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A historical suspense thriller set in the closing months of WWII, as one war grinds to an end in the rubble of Nazi Germany, all eyes turn to the next 'cold' one. The Americans, the Russians, and the British all know that the future belongs to whomever can grab the new rockets, jet fighters, long-range bombers, synthetic fuels and other 'wonder weapons' that Hitler unleash ...more
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published April 17th 2013 (first published 2013)
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Scott K
Dec 09, 2016 Scott K rated it it was ok
Shelves: yawn
A big disappointment. I was truly hoping to enjoy but it is simply boring. Very little dialogue, no suspense, just a bunch of blah. I'm frustrated that I spent so much time hoping it improve only to see the dribble of dribble continue. A more appropriate tile might be 'Reader Loose All'
Grady
Feb 24, 2017 Grady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Why is it that the next war always begins before the corpse of the last one is even cold?’

Florida author William F. Brown has penned eight suspense novels and four award-winning screenplays. His specialty is thriller stories that step into the arena of espionage – a very popular topic at this particular time. William is a native of Chicago, received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Illinois, and served as a Company Commander in the US Army. He then raveled widely in the
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Star
Jun 30, 2013 Star rated it really liked it
‘Winner Lose All’ starts near the close of World War 2. The Allies were in a race to extricate military intelligence and German scientists before one of the others could spirit them away. Ed Scanlon came to Leipzig, Germany, an OSS agent working with the British. There he met the leader of the communist resistance, Hanni Steiner, and fell in love even though he knew better than to trust anyone. When Scanlon was taken by the Gestapo in Leipzig and tortured for information, he took longer than mos ...more
Stanley McShane
Mar 06, 2016 Stanley McShane rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller taking place near the end of the war, when I'm sure it was true that no one wanted to be on the casualty list that close to going home. Ed Scanlon is not exactly hero material, but is thrust into the role of espionage agent in Leipzig where he meets Communist cell resistance leader, Hanni Steiner. Theirs is an impossible relationship, but seals shortly before he is captured and tortured by the local Gestapo chief. Rescued and sent back to England to recover dev ...more
Robert A.
Oct 14, 2013 Robert A. rated it it was amazing
Winner Lose All is a terrific read. It is a suspense spy novel set at the end fo WWII, but it is also the story of a tortured love affair, an impossible affair between a Communist resistence fighter and an American OSS operative. But the heart does not listern 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 riviting, fast-movi
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Christoph Fischer
Aug 22, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it really liked it
"Winner Lose All" by William F. Brown is a historical thriller set during the end and in the aftermath of WWII. It focuses on the myth of super weapons that floated around that time and handles the controversial issue of those German scientists who after the war were given new identities by the Allies and used for their knowledge despite their Nazi past.
Using American spy Ed Scanlon as protagonist the story moves at a fast pace with great suspense. The plot is quite evolved and offers a lot of h
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Al
Aug 05, 2013 Al rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2013
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 uniquen ...more
Trish
Apr 07, 2015 Trish rated it it was amazing
William Brown Excels at WWII Historical Fiction

My first read from this author was "Amongst My Enemies" and I was hooked. It was movie-worthy. "Winner Lose All" may be even better. Brown's characters are always well rounded, fully fleshed out and this time, he has given me TWO characters to absolutely detest! I also didn't like the leading male character at the beginning but the author is able to manipulate the reader's opinions. I love Brown's war fiction the best, even though some of his books
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Pat
Nov 09, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing
This was a real gem, especially for a Book Bub freebie. I am not generally a huge fan of WWII era espionage thrillers, but this one kept my interest throughout and was a page-turner. The romance angle was well written, although I thought the set-up in Part One could have used a bit more work ( i.e. too much on the romance and not enough narrative on the activities that brought Scanlon to Leipzig in the first place. Other than that, and a few minor grammatical and typographical issues, bravo to t ...more
Clark
Dec 06, 2013 Clark rated it it was amazing
Spy novels don't get any better than this. Set at the end of of WWII, the story tells the tale of the efforts of various countries to obtain the German scientists who developed the jet plane and use them for their country. The author has done considerable research and cleverly intertwined the political situation at the time with both fictitious and real characters to make the entire story both plausible and believable. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
Larry Brasington
Nov 29, 2013 Larry Brasington rated it it was amazing
Great story, well written, a page turner. I had to sit down and finish the book. Reminded me of Jack Higgins book when you get to the last 50 pages you have to finish. I enjoy World War 2 stories and the Cold War.
Blaine
Jun 24, 2014 Blaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy, 2015
I suppose I'm biased because the author is my father, but I really liked this story. WWII spy thrillers are not my usual read, but this one has a great lead character, a great villain, and a very suspenseful plot. You should totally buy this book for you and all of your friends!
Jodi Harrington
May 14, 2016 Jodi Harrington rated it really liked it
I found on Bookbub and purchased it because it was cheap and looked iteresting.

I found this book on Bookbub and purchased it because it looked interesting a.nd was cheap. I re ad it and it was good.
Harold
May 28, 2013 Harold rated it it was amazing
Really a good book. Not just another warmed over WWII story. This story takes a lot of twists and turns. Just when I think I see where the it's going, it takes off in another direction. Very well done.
Loren
Jan 03, 2014 Loren rated it it was amazing
Another great novel from William F. Brown. The characters are interesting and believable, and the plot is fast-paced and exciting.
Bill Donhiser
Nov 30, 2015 Bill Donhiser rated it liked it
A good spy/suspense novel. Set during WW2 and Cold War it is well written and fun to read. I am looking forward to more from this author.
torque
Nov 10, 2013 torque rated it liked it
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Eric
Jan 10, 2014 Eric rated it liked it
It was ok, sort of like Tom Clancy Lite set in WWII. The romance parts were a bit over the top, but the characters surprisingly grew on me. Can't complain, it was free on kindle.
Joel Ungar
Jan 11, 2014 Joel Ungar rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Formulaic but a goods read.
Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
Great story for someone who lived through t time

There were many actual points of interest in the description of various locations as well as events that meshed very well







Layne
Jul 03, 2014 Layne rated it it was amazing
Great book. Well written. Author drives the action all the way to the end. Excellent story.
Mike Fordice
May 17, 2014 Mike Fordice rated it really liked it
If you're interested in WWII, this book is for you.
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I live in Florida. As a Vice President of the real estate subsidiary of a Fortune 500 corporation, I traveled widely in the US and abroad. A native of Chicago, I earned a BA in History and Russian Area Studies and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Illinois. (Go Illini!) I’ve been active in politics (I had the stupidity to run and the misfortune to win a -year seat on a Count ...more
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