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Winner Lose All (Ed Scanlon Cold War Spy Thrillers Book 1) by [Brown, William F.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2652 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
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  • Publisher: William F Brown (12 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Winner Lose All is an entertaining and engrossing combination of suspense and cold war spy thriller set in a period of history that I don't know much about. Figures and events, both real and imagined, form the story which is the essence of historical fiction. The historical aspect of the book set it apart from my typical reading fare. Both the different time and places (primarily Germany and Russia immediately before and in the aftermath of WWII) were new settings for me and added to the uniqueness of the story. All in all, a fun read.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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Good undercover thriller set in Germany in the late stages of the war. Russians and Americans compete to gain advantage after Hitler has been defeated, and betrayals abound. Not sure I believed in the 'perfidious Britain' part of the plot, but when did an American ever implicate his own? Lots of atmospheric settings, from war-torn Leipzig to Bavarian forest, via Gestapo basements, secret research camp, Dachau and London. Good characterisation, the arch-villain is particularly well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says it All 25 Mar. 2017
By Joan Shulman - Published on Amazon.com
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The last book I reviewed by William Brown was “Aim True My Brothers.” Like that book, I felt” Winner Lose All” was similar in style to the Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan series.

“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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have The Next One 14 Feb. 2017
By John Breidinger - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent read! OSS, the precursor to the CIA, has always been a nebulous, shady organization. Even though this is a historical novel, it allows he reader to visualize what might have been going on at the end of WWII.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star winner 10 Oct. 2013
By Robert Krueger - Published on Amazon.com
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Winner Lose All is a terrific read. It is a suspense spy novel set at the end of WWII, but it is also the story of a tortured love affair, an impossible affair between a Communist resistance fighter and an American OSS operative. But the heart does not listen to reason. Conflicting ideologies interplay in desperate attempts by each to obtain the secrets of the Nazi super weapons and capture the scientists that designed them. He who has them will be the global power.

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).
5.0 out of 5 stars Like all of Brown's historical novels this one excels 8 April 2017
By Jerry G - Published on Amazon.com
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Like all of Brown's historical novels this one excels.Thank goodness for it's title; it tells the whole story even if the reacer doesn't recognize it until the end. This is the sixth or seventh of Brown's novels; each one unique,with somewhat failed main character. Lots of twists and turns to krep your interest especially if you are a student of US military history. KEEP IT UP, Mr Brown!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great book to read! 23 Aug. 2016
By Marvin H. Moon - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading Winner Lose All! It was one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I will read more book by William Brown!
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