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Loved it! 😍

Could not put it down! The book is fast-paced and will keep you guessing.

Judenrein was one of the hardest books for me to put down. It is fast-paced and action-packed. The premise was well done. You can tell that Harold Benjamin had put a lot of thought into the setting, events, and characters. It eerily resembles events from the past and present. PK – the President of the United States- is a combination of Hitler and Trump. He and his followers put out a lot of anti-Semitic propaganda much like Hitler and the Nazis had. The rhetoric used among the white supremacist groups are things that I’ve heard people use today. It reminded me why I’ve always made a point to really listen to what people say and how they say it.

Even though this story was told through the eyes of a Jewish man, I was able to connect with it. My father – a Puerto Rican man- experienced a lot of racism and prejudice. In college, he and the other people in his dorm woke up to find a burning cross outside of their dorm building. I learned at a pretty early age that I couldn’t practice or speak Spanish in certain areas. You do not have to have any prior knowledge about Jewish customs, traditions, etc. Things are explained so that people who aren’t Jewish understand what is going on, and the importance of certain things such as respect for your elders, people’s perception of you, family, etc. I’ve learned that some practices are similar to Catholic and other Christian practices.

If you have any prior knowledge of history – even if it from a high school social studies class- you will see where the author got his inspiration from. I’ve read some scenes where I’ve stopped and said “That’s like Helter Skelter!” or “Sounds like something the Nazis said.” If you’re a history buff like me, this is the perfect book for you.

If you like Taken, Defiance, or Criminal Minds, then you will like Judenrein. I highly recommend it!

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I am an educator and aspiring writer. I love connecting my love of teaching and psychology with books. My interests include psychology and forensic science. My favorite genres are fantasy, romance, science fiction, and true crime.

About the author

Harold Benjamin is the pen name of a 50-something Jewish author in the Midwest. view profile

Published on March 31, 2020

Published by Intrados Publishing

80000 words

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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