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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Brantome Press (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991078225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991078226
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,860,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The novel is rife with historical intrigue and captures the flavor of mid-century Europe. Throughout, the author has a keen eye for detail, which will be a delight for Europhiles and World War II buffs alike...An intriguing early WWII spy yarn set in a well-researched, authentic Germany." --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Patrick W. O’Bryon has been a Fulbright Scholar and Princeton Ph.D., a college professor, a command military interpreter, a log cabin builder, a natural health counselor, an investment property broker, an ad man, and a rescuer of animals—both wild and domesticated. It’s obvious this writer has problems settling down. For now, he brokers real estate and writes novels, travels as frequently as possible to Europe, and shares life’s adventures with his wife Dani and their cats. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I came to this book with considerable interest - I knew something about the author's father's history as an espionage agent in wartime Germany, and I knew even more about my German wife's father's history as a cadet in Hitler's elite military academy, the Napola. Imagine my surprise then when my interest rapidly morphed into complete absorption - I could not put it down! The story of Ryan Lemmon - cool, pipe-smoking academic turned reporter/agent - and Erika Breitling, the beautiful but endangered love of his live, is a truly compelling one...especially when both are pursued by Horst von Kredow, the villain to end all villains (and when I say pursued, I mean really pursued, Horst is as relentless as Inspector Javert in search of Valjean!)

The strength of this book is its authenticity - Mr O'Bryon is to be congratulated on recreating 1930s Berlin in all its seedy but colourful backstreet bawdiness; one almost feels like one is there, the sounds, sights and smells of the capital are so truthfully described. As for the narrative, this is gripping and harrowing by turns, the work of a master story teller.

I'm not into spoiler alerts, don't want to ruin the book for others, but one particular passage grabbed a hold of me and wouldn't let go:

"There's no denying it.(*said Erika) My parents are terrified, and rightly so. Horst lives to destroy his `enemies of the Reich.' I've been a good Nazi wife, accepted the abuse of the Jews. My God, Ryan, I've even played that board game with Leo, tossing the dice, moving the pieces around the board, collecting Jews to ship off to Palestine!" Her eyes sought out the boy surrounded by water fowl. "And now I am the target of my own prejudice." Leo waved, and she responded. "Ironic, isn't it?
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We are proud to announce that CORRIDOR OF DARKNESS: A NOVEL OF NAZI GERMANY by Patrick O'Bryon is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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An edge of the chair thriller from start to finish I will look forward to reading the sequel immediately 10 out of 10
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate, Expertly Crafted Thriller 3 Dec. 2013
By Awesome Indies Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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1930's Berlin--unrestrained, decadent, and torn by political and social strife--and dashing Ryan Lemmon intends to make the most of every moment. The young American reporter loses himself in the dark underbelly of the capital, only to have a violent death bring him face-to-face with the growing menace.

Inspired by firsthand accounts, Corridors of Darkness by Patrick O’Bryon tells the gritty tale of Lemmon’s experiences during the reign of terror enabling Hitler’s rise to power. Germany was a country consuming itself with its own decadence, anger, greed, and the ultimate hatred that would drive a stake in the heart of world history for decades to come.

Well written in the very effective old style prose of noir thrillers, I was in a 1930’s black and white film alongside Lemmon. O’Bryon’s detailed descriptions allowed me to see the streets of old Berlin, taste decadence everywhere, feel imminent dangers around every corner, hear the march of the storm troopers, and virtually smell fear on the citizens as they ran.
A well-constructed plot intertwines tense words and wild actions as the Nazi regime relentlessly pursues Lemmon and his girlfriend. The characters are real and believable, with a clear delineation between good and evil. Corridors of Darkness is a fast paced, suspenseful tale with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader on edge. The writing is immediate and engaging as the pages fly by.

I recommend this book to both thriller fans and history buffs. You will have fun with it and O’Bryon will leave you wanting more.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Contribution Worth 5 STARS!!! 20 Dec. 2013
By Ken Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
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A fascinating read, inspired by diaries from the period and well researched for historical accuracy. Ryan Lemmon and the other characters come to life, through Patrick O'Bryon's brilliant use of description & characterization. Scenes and places almost come alive as characters also, (from seedy Berlin beer halls to train stations of the era). He captures sickening elements of the rise of the National Socialists to power, along with the insidious loss of freedoms that transpires, weaving this thread throughout the novel.

O'Bryon sets up the reader from the moment we enter the prologue, with a 1935 quote by Churchill who warned the world of the Nazi threat, years before the war unfolded,
"that we are entering a corridor of deepening and darkening danger."

Ryan Lemmon, fresh from the Ivy League of the Roaring Twenties and eager for Berlin's high life, after his brief stint on Wall Street, rapidly shifts gears back to academia @ Marburg after the Crash of '29. Through his experiences, we are drawn into the early stages of the darkening corridor. O'Bryon's use of symbolism, with Ryan running for his life through the Marburg tunnels, takes the reader further along the foreboding corridor. The novel grips the reader as our protagonist returns to his beloved Germany, after it's fully under the Nazi spell and the action begins.......filled with intrigue, espionage, betrayal, death, romance and love.

Corridor of Darkness is well crafted and easily one of the most accurate historic novels of pre-WWII Germany;
it transitions very nicely into Ryan Lemmon's future adventures and leaves the reader excited for volumes to come.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Spy Novel 3 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Patrick O'Bryon brings the Ryan Lemmon story to life in pre-war Germany with vivid descriptions of Germany, its people and life there during this tumultuous period in history. The reader starts their journey with Ryan in 1929 full of excitement for the bachelor student life in Germany and the reader, like Ryan, gets pulled into a mess of political intrigue, jealousy, hatred, discrimination and Hitler's mass genocide. At a time when the US didn't want to get involved in the growing conflict Ryan Lemmon follows his heart and moral convictions to assist those on the wrong side of the Nazis. His desire to do what is right sends him on a terrifying run across Germany to escape a vile and inhuman Nazi officer's vendetta against him.

O'Bryon does a great job setting the stage and atmosphere of pre-war Germany and the growing unrest during this period in time. The setting and characters are fairly well fleshed out. The only distraction to this story was the way in which the narrative jumps around in time and perspective. At times it felt like he was trying to tell too many stories at once. The later half of the book as the action took off on the crazy chase around Germany was riveting. I will be watching for the second book because I need to know what happens next.

I recommend this book for those who enjoy historical fiction and adventure.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There's a difference between being proficient at structuring sentences and being able to write a book 1 Oct. 2014
By Westcoast_Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There's a difference between being proficient at structuring sentences and being able to write a book. The author has a flair for creating quite interesting and colorful visuals. As a book writer though, I would give him 1 out of 10. I felt that the characters were lifeless, the plot ridiculous, the tempo flat and the storyline continuity confusing. I have no plans on reading anything else from this author.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy worlds 13 April 2014
By Crimeslawyer - Published on Amazon.com
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There once was a real time and place we call 1930's Europe. It had real people who did real things, such as talking to each other, a certain way. You can get a sense of how that was by watching 1930's movies made in Europe. And the real politics of that time are stranger than any fiction ever. This book reflects none of that, not the old pre-war Europe, not present day Europe, not any Europe ever, only present day USA with modern people acting and talking like modern people from here and nowhere else but here and now, not Europe and not the recent past, and this book fails to transport you there. Instead, read the novel of stories called 'The Book Thief' (the movie sucks, the book is great).
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