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Inside an old German U-Boat rusting on the bottom of the Baltic lie millions in gold bars, stolen art, and a secret that could tear NATO apart. In this WW II spy versus spy action adventure thriller, the only one who knows the truth is Mike Randall, a battle-scarred American aviator who survived the bitter winter of 1945 in the battered old port city of Konigsberg. After h ...more
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Published December 12th 2011
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Martha Cheves
Jul 05, 2012 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing
Amongst My Enemies – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; A Book and A Dish; Think With Your Taste Buds

Four months ago, their B-17 took off into a clear, Italian sky for the long leg north to Berlin. They hit their marks and dropped their bombs, but before they could make the big turn west, the German flank guns found them. A B-17 is a tough bird and Lieutenant Jensen, their pilot, fought hard to keep it in the air as they lumbered north and east, out of control. The smoke
Blood Rose Books
May 21, 2012 Blood Rose Books rated it really liked it
This Review was originally posted on my book review website
I have not ventured into too many WWII/Cold war based novels and after reading this book I do not know why I do not read them more often. This book had me invested in the first chapter. Brown really knows how to draw the reader in with the description, that you actually feel the cold, heat and fear of the character and the surrounding scenery. Mike and Eddie's story is heartbreaking and like I said above the first chapter really drew me
Book Him Danno
This is a great story about after WW II and human condition. We are introduced to Mike Randall, the unlikely hero of the story, and we are taken on his journey to right the wrongs created by the war. The author has created a very broken man who you feel for and only want him to find peace. You also meet other amazing characters from the SS Officer Heinz Kruger to the old Viking Einar Person. When the story starts we see Mike and his best friend Eddie working in the bitter cold forced labor camps ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
This is a great story about after WW II and human condition. We are introduced to Mike Randall, the unlikely hero of the story, and we are taken on his journey to right the wrongs created by the war. The author has created a very broken man who you feel for and only want him to find peace. The author creates amazing characters from the SS Officer Heinz Kruger to the old Viking Einar Person. When the story starts we see Mike and his best friend Eddie working in the bitter cold forced labor camps ...more
Wendy Hines
Jan 19, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing
Mike Randall's bomber went down in Germany during the war. He and his friend Eddie survive for months as slave labor in the freezing battle scarred land. Eventually, Eddie succumbs to frostbite, and Mike is more determined than ever to survive. He promised Eddie he would visit his family and let them know what really happened, and he aims to keep it.

A high ranking officer of the 3rd Reich purloins an old U-boat to haul millions of dollars’ worth of artifacts and gold for his own personal reasons
Apr 15, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
Overall: 4 1/2 stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 stars

In the closing weeks of World War II, German U-boat U-582 slipped into the Baltic Sea on a top-secret mission for the second-most powerful man in Nazi Germany. The boat was never heard from again. When the U-boat's captain turned up a few years later as an up-and-coming NATO official, American Michael Randall smelled a rat, since he had witnessed the U-boat go down with all hands. Soon, Randall was involved in an operation that would attract attenti
Kathy Martin
Jan 07, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
This was a very suspenseful, edge-of-your seat thriller about the closing days of World War II and the political chaos the followed it. Mike Randall was a gunner on a B-17 until the plane was shot down over northern Germany with only he and his friend Eddie as survivors. They were sent to do forced labor in Konigsberg. Eddie develops gangrene and begs Mike to find a way to let him kill himself after invoking a promise that Mike go to Eddie's family after the war to let them know what happened. T ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Olga rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I've never read any spy novels before now so when Mr. Brown contacted me asking to review Amongst My Enemies I was happy to explore this new-to-me genre, especially since his writing credits were encouraging. I'm glad to say the book did not disappoint.
Amongst My Enemies is a tightly-woven thriller with practically non-stop action and characters who are easy to care about or dislike. As I read and saw how different threads of the story were coming together I began to enjoy the book even more an
Viviane Crystal
Jan 04, 2012 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing
Mike Randall is an American pilot shot down during World War II over Northern Germany, treated mercilessly as a German POW to do labor in conditions where one wondered whether one would freeze or starve to death first. While there, his buddy is dying and Mike makes a choice that will haunt him for the rest of his days. As if that were not enough, he is taken on a job and stows away on a ship carrying valuables stolen by the Germans from the captured and murdered Jews. A German officer allows Mik ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Albert rated it it was amazing
Point of View: This author does well to bring out Randall's viewpoint. Through the eyes and thoughts of Randall you will lose yourself in his world.

Voice: Things are not as they seem. At least this is what I drew from the story another reader may decide on another. I think this author has suspicions of everything and everyone.

Character Development: We meet many memorable characters both good and not-so-good and yes evil. The author does a superb job of bringing these characters to life in a book
Sep 08, 2016 Star rated it really liked it
Amongst My Enemies is a well-researched and detailed novel of World War II and its aftermath. Mike Randall was a US pilot who was shot down over Germany. He and his friend, Eddie, were taken as POWs and made work slave labor along with other prisoners. His chance to escape comes when he is loading boxes and boxes of items upon a retrofitted U-boat and stows away. The captain, a very decent man who has been outraged and repulsed by the workings of his country sets him free near the coast of Swede ...more
Jennifer Zuna
Jan 26, 2012 Jennifer Zuna rated it it was amazing
Inside an old German U-Boat rusting on the bottom of the Baltic are millions in gold bars, stolen art, and a secret that could tear NATO apart. The only one who knows the truth is Mike Randall, a battle-scarred American who survived four months in the frozen Hell of northern Germany at the end of the war. When he does speak up, he puts a target on his own forehead, one which the Russians, the West Germans, the U-boat's former owners, the Israeli Mossad, and even his own government quickly take a ...more
Jim A
Nov 02, 2013 Jim A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aim True, My Brothers is both a political thriller and an action thriller. A Palestinian terrorist is loose in the U.S. with the intention of assassinating the President of the United States. He is being pursued by a wise cracking FBI agent, an Egyptian Embassy Security Officer and an agent of the Israeli Mossad.

Brown weaves the story very well, moving the action back and forth between the terrorist and the hunters, with an occasional side trip to Hamas officers in the Middle East, Israeli inte
Christoph Fischer
Aug 19, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it really liked it
"Amongst My Enemies" by William F. Brown is a griping thriller that spans the long and difficult journey of an American bomber pilot who lives through the last months of WWII as prisoner and forced labourer.
His unique fortune makes for a fantastic plot and a great story. The book contains a lot of information and plays cleverly on myths and rumours that are related to the escape of Nazi's at the time, in particular the story of a U-boat stranded at the Swedish coast.
For anyone (like myself) who
Nancy Steinle gummel
Amongst my enemies by Bill Brown is a nice surprise. You can just imagine yourself as one of the participants. The story starts off with two surviving members of a shot down B-29 bomber in a forced laborious detail. Mike Randall eventually escapes by hiding on a German u-boat. He ends up in Sweden and is taken in by a boat captain while he recovers. Mike finds himself back in America with the SS Nazis after him. He returns to Sweden to solve the mystery of the sunken u-boat with the Nazis and th ...more
Jim A
Oct 21, 2012 Jim A rated it really liked it
Every now and again one of the freebies for Kindle turns out to be a book I really enjoy. This is one of those books.

This novel reminds me a little of the work of Robert Ludlum, Alistair MacLean, and Jack Higgins. Cold War intrigue, a little suspense and a token of revenge. All in all, a pretty good novel by William Brown.

While the Prologue, recounting the two wars Israel fought in its first eight years of existence, leaves no surprise as to what happens to the treasure, the path to that point
Matt Laduke
Aug 17, 2012 Matt Laduke rated it it was amazing
Another great book by William F. Brown. The hero of the story is a WW II Soldier who will not rest until he rights some of the wrongs he suffered at the end of the war. Armed with knowledge that would dispurt the correupt plans of man, he is wanted dead by multiple nations. The story was a easy read that kept me entertained.
Jan 08, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
I'm rounding up. This was an action-packed and exciting thriller. I put life on hold to finish it. If he keeps writing, I'll keep reading because his books are a great escape. This isn't mind-altering prose, just lots of fun.
Nov 04, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
Great read. Story of Germany, Hitler, U-Boats loaded with Gold and sunk in the Baltic sea. Story of intrigue and one man's quest for survival and redemption.
Once you start reading, you can't put it down.
Jun 12, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing
This was a very entertaining thriller. The story is not quite believable but done well. Story keeps your attention and the twists make you read until the end. I personally think this can be made into a movie.
Mar 28, 2012 Ally rated it really liked it
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(Review by Jon C. Oliver for Word Vagabond)

In the closing days of WWII in Europe, Mike Randall and Eddie Hodge, door gunners on a B-17, are shot down over Berlin. Because they dress themselves in stolen civilian clothes, they are mistaken for peasants and assigned to a forced labor camp in Konigsberg, East Prussia, instead of a POW camp. Hodge’s feet become frost bitten in the frigid weather and he becomes too ill to work. With the help of Randall and Stolz, the German overseer, Hodge commits su
Ed Terry
A short journey of mid east conflict

Easy read with usual players, current references but wishful thinking solution.. of course there has been no peace in the middle east for 1500 years and none in sight either.
Nigel Taylor
Sep 27, 2016 Nigel Taylor rated it it was amazing

Fast paced. Historically feasible. One of my favorite William F Brown books. Diverse nationalities all play interlocking objectives in this great read
David King
Apr 21, 2014 David King rated it really liked it
“Amongst My Enemies” is the 2nd novel I have read by William F. Brown and I have to admit I was looking forward to reading it as I had enjoyed the other novel which was entitled “The Undertaker”. I wasn’t disappointed as I found “Amongst My Enemies” to be an enjoyable thriller that kept me entertained from start to finish.

The plot itself follows Michael Randall, an American who is shot down over Germany during the latter stages of WWII and is captured alongside his friend, Eddie Hodge. They are
Linda Branich
Feb 22, 2015 Linda Branich rated it it was amazing
This book captured me from the first chapter. It begins in the latter days of WWII and goes to the early years of the Cold War and the beginnings of NATO.

Mike Randall was shot down in his B-17 and taken captive with his buddy Eddie. Instead of being shot immediately, the Germans put them into forced labor. Eddie becomes ill from an injury. The pain becomes horrific ; Eddie is failing rapidly. Their friendship is so strong that Mike enables Eddie to end his own life, on his own terms, with a prom
Donna Brown
Feb 25, 2012 Donna Brown rated it really liked it
Amongst My Enemies wouldn't be my usual choice of reading matter but I already had The Undertaker in my reading pile when William F. Brown contacted me about this one and everything I'd heard about that had been good so I thought 'Take a chance!' - after all, it's nice to try something new every now and again. (Incidentally, since then I have reviewed The Undertaker - you can see my review here).

Amongst My Enemies tells the story of American Mike Randall, who survived World War II but was left w
Kim (Bookishly Me)
Feb 23, 2012 Kim (Bookishly Me) rated it really liked it
Mike Randall ends up in the hands of the Germans after his bomber goes down. He and his friend Eddie survive the crash but Eddie does not survive the war. After several months Mike takes a chance and hides in a U-boat to try and get out of the hell he's been in. He's found on the U-boat but the captain lets him go at the coast of (neutral) Sweden. But before the captain and his crew are able to return to the safety of the sea they get hit twice by a English bomber and are lost. And so is the car ...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Amongst My Enemies is the second novel I've read from author William F. Brown, and I was eager to review it based on how much I enjoyed his previous novel The Undertaker, giving it 4 stars.

It was clear from the front cover alone that this novel was going to be different, however I didn't quite expect that it would be so different from The Undertaker that it could almost have been written by a different author.

Sometimes an author will stick to the same genre, time period, subject matter, plot me
Walt Mccluskey
Sep 14, 2016 Walt Mccluskey rated it it was amazing
Amongst my enemies

Tied in to enough history to bring credibility to the telling, this was a well-written story of the fight between good and evil, no matter what the year or time. Excellent ability to create word pictures that backup the telling of the tale. Look forward to more by Brown.
Debra Martin
Jan 23, 2016 Debra Martin rated it really liked it
Michael Randall definitely did not come through the war unscathed. When his bomber was shot down, only he and his best friend Eddie Hodge survive the crash. They don’t get very far before they are captured and sent to a frigid submarine port of Konigsberg as slave laborers. Beaten and starved on a daily basis, Eddie doesn’t last long in this harsh environment. Michael vows his death will not be in vain and embarks on a harrowing journey when he stows away on a German U-boat. What happens on that ...more
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