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Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined - one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler's dictatorship.
In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty - working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned.
Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation - though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and, ultimately, vengeance.
Vividly written and ambitious in scope, The Taster examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.
©2018 V.S. Alexander (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 02-10-18


OMG!!!! The Taster should be mandatory reading for every person today. This book does a phenomenal job of showing what can happen when people are complacent and desperate. Even good people can be misguided and do horrific things and with the right tools evil can be brought out of almost anybody. V.S. Alexander really brings the reader into the mindset of 1940s Germany and shines light on how something as bad as the Holocaust came to be and could come again. This book changed how I look at the world and I hope I always have the guts to speak up when I see wrong in the world.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Joanna on 03-28-18


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Poeple who think it's OK to write a fluff novel based on the Anti-semitism of WW2

What could V. S. Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Gotten real? I can't believe how bad this book was. As far as basic story line, it was totally juvenile. As far as having this story line in this setting and time period? Borderline offensive.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time. Silly, inconsequential book.

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