Book Title: The Company Files: 1. The Good Man by Gabriel Valjan
Category: Adult Fiction, 251 pages
Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction, Espionage
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Release date: December 2017
Format available for review: ebook (mobi & PDF), limited print copies (USA only)
Tour dates: Feb 12 to March 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No bad language but there is an attempted rape scene, and some violence.)
In 1948, Vienna was divided among four powers: France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Jack Marshall had served with Walker during the war, and now, working together for The Company, they are tasked to do the inconceivable. Could former Nazis really be recruited to assist the U.S. in the atomic race? As their team moves forward, they quickly discover they are not the only ones looking for these men. And the others in the search may just have the objective of murder.
In this tale of historical noir, of corruption and deceit, no one is who they say they are. Who is The Good Man in a world where an enemy may be a friend, an ally may be the enemy, and governments deny everything?
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My Review: (LAWonder10)
War is exhausting. Under Jack Marshall's lead, Walker and Whitaker served in Army during World War 11. Whitaker was the "muscle" and always in the forefront protecting his comrades. Walker was attached to "Grable" and had a remarkable memory for details. None of the three would allow the other to get hurt without sacrificing himself.
Now the War was over and Marshall had been called to sort out Nazi War Criminals and help clean up War "aftermath".
Marshall had gone home to the states but only heartache remained there so when Jack asked him to serve with him in this new espionage assignment, Walker gladly accepted. However, he would half to learn German which seamed impossible.
Whitaker was a little reckless so was near and available when Marshall called him to assist.
By the time Walker started in this new occupation, Whitaker never showed up. Signs of something foul pointed to him, but Marshall and Walker cpuld not accept oit. They had to find him.
Atrocious crimes were being done to former Nazi camp officers It was up to them to find the guilty party.
Leslie was the only woman operative and found it difficult when most of the men would not respect her as an equal or take her position seriously.
Sheldon was a former Russian/Jew and a camp survivor. He was also a "person of interest".
Little did they know how often their paths would cross.
The variety of character development was done very well. The scenes were portrayed graphically. The reader could easily feel a part of the story. The Book Cover would not catch the "browser;s" eye. The image was very confusing and this reader was unable to connect it to the story. However, the Title was "fitting" enough.
This is a story of early espionage, War torn areas and rehabilitation post war. Many little known events "come to life". The major content of the story was very well written and kept the reader's interest. Although the beginning pages and the ending broke the "flow" and felt somewhat disconnected.
*Reader beware, there was some sensitive sexual situations with some explicitness. There is also some :strong" language.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review.
This is my honest review.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
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Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
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Notice the use of language.
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Be true to your story and your characters, but ask yourself whether you need all the profanity, the sex, and the violence. Is it for effect, or necessary for the story? There was a time when profanity conveyed a grittiness. Few people are prudes, but most are desensitized to darkness and shadows. Perhaps there are more elegant ways to convey the scandalous. Dialogue with subtext. A closing door. The hint of something seen, but not full described. Just a thought.
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Meet the Author:
Gabriel Valjan is the author of The Roma Series from Winter Goose Publishing. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he enjoys the local restaurants, and his two cats, Squeak and Squawk, keep him honest to the story on the screen.
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