Author: J. Gunnar Grey
Publisher: Astraea Press
Publish Date: June 27, 2011
Source: Received from the author. This did not affect my review!
Why You're Reading This Book?:
- You love historical fiction.
- You like a good puzzle.
From Goodreads.com: "Wehrmacht Major Faust has a dangerous secret: he likes England. But it's May 1940 and his Panzers are blasting the British Army off Dunkirk's beach, so he keeps his mouth shut even though it hurts. When the Waffen SS try to murder their English prisoners of war, Faust helps the POWs escape. Now it's treason, with his neck on the line.
Then a friend gets him drunk, straps him into a parachute, and throws him out over Oxford during a bombing run. He's quickly caught. Because he helped type the battle plan for the invasion of England, Faust cannot allow himself to be broken in interrogation. Two German armies depend on it. But every time he escapes, someone rapes and murders a woman and the English are looking for someone to hang. He's risking disaster if he stays, someone else's life if he runs, and execution by the Gestapo if he makes it home.
Major Stoner, professor turned British intelligence officer, sees three possibilities. Faust perhaps was joyriding in that bomber, as he claims. Or he's on a reconnaissance mission for the German invasion. Or he's a spy. Stoner must break Faust to learn the truth, no matter how it strains his old heart. He must save England, and his granddaughter."
My Two Cents:
This is part two of Deal With the Devil. This second part picks right up with where the first part left off. These two parts could really be a part of the same book. In order to understand what is happening in part two, you definitely should read part one.
Faust is a Nazi who finds himself in England during WWII. The English that find him are convinced that he's the enemy. Faust is hiding his own secret; he actually sort of likes the English. Stoner is convinced that Faust may be to blame for recent murders in town. Jennifer, Stoner's daughter, is convinced that Stoner may not be seeing all of the different sides to Faust.
I felt that this part gave a little more insight into why the characters are the way they are. We learn more about Faust and what he's thinking as he goes through this period of being in enemy territory. We get to see more about the relationship between Stoner and Faust as Stoner suspects Faust is to blame for the recent murders. We also see more about the budding relationship (or is it) between Jennifer and Faust.
This is a great book as a whole for historical fiction lovers.