The Iron Words

The Iron Words History becomes personal for one college freshman in Michael Fridgen s new novel The Iron Words Riley Hunter appears to live the dream with plenty of friends money and a coveted position on his uni

  • Title: The Iron Words
  • Author: Michael Fridgen
  • ISBN: 9780615992693
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • History becomes personal for one college freshman in Michael Fridgen s new novel, The Iron Words.Riley Hunter appears to live the dream, with plenty of friends, money and a coveted position on his university s hockey team But inwardly, Riley still struggles to come to terms with his guilt over a dark past that left his former best friend and teammate paralyzed.When he leaHistory becomes personal for one college freshman in Michael Fridgen s new novel, The Iron Words.Riley Hunter appears to live the dream, with plenty of friends, money and a coveted position on his university s hockey team But inwardly, Riley still struggles to come to terms with his guilt over a dark past that left his former best friend and teammate paralyzed.When he learns he s about to fail sociology, Riley agrees to his teacher s special assignment in a desperate attempt to save his grade assist a ninety year old Holocaust survivor at his home and see what he can learn.As the true story about his elderly new charge unfolds, Riley learns that the man spent time in a World War II concentration camp because of his sexuality, not his religion.Soon Riley evolves from a na ve young freshman into a compassionate young man who finally learns to take control of his own life through the inspiration of a man who lost control of his.

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    1. You would never have thought that what we’ve learned in history could turn out to be so inaccurate. Just by reading about how a particular character went through an experienced moment that would later become a part of our history. An elder man by the name of Jens Jaenisch shares details about his life while growing up and living in Germany, back in 1942. The life he had was short lived as he soon discovered how he felt towards another male wasn’t tolerated in his community. In “The Iron Wo [...]

    2. A feel good book, maybe a little off on historical details (because we know Koch died before the Americans liberated Buchenwald), but it was good nonetheless. Had a great message to it. I just wish this book got more attention because we need more people to know that homosexuals were sent to concentration camps during the holocaust, and faced even bigger challenges once they were out. Life was difficult.

    3. One of the best books I've read this year. It is well written and takes a few unexpected turns.I highly recommend to avid readers who are looking for something different. It is a heart warming story.

    4. Michael Fridgen’s second novel, The Iron Words, is a powerful story about the unlikely bond formed between Riley, a young, lost, hockey star and Jens, a reserved, gay, Holocaust survivor. Thrown together by a determined sociology professor, the pair surprises everyone, including themselves, with how well they get along and how much they learn from each other. Both men are hiding painful secrets and soon realize that they need the other’s help to confront their pasts.This hard to put down nov [...]

    5. What an amazing book. I have also read Ruth3:5 by this author and found that book fantastic as well, although very different in style and content. Anyone interested in LGBT history or World War II will find this book an great read. It details the unlikely friendship between two people - a college student and a holocaust survivor. The book reads very quickly and I finished it in one day. There is so much history jam-packed into these pages that I feel like I learned so much more about World War I [...]

    6. Excellent story! I love the historical aspect of it mixed in with the present time. I would have liked to have seen more interaction between Riley and Jens to help build the connection.My only real pet peeve is the cover art. If I judged it by that alone, I would not have read it. It's just not congruent with the story.

    7. Even though this book describes one man's life, as he lived through the holocaust. The book itself has such a positive message. The main character growth, due to the relationship with the survivor, and hearing the stories from the holocaust. Is why I recommend this book.I highly recommend this book, and enjoyed it greatly.

    8. this book is so great i could not put it down i had to keep reading till the end MR fridgen did a great job it felt so real i'm so happy i won this book i will keep this forever it was that good and Mr Friden needs the highest award you can get best book i have read in a long time!

    9. Story plot combines two characters 20 year old Riley and Jens, 90+ something old man. Both characters are very plain and boring.

    10. I learned quite a bit from this book even though I had studied the holocaust extensively. I thought that there were some pacing issues at time and that the stories between the two main characters could have been a bit more balanced, but those things are trivial considering the story that is really being told. Nice job.

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