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In the Great Tradition of Herman Wouk, Author of Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Wolf is a Thoroughly Researched and Illustrated Historical Novel about a Man who is Not Yet a Monster . . . but Will Soon Become the Ultimate One: Adolf Hitler.

Perhaps no man on Earth is more controversial, more hated, or more studied than Adolf Hitler. His exploits and every move are we
Hardcover, 552 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Skyhorse
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Martie Nees Record
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gene: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Skyhorse
Pub. Date: Feb. 11, 2020

The Director of Publicity for “Wolf: A Novel” contacted me to ask if I would be interested in an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this historical fiction. I was about to say thanks but no thanks (already have too many on my TBR list) until I learned who the authors were—more to come on them later. I am so glad that I accepted the book and grateful that it was offered to me. Wolf is a meticulously researched historical novel about a m
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc., Skyhorse Publishing, HFVBT and the authors for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

By: Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter

*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
In their novel, Wolf, Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter seamlessly weave historical fact and fiction to create a humanized portrait of the embodiment of evil in Adolf Hitler(Wolf). This is the story of his early life after WWI before he became the greatest
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many, myself included, have wondered how Hitler rose to be the dictator he did. How he gained the power and votes that he did, how he was able to control thousands, if not millions and bring down humanity. How could one person be able to make other believe that someone with a certain ancestry was to be hated and murdered without a second thought. It is still something that is so unfathomable. One person.

The novel Wolf, was a very interesting look into Hitler's life starting right after WWI, a
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wolf was surprisingly good. The authors did extensive research and I noted the documents at the end were to be found at the Musmanno Collection at Ohio State University. Thus, as faculty, I skipped on over to the Special Collections section of the Rare Books & Manuscripts section (it's where OSU stores rare manuscripts) and perused the Elisabeth Billig Papers (she was a German citizen and a simultaneous interpreter for Judge Musmanno during Nuremberg Trials).

Wolf is the story of the rise of Ado
Jessica Higgins
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well researched fictional account of Hitler’s rise to power.

In 1918, a young man wakes up in a German hospital with no memory. Referred to as Patient X, he undergoes major plastic surgery for shrapnel wounds that he received to his face, head, and body. As his physical scars heal, his memory continues to elude him. Once he had healed physically, X was transferred to a mental ward in Pasewalk Hospital near the Poland border. He began to see a new doctor and while his memory recollection falters,
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


DISCLAIMER : Thank you so much for RABT book tours for having me on the hosting team of this tour. I was provided with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wolf is the story of Friedrich Richard, a soldier who wakes up with severe injuries that left him with a memory loss. He becomes patient X and gets moved to Pasewalk facility where he meets an intriguing patient who goes by the name of Wolf. Wolf was admitted due to blindness caused by t
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing account of how Hitler came to power and the relationships he cultivated before the war that helped him gain power. It really gave me an interesting background into the early years of the Nazi party. It is so hard to believe how abysmal Germany must have been between 1918-1930 to make people turn a blind eye to what was right in front of them.
The way the story was told was very engaging. A fictional man Richard became Wolf or Hitler's friend in the days after world war one while they
Linda Zagon
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "Wolf A Novel" by Herbert J. Stern & Alan A. Winter, Skyhorse Publishing, February 2020

Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter authors of "Wolf A Novel" have written a disturbing, dark, intense, and thought-provoking novel.  The Genres for this Novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. The authors have used poetic license to use some fictional characters to help narrate the story of Adolf Hitler before he was so powerful. The timeline for this story starts in 1918 in a
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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gwendalyn _books_
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction
Thank you to Andrea Stein with Jane Wesman Public Relations and Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for this wonderful opportunity to read a truly amazing novel and review Wolf.

I received an ARC and Historical Notes from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Herbert Stern and Alan Winter’s Extraordinary Novel Transports Readers to the years in Germany, 1918 to 1934. A reflective personal view of Hitler’s ambitious Rise to Power.

WOLF, by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Part I, chapter one, it is July 1918. A German soldier is in a hospital in Berlin recovering from wounds and surgery. He has no memory. He doesn’t know his name. He is later transferred to Pasewalk Hospital. The town of Pasewalk is in far east Germany near Poland. It’s near the Baltic Sea. It is a doctor at this hospital who names the German soldier with no memory. His name becomes Friedrich Richard. He is a tall and handsome man. Probably in his twenties. He learns early on that he knows guns ...more
Ninu Nair
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wolf is such a well-researched book.
I am never too keen on biographies and the copy of 'Mein Kempf' has stayed with me for the longest. But, Wolf was incredible at being a historical fiction, charting Hitler's rise to power from 1918 to 1934. The central character of Friedrich Richard, with no prior memory, becomes perfect at taking the readers through this journey. Hitler's character is dissected and a lot of focus is given on his personal life.
The pace is perfect for me, except maybe when th
Kayla Mckinney
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for this ARC!

In “Wolf” Herbert J. Stern does a remarkable job of turning historical monsters back into men. This isn’t to say that the Nazi leadership becomes sympathetic, but it does allow the reader to see and better understand how Hitler rose to power and how the average person could support him. What I appreciated most was the author’s attention to historical accuracy and his subtlety; in the opening chapters Hitler is introduced so quietly that the
Sam Sattler
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The possibility that a monster like Adolph Hitler could have ever been a ladies man never crossed my mind. Never. But that is exactly the way that Hitler is portrayed here in Wolf, the new fictional look at Adolph Hitler’s rise to power by authors Herbert Stern and Alan Winter. And according to the novel’s “Historical Notes” section, there is good reason to portray him that way because Hitler was not really the cold, emotional wreck of a man who was incapable of forming meaningful relationships ...more
Zoe L.
Feb 04, 2020 added it
What happens when you find out the man you considered a friend is actually a monster? Wolf tells a story that is rarely touched upon in books, the story of the rise of Adolf Hitler. Told through the lense of a fictional character, Wolf takes us on a journey from the end of the first World War to the rise of one of history’s most atrocious leaders. It is truly a terrifying look into how easily one person instilled fear and hatred amongst an entire country of people.

At this point I feel as if it h
Darcia Helle
This is a DNF for me. While the content is interesting, the writing style drags and lacks an emotional connection.

I have immense respect for the amount of research done by the author. Though this book didn't work for me, it might hold appeal for others interested in this topic.
Sue Blanchard
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thankyou to NetGalley, Skyhorse Publishing and the authors, Herbert J Stern and Alan A Winter, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of Wolf in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
I was intrigued by the premise of the storyline, so I was quite eager to actually read this book.
Unfortunately, I found I had trouble getting into the storyline and maintaining interest.
Not a book for me.
Susan The Book Dragon Campton
Welcome my Fellow Freakish Feasting Feydragons! Tonight’s Gem is in this old, cracked leather bag, pay great attention to that ugly symbol on the pouch. It is reviled the world over by good Dragons everywhere. It is the contents we concern ourselves with this evening. Let us pour them out on this piece of blue velvet. See? Runes carved from diamonds. Germanic and Teutonic they appear to be, but on second look they have been altered to do someone’s bidding, like propaganda. On second look, they a ...more
Michelle Malsbury
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter, Authors
Wolf A Novel
Skyhorse Publishing, ISBN 978-1-950994-72-4
Historical Fiction, Romance, Politics, Germany, Europe, USA
539 pages
February 2020 Review
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM


Herbert J. Stein was previously a US Attorney for New Jersey. (2020, back cover) Stern was tasked with prosecuting some of the political glitterati in Newark, Jersey City and Atlantic City while working in this capacity. He has penned three prior books and one wa
Jessica | Booked J
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Not many historical figures are as monstrous as Hitler. He was nothing short of pure evil. He will never be anything more than that. Learning about this bleak and horrific era in history is always something that has been equal parts unsettling and fascinating. Wolf explores this
Elliot J.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
My negative review here duplicates the one I've posted on Amazon. I am a lifelong student of the Third Reich as an avocational historian and have by now, being 81, read at least 200 books about both the regime and Hitler with whom this preposterous novel deals.
As a novel it is poorly written with very mediocre dialogue and wooden characters. Characterization and dialogue are the sine qua non of a good novelist and these two authors fail. Far worse is the absolutely ridiculous and historically un
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
How did Adolph Hitler rise to power? How could the German people fall for his rhetoric and hate speech? Wolf tells the story of Hitler’s rise to power through the eyes of his friend Friedrich Richard.

Friedrich Richard awakens in a hospital at the end of WWI with no memory of what came before this point in time. He had no ID on him when he was wounded and he had plastic surgery after his massive head wound. No one knows what he originally looked like. He is given a name and is sent to a hospital
TNE Book Critic
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Its only fair to admit that I am not a big fan of reading books about Adolf Hilter. My dislike has nothing to do with Adolf Hilter (those that do not learn from the past are doom to repeat it ), but simply they tend to be more of a research paper than a story. Wolf held my attention from the moment I read the Prologue to the last word on page 534. Wolf is a historical fiction about a soldier, known as Patient X (renamed by his doctor to Friedrich Richard and later discovered his real name was Ha ...more
C. Gonzales
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
The most important thing to me about any Historical Read is that the authors are true to the time and setting and that it feels authentic to those aspects. You can tell the authors really put a lot in to this book in making sure all of that came across for the reader. The descriptions and imagery used really does highlight the era completely. It's a winding story that has a barrage of ups and downs. There are many heavy hitters throughout and the authors do a great job of making sure the reader ...more
Larenda Brantley-Hondl
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Although I appreciated the historical research that went into this book, I didn’t care for the author’s writing style. The author is an attorney and he writes like an attorney. Everything is very matter of fact and there’s very little effort to create an emotional connection to any of the characters. Additionally, there are introductions of some characters that literally serve no purpose to the storyline, other than to prove the author did his research. And, is this the first book in a series? I ...more
R.K. Emery
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
There is a variety of characters and all of them will intrigue the reader from the very beginning making flipping pages that much easier. I love it when I'm invested in a story like I was with this one.

This is a very character driven novel and I love the fact that the authors gave us both characters to root for and dislike.

There is a lot going on and be prepared to be caught up in a whirlwind and dive right in.

I loved the authenticity of the setting and characters to the time.

It's a great re
Janel Hauser
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many are familiar with Hitler’s actions following his rise as Germany’s dictator. This novel highlights the events that lead to his election. This book took some time to get through because I was constantly looking up information as it was presented in the story. I was fascinated by the historical context of the novel. However, while I am aware that Friedrich Richard’s story was a fictional element, some of his moments in the book were cheesy.
Samantha Turley
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This was a quick read for me, yet the plot and substance were profound.
I loved the attention to detail within the history and how much authenticity there was.
The authors have created a novel in which the characters are flawed and interesting to follow.
I felt like the words and plot just flowed long effortlessly.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eye opening to say the least. This book with the latest research into AH makes for a compelling read. My only gripe is that at times, with the fictional narrator, Freidrich, his escapades come off as very thin compared to the historical elements that keep this novel moving.
Adam Bricker
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My first adventure in historical fiction and I really enjoyed it. Knowing what we do about Nazi Germany and their questionable ethics/beliefs, I thought it was very clever to have the main character me an amnesiac so he could develop his own opinions of how things came to exist around him.
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