In the early 1960s while I was stationed in Korea an officer I worked with dropped a paperback book onto my desk. “You need to read this.” The book was The Revolt of Gunner Asch, by Hans Helmut Kirst. A novel about a young man in the German army during WWII.
I loved that book and it launched me into several years of good reading of other tomes by Hans Helmut Kirst. Several Gunner Asch sequels, The Night of the Generals, The Officer Factory, The Adventures of Private Faust, The Seventh Day, and the Nights of the Long Knives.
So a while back I decided to try to find those Kirst books to read again before I die. The 40-or-so libraries in the system here didn’t have it, so I put out a search on Inter Library Loan, came up with The Officer Factory, but none of the others.
The Officer Factory arrived and reinforced my hopes I could find the others somewhere.
Well, they’re out there New and Used on Amazon, but the days of inexpensive reads for used books are long gone.
I’m thinking I’ll have to wait until my next lifetime to read the rest of those great books. Don’t know what’s happened to the reading public when libraries don’t carry titles just because they happen to have been written before the librarians were born.
If you happen to be hungry for something to read and have money to spend on books, check out Hans Helmut Kirst ….. you won’t regret it.