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The Company Files: The Good Man (Book 1)

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Jack Marshall had served with Walker during the war, and now they work for The Company in postwar Vienna. With the help of Leslie, an analyst who worked undercover gathering intelligence from Hitler’s inner circle, they are tasked to do the inconceivable: recruit former Nazis with knowledge that can help the U.S. in the atomic race. But someone else is looking for these me ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published December 16th 2017 by Winter Goose Publishing
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Devika Ramadoss
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first book on the genre setup on world war. Being unaware of the details of war I found it quite “unaware mood” popping here and there. I was hardly tossing the pages but once the pace took its wheels ,I felt myself getting involved with the story.

This is a fantastic thrilling espionage tale where we find hard to guess when the twist would emerge. The Ex-army friends Jack and Walker work together to bring out the information from the former Nazis. But they find that someone is ahead
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David Watson
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
World war 2 has ended and everyone's life is changing. Now a new conflict is starting to take shape as both the Russians and the United States are looking to recruit former Nazis in search of information. They aren't the only people looking for Nazis though, someone is hunting and killing them.

Jack Marshall and Walker served together during the war and now work in Vienna. Along with fellow spy Leslie they are taking on the task to find the killer and bring former Nazis to their side. The problem
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Mayra
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s 1948, post-war Vienna. In this tale of international espionage, friends and ex-army buddies Jack Marshall and Walker are trying to gather intelligence for the Company in a time when Americans are ruthlessly trying to keep ahead of the Russians. To do so, they must sort Nazis out and question them. But a vigilante with a vendetta against former Nazis is getting to them first. Can Jack and Walker trust a vigilante killer to help them, and if yes, at what price? Add to the mix a beautiful Comp ...more
Adriel Wiggins
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel Valjan’s The Good Man is the first in the series The Company Files.

I admit, I’ve had a diet of primarily light reading for the last few years. Lots of romances, humorous space opera, and fantasy that I know well enough that I don’t have to think about it. Sure, I’ve read an average of 30 non-fiction books each year, but most of those that required lots of thought were consumed slowly, like a chapter at a time. So I haven’t really practiced the discipline of sitting down and reading a boo
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Carla
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Friends, enemies, spies, deceit all in the backdrop of post World War II Vienna - The Good Man has it all and more.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this novel. I could not put it down. The plot itself was completely unique and was not what I was expecting at all. The novel is set in post World War II Vienna, where the effects of the war can still be seen in both the people and the architecture. It is here that two war veterans come together again with a task that many of us could not understand. In a race ag
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Margaret Tidwell
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

The Company Files: 1. The Good Man by Gabriel Valjan was an interesting book, but I had a hard time staying interested in what was going on. It is a book that I am glad I didn’t give up on because I did enjoy it at the end but getting through parts of it was super hard for me. I found th
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Liliyana Shadowlyn
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant and thrilling tale of espionage and murder. One list, two sides, and knowledge that could change the world. Can Jack and his intrepid team recruit the minds America needs to win the arms race before the other side picks them off one by one? Can you really trust anyone when everything is secret, nothing is officially happening, and the bodies are piling up?

Received as a gift from the author, all opinions are voluntary and 100% my own
Joan Wright Mularz
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing

“The Company Files: The Good Man” immerses you in the post World War II cold war in Vienna through cultural and historical references and a good story. The intrigue among the various national factions, especially the Americans and Russians and their interest in former Nazi scientists is dramatic and well written. Mr. Valjan creates a wonderful sense of place through scents, sounds and observations. His characters are fully developed with attention to the details, not only of their features, but
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Kristine Hall
It’s 1948 Vienna, a city trying to redefine itself but having a hard time of it with a population infiltrated with Russians, Nazis, British, Americans, war criminals and war heroes, the innocent and the guilty, and opportunists abounding. Revenge and retribution and international superiority are strong motives in a place that’s grim and where the sometimes-shiny surface is best left undisturbed for what ugliness might lie beneath. The powers of multiple countries each have reasons to find Nazis, ...more
Laura
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two years ago, I discovered the Roma series by Gabriel Valjan, and was hooked from the first book and read all five in the series. I eagerly await the 6th novel. However, in the meantime, The Company Files is a new series by Gabriel Valjan, with the first book The Good Man recently published and featured here today. In an interview with me on Oct 3, 2016, the author said about this series:

"The Company Files is a multi-book series about the early days of the intelligence community. This series dr
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Angela Thompson
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Valjan orchestrates a complex, satisfying plot in The Good Man. I love Gabriel Valjan's writing style. His novels, including The Good Man, are not "light reading"--they are complicated with intricate plots, detailed settings, complex characters and enough twists keep the reader engaged to the end and ready to read the next book in the series. The Good Man is not loaded with action-packed scenes or pages of dialogue. Readers will find a slower plot--but, one filled with such attention to detail-- ...more
Marilyn R.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to have a chance to review author Gabriel Valjan's 4-book Roma series in 2015 (review links below) and enjoyed it immensely, so I jumped a the chance to review his latest offering The Company Files: 1. The Good Man. This new fiction still offers intrigue, suspense and danger, but it's a big departure in terms of setting and plot.

The story opens in post-war Vienna. Countries that stood against the Nazis are all present here, each with their own secret agendas that are often at odd
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Dawn
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I read The Roma Series by Gabriel Valjan and I liked it so I was looking forward to reading The Company Files: The Good Man.

The Company Files: The Good Man, like the Roma series, is not light reading. It is an international thriller based in Vienna in 1948, post World War II. There’s a lot of history included in the story which makes it all the more interesting.

Walker and Jack
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Jessica Bronder
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is 1948, post-World War II, and everyone is trying to scramble to get the Nazi scientists to their side with the cold war starting. Jack and Walker are in Vienna and are hunting down scientists, but they are not the only one, someone else is on the hunt too and is planning on killing the Nazi’s. It’s a race to get to the scientists first but the real challenge is to figure out who can be trusted.

This is an amazing story. It was so easy to find myself in the story and slip back in time. It’s
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Melissa W
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
To simply put it, I found this book to be a bit of a slog. It had nothing at all to do with the writing by the author, but mainly had to do with the content of the book. While I do enjoy a thriller or mystery from time to time, I found it difficult to get any sort of rhythm with the book. And while it was an intriguing book and the end of the book was easier to get through, as there was more action going on in the book, I found that I was slogging through the book and not really enjoying the boo ...more
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Gabriel Valjan is the author of the Roma Series from Winter Goose Publishing as well as numerous short stories, including Back in the Day, short-listed for the 2010 Fish Short Story Prize. Born and raised in New Jersey, his education took him from California to northern England, with time spent in several European countries. Gabriel has worked in diverse fields such as consulting, engineering, inf ...more