Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
Nazilager by JR Rogers tells the story of a Nazi Panzer brigade captured in North Africa, shipped across the Atlantic Ocean and imprisoned in a prisoner of war camp in Georgia in the United States. The camp has been hastily constructed in a small seaside town, which causes alarm among the local population, who are worried that the presence of the Germans will have a negative impact on the tourism that is the mainstay of their town. There is a long list of characters, both German and American, some are endearing, others are most unpleasant. I was concerned I would get them confused, but, no, each soldier was clearly described and easy to remember, not an easy task for an author.
I found Nazilager particularly fascinating as I didn’t know there were POW camps in America and it was a long way to transport these men in war time. All the camp inmates were officers and, according to the Geneva Convention, there were rules and regulations to follow. However, it was a learning experience for everyone, and many of the German officers did not believe the Americans who drew the rules up in the first place would follow them. Those in charge of the prisoners were army personnel and, except for one officer who had worked in the prison service, looking after prisoners was a whole new experience.
In Nazilager, JR Rogers has given us a vivid account of what life might well have been like in a POW camp for German prisoners of war in 1943. Although the camp and the location are fictional, I suspect the author researched this topic in depth before writing about it. The characters leapt off the page, the narrative was tense and exciting, especially towards the end, and I loved the final few pages – very satisfying. You don’t have to be a lover of war stories to enjoy this book. I finished it in two days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Certainly worth five stars.