Hans, Klaus and Ralf are all brothers fighting the Russians on the EasternFront for Hitler during World War II. Hans, the youngest, is the most dedicated. Hitler and the 3rd Reich enthralls him. His other brothers have seen enough of war to know it's not all it's cut out to be. None of them are prepared for what they run into. Klaus, a pilot, wonders why the Rumanian pilots' canopies are black. How can they see? Ralf, in the Panzer division, finds dead Russians with bite marks on their necks. Hans of the Infantry sees wisps of smoke rise up and kill attacking Russian soldiers. What's going on?
Klaus finds out after he is shot down by a Rumanian plane and ends up in the hospital close to a Russian POW camp. What he sees horrifies him and he knows that he and his brothers must do something. But what? The monsters appear to be all-seeing, all-knowing but Ralf and Hans have seen enough to know that it must stop. So the brothers begin to plan. Will they be successful against Hauptman Constanta and his hoards?
David Bishop has written a plausible story of World War II from the point of the German soldiers who are more terrified of their supposed allies than they are of their enemies, the Russians. It's a well-written, scary little book that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wonder what Constanta will think of next to torture not only the Russians, but also the German soldiers. If you like the unknown, this is the book for you.
Reviewed by Alice Holman
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
This book and the second one are works of art.They would make a great movie.I recommend the book,as well as book two,to anyone who likes horror novels with a little history sprinkled in.The way Mr. Bishops writes keeps you engrossed in the story and craving for more........like a blood-lust.His words makes your imagination take over and go wild.Can't wait for the third novel to come out...Ill b the first one to get it.
War is Hell...
The Third Reich has made a deal with the Devil. Well, close enough anyway. Rumanian soldiers seem to be doing a good job killing the Russian soldiers. So well that the Russian dead are found with terror on their faces. Why are the Rumanians only seen at night? Why are they so interested in learning how to fight with tanks and fly fighters?
Will they stay allies or do they have plans of their own?
World War Two and vampires are not a rare idea but David Bishop does a good job of making an old idea come out new again.
This definitely has the flavour of the strip I remember. Complete with the can come back from a speck of ash head vamp, Constanta. The pitched battle at the end, vamps v germans is most excellent. Running throughout all this, of course, is the horror of the actual historical panzer battle along the EasternFront, with the accompanying infantry. Fans of both war and horror should enjoy this one.
RUSSIA, 1941. THE mighty German army is smashing its way through the crippled Russian defences. Idealistic young German soldier Hans Vollmer joins the front on the eve of the invasion of Russia, unaware that darker things than the enemy stalk the battlefields.
When he is saved from a Russian attack by a Rumanian platoon, led by the mysterious Lord Constanta, his relief is short-lived.
Why do they never see the Rumanians during the day? Why do the Russian dead wear expressions of complete terror? Why are their bodies drained of blood? What unholy bargains has the Fuhrer made in order to win this war?
First of a bloody trilogy, Fiends of the Eastern Front: OperationVampyr features historical battles and allout bloodsucking action! Also avaialbe in this series: Blood Red Army, Twilight of the Dead.