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Why is Michael Holsmann, a right-wing thug, searching the German countryside for details of a flight that left Berlin on the 28th April 1945? Why are the neo-Nazis so interested in a struggling penniless artist called Peter Fritch? Read this tale of identity and betrayal to find out.This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, brands, media, and incidents are eithWhy is Michael Holsmann, a right-wing thug, searching the German countryside for details of a flight that left Berlin on the 28th April 1945? Why are the neo-Nazis so interested in a struggling penniless artist called Peter Fritch? Read this tale of identity and betrayal to find out.This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, brands, media, and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously....

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Legacy Reviews

  • L.N. Denison
    2019-05-09 15:09

    What a dark little alternate history story this was. It makes you wonder what things might have been like had there really been an heir to Hitler's legacy. Would there have been a second holocaust? The plot was well conceived and the characters were very believable. The writing was as solid as ever, knowing this author's work already, and there were very few mistakes. The cherry on the cake was the cunning little twist at the end. Obviously, I'm not going to go into detail, but it is a book I would recommend, if you are into alternative histories.I gave this book 4.5 stars in the end.

  • J. Saman
    2019-05-10 19:16

    I got this book yesterday and read the entire thing from start to finish. I simply could not put it down. This is the story of Peter who also just so happens to be the son of Hitler. Not my favorite person, but this alternative history was done so well, that I found myself actually sympathizing with the characters. I cannot explain the torrent of emotion that alone evoked, especially as a person who's family was killed in the Holocaust. But what that tells me is that this book is written perfectly. Hitler is dead at the end of WWII and his only heir, Peter was been placed in hiding. That is until some men with an important agenda come to collect and groom him. They're looking to him now to fix a broken country and ideology. A daunting task to say the least. This novella was jam-packed with action and intrigue. It's an incredible thing to be able to rationalize evil doings and intentions, yet Sky's writing does just this in a masterful way. This fast-paced political thriller did not disappoint. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily wrote a review for it.

  • Tassa Desalada
    2019-04-27 16:24

    As soon as I got this book, I read it in one sitting. This book is alternative history, but it really makes me think about the "might-have-beens". It's chilling to think that Hitler left an heir. And that's a great place to start a novel. Adolf Hitler is one of history's most recognized characters, and certainly one of history's most vicious ones too. But, again, what if Hitler really did leave an heir? Using his extensive knowledge of post-war Germany, the author creates a very compelling story of an orphan and his finding his own power despite many forces working against him. The author immerses the reader into the times of war and shrapnel and violence and espionage. This place is very distant from my cozy, quiet sofa where I like to read. But I hear the background bombs exploding, and the machine guns rat-tat-tatting, and the screams filling the smoky air. It's a scary, thrilling read. I always find bigotry disturbing. It just unsettles me. That said, undeniably, bigotry was part of the post-war times. This book takes us on a thrilling adventure that really draws the reader into the writing. I loved the story from the very first page to the very last page. It's captivating. It's fascinating. It's thrilling. It's an easy read. I highly recommend this book!!!!

  • D.R.
    2019-04-30 21:22

    Legacy by Wilde Blue Sky is set in post-WWII Germany. The story begins with an orphaned newborn German boy being whisked away from a ravaged country by an SS officer. Saving the child is important to the country. The boy is reportedly the son of Adolf Hitler and the intended future leader of a reunited Germany. The infant boy, Peter, ends up being raised by Jewish farmers, unknowing of the child’s heritage. Twenty-two years following the war, an upstart right-wing political group is seeking a new leader to unify Germany. They send one of their young lieutenants, Michael, in search of the “chosen one” to lead their efforts. Michael finds Peter and the right-wing group begins to mold the understated lad into the country’s new leader. A fast-paced story ensues as Peter becomes a willing puppet in a political plot to purify and reunite a post-war Germany. Writing historical fiction requires solid knowledge of the period and the ability to embellish the facts and/or interject fictional content to the story. The author did a good job of portraying how Germany must have appeared 22 years following the war. He (assuming Wilde Blue Sky is a male) accomplished this mostly through effective character development and dialogue. Mr. Sky was also able to capture the natural drama of a post-WWII Germany to create a fast-moving, captivating story.As I read Legacy, I was in a world of fiction, never totally accepting the premise of a political overthrow led by the son of Hitler. There was drama and fast-paced action throughout the book, but for the most part, the story moved in a predicable direction. However, I did not find either issue distracted from my enjoyment of the book.Legacy kept my attention and was well worth the investment of my time. I reached the conclusion of the book wishing it hadn’t ended, and isn’t that what a reader and an author want? Note: I purchased the book on Amazon and agreed to provide an honest review.

  • Davyne DeSye
    2019-05-06 15:04

    This was a very enjoyable alternate history about what would happen if Hitler had a son who survived the War.This was a fast-paced book showing the similarities of the young man purported to be Hitler’s son and his rise as a political force in post-war Germany. Most of the book is told from the Nazi point of view which is really tough for me to understand or agree with, but the writer did a great job of portraying in a believable way – gave me the “shimmies” a couple of times. While most of the characters in the book seemed to assume that genetics (rather than environment) would push such a man into the role of being the “next” Hitler, Wilde Blue Sky also did a great job of showing that, regardless of genetics, there are various brain-washing techniques that can accomplish that job quite as well – if not better. I also really enjoyed the weird (creepy?) realization that if Hitler had a son, he would have quite a young man in the mid to late half of the 20th century.My only real complaint about the book were the numerous SPaG errors (spelling, punctuation and grammar), but thankfully, these can be fixed. Otherwise, the writing was strong and the story compelling. And I absolutely LOVED the ending.This is a great read for any lovers of alternate history, especially for those who enjoy reading Hitler-related alternate history.

  • Lexi Conway
    2019-04-19 20:01

    Very cool twist on history.I was given a copy of this novel by the author for an honest review. I haven't really read historical fiction before, so I went into this with an open mind. Wilde did an amazing job of shaping a post-Hitler time period in Germany. The detail he put into the work gave the story a succinct feeling, yet it was very effective in giving me a glimpse into the characters' minds. Both protagonists were well-developed and complex.From the start, I could tell that the protagonists had very skewed perceptions of reality. It was clear that I was reading this story from a bad guy's perspective. How often does that happen? Rather than making me despise the characters, though, Wilde had a tendency to elicit sympathy towards them. What they did was horrible, and at times, I would hate them for it, but seeing it from their perspectives gave me the reference point to still see them as human, rather than as flat-out monsters (though they were).There are plenty of twists in the story, making it suspenseful, and very, very dark. I would recommend this to anybody that enjoys a fast-paced, political novel.

  • Attila Benő
    2019-05-16 16:01

    Legacy was an interesting read because the main characters were antipathetic from the very beginning. But that must have been on purpose because through an imagined post-WWII scenario, then book clearly showed how easily people can be manipulated, and how they are willing to do anything, including murdering their own relatives, just because someone told them to do so. This is both frightening, and eye-opening at the same time.The style of the book is easy to follow. The present tense takes some getting used to, but overall it's a fast-paced, well written book that I could not put down.I received a review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 4 and a half points.

  • Om Chand
    2019-05-06 20:58

    It's a post-war Germany, a few men are trying to resume the control of the right-wing. They are not planning to stop from doing anything that gets them there. Will the former German soldiers achieve there mission? Without revealing the plot, they are all committed at least.The plot is strong, well supported by the steady momentum. Most of the book is an easy read. The author has done a good job in using small sentences.The only thing I wished in the end that the book wasn't a bit predictable at a couple of places.Overall, time well spent. A good book that's fiction set in a historic background--a reader can't go wrong with this book.

  • K.T. Munson
    2019-05-13 18:24

    **Actual Rating 3.5 stars**CharactersMichael is a single-minded jerk. Peter a spineless outcast. Most of the characters felt a little flat at first...mostly because they are described to you and not well rounded. That is until I started thinking of this more of a historical alternative, written in a more factual tone. My favorite character was Ola, because she was the catalyst and for other reasons that I can't detail without giving the plot away. PlotI decided to try something different and boy is this different but also interesting. It is really important to remember this is a work of fiction. I don't want to give too much away, but the entire premise is fascinating. I appreciated the way the author portrayed the characters, and built up the tension. I'm a pretty open minded person so the entire context, while could offend some, really was just showing that a certain way of thinking was self destructive and what can happen after a power is ousted. OverallThe writing is dry, but consistently so. The characters took a while to form but they felt distinct after a while. A little over the top in their speech at time. My biggest problem was everyone seemed to talk out loud to themselves. Once or twice, okay, but there were more than 5 times that characters talked to themselves. I also wasn't sure the point of the last chapter. I would have preferred it if was just left off, like a mystery, but the last chapter sort of tied it up in a too perfect bow. That being said, the concepts and idealist views were well captured. I followed the logic, and illogical portions, of the characters beliefs. I could easily see it being a nod to what happens in other areas around the world - the old way doesn't let go so easily. From segregation to political parties, change may come but not everyone changes. It is slow and it is hard. I appreciated that aspect of this story, it reminded me of this very idea.Rating3.5 stars (rounded up)It makes you think, what if? I always appreciate a story that makes you wonder. However, I struggled with some of the scenes and the writing was very textbook (informative, but flat). If you like alternative histories or even a 'what if' theory, this is a great read. I received a copy in exchange of a honest review. More reviews at

  • Lonna Cottrell-Thompson
    2019-04-21 20:11

    Making Germany Great Again! The story was fast paced and kept my attention. The-Boys-from-Brazil-ish plot was captivating and not at all what I expected. And I really, really, really liked the ending, but…The effectiveness of this story heavily relies on the Peter’s likelihood for personal growth. But as the narrative stands, I can’t see how he could be anything other than Hilter 2.0. In the beginning, strong similarities between him and Hilter are brought into light. He’s a failed artist. He’s a vegetarian. The story infers that he has a genetic disposition for anti-semitism is so strong despite being raised by Jewish people. Eugenics 101. The right-wing Nazi sympathizers seek him out because they are convinced he’s Hilter’s son, and because he shares half of Hilter’s chromosomes, he’ll “make Germany great again.” (This phrase cracked me up, and every time I read it, I chuckled and wondered if it’s possible that Trump Bannon had read Legacy before coming up with his slogan. Then I remembered that they recycled it from Reagan.) Peter’s character is flat and seemingly one directional. Further developing Peter’s character would solve this problem. Peter lacks depth. This could be remedied by exploring his feelings about his personal relationships, or showing that he’s extremely tortured by the first official horrendous event that he takes part in in the beginning of the story. Building on his love for animals would also work. He needs to seem human.

  • Ms. Please Pass The Books
    2019-04-19 22:19

    I really, really love alternative history, and having a fresh read in the "what if" genre makes Legacy a wonderful find for readers lusting after something newer than Man in the High Castle and/or Fatherland. In Sky's divergent novella we are introduced to Peter, the son of Hitler who has been raised in isolation and secrecy. He's brought out of hiding, dusted off, and groomed to follow in his father's footsteps by men who hope to see him pick up the pieces of a shattered nation, and attempt to restore what's left of a fractured ideology. The tone coerces a kind of sympathy that will sit uncomfortable with many readers…but it is in this aspect that I was totally sold on the writing. The moment you start *kind of* understanding an SS officer, my friends, is the same moment you know that the character development has been well executed.It's generally pretty rare to find a whole lot of depth or dimension in a novella, but Legacy does a great job in the space it's been allotted. The style of writing is consistent with the subject matter, and while others might argue that the ending is predictable, I'd have to insist that the journey to get there is certainly a unique, engrossing commute. It's well worth an afternoon lost to intelligent escapism.I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which this certainly is.

  • Ivan Baublitz
    2019-05-18 14:15

    This was my first jab at this genre of alternative history. I enjoyed the premise of a young boy "Peter" searching for an identity and finding a cause bigger than what was being laid out for him by his caregivers. To be discovered and bred to become something bigger than he ever expected. So how did young Peter Prevail?Well first off, the story was a fast read I nailed in a quick sitting. I found a parallel in some of the political backstory to current affairs faced with some countries in Europe today. I'm not sure if the author intended to do that but immigration is a huge issue not only in Germany right not but other neighbors and you couldn't help but get a feel for the anger that may accompany that. Also I think it was unique how the author played with the rumor that Hitler may have had an Oedipus Complex hence the Grandpa scenes. Although it was a fast read, I think a bit to fast. Covering forty-five years in one sitting didn't really give much time for character development. I understand the author’s intention but it made it feel as if the author was writing to get to the end. I would have rather the author taken more time to expand on the scenes instead if felt more like reporting it similar to what Olga was to do. So how did Peter prevail? Well no spoilers from me. I enjoyed the read and was glad I had a chance to sit down with this piece. Yet, I walked away desiring more. Besides my critique and after all whom am I, I did enjoy the premise. The idea that this can happen is great for Hollywood but I don't think the German people would appreciate that much. I would love to see the author take another stab at it and paint the picture that Peter would have wanted. This is not for anyone who takes bigotry lightly and I forewarn ahead of time. 3 stars.

  • Michael Sahno
    2019-05-03 22:23

    This brief novella starts with a great concept: what if Hitler had a child who lived, and was later discovered and groomed to be the NEXT Hitler?The author has a real gift for dialogue, and the characterizations are believable, though I think it would be better if they were more fully realized. Not too many people read a book and say, "I wish it had been longer," but I will say that about this one. At just 96 pages, it can be easily digested in just an afternoon.What kept the book from being a 4-star or even 5-star novel for me were the alarming number of proofing errors throughout...not just names being misspelled, but usage, name it. I think a good, reasonably-priced proofreader could vastly improve the next edition of this novel. It's one thing to find five or six errors in a full length novel, but when you find 30-40 within a 96-pager, that's a difficulty. I did like the story, however, so I give it 3-stars...and would love to have given it even more.

  • Martin Perks
    2019-05-12 21:56

    Legacy is a historic novel that takes place at the end of the Second World War. Members of the right wing attempt to reform and eventually take over once again in Germany. It’s a horrific scenario that I hope will never come true, but there is always that possibility in our ever changing volatile world.The author weaves a cracking yarn here, and as the story unfolds, the reader is drawn into the story. Lots of action, and good characterisation make this a novel to remember. The plot is intricate and full of surprises. Loved the story idea, and conclusion was always hard to work out. Definitely one to watch.

  • Connie Lafortune
    2019-05-06 14:09

    Legacy is a fast-paced historical novella about the concept of Hitler having a son. And the men who will stop at nothing to find him...Graphic and vivid scenes of a war torn Germany hook the reader in from the very first page. While grenades and machine gunfire infiltrate the night, a package of utmost importance must be delivered for safekeeping. If one soldier should fall, the others are to carry out the mission.It's evident that Wilde Blue Sky has a vast knowledge of history. It's well portrayed throughout the story. Not my usual genre, but all on all a worthy read.

  • Sara Claridge
    2019-04-23 15:24

    Legacy is a historical fiction that looks at the possibility of the ideal candidate to lead Germany to be a united force once more. Despite spanning several decades, it’s fast paced and wastes no time on descriptive phrases. Written in the present tense it took me a few pages to adjust to the writing style, but then the story takes over and it was an addictive read over a couple of nights.There is just enough historic fact interwoven with many of the political problems of the modern world to make it a believable, and somewhat worrying, scenario.

  • James Sillwood
    2019-05-05 22:04

    In 1967 Germany is a divided country, with foreign troups on its soil. Michael Holsmann is sorting through his dead mother's belongings when he finds a diary of his late father, who was a member of the S.S during the war. Inside is a coded message which reveals that Hitler had a child who was given the initials P.F. Michael shows this diary to Kurt, an old comrade of his father. Kurt and his former S.S friends, Wolfgang and Franz, dream of creating a new unified Germany with Hitler's son as their Chancellor. They send Michael out to find him. Michael is an out and out thug and will get rid of anyone who stands in his way. His brutality becomes evident early on in the story. Peter Fritch, the subject in the diary, has just come out of prison. Discontented with his life and bitter towards his grandparents, he is a weak character who can easily be manipulated. Kurt, Wolfgang and Franz are ruthless and use Peter as a means to an end. They hold the real power and firmly believe, because Peter has Hitler's genes, he must be the rightful leader of their country but will only support him so long so he does what they want. Peter fails to see that he's being used: He is their puppet. The character development in this short book is strong. The writing is direct and concise and the story, told in the third person present tense, works well. A compelling story with a chilling undertone. Hitler was a monster who, it should never be forgotten, was elected into power legitimately. This book throws up some interesting questions. For instance; Ola is a journalist, one voice among many, who decides to investigate Peter. To what extant can the media be controlled and manipulated? How easy would it be to repeat history with Hitler's son? Peter has some similarities to Hitler. He's a failed artist and prone to mood swings. Do genes prevail over environment? A thought provoking, original and intriguing story with a brilliant and unexpected ending.

  • Dustin Martin
    2019-04-29 15:07

    “Legacy” tells an alternative history story of Peter Fritch, a struggling artist whose parents were killed in the war. Soon after, he is discovered by neo-nazis who believe he is the secret son of Hitler, smuggled out of danger in the last days of the war. They rally around Peter, hoping that he can unite Germany once more, create a force to be reckoned with, and lead them to glory.Right off the bat, I can say that I’ve never quite read a story like this, or should I say a novella. There are many ways the story could have gone wrong, but Wilde Blue Sky approaches the subject more thoughtfully. Peter isn’t a mustache-twirling devil with horns. He’s a dreamer who feels like a failure throughout life and when the opportunity to become more is thrust at him, he jumps at the chance to make more of himself. Even the neo-nazis throughout, while evil and xenophobic in their views, are still human to some extent.The book chronicles Peter’s life from his poor beginnings to his rise through the political world. Not that it’s too long. In fact, it’s likely possible to finish this in a couple of nights of dedicated reading. Maybe even one as it reads very fast, never slowing down the pace and keeping a good momentum throughout.Although, it can read a little too fast and this is my main issue with the book. We’re shown portions of Peter’s life, with time jumps here and there. Without wishing to spoil anything, these time jumps can be a little jarring, as we’ll see a completely different Peter than the one we just left, and with little explanation of how he’s grown in the meantime. Even during the same periods, there are major events that occur and difficult choices that Peter must make that, rather than show him reasoning with himself over what to decide or agonizing over his options, the story will cut to a few days later once he’s made his choice and he’ll carry it out, with only some regret later on.Even Peter himself, while we get some characterization, is never fully allowed to breathe. We’re given hints of how his past haunts him, but not enough to see how it affects him daily. We’re told he’s a great speaker, but the story only presents a few lines here and there instead of a speech that would rally people to his ideals. Overall, when it comes to Peter’s growth, we’re told more often than shown. That and a few twists here and there that could have really tortured Peter and the characters seem to crop up a little too late to affect the eventual outcome of the story.In the end, I don’t hold my complaints against the author, as he does have a story here with a clear idea in mind. I only wish the story had been longer and we were allowed to see more. I would like to have seen Peter’s rise more gradually and see these comparisons to Hitler that everyone keeps making. I would like to see how his changes throughout the story affect those around him, whether it sows doubt or strengthens their belief in his leadership. It’s a shame as I can see the potential there and how much grander the story could be if only given more time to develop.As it stands, the story is good and fast-paced. Since I can’t do partial star ratings, I’ll round my score up to 4 stars. For those looking for a short alternative history story, it’s an interesting idea that avid readers will have no trouble breezing through.

  • Justin Bohardt
    2019-04-22 15:00

    So, what if Hitler had a son? I think we can all agree that it's best that he didn't, but Legacy still presents an interesting "what if" alternate history narrative that is fairly compelling.Plot and Pacing- 4/5 It's a quick read, keeps the pages turning, and keeps you interested to see what happens next to Peter. I found myself wanting for someone to root for in this story, and there isn't really a protagonist character introduced until halfway through the book. Peter's struggles with his self-professed destiny make for good reading, but from fairly early in the book, he seems somewhat irredeemable.Editing- 5/5 With any indie, you expect a few minor slip-ups, and the author did a good job in keeping these to a minimum.Style- 3/5 Part of this is just my own hang-up- I find books written in the present tense to be distracting. There are a few minor issues with machine gun sentences and characters' inner dialogue is written as dialogue a little too often.The complaints are few though. Overall, a well-done, fast-paced political thriller that will intrigue anyone interested in the alternate history genre.

  • Rod Little
    2019-04-25 14:26

    I enjoyed the book for its writing, style, and interesting story line. The author obviously has a great knowledge of WWII history in order to create many of the details in the narrative. The novella is the story of an heir to Hitler, if such had existed. It follows an interesting (although sometimes predictable) path to an inevitable conclusion. Without giving any spoilers, I will note that there are no plot twists - but that isn't always bad. In this case it works well. Just as in history-based stories, we are rarely surprised, but we still enjoy the journey to where we know we are going to go. I will warn you: many characters in the story do express wildly right-wing points of view. (These are character views, I'm sure not the author's) It may disturb many readers, but how else can you depict the 2nd Hitler's circle of supporters? Overall, A good story. Well written, fast-paced. There were no slow stages, and I appreciated that. History and alternate-history lovers will enjoy this trip! (I received a free copy).

  • John Meszaros
    2019-05-07 18:16

    First, a little warning. I didn’t want this review to turn into a political rant, and I have refrained from soap-boxing or calling names. But Legacy is a socially- and politically-charged novella with many chilling parallels to recent developments in the world (I’m writing this in January 2017). At several points the neo-Nazi protagonist, Peter, even says “I will make Germany great again!”; This novel was written in 2012, by the way, so the similarity to a certain right-wing rallying cry is coincidental but frightening. Legacy is primarily an alternate history story, but I believe it would be disingenuous to pretend that it is not also a social commentary in the vein of 1984 or The Grapes of Wrath. The events move swiftly, painting a grand panorama of the life of Peter, the secret son of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, as he rides a wave of neo-Nazi nationalism towards possible control of a post World War II Germany. The four co-conspirators who set the novel in motion are bitter and vindictive. Germany’s defeat by the Allies is a wound that has never closed up for any of them. They believe that that genetic “right” of the pure-blooded Aryan people to lead Germany has been stolen from them. Thus they turn to Peter, manipulating his fears of alienation and worthlessness to push him into becoming the charismatic figurehead for their movement. There is little subtlety to the dialogue. But then, there is little subtlety to the anger and fear that drives the sort of xenophobic nationalism this story warns of. The story reminds me, in style if not content, of the works of Fyodr Dostoyevsky such as White Nights or Notes From Underground. Like those works, the characters of Legacy broadcast their thoughts front and center through dialogue and private musingsI was struck by the few hints at Peter’s particular disgust for homosexuality. In general, the characters are painted in fairly broad strokes. They are mouthpieces for the plot. Thus this little glimpse into Peter’s psyche stood out to me, even though it was a relatively minor component to the overall story. There is a particularly poignant scene where a young grieving man reaches out to Peter for support, only to be rebuffed by his apparent discomfort with expressing compassion. I wonder if this is meant as a jab at the fragile hypermasculinity and homophobia that often accompanies hard-line nationalist movements, both right and left. This is particularly tragic in Peter’s case because one can see his own need for companionship- as well as a desperate need to feel like his life is worth something- glaring through the cracks of his hard shell. In the end, Legacy is a fast-paced and straightforward alternate history tale. But its clear warnings against nationalism and fear-mongering are potent and disturbing.

  • Eldon Farrell
    2019-04-25 18:01

    Alternative history is a genre that I personally enjoy. I find the best of it to be thought provoking and insightful in just how with one or two small changes, history could’ve turned out entirely different. That said, to pull it off requires an author to have a comprehensive understanding of real history if the reader is to believe what is written could actually have come to pass.So did Legacy pull it off? Let’s deal with the good first. The notion that Adolf Hitler could’ve had an heir is certainly interesting and the author does a good job detailing how this discovery would be received by all parties involved. In my opinion Wilde perfectly captures the anger of post war Germany and uses this to show how a far right wing, charismatic individual, can legally rise to power. A perfect parallel to what really happened in Germany in the years leading up to the war. The author demonstrated a firm grasp on political machinations and indeed, the later scenes involving politics were, I believe, the best within this story.However, where this story loses points for me is in the language and the style of writing. Throughout the book—but especially in the beginning—Wilde utilizes a staccato approach that threw me off and took some getting used to. What I mean is, he utilized rapid fire short sentences that I personally found jarring to the reading experience. There was also a tendency to shift scenes just as rapidly; going from one location to another in the space of one line numerous times. While some readers may appreciate this concise approach, I found it kept me from becoming immersed in any one scene.And then there is the language to consider. I’m a supporter of free speech and am strongly opposed to censorship in any form but in reading Legacy more than once I had to stop and consider what free speech is and what hate speech is. It’s a fine line and for me, this book came too close to crossing it for my liking.Aside from that, perhaps as a consequence of the writing style, the story overall felt rushed. Peter’s journey from start to finish rings hollow to me. He experienced many defining moments throughout but I felt none were adequately explored. (view spoiler)[The pinnacle of this being when he kills his loving grandmother simply because he’s told too. He went from loving her to killing her in little more than a page. (hide spoiler)]3 stars because any less would be unfair to the author and any more would be unfair to the story.

  • Mark Kasniak
    2019-04-27 15:02

    “Legacy” by Wild Blue Sky was a super enjoyable read for me; I really loved this fictional take on the heir of Hitler. It’s a fast-paced, short read that grips you from the very first page and takes you on a whirlwind adventure of the rise of Hitler’s alleged son (Peter) up the ranks of German politics in the 1960-1970. The books starts out with four old-school German SS officers discovering that the Fuhrer may have had a child, and the men commit themselves to finding the young man in the name of resurrecting a broken Germany. As the story progresses, with the help of a young man named Michael who is committed to restoring Germany to its old ideology, the SS officers track down Peter and discover he is much like his father in many ways, and in other ways nothing at all. The ultimate goal of the SS officers becomes to evolve Michael into a leader that can be elected chancellor and reunite the Fatherland for the struggling population. But, in the end, time has moved on and cannot be repeated exactly. Peter ultimately has to determine if he truly wants to follow in his father’s footsteps or set a path of his own unique destiny. I’ll leave the plot at that because I would hate to be a spoiler and give away how the story unfolds, but I will say you won’t be disappointed. Wild Blue Sky did a great job of adding twist and turns to keep your attention throughout the book that were mixed in with moments of deep pensive thought that will seriously leave you thinking. The writing is clear and straight-forward without ever becoming wordy. In the end, I have to give this book an A+ for it is imaginative, entertaining, and thought provoking. Well done, Wild Blue Sky, keep up the good work.

  • Ben Edge
    2019-05-17 17:23

    From the get-go, the author states quite clearly that the views expressed in the book are those of the individual characters, and not of the author themselves. Legacy does tackle some difficult views, but where it shines is in the fact that it displays these views from the points of view of the anti-hero characters who think them, as opposed to most other stories of these kinds, that tend to display those hard-hitting, difficult subjects from the view-point of those on the outside of them. The author has done a fantastic job of fleshing out a good novel on the basis of a conspiracy theory. The research seems solid, the facts are presented through dialogue and feel natural, as opposed to having paragraphs of explanation to the reader.Overall, it's different, and most importantly, entertaining. I'd certainly be interested in reading anything else the author puts out there.

  • N. Sapkota
    2019-04-28 14:06

    This novel is fun to read and very exciting. It was hard to put down. The plot was as exiting as an episode of “the house of cards”. A murder winning election and almost becoming the chancellor of Germany. It was more fun to read because he was not just anybody, he was the son of Hitler himself. The characters are believable and the dialogues are interesting. Especially loved the lines “Make Germany great again” and “you are either with me or against me.” They made me chuckle. It reads like an exciting thriller with twists and turns and the historical perspective is really interesting. It is really fast paced. It all sounds so real. I was warned about this book having right wing propaganda and violent acts, but it was all part of the story. There is noting offensive or off-putting to anyone. It’s just a really fun and exciting read. A perfect book to spend time at the airport when your flight is delayed.

  • Jessica Jesinghaus
    2019-04-25 19:08

    Really more like a 3.5Legacy was an interesting concept. The story is set in an alternate history in which Hitler has a secret child smuggled out of Germany at the end of WWII and raised in hiding, totally ignorant of his heritage. While some authors would cringe from the idea of trying to tell a story from the viewpoint of Nazi sympathetic characters, author Wilde Blue Sky confronts it head-on. Although sometimes uncomfortable to read (there's so much vitriol in these men!) it is an interesting glimpse into a mindset most of us would never be able to fathom. And somehow I actually ended up feeling sympathy, even sadness, for these characters! You begin to see how a person could become indoctrinated to a certain way of thinking which is against all he or she had been raised to believe. More a novella than a novel (the author's own bio describes a short story writer), the writing style is crisp. The story is told in a staccato rhythm befitting the militaristic start of the tale. What kept me from giving four stars were grammatical and syntax errors peppered throughout the story. With a little more editing attention, I would happily give it a 4. ***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

  • Karen Ginther
    2019-05-08 17:02

    Legacy is very different that anything I've read before. It is the story of an aimless young man who is targeted to be the next right-wing ruler of a modern day united Germany. His rise in power is a bit hard to believe, but the story moved along at a fast clip and wasn't boring. It begins with a well-written if violent scene during WWII, but somehow the writing quality fades a bit with the rest of the story. At times I wasn't sure if I was supposed to cheer Peter on or realize he was impressionable and bought into the fold of former SS men who convinced him he was meant to be Germany's next ruler.

  • D. Miller
    2019-05-03 18:13

    Did Adolf Hitler, arguably the most vilified man within the last century, give birth to a child? He had just turned 56 when he committed suicide and was romantically involved with more than one woman, so it’s definitely possible. If a child of his was born close to the waning hours of the Nazi Party’s dominance, what would have become of him or her? Certainly such a child would have been a prime target of invading Allied forces. So the sensible thing to do would have been to whisk the infant away to a remote place to be raised within the safety net of relative obscurity.This novella shows that scenario happening, and what the implications would be if Hitler’s supposed son should be found by the old SS guard and transformed into the leader of the new fiercely patriotic right-wing movement within a divided and discouraged post-war Germany. Most of the story takes place during the period after the mid-1960s but before the 1990 treaty, when Germany is still suffering the humiliation of foreign occupation before finally 45 years later receiving recognition as a fully sovereign nation once again. With the recent rise in populism, readers may see parallels between today’s right-wing movements of North America and Europe, but Germany’s case was unique, and therefore the characters have somewhat different goals than the nationalistic leaders grabbing today’s headlines, with the exception perhaps of the common stance against immigration. In fact, the reader may be somewhat sympathetic to their vision of an independent, prosperous, proud Germany (although not so much to their emphasis on weeding out all but those of the master Aryan race!).The author proves his gift for riveting description, especially in the first chapter, which is replete with battlefield imagery. The novella is written in the third person point of view but in the present tense, not often used in fiction, but it works. Action and dialogue comprise most of this tense novella; it moves along at a rapid pace, with little time spent on in-depth characterizations. Even so, the reader does develop an empathy for especially the main character, Peter, who is a downbeat artist turned charismatic party leader, and a conflicted mix of love and hate, hurt and antagonism, regret and grandiosity. The poor guy doesn’t have a firm grasp on who he really is. If there is a fault in the plot line it may be making it possible for a man like this to become as mesmerizing in front of a crowd as he must for the story to be plausible, and then, toward the end of the novel, to so dramatically woo a woman whose ideological views differ starkly from his and who has made it her mission to undermine him. Peter, though, bears many similarities to his supposed father, from his support for the rights of animals, aspirations to be an artist to doubts about his true parentage and even his own potential for greatness. Although his actions toward the people close to him are at times less than charitable, the reader still develops a liking for this character and in a strange way roots for his success. I will not spoil the plot, but the ending is a surprise.A good historical novel is as educational as it is entertaining. For many Millennials in particular, it would be hard to imagine Germany, Europe’s shining star today, being a gravely wounded giant, the world’s pariah, during the years immediately following the last big one. This novel brings to light a period of recovery for a country struggling to find a balance between nationalism and its painfully close encounter with fascism. A fast, enjoyable read that can be completed in one sitting. Although it was written five years ago, it perhaps seems more relevant today than back then.

  • Chris Angelis
    2019-05-15 20:02

    Legacy is a novella that explores the dark - but ever-relevant - world of right-wing politics, especially in the context of grooming leaders for such groups. In the alternative-history world of the story, a baby is carried away from the collapsing city of Berlin in WW2. It is Hitler's son, and as an initially small and powerless group of neo-Nazis believe, he can become the messianic leader to lead Germany to glory.The plot is quite linear, easy to follow, and succeeds in capturing the reader's interest. The language deployed is functional and descriptive, without becoming tiring. Having said that, there are a number of spelling, grammar, and formatting errors here and there, and the book would be helped by a good editing round. Still, these are few enough to not spoil the reading process.The narrative style is slightly unorthodox, as it is offered in present tense. This does have the effect of assigning an immediacy and relevance to the narrative, but it also gets confusing every now and then (especially in cases when characters talks aloud to themselves; as a narrative exposition technique, it's slightly awkward).The plot evolution is the strongest point of the novella, as it succeeds rather well in capturing the way events such as these can progress. Covering several decades, it presents a plausible, disturbing scenario of ascension to power. That is despite the fact that characters are generally underdeveloped, their inner worlds not explored to their fullest. As they stand, some actions and decisions come off as a bit naive or at least unexplained. Probably the novella format precludes a deeper view, and although it does work well as such (i.e. as a novella), at times the reader feels that the book is more like an extended blueprint for a lengthier novel, rather than an independent plot.All in all, Legacy is a pretty well made novella, and definitely worth the reader's time. Struggling between a 3- and a 4-star rating, I ended up with the former because I got the impression the author really does have the potential and required skills to transform this story into something greater. You can, therefore, consider it a 3.5-star rating.

  • Johnny Moscato
    2019-05-11 15:56

    Legacy is a quick-paced alternative history novel that I found interesting and entertaining. The premise alone made me want to read it. In this alternative to history, Hitler has a baby that is protected by the military in the closing stages of WWII. The baby grows up not knowing he is Hitler’s son but genetics sets him on a path to become the next Hitler. I didn’t buy into the idea that antisemitism is genetically inherited. There was a bit too much emphasis on genetics but I guess Nazi’s really bought into the whole eugenics fad around WWII. But it was interesting to follow history repeating as Peter, Hitler’s alleged son, was tracked down by a bunch of old-school Nazis that longed for ‘the good old days’ when Hitler was in power. All the Nazi characters sounded the same which I believe is a statement on how indoctrination and the spread of racism leaves them all sounding like programmed robots as they spout their messages of hate. There was a lot of repetition throughout the book, especially of Nazi propaganda and phrases like “for the good of Germany”. There were many political statements packed into this short book. A lot of it was disturbingly similar to what we are seeing happening again in the world today. Obviously, when writing a book where the characters are Nazis, the goal is not to make the characters likeable. Mission accomplished there. I hated every Nazi in the book. They were just what you’d expect- cold, calculating for their own interest and hatreds, repeating phrases they were brainwashed into saying their whole lives, thinking they are superior to everyone else. The writing was very blunt and the dialogue was a bit awkward. Not sure if it was intentional to convey the creepiness of the characters and/or the fact that their dialogue is supposedly translated from German. Overall Legacy is entertaining and makes you think about how easy it is for history to repeat itself no matter how much humanity thinks they’ve learned from the past. And it serves as a warning, reminding us that the jerks who screwed up in the past still long for what they consider ‘the good old days’.