It’s hard to pick which aspect of Tobi’s game to zero in on for the review, as the book almost feels as though it is several stories rolled together. Anton is a German boy living in Munich in 1942 and standing on the delicate fence between childhood and adulthood. When a Jewish girl is sent to help out in the house he’s staying in, she waken his sexuality in ways he never imagined. Whether love, lust, or both, they form an intense bond, and when she is to be taken away to the death camps, Anton will do anything to protect her.
Or to try to protect her. The attempt fails miserably and Anton is conscripted into the S.S. as punishment. Enter Tobi, a high ranking Nazi that appears from nowhere to take him to Russia and “save him”. But Tobi’s motives are not pure, nor kindly, and Anton soon finds himself as Tobi’s intimate and unhappy plaything.
Anton does what he needs to do to stay alive, but that doesn’t mean he likes it. Unlike much of the popular media of the moment, he does not fall in love with what is essentially his abuser, though his emotions and feelings towards Tobi and himself are far from simplified, but instead presented as the complex quagmire, well soaked in anger and fear, which presents a far more realistic picture than many of the other books out there.
There is a lot of sex in this book, some M/F and some M/M, but there is also a lot of action and a healthy dose of violence, though most of it is disturbing rather than graphic, which is the kind that sticks with you. the scenes in Hitler’s bunker stand out to me as some of the best in the book.
Over all, an entertaining read that moves between “modern” days and World War II. This is the second book of Steve Evan’s that I’ve read (the other being The Russian Idea), and of the two it’s my favorite. I’m intrigued to read the rest of his collection
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