Wednesday, May 25, 2011
BOOK REVIEW - Deal With the Devil
Not long ago I finished reading Deal With the Devil, Part One, by J. Gunnar Grey, and I'm counting the days until Part Two is available on Amazon. This story is a winner!
I usually read women's fiction, so a book with a male protagonist and set in the 1940s in the middle of World War II is a big departure for me. But Grey's skillful writing grabbed me from Page 1 and held me throughout the book. More than once the twists and turns kept me reading far into the night.
Protagonist Major Faust is one of the most intriguing characters I've encountered in a long time. He's a German army officer who has parachuted into England during a nighttime Luftwaffe bombing raid. When he's captured, he claims he was drunk, his buddy was the pilot, and that he was strapped into a parachute and pushed from the plane. He says he was not a part of the invasion force. But is it just a coincidence that Faust spent a year at Oxford and speaks the language perfectly? Is it also a coincidence that on the night Faust was captured, a young woman was raped and murdered, and that the same thing happened when he escaped (before he was recaptured)?
I whole-heartedly recommend this book to lovers of World War II history, readers of mysteries, and fans of all-around good stories. When Deal With the Devil, Part Two, is released, it will be at the top of my TBR list. I can't wait!