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Deal With the Devil, Part One (Deal With the Devil #1)

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Wehrmacht Major Faust has a dangerous secret: he likes England. But it’s May 1940 and his Panzers are blasting the British Army off Dunkirk’s beach, so he keeps his mouth shut even though it hurts. When the Waffen SS try to murder their English prisoners of war, Faust helps the POWs escape. Now it’s treason, with his neck on the line.

Then a friend gets him drunk, straps hi
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Kindle Edition, 556 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Astraea Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Inga
Aug 06, 2011 Inga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review:

I decided to combine the reviews of Deal with the Devil Part One and Part Two because they belong together, it is the same story. Besides that I could read part Two right after part One. Deal with the Devil is a very well written historical novel. J. Gunnar Grey did an excellent work with both books and I have to admit that it is one of the most interesting experiences I have had lately with reading historical novels. Well done! It was written with such a gracious attention on the deta
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Laura Mcquillen
Jan 06, 2012 Laura Mcquillen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you were to come into my house and look at my bookshelves, you would find exactly one historical fiction. It's one that I bought as a teenager because it was based on the true life story of a young girl kidnapped by Comanche Indians in the 1800's and adopted into their tribe. Needless to say that historical fiction, even though I love history, doesn't seem to be a genre that I typically read. And the world war two era...even less so. You will find nothing from that era on my bookshelves. If I ...more
Lindsay
May 12, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deal with the Devil
For a German shot down over England during the blitz you’d think he’d be sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Unless, this individual is not only a major but with the Wehrmacht, not the Luftwaffe. Then, as is learned quickly he’s familiar with the area he parachuted into. Before the war he’d attended university nearby. All this makes the Brits think and treat him as a spy.
J. Gunner Grey has weaved a perfect story fraught with intrigue, mystery and suspense. Then add a touch of roma
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Iris Blobel
Jul 30, 2011 Iris Blobel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, if there's anything I DO NOT LIKE it's the words "To be continued..." :-(

Well, fair enough you've seen already that I've given this story 4/5, so yes, you obviously figured out , I did liked it.

I admit, this is so not what I usually read. The whole WWII thing, history - it's just not my cup of tea ..... and, okay I admit, I always feel WWII stories have a tendency to be lopsided in my humble opinion. BUT I'm glad I've read this one! I honestly am.


So in part one of the story (still can't g
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
If I could categorize this book, I'd call it part chase story and part psychological study. The Brits are constantly chasing Faust through this book. He's an enigma. He's a Nazi but doesn't seem all that dangerous. He's accused of possibly murdering Stoner's granddaughter but on the other hand seems more than willing to protect his captors.

The premise is definitely interesting. With one of the main characters being a Nazi in WWII England and you know you have a riveting story. It's interesting t
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Adam
Oct 24, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graduating from college with a degree in history is I guess the most obvious way to tell that I enjoy history. To say you enjoy history offers a pretty broad spectrum of things to like. The World War II period has always been my favorite period to study/read/learn about which was one of the reasons I jumped at the chance to review Deal with the Devil. Written by J. Gunnar Grey, it details espionage, loyalties, and the difference between right and wrong in Europe in World War II. While reading th ...more
Meg Mims
Oct 14, 2014 Meg Mims rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love history.

What's not to like about a premise like this, when a German soldier is captured in England during World War II? The details in this book are spot on, the characters fascinating--major (heh heh, forgive the pun) and minor--with plenty of emotion and tension between the protagonist, German prisoner Major Faust, and a retired but brought back to serve Englishman, Major Stoner. The suspense is well crafted and I didn't want to stop reading. The romance takes a while to ignite, given t
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Sandra Nachlinger
May 25, 2011 Sandra Nachlinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history lovers, mystery lovers
This book kept me up at night! I usually read women's fiction, so this tale of a German army officer, set in 1940s England in the middle of World War II, isn't my usual choice of genre, but it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in a long time.

Other reviewers have given an overview of the plot, so I won't repeat those details. I'll just say that Grey's skillful writing brought the characters to life and put them in situations that kept me turning the page. I'm counting the days unti
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Nell
Feb 05, 2012 Nell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be warned - you need to read part two as well as part one.
This isn't my usual reading fare. It's a taut psychological war of nerves in a World war II game of cat and mouse. Beautifully written with many subtle layers, from the name of the protagonist to the references used in the language. Any historian, fan of suspense or world war II buff would love this book. The story grips right from the very beginning.
Elaine Cantrell
Dec 17, 2011 Elaine Cantrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Look out Clive Cussler. Her action scenes are super, and her characters are anything but stereotyped. If you like World War II you'll like this.
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“Deal With the Devil” is a historical murder mystery, set during the World War II. Hans-Joachim Faust, a German, finds himself in trouble. He wakes up in the night, not knowing where he is and what’s happened. Soon he realizes that he has fallen out of a plane with his parachute and is currently somewhere in England. But why is he in England and how will he find the way back to Germany? He finds his way to a farm, but unfortunately he is pretty soon captured and brought into custody. What he doe ...more
Joanna
Jan 11, 2012 Joanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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If u don't want to spent money and buy the second part than don't start reading this book ! The story just cuts in the middle of it ....and it say ..."to be continued "...what kind of thing is that ???? Over all the book is ok....nothing that you will stay late at night.So now I have to buy the second part to it otherwise I wasted all this time reading the first one.
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Hi, I’m Gunnar Grey. I write books. I’m a historian, political junkie, target shooter, and retired adventurer and equestrian. I read avidly and post reviews or at least ratings for most of the books I read. Occasionally my poor husband surfaces from beneath a pile of paperbacks gasping for air… but I shouldn’t bore you with personal issues.

I live in Humble, Texas, just north of Houston, with four
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