- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2652 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: William F Brown (12 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CEOKUR8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #509,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Winner Lose All (Ed Scanlon Cold War Spy Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“Winner Lose All” is also an action-packed thriller, involving the main character, Ed Scanlon, a Captain in the OSS, the United States Spy Agency during World War Two. He was sent by Colonel George Bromley along with British army Captain William Kenyon to Nazi Germany to work with a Russian Communist Blok sabotaging the Germans in as many ways as possible. He assisted them in doing this.
Hanni Steiner, a Jewish German woman, was the leader of this Blok, and was as cool and cunning as Ed Scanlon. She and he became lovers during this period of the story.
In one of the sabotage events, Ed was captured and seriously tortured by the Nazis. Otto Deitrich was the commander of this, and Ed hated and distrusted him along with British military leaders. Hanni, and the other members of the Blok rescued him. Captain William Kenyon was killed in this event. Ed was sent back to Britain, but unhappy because Hanni would not go back with him. He feared that she would be killed by the Gestapo.
Two months after returning to Britain, nearing the end of the war in Germany, Colonel George Bromley convinced Ed that he would be able to bring Hanni back if he completed another mission, that of finding and bringing back Goering’s engineers and scientists and their plans for the German Jet airplane. Scanlon did not trust Bromley, but was determined to bring Hanni back, if she was alive. So he reluctantly accepted the offer.
Meanwhile, Bromley was encouraged by Prime Minister Churchill to not go through with the endeavor, while Allen Dulles (Commander of the OSS and later head of the CIA) convinced Scanlon that this mission must be completed. Ed was intent on bringing Hanni back, and would try anything to accomplish this.
What Scanlon did not know was that Hanni, whose father was being held by the Russians, was assigned the mission to obtain the scientist and the plans for the Jet.
The remainder of the story is a non-stop rush to accomplish the missions.
The book held me captive from beginning to end. At this time (2017) political events involving Russia are prominent in the news. World War II has been over for more than 50 years, but the concepts brought out in “Winner Lose All” regarding Russia still ring true.
During much of the story I learned a great deal about World War II that I hadn’t learned as a 10 year old child. At that time I knew nothing about the cities of Germany, about the Russian involvement in the war, about Britain, and about spies and sabotage in that war.
I found the mention of Classical music and opera was interesting (I won’t tell you how it became a part of the story, though!).
I would like to thank William Brown for asking me to review this, in return for a Kindle copy of the book. Mr. Brown has become my new Tom Clancy, and I hope there are many more books about Ed Scanlon
This is a riveting, fast-moving story with superb, authentic characterization, believable and understandable.
The novel is more than a suspense story, however; it is also historical as it depicts through the characters the philosophy of the Communists, the Allies, and the Nazis. Only one small part is not believable but that does not detract from the story (I'll let the reader determine what it is). Reviewed by the author of The Children's Story, A Novel Not for Children (about good and evil).