A Refreshingly Real Story
By Diane Laney Fitzpatrick, April 22, 2013
I picked up "Danuta" by John Koenig when I really didn’t have any business getting engrossed in a novel. But I was traveling and thought I’d read during takeoff and then get back to my laptop as soon as the captain's orders were announced. I picked up "Danuta," started reading and was halfway across the country before I looked up from the pages. I was hooked.
An Inspiring Novel of Survival
By Kirkus Reviews, March 29, 2013
Danuta emerges as a natural heroine from the first page, coming of age quickly in a time of war and loss. Her gumption and sassiness mark her as a strong character who stands up for herself even in the most threatening circumstances. Overall, Koenig delivers an unforgettable story that melds historical fact with superior fiction.
A fine World War II-era historical novel that breathes life into a long-gone era with its timeless characters and exciting conflicts.
I'm Blown Away
By PhilB, March 25, 2013
Wow. This book is fantastic. It is my favorite book I have read this year. I know John Koenig as a friend and gifted political commentator from both Florida Trend and the Orlando Sentinel, but who knew? This book caught me by surprise and blew me away. I loved it and could not put it down. I read it cover to cover in two satisfying helpings. This is a great story and it is told in an amazing voice that pulls the reader in on a number of different levels. I look forward to what is next from John Koenig.
An Amazing Untold Story That Reveals The truth Behind The Novel
By Susan Murrmann Price (daughter of Danuta Buczak), March 20, 2013
An amazing story that I am sure represents a lot of untold stories from that same era. I was just part of that untold story....and did not know the real truth until I read the book and found out the real story of my Mother.
By Thomas J. Mennillo, March 17, 2013
Danuta takes us on a journey alongside a self-centered teen (who among us wasn't?) who has to grow up fast when World War II rips her life apart. Here's the thing. She doesn't grow up completely, or without pushback. You might say she relies on the kindness of strangers to an unnatural degree. But those strangers, like us, just can't help it. There's something about Danuta that keeps us cheering her along, right to the last page. And we're better for it. Well done, John! You've got the write stuff.
An Enjoyable Drama Filled With Suspense
By James Darrell Kelley, March 13, 2013
Koenig's blending of the real character, Danuta Buczak, with fictional characters and actual events gives the narrative a sense of history that makes for an enjoyable drama filled with suspense and anticipation. His book does what any historical novel must do--it brings the period to life and teaches the reader something without making one feel as if he is back in school. On both counts, Koenig succeeds admirably. Danuta is excellently entertaining so if you love historical drama, look no further.
An Excellent Read!
By Charles, February 16, 2013
What an interesting book! This highly readable novel, based on the true story of a young woman in devastated Poland during World War II, gives an insight into a portion of 20th Century history that is seldom discussed. And because we see it through Danuta's eyes, it becomes a highly personal story for us. This is a remarkable story of survival. Share it!