Too many times these days the term hero is thrown around. This is the story of a group of true American Heros. A fast and very interesting read. I recommend it.
I can't say - didn't read the printed version.
The main character of the book, of course, Felix Sparks. The narrative focused on him, because the book was about him.
Again, Felix Sparks. This was not a fictional narrative, but a true life story.
No. I listen to audio books while commuting, and even thought this story was good, I had no issues waiting until my next travel day to continue.
Very intriguing story. Great example of leadership, and shows a part of WWII for the Allies that was largely neglected and overseen by other events. A must read for all WWII enthusiasts who want to get a full view of what happened in Europe during this time period; not just what has been popular.
This book would have been 5/5 except for the last chapter when it turns into a political hit piece. It actually makes me question the remainder of the narrative, making me wonder if the whole book was written to lend gravitas to the contemporary political point being forced at the end of the book.
Traveler, History buff. Mystery enthusiast. Battlefield explorer.
COL Sparks was a courageous infantryman and outstanding leader. Couple those two traits with a great amount of luck and you have the makings of a very interesting story of one mans battle during WWII. I found it thoroughly interesting and entertaining. The stories told of the extraordinary courage and bravery of the WWII citizen solder is a tribute to them. To hear and see the death and injury surrounding you daily, makes one wonder how any infantryman could return to a world of post-war normalcy.
The chapters on the events at Dachau are most interesting.
Also, the book tells the story of the murder of COL Sparks Grandson. It was beyond terrible, and inexcusable. As told in the book, that event seemed to push the COL into a zone of fury unequaled in his wartime years. The grief the family has endured is heart wrenching. I can understand COL Sparks push to keep handguns out of the hands of teenagers like the one that murdered his grandson, that I agree with, but then the story seemed to devolve into a diatribe against the NRA. The NRA does not and will not condone any unlawful use of firearms. In the book the NRA seems to be as much a villain as the murderer himself. With that, I totally disagree.
Whatever your view is on firearms ownership or regulation you'll enjoy reading of COL Sparks 500+ days in battle.
It's a very interesting read.
As my father served in the 45th Division, I read with interest Alex Kershaw’s story of Felix Spark’s Sicily to Dachau odyssey. The story is detailed and personal, providing real insight into the reality of war and the horrendous conditions that soldiers faced.
Fred Sanders does a good job interpreting the emotion as well as the variety of Italian, French and German words. I wish he had not done accents, which I found to be caricatures and distracting.
All in all, it is a book I recommend, as it brings to life a time which is fast fading from our memories.