Gene Simmons: A Rock ‘N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Gene & Flora in Ross Bergs eyes

One of the real characters in the “Kiss web world” is Ross Berg. He has always been very vocal online about his interest and admiration for Gene and Floras (Genes mother) life, and how the Holocaust and their life in Israel after the second world war has formed them as humans, when It comes to Flora to a degree I really didn’t totally understand myself. When Ross told us all that he would be publishing a book on his own I was really interested in how the result would come out. And maybe It would help me understanding his fascination for Flora. So how did It all turn out?

Ross Berg’s “A Rock ‘N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust” is probably the strangest Kiss related book I have ever read. And I have read It three times now, and still are not sure what I think of the book. First of all. I like what Ross has tried to do with this book. The narrative way he writes the book could bring characters more to life. But It takes a really strong author to do something like that. I just don’t know how well I feel he has succeeded. Some parts of the book works really well but other parts doesn’t. More than one time the characters thoughts become to much fiction and a little to dramatic for my taste.

Another problem I have with the book is that I’m not really sure If Ross was the right person to write a book like this with his background. It is written with a very “Jewish American” point of view. And for me who has a very different point of view when It comes both religion and the state of Israel some of his conclusions in the book are a little hard difficult to agree with when Ross seems to write from a slightly religious perspective. I’m sure that Ross and Gene may have some of the same views, but It becomes a little to subjective for my taste. And Gene seems very little like a religious person.  So the characters probably become a little more what Ross want them to be than who they really are. Even if his facts are good and interesting to read.

If you really don’t know much about the Holocaust and how hard life were in Israel after the war, you will probably find those parts of the book quite interesting, and people who know a lot about the same period will probably not. There are a lot of books that tells the stories of Holocaust survivors much more vivid and in a better historical light. But as an historical background to who Gene is today It more or less works well.

What is really cool are the background stuff from Gene’s childhood that Ross has dug out that haven’t been written about before. That Ross managed to find this obscure stuff I had not heard about before I find impressive. But there is also a lot of stuff that have been covered before.

So what is the final verdict on the book? I would say interesting and different. And as always I  love Kiss books written by fans. If your very interested about Gene as a person It is a good book, if you manage to have in mind that this is the ‘Ross Berg perspective’ on Gene. So if your a ‘Kissbookaholic’ like me. And especially if you like the first parts of Genes biography, then buy the book. It’s worth reading.

If your just looking for a Kiss book, then buy some other book.

Verdict: 6/10

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