Historical Fiction Book Reviews

Book Review: The Ventriloquists

The Ventriloquists

Title: The Ventriloquists
Author: ER Ramzipoor
Series: Standalone
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Park Row
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 3/5 stars
Review Word Count:
Notes: DNF’d at 40%. This just wasn’t keeping my attention.

The Ventriloquists started out interesting, but about forty percent of the way through the book my attention wavered and then I just gave up reading it. While I liked the characters, especially Eliza’s eagerness to know the truth of what happened and how things became as they are, the amount of french, politics, and historical things within was over my head and didn’t keep my attention in the slightest. My apologies to the author, but I do believe this book was meant for more serious history buffs than myself. While I adore historical fiction, even I was a bit befuddled by a lot of things that were going on in this book.

In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network publishing dissident underground newspapers.

Aubrion’s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attract the attention of August Wolff, a high-ranking Nazi official tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies. Wolff captures Aubrion and his comrades and gives them an impossible choice: use the newspaper to paint the Allies as monsters, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea: they will pretend to do the Nazis’ bidding, but instead they will publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin—giving power back to the Belgians by daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Told with dazzling scope, taut prose and devastating emotion, The Ventriloquists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by history—unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.
~As Described on Goodreads

Overall, I may try to read this book again in the future but I highly doubt it. My thanks to the publish for allowing me a copy of this book to review, and I do wish that I could have given a better review than ‘it was alright’ or a 3/5 stars. Perhaps I may try the authors other works as well.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

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