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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Joyce Yvette Davis writes a WWII thriller in The Lebensborn Experiment. Deep within the Black Forest, a castle stands resolute. No one has any idea what really is going on inside its ancient fortified walls. The year is 1945; the war in Europe is escalating. Hitler’s evil regime has no limits to its diabolical deeds. Propelled by racial hatred, the dream of a superhuman Aryan race is now possible. One scientist, a doctor of exceptional genius or madness, has the potential to change the world with his experimental serum. The “Elixir of Life” not only gives extraordinarily long life, but enhances natural abilities, creating physical superiority. However, on the dawn of the experiment’s unveiling, Hitler dies. Chaos ensues. The supremacy of the Third Reich collapses, releasing the hounds of hell. No one can be trusted. Two prisoners were injected with the serum; a Polish boy and a black American soldier. Adok and Kapp are free of the castle walls; now only silence restrains them. Afraid to talk, they are forever shackled to their secret. The war may be over, but for them everything is different. “The diabolical work of the Lebensborn has at last been destroyed.” Really, or has it just begun?
The Lebensborn Experiment is exceptionally written. Just when you thought you had heard and read everything about the Third Reich, Joyce Yvette Davis reveals another diabolical act. Her story revolves around the Lebensborn Register Society, an organization that kidnapped “racially valuable” children to be “Germanized.” Davis also exposes the “organized insanity” behind the scientific experimentation during WWII. Sufficient and accurate historical background was given, creating a foundation for the plot to build upon. She wrote her characters with depth and dimension, giving thorough physical descriptions, as well as revealing their thoughts and mannerisms. The setting descriptions, whether the Germanic Black Forest, a 13th century Nordic castle or battlefield images, were written vividly and with picturesque quality.
Davis’ writing style contains an abundance of similes, making it appealing to read. Each chapter opens with an intriguing quote that complements the plot. The use of German phrases in the dialogue enhanced the creativity of the novel. The action of the plot moves with ease from place to place and character to character. Captivated, I had a hard time putting it down. The denouement is wrapped up and packaged nicely. However, the reader is left anticipating the eventual reunion of The Lebensborn Experiment.