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Soldier X

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,994 ratings  ·  396 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, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 14th 2003 by Speak (first published March 19th 2001)
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Nicholas Stillwell I would rather go to war if it involved my country and if not, I would still go to war because "fortnut" is bad. : ^ )

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Ryan Ebert
May 27, 2014 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 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
Jan 03, 2015 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 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
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very well written and interesting book. I do wish they talked more about his life after the war. But other than that very good. The only other I gave it four stars is because the beginning was very dry, but it all ties in with the story eventually. Overall a very good WW2 novel. I'm going o ask for more novels like this for Christmas!
Elias Hayda
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Soldier X was one of my favorite books I have read all year. Even though its a completely different time from now. he is relatable and you can compare with him. I like that in the story he develops and changes. From a naive boy to a wise, strong, and smart man. Soldier X is always interesting and filling your mind with imagery details. It is never boring, and it never stops being intresting.
Noah Koh
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book was a topic of my interest. It was very exciting and fun. The book had many parts where I really felt scared, happy, and sad. The best thing about Soldier X, was that there was no 'real happy ending'. The book was realistic, and made total sense. There are no miracles that help the main characters along the way. Anyways, it's a great book.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The author describes very well the setting and what is going on. Sometimes it may be confusing, because the author gives too much information at once, like for example in the beggining, I did not understand very well the story, but as you keep on reading you will understand everything and you will find out how amazing this book is. If you like action, war, and love stories, this is a book that you will definetly like, and I would recomend it to everyone. Really good ...more
Alex Cooper
Nov 07, 2010 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
Sherry Guice
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had read this book before; one of my 8th grade groups chose this to read and finished this morning. One of the students said, "This book makes me want to read more WWII books; it was so inspiring."

I like the structure of the book--it is written almost as a memoir starting with the protagonist as an old man, then telling his story. The end ties up neatly, which students often find satisfying though plenty of characters die and suffer greatly with enough detail to keep the reader engaged.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: battlebooks
It was really good! Except for the beginning. Which was awful. It was just SO BORING! Nothing was happening, and then stuff started happening, and then it was good. But I didn't need pages and pages about what happened in the beginning, just get to the good stuff.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Art by: Minto School library
"I don't know who I am!" I told him with half-feigned terror. He glanced around at his look alikes. " Join the group, he said with a pained, raspy laugh. "We're not sure who we are, either!" p.87
Soldier X is a young man who fights for both Germany and Russia and the terror of battle, youth, love and the process of survival from war wounds and life.
Megan BG
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only read this to fulfill an "X" book and because it sounded like it might be interesting. It was! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a quick read.
Nov 28, 2012 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
Jul 10, 2011 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 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
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-in-2008
SOLDIER X is an appropriate title. 16-year-old Erik Brandt, a German, is bilingual thanks to one set of Russian grandparents. When he is sent to the eastern front in the final, desperate year of WWII, he becomes not the proverbial man without a country, but the unusual one with TWO (which doesn't work out so well when those two countries are at war).

Appealing to adults and teens alike, this war novel's narrative is compelling and graphic in its description of trench warfare. The German
Peter Coppes
Sep 17, 2016 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 ...more
Oct 27, 2016 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 ...more
Apr 21, 2013 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, ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 27, 2012 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
Sam Seiken
Jan 12, 2012 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
Tanner Thompson
Feb 03, 2017 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
Antonio Caruso
Jan 03, 2017 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
Nov 04, 2016 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 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 ...more
Riley Schopf
Sep 28, 2016 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 ...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
Ashley Chepulis
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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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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