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Shadowboxing (Echoes Rising #1)

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  20 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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Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
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
2.5 stars. Kristopher Lehrer may be a brilliant scientist, but he is somewhat naive and unaware of the importance of the special weapon project he is working on (which may be a nuclear bomb - but is never explained) - until his friend David, who is Jewish, asks “Have you any idea what kind of people you are working for? [...] Have you any idea of their real agenda?” Lehrer soon finds himself on the run with Michel, a member of the Resistance, and an Allied team (Matt, Ken, Liang + 2 others) who ...more
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
Dec 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-ebook
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
Serena Yates
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, historical
The Berlin of 1943, looked at from today’s perspective, is part of a very different world than the one we live in today. ‘Shadowboxing’ is set in a time I only know from history books and the stories told by my parents, who were teenagers when the war ended. It is a tale of love and betrayal, survival and revenge. It has a whole group of fascinating characters some of whom are linked through family and past events, several complicated subplots, and is clearly the beginning of what looks like a v ...more
Three Crow Press
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lou Sylvre
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joyfully Jay
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Shadowboxing is a story full of emotions, but it is not sexually explicit. This reminds the reader of Michel and Kristopher’s innocence and their need to keep their love a secret. I thought the fade to black scenes worked perfectly in the context of the novel.

Despite the majority of Barwell’s characters being male, she does not ignore the courage of the women involved in the war, in particular Clara, Elise, the nuns, and Juliane. They are just as much part of Sha
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
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elizabeth Noble
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally published at Book of Bogan

Shadowboxing is like a Russian doll, where each layer is even more annoying than the last. But we'll get to that metaphor later.

Sure it has an interesting enough premise - a German scientist working on a super-secret weapon for the Nazis discovers that the Nazis are actually really bad guys. (SSurprise!) He decides that he should tell his immediate superior of his sudden change of heart, because that's always a good idea in an authoritarian dictatorshi
The Novel Approach Reviews
Dr. Kristopher “Kitt” Lehrer is a physicist in war torn, 1943 German. Kitt holds the key to the most dangerous weapon known to mankind, though it takes him some time to realize what he holds—when an accident finds him accused of murder.

The Allies send in Captain Matthew “Matt” Bryant and Sergeant Ken Lowe
to work with the Resistance to rescue Kitt and keep the last piece of the puzzle out of the Nazi’s hands. Matt puts his life on the line and is captured and tortured by the Gestapo, but Ken goes
Rowena Sudbury
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the complexities of the characters in this story. Kristopher has been so ensconced in his work that he didn't really stop to see what was going on around him or what his work's end product would be used for. Once the truth starts to seep into his conscience, Kit does what he must. Watching him trying to decide who is who and who he can trust is well written and totally captured my attention.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
while reading, I was frustrated. was like listening to my son tell a story...yeah, I got it the first time you said it. Then, the book ended and the story wasn't over. I did enjoy the action and suspense.
Angel Pedroza
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a while back from a paperback trade edition. I enjoyed the love story and the suspense was very good.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
2.5 there's a lot of running around, yet never getting anywhere ...
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
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