Item description for Auslander: (The Foreigner) by Lewis Kelley...
Overview It is 1944 and war rages throughout the world. After a harrowing voyage across the Atlantic in which he battles both doubting countrymen and the vaunted German Luftwaffe, Army lieutenant Vince LaSalle reaches England. Reunited with his unit, the combat veteran settles into moving supplies until he is assigned a top-secret delivery. In London, Vince meets Jan Holling, an adjutant to the code breakers, and the first of the international cast with which he becomes inexorably connected. Through her he is introduced to a side of war that rivals combat in its sheer brutality. Recruited for a special mission, he is rejected because of the color of his skin and then asked to do the impossible when his team is captured in France and then shipped to the heart of the enemy camp-Berlin, where they face torture and ultimately execution. His mission: rescue Jan and the other captured agents or insure what secrets they hold in their minds cannot be revealed. Vince drops into Poland where he links up with the resistance and begins the deadly journey toward Berlin. When they connect with Charles Petrie, the mysterious Brit who recruited Vince, the black soldiers find themselves involved in deception so twisted that they begin to doubt the very people they are attempting to help. When Vince reaches Berlin the Germans are waiting, but he has unexpected allies. With their help he will attempt the impossible. Incredibly, he has made it into the city but will he and the others make it out alive... Auslander was written to educate, entertain and to bear witness to what is often termed "African-American history" but what is truly and simply American history. The characters live their convictions despite extreme circumstances and ultimately display the common thread of the human struggle.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.06" Weight: 0.91 lbs.
Release Date Mar 7, 2006
Publisher VMI PUBLISHERS LLC
ISBN 1933204133 ISBN13 9781933204130
Reviews - What do customers think about Auslander?
Aulander is something you will walk away from feeling a great hope for humanity! Sep 23, 2007
Although Aulander takes you to the time period during World War 2, one can see the correlation of struggles through the eyes of the many diverse characters that exist no matter what time period we live in.
Lewis Kelly's development of global characters is amazing. You can see, feel and even identify with the various people and the multitude of nationalities all involved in ridding humanity of a scourge placed on society.
November Hanson, Host of Voice of the People Radio The author provides a multitude of settings and is able to easily jet you from one location to another through out the story. You might be heavily involved in the activities taking place in London , England and suddenly find your self transported back to the Harlem neighborhoods in New York. Then, suddenly you appear in the South Pacific.
Aulander is an easy read, yet rich in language and character development. The book is entertaining. It can move your emotions, make you laugh, sit on the edge of your seat trying to get to the next page to see what happens next. This story is also educational, using words from other languages when appropriate, information that is historically accurate and learning about the struggles of the African American during World War 2 that High School history books seem to omit.
I am waiting for the next book, I have to know what happens to some of these people. I would also like to see this story on the Big Screen, I could easily visualize the movie as I moved through the book.
Having the opportunity to interview the author, I find him to be as interesting and diverse as the story he has written.
November Hanson, Host of Voice of the People Radio
Auslander Feb 10, 2007
AUSLANDER is the story of the struggles and triumphs of a black man during World War II. The main character is Army First Lietenant Vince LaSalle who is an over-achieving and honorable soldier. Although the story is fiction, the social situations make for an excellent historical analysis of the struggles and triumphs of black soldiers participating in a war on a Jim Crow basis. The author excellently explores the complexities of race relations among soldiers in the armed forces during the war. The struggles of black soldiers trying to maintain sanity, while having to deal with racism among other soldiers, superiors and civilians is cleverly interwoven in the fabric of the story.
AUSLANDER begins with LaSalle and his fiancée Vierna Lillis spending their final day together in Harlem before he is to go to Europe to join his troops in fighting the war. Almost immediately on the ship traveling toward Europe, LaSalle encounters white soldiers who underestimate his intelligence and integrity. This sets the scene for the same theme to be played throughout the book. Once in Europe, LaSalle briefly joins his troop, only to be quickly recruited by a top-secret military group.
After proving himself more than capable of being part of the special operations team, he was not allowed to join because he is black. After his departure from the group, they are taken captive by the enemy and sent to Germany to be questioned and possibly executed. The trainer of the special agent group realizes the only soldier potentially capable of rescuing the group was LaSalle and he recruits him for a special mission to rescue the agents. While on his mission, he uses all his talents and military expertise to try and rescue the agents, but encounters, racism, betrayal, deceit and deception.
Author Lewis Kelly adds depth to the story by following the Vierna's life. While LaSalle is away at war, she faces her own set of obstacles. From almost being raped by a ghetto drunk, to struggling to focus on her classes at college and dealing with her man being away at war, her story is another within AUSLANDER. In the end, her love for LaSalle will take her across seas to try and save his life.
One of the most important features of AUSLANDER is Kelley's ability to get you to like LaSalle. This is extremely beneficial for the author and reader, because the book is nearly 400 pages long. While reading the book, you want LaSalle to succeed at his mission. This helps you to overlook some of the almost impossible achievements LaSalle makes. I recommend this book for all readers. It is more than just the story of a black soldier's heroism; it is a love story filled with action and adventure.
Reviewed by Granderson Glenn II for RAWSISTAZ(BMR)
Real History , Real People and a real fun read! Jan 25, 2007
Reading Auslander was like being on a learning vacation. It is one of those books that you don't want to put down. I felt lost in a world of intrique and action with real characters living real lives. Mr Kelley not only knows his history but digs into parts of it that few know about and fewer seem to talk about. This novel was not only educational it thrills the reader with international deception, nail biting rescues and people you learn to love and cheer for. Mr Kelley has a gift for writing that captures the reader with a wonderful story based on historical events. He injects important facts (the pockets of resistance groups all over Europe and the role and lives of African Americans during this era often overlooked in history books yet vital to our understanding of the whole. He brings to light the untold story of African Americans who fought for America and yet were forced to live as second class citizens for that same country. He reports on the many people in Europe who hated and fought against facism. He tells these truths through people you feel you know..their struggles are human struggles but their convictions and choices make them people who inspire you to be a better human being. Vince is honest and lives by conviction. His intelligence and talents often made me wonder if he was the WWII African American James Bond we never knew about?!) This really is good American History and should be a part of our US History reading list in high schools all over the country. Thank you Mr Kelley. I am waiting with white knuckles for the sequel!!
If you want to be entertained, understand racial struggle and why Black people love themselves read this book! Dec 8, 2006
Lewis Kelley has written a book that is historical fiction at its best and that deserves better editing by his publisher. You feel like the story could be happening today, but you gain insight into the times that both reveal and shape the righteous character of Black people in this book, even though the characters are living in a time of war. Vince LaSalle is heroic in his intellectual and physical strength and I like that the author brings authentic historical knowledge to Vince's exploits. Too many times the stories of Black soldiers who played significant roles in winning battles and wars have been written out of our mainstream history books. It's refreshing to read an author who knows that history but who can weave such an engrossing fictional tale. I'm also grateful that Vince and Vierna represent more of the type of Black person that I know on an everyday basis rather than the "Black types" that are much more commonly presented in stereotypical media images and stories today and historically.
Vince and Vierna are such a "power couple" (and what restraint they have!). Thank goodness we have a book that isn't ashamed to demonstrate how deeply Black people love and rely on one another. At the same time, Kelley does a great job of presenting how much European people do accept people "on the content of their character" and are befuddled by U.S. racism toward their own.
I like the play on words of "Auslander" meaning "foreigner" and Vince being a literal foreigner when he's overseas and that he's CONSIDERED a foreigner in his own country.
The last page is such a cliffhanger. A second book has GOT to come out soon. Plus, I want to know more of the story about Vince's brother. He and his platoon (?) have accomplished some amazing things. What's it going to be like for him after the war and back in the States?
This book is a great accomplishment because it successfully merges so many complex themes: social commentary that reveals rather than preaches, romance, characters who grow and evolve, riveting action (it "sizzles" and is also a thriller), and an unstoppable hero who will get "down and dirty" so that the team will survive. What Vince does, in what I hope will be the first in several books with him in them, is a great metaphor for what Black people have meant to this country and the world: he rises above ugly circumstance and takes everyone he touches with him. More power to Lewis Kelley for writing this book.
You should read it for the enjoyment of it, and because it will give you hope and understanding of the best in human beings, and particularly Black people. Don't get me wrong though this is an "everybody wins" book : whether you're Black, White, Asian, Indian or Latino in origin you're going to learn something good about Black people when you read this book and every little bit we can learn about ANY people will help us all move forward as a society and world community.
I think it's the kind of literature we need in the world today. We either move forward in understanding or we're going to tear each other apart. Good books help build understanding and then people have a better sense of how to work together. That's the kind of book Lewis Kelley wrote, and I'm glad to recommend it highly. I tell everyone I know that they should read it.
Excellent!!! Support this rising star!! Oct 11, 2006
I have to admit that I am a friend of the author, but being as objective as possible this book was a page-turner!! I lost a lot of sleep for about 4 nights enjoying this book. This is Louis Kelley's freshman novel and is a fantastic foundation for many more to come. Try it and you won't regret it!