Historical non-fiction is probably my favorite book genre. I’m partial to non-fiction because it is often just as exciting and thrilling as fiction, but it’s all true! This is one of those books that reads just like a fiction spy thriller but it actually happened.
The year was 1942 and the world powers were racing to make a nuclear bomb. This technology was just being discovered and the Nazi’s wanted very badly to be the first to build the bomb. Lucky for us, the allies were even more determined to stop that from happening. This is history that is crucially important, that I personally knew very little of before reading this book. It’s hard to even imagine what could have happened had Hitler won the race to develop an atomic weapon…
The process the Nazi’s used in their attempt to make the bomb required a substance called hard water. I won’t go into the science (because I hardly understand it), but hard water was also a relatively new discovery at the time, and there was only one place in the world making it. That place was a plant in Norway called Venmork. The plant itself was located on a precipitous gorge and ever since the Nazi invasion, and their increasing need for hard water, it had become heavily fortified. Hence the title, The Winter Fortress.
The cast of characters is almost like a real life version of the Inglorious Bastards. Many of them are locals who escaped during the Nazi invasion and returned to their home country to take it back. They were rugged mountain men who grew up hunting and skiing in the bitterly cold Norwegian backcountry. Not only did these men and their families suffer from the brutality of the Nazi regime, but they also endured some of the harshest conditions nature has to offer while hiding and plotting in the unforgiving Norwegian wilderness.
Parachute drops, commando’s on skis, stealth invasions and explosives are all part of the plot to destroy the plant. It all makes for a gripping story and details lesser-known history we should all take time to remember and learn from. Get it here on Amazon.
Written by Kyle Barrett, Founder & CEO of Bighorn
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