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Weapons of Peace

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  35 reviews
What If the Nazis Developed the Atom Bomb First?

​Recovering from gunshot wounds and confined to an ancient English castle, America’s top negotiator shares the secrets of his interrupted mission and his craft with the only person he dares to trust—a young British nurse with a troubled past. When she proves to be an exceptional student of his laws of influence, he urges her
Published April 1st 2019 by Goldrook Publishing
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Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Weapons of Peace, the first novel by mastermind negotiator Peter D. Johnston, starts with a bang—literally. The protagonist, Everett Nash, is shot by Nazis on the beach below Leeds Castle. Like Johnston, Nash is a negotiator. Nash is also a stranger in a strange land, an American recovering in England.

He comes into the care of Nurse Emma Doyle, a young Florence Nightingale-type who Nash quickly grows close with. In his weakened state, he begins to doubt his ability to finish the assignment he wa
Rob Tyrie
In 1905 the humanist and philosopher Santaya said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”. It is not lost on me that in 1948, Churchill echoed that sentiment after World War II, the war to end all wars. And now, today, Peter Johnston, reminds us all, and teaches us all through his history lesson in terror, tension,negotiation and resolution, that history remains essential to us all to this day. Through brilliantly drawn characters, heroes really, Nurse Emma and Nash the ...more
Apr 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
The premise of Weapons of Peace is something I have actually thought about before. It's a huge and terrifying what if scenario. If Hitler had won the race to create a nuclear bomb, would the world be the same at all? Certainly thought provoking. I love speculative fiction, and this story does not disappoint. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Jamie Fraser
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the frenetic pace that is life, my reading is almost exclusively reserved for non-fiction. Lamentably, the opportunity to immerse myself wholly in a romp of fiction is rare. When it came to my attention that the author of Negotiating With Giants, a book I draw on heavily for negotiating insight, had a turn at historical fiction, I was intrigued. The book does not disappoint. Weapons of Peace is a rich orchestral pastiche combining strong characters, stunning settings, a gripping context and r ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I very much enjoyed this book. When I first got it I was worried if the plot would keep me interested for so many pages. The cover, dark and sparse, did not do justice to the fast-paced, whirlwind of a story that this book was. There was a large cast of characters but it was not difficult to keep track of them. The way history mixed with the author's imagination added a fascinating, thought-provoking dimension to the story. I knew there would be a surpris ...more
John Mccormick
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again i would like to NetGalley and the Author as Publishers for providing me with a Kindle copy of this book to read and honestly review.
I usually give a new book what I call the first page test, namely i read the first page and judge whether I want to read more, and in this case this has a terrific start, all action descriptive and engaging. This is a well written imaginative book with an interesting blend of real and fictional characters set during the Second World War. Our heroine is an
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast-paced work of historical fiction that had me glued to the pages. I really enjoyed the way Johnston incorporated his own expertise on the art of negotiation into the story, and was pleasantly surprised at how well he pulled it off. The conversations between Emma and Nash never felt stilted or like thinly veiled textbooks; rather, Johnston managed to communicate a significant amount of information while still maintaining a natural flow to the dialogue and keeping the story moving f ...more
Dec 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book!
Kim Bakos
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Although this story is an alternate reality to the way that events unfolded in WWII, it is totally believable.
I loved how the major players in the war - Hitler, many of his commanding officers, even Eva Braun - are all in the story and are seamlessly woven into the story.
Like any good work of historical fiction, this book left me wanting to know more about some of the places that played a part in the story. I found myself looking up the details for the castle and wishing that I could go there a
Aug 06, 2021 rated it liked it
I just couldn't suspend my disbelief at how good at fighting Emma was. The negotiating skills taught set it apart from other historical fiction, but I found that part of the book a bit strange. Other than that it was a good read that kept me turning the pages. ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read

This was an excellent story, wonderful characters. I learned a lot about negotiation and influence. I could hardly put this down.
Zeb Kantrowitz
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
In late Summer of 1944, a man is found on a beach in Southern England. He'd been shot four times and was touch and go with the damage to his body and the infection resulting from the wounds. While recovering from his wounds, he becomes friends with a young English nurse and tells her why he was pursued by the men who tried to kill him. He was on his way to Germany, to stop a super secret 'wonder' weapon that could destroy cities with a single bomb.

He won't be able to go to Germany in time so he
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding historical thriller based on real history. The Weapons of Peace is Very captivating story that grabs you from the very beginning.
I highly recommend it. It really draws you in.”
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an amazing book! It was a long book, but, kept my interest the whole time. It has quite a bit of action. Although, it is listed as a "thriller", I would not list it as such.
I loved the characters of Emma and Nash and I would have liked to see the ending go a little different, but, still an absolutely wonderful book in the genre of historical fiction about WW2 and Hitler and one of the world's top negotiators.
I received this book from Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest revie
Scott Parsons
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enthralling World War II Thriller

When I started this novel by Peter Johnston I had no idea what to expect. I was quickly caught up in this engrossing thriller set in England and Germany during the latter phase of the Second World War.
Everett Nash is an undercover English agent who has well-developed contacts in Germany dating to before the war and Hitler's rise to power. He is about to leave for a crucial mission when he is badly injured as he is embarking on his journey.

He is taken to a make-s
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of “Weapons of Peace” free from Goodreads.
After reading this book, I checked Goodreads for other reviewers impressions and was startled to find four and even five starred reviews. Well, my review is the outlier, then, as seen in the two stars given. I thought that the author’s style was unpolished, his story improbable and his characters banal.For a book of the thriller category, book had few thrills and often what drama there was interrupted with almost classroom- like homili
Ileana Renfroe
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free for my honest review and I have to tell you it is amazing. The moment I started reading this book I could not put it down until the end. If you are a fan of the DaVinci Code, then you will definitely enjoy reading Weapons of Peace.

Based on two true stories we see America’s top negotiator Nash traveling through hidden passages, a burnt atomic test site in Germany, and an ancient English castle on his way to complete his mission. Along the way he shares the secrets o
John Drysdale
Jun 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
WEAPONS OF PEACE by Peter D Johnston. This book was a gift from good friends so I was keen to like it. Sadly it is so poorly constructed and written that I gave up after about two thirds. The plot, although almost ludicrously improbable, clearly has some potential to grip in the right hands, but the way it is handled is plodding and amateurish, with little by way of suspense and wafer-thin characterisation. Nearly unreadable. Just my opinion, but I don't understand the majority positive reviews. ...more
Apr 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Well done! This is quite riveting, plus you may learn some negotiating tactics along the way. Even more interesting that it is based on history. You'd never know this is his first novel, the story is very well crafted, and keeps readers engaged. The dialog is solid and the characters realistic and fleshed out. Recommended!

I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
Bert Garcia
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The first half of the book subliminally inserts psychology and negotiation lessons. The second half of the book jumps the shark a few times. If you can get over that, it’s a pretty darn fun read in historical fiction.
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Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peter D. Johnston’s “Weapons of Peace” tells an important story from World War II that, while fictionalized, is derived from true stories. Everett Nash is a renowned American negotiator who has set out to stop Hitler and the Nazis from completing – and using – a new, devastating weapon as they attempt to turn the tides of the war back in Germany’s favor. After being seriously injured during his operation, Everett is confined to the hospital at Leeds Castle, where he meets young, passionate nurse ...more
Wayne Murphy
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few times when I put the book down thinking the story was not believable - but the writing was clever enough and the characters interesting enough that I wanted to learn what would happen.
After the story ends, when the author talks about back-stories of the real life people that were used in the book, and his acknowledgements to those that helped him in the research of the book, so I fully reflect and grasp the effort taken by the author to conceive of the story and all the details
Linda Donohue
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-read
An excellent read. The story is fiction written around historical events of WWII. Johnston did his research and brought the characters to life. I enjoyed his reference to the historical figures at the end of the book. Johnston, who is a renowned negotiator, incorporates his techniques alive in the plot. Well worth the read. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway and I thank the publisher and author for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This historical fiction book is a mixture of negotiating tactics, WW II history and Jason Bourne-like accomplishments. It is full of action and intrigue and is very readable. I enjoyed learning that the Nazis were making strong progress in developing their own nuclear bomb during the last months of the war; a development that would have changed history had it been completed and used before the Americans did.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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**Goodreads giveaway recipient**

This book is not in my normal genre-wheelhouse. I’m not usually drawn to politically inclined or spy/thriller novels, but this one is also WWII historical fiction, which I DO love, so I thought I’d give it a shot. And I was pleasantly surprised!

Loved it. Very good. Would recommend. Get reading!
Katharine Hollars
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book at an airport shop and it sat on my shelf for months before I actually read it...I’m so sad I waited that long. Wrapped in history, this book delves into the art of negotiating and keeps you enthralled the entire time. One of the best, most interesting books I’ve read in a long time.
Jan 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was a very entertaining read. It took me a while to get it at first because I wanted to analyze all the negotiating tactics and skills but I then decided to read it for the novel aspect.

Highly recommend!
Belu Vazquez
Feb 15, 2022 rated it liked it
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Courtney Tarr
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing read. Intense at points and all around well written
Bailey Golding
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This hit all the itches for me! Not predictable, full of imagery but not slow paced, realistic, in my favorite historical setting.
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PETER D. JOHNSTON is an internationally renowned negotiation expert and the bestselling author of Negotiating with Giants (nonfiction). His expertise—which has been formally recognized by the US Government for its positive impact—is sought worldwide by individuals and organizations. A former journalist and investment banker, he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, and has been interviewed ...more

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