Book Review: In The Line of Fire by Teofil Tobias Reiss

Title: In The Line of Fire
Author: Teofil Tobias Reiss
Genre: Historical, Biography, Nonfiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Live from the trenches

Almost a hundred years have passed since the end of World War I, also known as “The Great War” – the largest and most devastating war the world had known up to that date. It has shifted and shaped human history until today. Millions were killed and hundreds of millions were wounded, orphaned and uprooted, while others were left to live amongst the ruins of a world that will never be the same.

A historical document of unmatched authenticity and strength

Teofil Reiss was an Austro-Hungarian patriot who served as a soldier during WWI. In the trenches, amongst hellish artillery and canon fire, amidst the dying and wounded, Reiss kept a daily diary where he documented his experiences. In a direct and honest manner, Reiss captures and shares the events of the war from a unique perspective, based on his distinct persona as a soldier, a charming ladies’ man and a proud Jew. In a practical and openhearted style, his writing weaves the details of the war as he witnessed it into a fascinating human experience and a moving historical testimony.

A rare report from the frontlines

The original handwritten German diary is presented here in an excellent English translation, together with selected photos and letters from Reiss’ personal archive. The publication also includes an eye-opening epilogue that tells the remarkable story of Reiss’s life after the war, during the Nazis’ rise to power, and until his death in 1942. A fascinating and authentic document, you’ll read it with bated breath.

In The Line of Fire is the English translation of an original, handwritten German diary written during World War I, The Great War, by Teofil Tobias Reiss.

Teofil Reiss was an Austro-Hungarian soldier during the war. His diary tells of life in the trenches, admist the dying and the wounded. It’s direct, straightforward, an unique, raw, brutal perspective on the most devastating war that ever wrecked the earth.

The book is very authentic and raw, and showcases the horrors of daily life in the trenches: being unable to help the sick due to lack of medicine, nearly starving, the horrible illnesses that troubled the soldiers, depression, and so on. It’s a honest view on the tragedy and horrors of war, and well worth the read.


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