WHAT READERS THOUGHT
"The Ventriloquists remind us that sometimes all you need is a good laugh, whether it's going to get you killed or not. The way they see it, they're going to die either way, so why not go out with a bang? The story of Marc Aubrion and Faux Soir may be forgotten history but The Ventriloquists remind everyone about how brave these people were." - Morgan F. Read her full review here.
"A fascinating historical fiction with a new perspective. Following a group of misfits as they race against the clock with Nazi Gruppenfuhrer August Wolff breathing down their necks. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves historical fiction!"
- Leah H. Read her full review here.
"I am being drawn into The Ventriloquists, the new first novel from E. R. Ramzipoor. It's an unusual story concept, which quickly builds from the first chapter, within its historical context. The character roles are clearly stated, and meld together in a well-researched story that is moving and entertaining. I am enjoying this as a vacation read, and I hope to see more from this author. - Mike M.
"E.R. Ramzipoor’s The Ventriloquists is a novel that grabs you from the first few pages and refuses to let you go until the last sentence. The novel walks a masterful line between the reality of history and the wonder of prose. Overall, a great debut novel and a must-read for any fan of historical fiction novels.” - Karolina F.
"The Ventriloquists gives us insight into an unsung, tiny piece of history and its players. It is a lesson in determination, creativity, belief in a higher cause, and giving your all for your fellow man." - Lorraine L.
"The Ventriloquists is a moving story about one final act of defiance when all seems hopeless. E.R. Ramzipoor has created a memorable cast of self-described misfits, who come together from the fringes of society in occupied Belgium to take back their freedom of speech from their oppressors. This book is a perfect fit not only those that enjoy historical fiction but those who love writing and books." - Rhylie N.
"The Ventriloquists is completely consuming. It's a beautifully crafted story that brings light to the power of words. Despite the consequences, the Ventriloquists fight with everything they have to bring their vision to life. It is easy to read, compelling, and truly a gem. I consider this a must-read and will be recommending to family and friends." - Sarah P.
"The Ventriloquists is a beautiful story, based on true events surrounding a small group of journalists and resistance fighters in Belgium who risk their lives to give hope to their fellow citizens through the power of the written word. Well-written with interesting characters, this timely novel shows how words can be used to soothe and give hope to the human spirit. Kudos to E.R. Ramzipoor on this excellent debut novel!" - Stephanie W.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.
Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.
The Nazis track down Aubrion’s team and give them an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis’ bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin—daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.
The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.