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"Hitler's Astrologer reads like it was meant to be a film script, with brief scenes unfolding from the point of view of different characters...."
"We hope the filmmaker does as good a job as Perkins in presenting this large-scale historical drama. It's a great read."
- Chris Lorenz
Book & Product Reviewer
Dell Horoscope Magazine
"For anyone intrigued by how the occult influenced the Nazi party’s political and military decisions during WWII – Hitler’s Astrologer by David Bryant Perkins is a must read. Even those not interested in astrology will be completely fascinated with the before unknown facts this historical drama reveals by following the Swiss astrologer Karl Ernst Krafft through the various SS departments he was first invited, and then later forced, to work for.
As a lover of thousands of books and having the joy of reading turning into a career, I have never ran across a book so uniquely organized by quotes from the text being used to head each sub-chapter – packing foreshadowing, setting, theme, and point of view in one line before even reading the segment – as well as making it easier to refer back to a passage later.
The insight to the personalities of major Nazi figures is haunting, and having their behavior defined by their relationship to occult beliefs is not only chilling, but presented as a warning for future leaders and administrations. The 24 years of research put into this work is clearly perceived, and made entertaining with never before exposed facts, dialogue and rare photographs that are worth more than a 1,000 words when viewed in the context of the story.
Hitler’s Astrologer is currently the #1 requested book in my
library, and only after a few chapters, any reader – beginner or seriously
experienced – would understand why."
- Sheryl Rossi, Librarian, Legacy High School
I enjoyed how the chapters were written in shorter sequence, as it allowed for me to read to a part and be able to put it down while not being in the middle of a crucial moment.
Could see this being turned into a movie! Well done!
- Kimberly Chavez, Cimarron-Memorial
"The chapters move fast; you get so see each character’s story develop and then see how it ties to the other stories. This book gives life to characters and events that you may have only heard about in history books, and makes them real. The little conversations and casual meetings between individuals show how ordinary people came to be involved with such extraordinary plans. I was interested not only in the outcome for the main characters, but also in the tale of the young woman struggling to survive while working for the Nazis. Watching as she gets swept up in the intrigue and danger made for a very gripping read."
Cindy McQuien, Bullhead City, AZ
- Grant, Chattanooga, TN
"Who knew about this story, and
the influence of astrology on Germany? I didn't, but once I started
reading, my heart started beating and never stopped. I actually felt
like a fly on the wall, a witness to events that would get me killed if I
were discovered, with potential discovery lurking in every chapter.
Enjoy, and when the movie comes, complain that it leaves out too much of this excellent book."
- Marcos Ferrer, CBAP,
Director of ANIMAGIC, Baltimore, MD
- Martin, Seattle, WA
- Lynda, Los Angeles, CA
- Kerry G., Las Vegas, NV
Jim with his amazing partner & State Champion, Chance.
Be it known that when the movie is made, Jim will be training the German Shepherds in the opening scene.
"I finished your book today. You are a master storyteller! I feel as if I have been to Germany and England during the late thirties and early forties. How's that for time travel, and I never left my living room. You captured the essence of another time and place and have a gift for creating interesting settings and believable dialogue between characters. You brought these people to life for me. I feel that I know and understand the characters and feel as if I have lived through very interesting times and was lucky to survive.
Finally, you clearly described the evil that lay at the heart of the Nazi regime and the heroic struggle free Europe, and indeed the world, from their grasp.
Thank you for a very well researched and well executed reading experience. You, sir, have a future as a novelist if you choose to pursue a career in literature. I can't wait to see what's next. Well done, my friend. Well done, indeed."
Jim Collins, Austin, TX
- Heidi Jordan - Cranston, RI
"Just finished the book and you did a wonderful job - it was really interesting and I learned a lot. I’m glad I got my copy when you were in Hastings, it is another grand book I have added to my collection of great books....!"
- Johnny Oliver Blaze, Midland, TX
- Melanie, Phoenix, AZ
*Author's note: As part of the "Dallas Group" to Hamburg in1983, Lise was witness to the turn of events that led to the creation of this story..
This was a very impressive effort, especially considering this is your first novel. I heard a great author say that writing is a craft that can be learned. Maybe so, but a great writer must also have talent. You most certainly have talent to burn."
- Jim, San Antonio, TX
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