Book Review: Hart’s War by John Katzenbach

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Hart’s War by John Katzenbach is a fictional book taking place in a prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. Mr. Katzenbach was as a criminal court reporter before turning to thrillers.

  • 490 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034542624X

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My rat­ing for Hart’s War  — 4
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Thoughts:
I bought Hart’s War by John Katzenbach when the book came out, and recently revisited it. I remember how much I enjoyed this combination WWII, legal thriller and thought it would be fun to read again.

The cast of characters in the book is flushed out, the reader gets to know each individual of the main players in the narrative. It is amazing that the author can tell the reader much about each character in a few short sentences. Everyone in th4e book have their personality traits and faults, the Tuskegee Airman is not a cliché, the Nazis aren’t pure evil, and Hart is not a shining crusader.

The book is long, sometimes a bit preachy, but that did not take away from the enjoyment of reading as I could not put the book down the last 100 pages.  The novel tells of a great mystery and leaves the reader with much to think about after finishing.

Synopsis:
When 1st Lt. Lincoln Scott arrives at Stalag Luft 13 in Bavaria POW camp during World War II. Soon Lt. Scott, a Tuskegee airman, finds out he is the only African American in the camp and a murder has just happened and all the signs point to Lt. Scott.

Second Lt. Tommy Hart, a B-25 navigator, is assigned to defend Lt. Scott in the trial of his life. Not only is there conflict between allies and enemies, but racial tensions also run amok.

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