story experienced by two young German
    ...more
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