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Weapons of Peace

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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
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.
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 ...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
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 ...more
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
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
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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
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
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
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!!
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
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.
Courtney Tarr
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing read. Intense at points and all around well written
Johnston wrote a fast-paced story that has all the elements of a thriller, a bit of mystery, a lot of action. I really like this book, but also felt sort of . . . used. I read the book months ago and held off reviewing it because of this internal conflict.

You can read the storyline in the blurb, so I won't go into the storyline. The story was great, with its WWII setting, spies, an outcome-changing weapon that had to be stopped, danger, plenty of action. And yet it somehow managed also to feel
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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