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Fortunes of War
     

Fortunes of War

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by Gordon Zuckerman
 

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During the financial devastation of the 1920-'30,a group of German Industrialist assume control of their government by supporting Hitler and his Nazi Party's rise to power. Goals of Nationalism turn in a quest for global Aryan Supremacy, leading a world to war. In 1943, the Sentinels learn of an attempt by the same industrialists to smuggle their "Fortunes of War" out

Overview

During the financial devastation of the 1920-'30,a group of German Industrialist assume control of their government by supporting Hitler and his Nazi Party's rise to power. Goals of Nationalism turn in a quest for global Aryan Supremacy, leading a world to war. In 1943, the Sentinels learn of an attempt by the same industrialists to smuggle their "Fortunes of War" out of Germany before the Allied forces invade. Fearing the wealth will be used to finance the organization of a Fourth German Reich, the Six Sentinels gather together in an effort to prevent the Germans from achieving their goal. The story escalates at every turn, and allows the reader to ride 'side-saddle' with the principal characters for more than two years as the battle of opposing conflict is waged over two continents. Intrigue, danger, romance, disappointment, trust and betrayal are never very far away. Published in 2009, under the genre "Historical Thriller, Fiction”, Fortunes of War remained atop Amazon and Barnes and Noble's best sellers list for two years. It is the first book in what will be a continuing series that pits the resourceful problem solving efforts of the Sentinels against those who abuse the privileges of free-enterprise in the quest of their self-serving agendas.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Zuckerman's uneven debut, the first in a possible series of political thrillers, starts off with an intriguing premise. In 1938, the Sentinels, a group of six economics doctoral students at the University of California, Berkeley, claim to have discovered "a pattern that explains and can even predict repeating cycles of the rise and fall of world powers." In particular, the Sentinels assert that German industrialists are pushing Europe into war. They propose a watchdog organization "to eradicate these cancers when lower-level means can still be used effectively." Of course, it's too late for anyone to stop WWII. Once the bad guys learn of our heroes' intentions, they seek to forestall the Sentinels in a plot full of predictable abduction and rescue sequences. Tepid romantic subplots and cardboard lead characters don't help. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608320165
Publisher:
DSI Publications
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Series:
Sentinels , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
273
File size:
610 KB

Meet the Author

Gordon Zuckerman writes his works of historical fiction with the informed eyes and ears of an international businessman who is a student of history. Following the sale of his company in 2005, he decided to spend time researching what the real story behind the story of contemporary defining events, might have been. Each event is representative of a similar problem we are facing today. Voices Behind the Curtain represents the fourth book he has written over the last ten years. Impressed by how often irresponsible leadership takes advantage of the privileges of 'free-enterprise' to pursue self-serving agendas, often at the expense of others, he decided to share his findings with a broader audience. Utilizing the genre of Historical Thriller" he is able to tell his historically rooted plots through the fictional lives of his principal characters. Convinced how the combined efforts of a small group of dedicated, resourceful problem solving, entrepreneurial leaders can be capable of solving big problems, he invented the Six Sentinels to play the roles of his principal characters. Prior to their meeting at the University of California in 1935, each of them were born in different parts of the world to families of long-standing prosperity and responsible leadership. They were being prepared and educated, to someday, assume the leadership responsibility involved with the perpetuation of family’s historical heritage. Each book, having identified a different defining problem of interest, Mr. Zuckerman follows by telling the story of the "Sentinels' attempt to oppose the self-serving objectives of differing combinations of industrial resources, the financial support of "Wall Street", and the acquired support of government influence, “The Three Princes of Tyranny” . As each book unwinds, the reader is able to share in the lives of the Sentinels and the interesting people they encounter along the way, and is able to ride ‘side-saddle with their thinking, their hopes and their fears. Romance, intrigue, disappointment, trust, betrayal, and threats of intimate danger are never very far away. Intellectually he can visit some of the world's great cities, smaller towns, and villages of interest, have drink or enjoy a great meal in some of the world's great restaurants, private clubs, and luxury hotels.

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Fortunes of War 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the type of book I thought I would like, but it was excellant. Romance, suspension, intrique, history--keeps you going from page 1 Would highlyt recommend this book to anyone who likes a good spy novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot and storyline. Zuckerman could have went into a bit more detail and explanation in some areas; as I felt he left it to the reader to fill in the blanks. If you are a good reader, you could make sense of what happened where info was missing, but it would have been more enjoyable if the writer provided the information so the reader could stay enthralled rather than trying to find missing pieces. With a bit more organization and expansion in writing, this could have been an excellent war time espionage novel.
grateful65 More than 1 year ago
An interesting concept is at the heart of this book; a group of highly intelligent, rich young professionals use their unique skills to bring WWII to an early close. Romance, international intrigue, danger, and insight into world banking make for a story that moves along at a fast pace. The characters were a little 2-dimensional, and the story a little predictable, and a little unbelievable - privilege gets you far, but only so far . . .but the story kept my interest to the conclusion.
Griphy More than 1 year ago
It was not what I expected. Very good! Never looked at the war from this perspective.
barry2B More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a pretty good book. I don't know how much "truth" there is in the story but it sure made for an interesting viewpoint of how money can influence political events. While this story taked place during WWII some ideas can be carried forward to today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who enjoy WWII and Nazi stories. Timely considering the problems of our govenment today. I would definitely read another of this authors books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flat characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written book about high finances during WWII. The plot was rather shallow, but writing mechanics were excellent. A quick and entertaining read.
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A good read for all ages. Fiction yes but good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fanciful but makes it sound easy for the rich to travel to Europe during WWII and even to fly coast to coast in the USA for foreign nationals. Does jump around without continuity, may be due to translation issues though
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I think it's ok
reader75LL More than 1 year ago
The story was an interesting WWII era plot. Probably something that goes on no matter what era of time. The situation at time was rather ludicrous as far as the situations were concerned and the constant moving of the characters all around the globe. Quick read. Recommend for a good reading.
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The plot and perspective sounded good. Very good. But the storytelling is nonexistent. All tell, no show. Characters are cardboard cutouts.
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I put this one down for good without finishing - tedious, all about character development (to a fault).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I just couldn't put it down. It caught my attention from the very first page. I hope the author makes more like this one :)