[sws_blue_box]Inside an old German U-Boat rusting on the bottom of the Baltic are millions in gold bars, stolen art, and a secret that could tear NATO apart. The only one who knows the truth is Mike Randall, a battle-scarred American who survived four months in the frozen Hell of northern Germany at the end of the war. When he does speak up, he puts a target on his own forehead, one which the Russians, the West Germans, the U-boat’s former owners, the Israeli Mossad, and even his own government quickly take aim at. Some want the gold, some want him dead, and some want proof about a high-ranking spy inside NATO itself. Randall’s wants are much simpler. Caught between the Kremlin and a new, deadly, 4th Reich, he wants revenge and to satisfy some old debts with a steel-jacketed bullet. [/sws_blue_box]
Amongst My Enemies wouldn’t be my usual choice of reading matter but I already had The Undertaker in my reading pile when William F. Brown contacted me about this one and everything I’d heard about that had been good so I thought ‘Take a chance!’ – after all, it’s nice to try something new every now and again. (Incidentally, since then I have reviewed The Undertaker – you can see my review here).
Amongst My Enemies tells the story of American Mike Randall, who survived World War II but was left with both secrets and nightmares to carry with him. Several years later, he has the opportunity to approach the man who saved his life – Bruckner – but finds that this acclaimed war hero is not the man he is claiming to be. Randall ends up knee deep in violence, death threats and a greed laden conspiracy that extends further than he could have ever imagined.
One thing that struck me is that Amongst My Enemies has a darker feel to it than The Undertaker (which is probably to be expected given the subject matter and the historical setting of the book) and I found myself impressed with Brown’s ability to produce two books that were very different in tone but still provided a similar level of action and excitement. There are lots of twists and turns in Amongst My Enemies, meaning you’re never really sure what’s happening until you near the end of the book, although you’ll probably try and valiantly hazard guesses all the way through.
I don’t read many action and adventure or espionage novels so this was certainly something different for me. While Brown’s The Undertaker still has the edge in my mind, this is a well written book with plenty to offer and if you’re interested in trying a different style of thriller or something with a little bit of a historical edge to it, I’d definitely say you should give this a whirl!
Author: William F. Brown
Source: I received a copy of the book in exchange for my fair and honest review
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