Sunday, June 23, 2013

Winner Lose All by William Brown

In the closing months of WWII, as the war grinds to an end in the rubble of Nazi Germany, all eyes turn to the next ‘cold’ one. The Americans, the Russians, and the British all know that the future belongs to whomever can grab the new rockets, jet fighters, long-range bombers, synthetic fuels and other ‘wonder weapons’ that Hitler unleashed upon them. They will shape the balance of world power for decades to come. It is also the story of the torrid but impossible love affair between Ed Scanlon, a brilliant, young, American OSS agent and Hanni Steiner, the gritty, street-smart leader of the communist resistance cell in Leipzig. They now find themselves on opposite ends of an international tug of war over the plans for Germany’s revolutionary Me-262 jet fighter and the scientists who designed and built it. To succeed, they must not only outwit each other, they must stay one-step ahead of Otto Dietrich, the sadistic Gestapo Chief of Leipzig, who has plans of his own. The stakes could not be higher. Once-bitter enemies are tomorrow’s allies, old friends cannot to be trusted, and lies, double-dealing, and treachery are the norm. Driven by the uncompromising dictates of Josef Stalin, Lavrenti Beria, Allen Dulles, Heinrich Himmler, and Winston Churchill, it is succeed or die, and the winner lose all.

I've read several of Bill's previous books, so I was excited to immerse myself in his newest thriller.  This time, he takes us to the end of WWII with two complex characters at the forefront, Ed Scanlon and Hanni Steiner.    They have a love story from opposite sides of the spectrum.  Not to mention all of the action and political hi-jinx going on. While Winner Lose All was an engaging and entertaining read, I didn't connect with the characters like I did with his previous book, Amongst My Enemies.

I was still intrigued though with the historical details and Bill's twist of them, the action and just where everything was headed. I wasn't disappointed - as everything began to unfold, I became invested in the outcome and was riveted.  Another winner for Brown! If you enjoy reading books from known authors like Brad Thor and Tom Clancy - you'll enjoy Brown's novels.  They are just as good, if not better!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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