Saturday, September 23, 2017
Book Review: 'Cold War Trilogy' by William F. Brown
‘Thrillers in the purest cliffhanger vein’
For those who have been following William F. Brown’s thrillers this set of three novels are likely known and would make terrific gifts for fellow readers. Having read all three of the books it is good to see them together as a trilogy – the main theme being Cold War stories – spy versus spy tales that keep you up all night.
As said before, Florida author William F. Brown has penned eight suspense novels and four award-winning screenplays. His specialty is thriller stories that step into the arena of espionage – a very popular topic at this particular time. Bill is a native of Chicago, received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Illinois, and served as a Company Commander in the US Army. He then traveled widely in the US and abroad as a Vice President of the real estate subsidiary of a Fortune 500 corporation. Bill is also a landscape artist.
Bill’s ability to connect with his audience is one of his many strong points. Before plunging into this AMONST MY ENEMIES for example he offers some background of the story – ‘In the spring of 1948, the newly created State of Israel was attacked from three sides by the regular armies of five Arab nations. The Israeli ‘army’ consisted of ill-trained militia units armed with old rifles and a handful of light machineguns. They had no tanks, no artillery, and no air force. Eight years later, in the Sinai War of 1956, the Israelis were able to field highly effective armored, mechanized infantry, airborne, artillery, and air force units in a lightning attack that crushed the Egyptians and pushed them back to the Suez Canal. How did a little country like that get all that stuff?’
This is the manner in which he approaches all three of these novels – AMONGST MY ENEMIES, THURSDAY AT NOON, and WINNER LOSE ALL. All are terrific reads from start to finish and it is refreshing to se them reissue in a set form making revisiting them even better than the first time ‘round. Few writers today match Will’s style with thriller on a contemporary stage. He never lets us down. Grady Harp, August 17
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