Corridor of Darkness: A Novel of Nazi Germany Paperback – 7 Nov 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.