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Shadowboxing (Echoes #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Berlin, 1943. An encounter with an old friend leaves German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer with doubts about his work. But when he confronts his superior, everything goes horribly wrong. Suddenly Kristopher and Michel, a member of the Resistance, are on the run, hunted for treason and a murder they did not commit. If they’re caught, Kristopher’s knowledge could be used to...more
ebook, 266 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 19th 2012)
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4,5 stars

A book written with so much care and great attention to detail is a rare find in this genre.I've read many books using words and phrases in German language, but this is the first book where every word is correctly applied and written.
It reminded me of old-fashioned spy-novels.Told from almost every characters point of view in order to keep the story going with the occasional cliffhanger at the end of chapters but it worked and never got confusing.
Lots of dialogue and detailed descriptio...more
Mark ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
WWII is understandably not everyone’s favourite period of history for all the obvious reasons, let alone when someone tries to write a romance in this period as there was nothing romantic about it for sure.

However, in a time when emotions and the stakes were high Anne Barwell manages to write a convincing M/M romance full of nail-biting action at a time when you could only really ever live for the present as trying to build and plan a future was next to impossible. That for me was one of the ma...more
Christy B
Shadowboxing takes place in 1943 Germany. Dr. Kristopher Lehrer is on the run, accused of a murder he did not commit. He also possess knowledge that could be catastrophic if he's forced to reveal it to the Gestapo.

With Lehrer is Michel, a member of the Resistance. While on the run, the two develop strong feelings for each other, but both resist it with an uncertain future ahead of them.

A good story, but a bit wordy in some place. I started to realize this once I found myself skimming over paragr...more
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Review by Lisa

War is hell.

And finding love amidst the chaos of war is nearly impossible, but that’s precisely what Anne Barwell’s characters do in Shadowboxing, the suspenseful and action packed story of romance and danger set against the backdrop of Nazi run Germany during World War II.

Kristopher Lehrer is the brilliant scientist from a socially prominent family who is working to invent the A-bomb, though he’s operating in a need-to-know situation in which his superiors believe he doesn’t need...more
Lou Sylvre
Forgive me as I digress before I get to the meat of my review of Shadowboxing. I want you to know why I was so keen on reading Anne Barwell's decidedly five-star story, and why I think it's a wonderful addition to the historical section of the gay romance shelves.

Recently I've seen an increasing number of TV news articles about the passing of the WWII generation, how few of those who fought are left. Sometimes the "human interest" is presented in such a way that the heroes of that war are distan...more
Enjoyed this so much more than either Cat's Quill or Magic's Muse. For me it had better pace and just as I like it lots more action though the ending leaves the reader wanting more. I sincerely hope the author produces a sequel sooner rather than later.
Action-packed war-time thriller, that is well researched and peppered with lots of romantic moments.
Love to think that at some stage there might be a sequel out there.
Elizabeth Noble
4.5 stars. Very clearly this book is the start of a series, and it left me with a lot of questions. But that's the fun of a series, there is more to discover.
Rowena Sudbury
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I thought this story was meandering, long winded, and unrealistic. The gestapo were portrayed as idiots and the members of the resistance team were so terrible at their jobs that it was embarrassing. More than once, people are captured because they decided to stop running and talk, or have some dramatic emotional scene, when they should have BEEN RUNNING. Also, the notion that people could be caught by the SS and actually escape or be rescued is ridiculous and belittles the true nature of how ho...more
2.5 there's a lot of running around, yet never getting anywhere ...
Where did the ending go?! So disappointed.
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Dreamspinner Press: Shadowboxing by Anne Barwell 1 10 Jan 20, 2012 07:56AM  
Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing "discussion," and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.

In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a lib...more
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