Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: AMONGST MY ENEMIES by William F Brown

4 of 5 stars

Michael Randall definitely did not come through the war unscathed. When his bomber was shot down, only he and his best friend Eddie Hodge survive the crash. They don’t get very far before they are captured and sent to a frigid submarine port of Konigsberg as slave laborers. Beaten and starved on a daily basis, Eddie doesn’t last long in this harsh environment. Michael vows his death will not be in vain and embarks on a harrowing journey when he stows away on a German U-boat.  What happens on that submarine will set Michael’s path for the next six years from Sweden to North Carolina and back to Sweden again. He has no idea that he is the linchpin involving Nazi war criminals, stolen loot, corrupt officials in Bolivia, the New York City police and the Israeli Mossad. Everyone wants to get their hands on Michael and learn what he knows about the demise of U-582.

The author does a fantastic job with the details and clearly did his research for this storyline. World War II espionage is not usually a subject I read, but Michael Randall is a compelling character that draws you in and makes you understand his personal hell and what drives him to do what he needs to do to avenge Eddie’s death and finally to heal his wounded spirit. Rounding out the cast is his girlfriend Leslie, a NYC police officer, a former SS officer and a Swedish fisherman.

AMONGST MY ENEMIES is an exciting and intriguing story that will keep you turning the pages. My one criticism is the number of typos and extra words in the book. It could use the eyes of an editor to take care of these. Fans of WWII, political intrigue, and espionage will thoroughly enjoy this book. Recommended. 

Author bio:
William F Brown is the author of 6 mystery and suspense novels, and 4 award-winning screenplays. Amongst My Enemies is my second e-book. It is a fast-paced Cold War adventure filled with international intrigue, espionage, revenge, and an old German U-boat filled with a fortune in gold bars, treasure, and a secret that will tear NATO apart.

The Undertaker, my first e-book, is a snarky, fun, fast-paced domestic thriller with a slug of humor, romance, and stark terror! Someone with a sharp scalpel and an embalming table is planting bodies und other people's names. If Pete Talbott doesn't stop them, he'll be next on the list. Published in February 2011, it has already garnered 16 Five-Star and 13 Four-Star book reviews.

Thursday at Noon is a Joan Kahn Book published by St. Martin's Press in hardback, in paperback by Harlequin's Gold Eagle, and in various foreign editions. It is set in Egypt in 1962 and deals with murder, espionage, an Army coup, and new rockets aimed at the heart of Israel. Reviewed favorably in the "New Yorker" and other major publications, it will be released as an e-book in early 2012. Beaufort Books published my first novel, The Allah Conspiracy in hardback. It deals with international terrorism and an attempt to kill the President, and will also be released as an e-book in 201, as will Winner Lose All, a new international suspense novel set in the closing months of WWII, as one war winds down and all eyes are on the next one. As alliances begin to shift, old enemies become tomorrow's friends, and everyone wants their piece of the revolutionary new German weapons technologies.

In addition to the novels, I've written four award-winning screenplays. They have won First Place in the suspense category of the Final Draft contest, Finalist in Fade In, First Place in the Screenwriter's Utopia -Screenwriter's Showcase Awards, Second Place in the American Screenwriter's Association, Second Place at Breckenridge, and others. One was optioned.

Preview Chapters from all six suspense novels, plus updates on my writing can be found on my web site as well as my Face Book Author's page

A native of Chicago, I live in Columbus Ohio and occasionally escapes the keyboard with landscape painting and golf. My wife and travel widely in Russia, Italy, Germany, the Caribbean, England, Ireland, Scotland, eastern Europe, Egypt, and Israel.

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