Amongst My Enemies – Reviews 11/25/13
A Sampling of recent 5-Star Reviews on Amazon:
5-Stars! from WACY, Amazon Reviewer: “Great read! Never a boring, wordy chapter to be found. the writer filled the pages with a “story” instead of pages full of words collected for the volume.”
5-Stars! from ONeil DeNoux “O’Neil De Noux, Amazon Reviewer: “Subs and Spies Galore! Now this was a different book that came together well. Starting in World War II the beginning was so well written, I worried the writer would stumble with the Cold War part but he sure did not. I found the entire escapade truly engaging. Highly recommended.”
5-Stars! from Rebecca, Amazon Reviewer: “Great Suspense Novel! I do not read many suspense novels – perhaps it is a gender bias . Frankly, I would probably not have read this one if it had not been an Amazon special one day. It sat on my Kindle for quite a while until I started reading it this week. What a great surprise! I could hardly put it down! The plot was engrossing, the characters were well developed (even the woman), and the background stories intriguing. I wish someone would make a movie from it, and I say that as a claustrophobic woman who has hated every movie that I have seen with a submarine in it !”
5-Stars! from Sarah, Amazon Reviewer: “Super well thought out book! Taking me awhile to read because I don’t have a lot of time, but I’m so happy every time I sit down to read! What twists and turns!”
5-Stars! from Sandara Fakler, Amazon Reviewer: “This was very fast and intense book! It keeps your attention and also wondering what will happen next. You wonder how people can be like they are, without a second thought they were mean people that would do anything they could to get what they want.”
5-Stars! from Tony g. , Amazon Reviewer: “Well written! Story takes you through the life of a normal everyday airman. Shot down in the war, taken prisoner. Forced to work with other forced laborers. Loaded a sub with stolen goods. Stowed away on the sub, and was released after he was discovered by the captain . But the sub was sunk by a Swedish patrol. Story goes on like a James Bond story. Hard to put the kindle down . You will not go wrong getting this copy of this book .”
5-Stars! from Cecil Sager, Amazon Reviewer: “A Very Good Book! I really enjoyed reading it. This was a very accurate book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read more about the end of World War II.”
5-Stars! from Renee H., Amazon Reviewer: “A Nice, Easy Read! This book had good character development and the story line was easy to follow. It’s an enjoyable evening read. Great book for the price.
5-Stars! from Wilson H. Yerk, Amazon Reviewer: “Good Read! “The story line was well planned and laid out, almost as compelling as a Vince Flynn novel. Will read more by this author. “
5-Stars! from Brad Thiedecke, Amazon Reviewer: “Amongst my favourite reads of the year! This book is a great read! Marketed as a cold-war thriller, it has plenty of WWII narrative, a romance, high seas action and the spy dramas you would expect. The characters were engaging, the story was tight and well worth the read!”
5- Stars! Terrific! If you like WWII/Cold War era novels, this one is for you. Great plot…difficult to put down. A good read.
James L. Van “Jimmy V” Amazon Reviewer, 10/9/13
5-Stars! Who is my enemy? So who can’t enjoy a WW2 novel dealing with the major powers of the world. And to boot, a love story in the making.
Jim B., Amazon Reviewer, 10/7/13
5-Stars! Good vs Evil with Passion! Drew me in at the very beginning and I couldn’t put it down. It is an interesting historical mix of WWII and more current affairs. It has the intrigue of a spy thriller but also the human drama of love and passion. THE main character is burdened by promises made that lead to unexpected involvements which in turn bring personal fulfillment in many ways. The author has captured the full range of good and evil in the world. Certainly will be looking for more books from William Brown.
Karen L. Lee, Amazon Reviewer, 10/5/13
5-Stars! Splendid cold war thriller! This is a well conceived and written book which is hard to put down. The fate of Hitler’s henchman, Martin Bormann, has never been satisfactorily resolved and his life after WW 2 and eventual demise, which form part of this book, is as good an ending to him as any other. Makes me think of some of Alastair MacClean’s best work, one to read and enjoy.
Barrie M. “Madmolbar”, Amazon Reviewer, 10/4/13
5-Stars! Very Entertaining! This is a first rate novel — easy to follow, interesting characters, believable plot; holds your attention… Worth your time.
Kenesq050, Amazon Reviewer, 10/4/13
5-Stars! William F Brown and Nazi Germany! This book will be one of my favorites and I have already gotten a second book. The story is full of mystery, with a touch of love. Our American hero managed to live thru the war in which he had to help his best friend kill himself in lieu of a painful slow death, and then to find the start of a good true love, then to go back to right a wrong. Our hero was saved by a u-boat captain and in doing so, the captain lost his life and the life of his crew. Now our hero goes back and the trouble he finds thru an old German killer. This is a good book that will keep you wanting more. When I came to what I thought was the end, there was one more chapter. Very good read.
CountryMouse103, Amazon Reviewer, 10/2/13
5-Stars! WWII! Not sure if this was based on 100% truth but it is truly reflective of WWII and what actually happened at the end. So much was pillaged and plundered not only from the camps but Museums, Universities etc. The depiction of the SS men and head main men around Hitler was really well done. If you like a historic who done it, this is a good one.
Donna Jones, Amazon Reviewer, 10/1/13
5-Stars! Loved it! Stayed up late to finish it. The book tells a realistic and engrossing tale. The author skillfully conveys the protagonist’s pain early on without being unnecessarily graphic. He weaves in the time over which the story takes place allowing the reader’s imagination to fill in details that round out the story. The result is a well written saga which is never drawn out or dull.
Jolyn B. Amazon Reviewer, 9/30/13
5-Stars! Enemies! This was a great book for anyone interested in some of Hitler’s henchmen and although I know it is fiction, it certainly reads as if this is a true story. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
Cheryl L. Snyder, “Cheryl Lee” 9/30/13
5-Stars! Great Read! I’m really glad I found this author. Amongst My Enemies was a real page turner with great characters and lots of action and nice historical framework. Well done Mr. Brown!
John Barton, Amazon Reviewer, 9/27/13
5-Stars! Great Book! Looking forward to more like this one. Good historical scenes, good action and a great ending. Very good book for any action lover.
H. N. Johnson, Amazon Reviewer, 9/23/13
5-Stars! Extremely Believable! Fast paced, well written, engrossing are three adjectives that come to mind about this story. I don’t think there is any section of this book that drag. I really enjoyed it!
Stewart C. Wolfe “31 Roadster” 9/22/13
5-Stars! More than 5 stars! Imagine an American prisoner of war held by the SS who escapes, a sadistic SS officer, Russian spies, the Mossad, a German U-boat rusting at the bottom of the Baltic filled with treasure, and an assortment of the good and the bad; you have the setting for this Cold War thriller.
To say this is an expertly crafted novel is an understatement. This reader felt that he was actually participating in the events. It is a story of good and evil realistically told. The plot development kept me turning pages; I wanted to know what would happen next. The author’s descriptive narrative is vivid and graphic. The novel is filled with characters — good and bad — that are real, types we know from history and our own experience. The characters come alive in the telling of the story. I got to know and understand them. In fact, I wanted to jump into the story and ‘eliminate’ the bad guys. This novel is an exciting read, a first-rate thriller set in an important period of our history.
Robert Krueger, Amazon Reviewer, 9/22/13
5-Stars! Adventure! Another fascinating fictional account of history. The book flows very well between present, early 50s, to the early 40s and WWII. The story is about the Nazi SS smuggling looted treasures out of Europe and into Argentina. Very well done.
David Chick, Amazon Reviewer, 9/14/13
5-Stars! Exceptional Read! The book is well planned and structured. The scenario is believable and exciting once you start it you will find it difficult to put down.
Doofus, Amazon Reviewer, 9/13/13
5-Stars! An Exciting Cold War Search for Truth! One war ends…the hot one…WWII. A new war begins…a cold one. Events of the hot one lead up to a cold war thriller, as a young survivor seeks revenge for atrocities committed during the closing days of the war…the hot one. Unfortunately, those against whom he seeks revenge are remnants of the Nazi elite. Travel to many ports in this thriller, from Baltic States to South Carolina and then some.
Henry Lajoie, Amazon Reviewer, 9/9/13
5-Stars! Fast paced! Excellent, fast paced, thrilling book. Hard to put down. Story line is easy to follow and its ending is satisfying.
Sherla Smith, Amazon Reviewer, 9/7/13
5-Stars! Great Read! Book is well written. Fun to read. Author is imaginative. Pulls you right into the story.
Look forward to more stories by this author.
Pawpaw, Amazon Reviewer, 9/7/13
5-Stars! Story is very enjoyable. It builds on each character as it works forward. Everything is in good sequence and keeps you interested in the story. The end is realistic.
Ben Hutchinson, Amazon Reviewer, 9/6/13
5-Stars! Page Turner! Very fast paced War novel and once started, it was difficult to stop reading. Characters were well established and true to themselves to the end. Good read.
Donna Sekeres, Amazon Reviewer, 9/6/13
5-Stars! “Wow! Read this book. It is exceptionally well done and exciting. The characters are believable and they get into crisis in spite of themselves. I enjoyed this.
Amazon Reviewer Just John, 12/3/12
5-Stars! “It pulled me right into the story! I felt like a member of my own family was part of the story. Gripping and tense all the way to the end.I’d recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries, or historical fiction. Very believable .
Diane Indseth, ‘The Book Hoarder’ 11/26/12
5-Stars! “Involved and involving! This one had more twists and turns than many I have read recently. I always like a novel that adds historic information indirectly, as this one did about a part of WW II that I had not previously known. Interesting characters and unusual settings added to the enjoyment.”
Reader 70, Amazon Reviewer, 10/13/12
5-Stars! “Great read, right from the beginning. What Michael, our hero, and main character in the book goes through in his young life should happen to no one! This is a combination spy, submarine, and lots, and lots of action type novel. It’s a “can’t down Book!”
Jim, Amazon Reviewer, 10/6/12 done
5-Stars! “A book you cannot put down! I have to admit that I purchased this book primarily based on price. Frankly, I did not expect much but the book summary seemed interesting. I like reading WW II stories and always like U-boat adventures.
As I began reading Amongst My Enemies, it quickly became apparent that I had downloaded a “winner” and soon could not resist picking up my iPad every chance I could find. I will let others summarize the book’s characters but for me, it is a great thriller type book that certainly has one very evil former German SS Officer that takes to killing like fish to water.
My only negative comment would be that the author could have described in more realistic detail the process of SCUBA diving, U-boat terminology, nautical terms aboard the fishing boat and most of all, more military background on the key character to make him believable as he completes tasks more akin to Navy Seals or Army Delta forces.
However, the book still rates 5 stars for the interest it generated for me and the enjoyment over several days.
Donald Wiant, Amazon Reviewer, 9/29/12
5-Stars! “Very Interesting! I found this book very interesting and exciting. Especially historical – Second War – background connected with fast action is great. I recommend this story for thriller lovers.
Cichy, Amazon Reviewer 9/10/12
5-Stars! “Having read “The Undertaker” by this same author I knew what to expect as far as his writing style. I therefore prepared myself for a fast-paced plot-driven read and turned to the first page. By the time I looked up from this book it was midnight and I was three quarters of the way through it and was excited to read the rest. The characters reach out from the pages and drag you into their world. I must warn that you may want to set aside the time to read this one as you will not want to stop and will lose track of all time. I felt as if I was reading a book written by one of Mr. Patterson’s ghost writers. After the first few pages you will find yourself wrapped up so thickly by the plot you will find it hard to let go.”
Al Robins for “Free Book Reviews” 8/22/12 done
5-Stars! “What a book! I should have known better than to begin a William Brown book during a busy week! I had just finished reading ‘The Undertaker’ and I ordered ‘Amongst My Enemies on my Kindle.’ I have had a very difficult time putting the book away to cook, clean, do laundry, exercise, sleep — anything! The characters are true to ‘themselves.’ Lots of twists and turns. I am waiting for a movie based on this book. It would keep you at the edge of your seat, certainly. Another excellent book by William Brown!
GinnyReader, Top Amazon Reviewer, 8/14/12 done