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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Camp is a work of fiction in the historical and social issues subgenres and was penned by author David Hatton. It is largely suited to the mature adult reading audience owing to its truly harrowing themes. We meet central protagonist George Taylor in 1925 when he is keen to travel to Berlin, the famed gay capital of Europe. Settling nicely into the culture and enjoying his freedom, everything comes crashing down as Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party begin to seize political control. Their determination to punish and eradicate homosexuals puts George and those he meets along the way in the path of unimaginable torment and horror, but will there be light at the end of the tunnel?
Author David Hatton has crafted a tear-jerking tale of love, loss, life, freedom, and persecution that will certainly take readers on a journey that sinks deep into your heart. From a historical standpoint, Hatton perfectly marries the social issues and Hitler’s dark designs for a ‘perfect’ society with the struggles and oppression that homosexual people faced as the Nazis seized more and more power. The dialogue was used incredibly well to convey the secrecy, pain, and heartache of the characters’ experiences, and I often felt like I was right on George’s shoulder as he witnessed and underwent the most difficult times of his life. Overall, I would certainly recommend Camp to anyone with an interest in LGBTQ+ history and those seeking an emotive and relatable drama with as many dramatic highs as its harrowing lows.