Peter Leonard’s jaw-dropping VOICES OF THE DEAD introduced us to two mortal enemies: Holocaust survivor Harry Levin and Nazi death angel Ernst Hess. Now, their struggle reaches its dramatic conclusion in BACK FROM THE DEAD.Bahamas, 1971. Ernst Hess, missing and presumed dead, regains consciousness to find himself stuck in a hospital bed on a strange ward in a foreign country. He must do what he needs to do to get his life back and to finish the job he has been doing for decades.Harry believes he has already stopped Hess. When he finds out that the war criminal has somehow survived, Harry must do the only thing he can do – kill Hess again – even if it means crossing continents and putting his life and the lives of those that matter to him on the line.Action-packed and darkly humorous, BACK FROM THE DEAD is the unforgettable conclusion to a story that launches Peter Leonard into the pantheon of great suspense novelists.
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Peter Leonard is the son of Elmore Leonard, the grand master of crime fiction. He lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife, Julie, and his four children, Tim, Alex, Max, and Kate. Quiveris his first novel. Visit him at www.peterleonardbooks.com
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Back from the Dead
By Peter Leonard
Story Plant, TheCopyright © 2013 Peter Leonard
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Harry pulled in the driveway, parked and went in the side door. He expected to see Colette in the kitchen, starting dinner. She was going to make sauerbraten, potato dumplings and red cabbage, an authentic German meal. He’d been thinking about it all day and he was hungry. Colette was a terrific cook, and that was another benefit of living with her. He threw his keys on the counter, hit the message button on the answering machine. Another one from Galina.
Harry, you going to call me one of these days?”
No, he said to himself. Walked into the foyer, glanced in the den and moved into the living room. Someone was sitting in his leather chair, legs crossed on the ottoman. The man had dark shoulder-length hair and wore black jeans, a white shirt and a black leather jacket.
I don’t think you’re a burglar,” Harry said, or you’d be looking for the silver, so tell me what you’re doing in my house?”
I stopped by your office. We could have handled it there, but you were too busy to see me,” he said with an accent that sounded like he was from Berlin.
You buying or selling?”
I am trading.”
For what?” Although Harry had a pretty good idea.
Where is Ernst Hess?”
I’d try his estate in Schleissheim or his apartment in Munich. Maybe start by talking to his family and business associates?"
I know he came here to see you.”
Safe for now. Tell me about Herr Hess.”
Harry pulled the Colt from under his shirt and aimed it at him. I’ll tell you what. You want to trade, I’ll trade Colette for you. We can start there, see how it goes.”
Put the gun away. You are not going to shoot me or you will never find her.”
The guy got up and came toward him. He was tall, six two, six three, and looked like he was in shape. Harry pulled the hammer back with his thumb. First one’s going to blow out your knee cap. You better hope there isn’t a second one.” That seemed to persuade him. The German froze.
I’m going to give you another chance. Where’s Colette?”
Not far from here.”
Let’s go see how she’s doing.”
I have to call, tell them we are coming.”
How many are there?”
We’re going to surprise them,” Harry said. And if they’ve done anything to Colette, you’re the first one I’m going to shoot. Believe that if you believe anything. Take off your coat, throw it over here and turn around.” He did and Harry checked the two outside pockets of the jacket, found a parking receipt, and a pair of handcuffs. There was also a piece of notepaper that had an address on Crooks Road in Troy and a phone number. This where they have Colette?”
In the other pocket he found car keys and a small semi-automatic. He ejected the magazine and put it in his pocket. The German had his back to Harry, looking over his shoulder.
Take off your clothes. I want to see what else you’ve got.”
The German stripped down to his briefs and tossed everything on the floor at Harry’s feet. Harry picked up the man’s pants and checked the pockets, found the key to the handcuffs and his wallet. Opened it, name Albin Zeller from Munich on the driver’s license.
You a Nazi, too, Albin?” Harry said.
Zeller, with his back to him, didn’t say anything. He was less threatening now in his underwear, thin legs, pale skin that had never been in the sun.
Why are you looking for Hess?” He didn’t respond.
You break in, say you want to talk, but you don’t say anything.” Hess was a wealthy man and a member of the Christian Social Union, an important political figure in Germany. Harry could understand why there were people who wanted him found. Hess must have told someone his plans. Otherwise how would Zeller have been able to follow his trail to Detroit? Harry threw him the handcuffs. Put them on.”
Zeller turned, caught them, clamped them on his wrists. Where’s your car?”
On the street.”
That wasn’t going to work, walking a handcuffed Nazi in his undies out to the car at gunpoint. All right, let’s go. We’ll take mine.”
They are expecting a phone call.”
Well they’re going to be surprised then, aren’t they?”
What about my clothes?”
You’re not going to need them.”
You drive up to the house they will kill her,” Zeller said.
Then we won’t drive up to the house.”
Harry was parked in the driveway by the side door. It was 5:30 and almost dark. He led Zeller out, popped the trunk, took his eye off the German for a second and Zeller took off, hurdled the neighbor’s fence like a track star and disappeared. Harry started after him and stopped. Went back to the car, closed the trunk and drove to Troy to find Colette.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Couldn't put it down! Favorite new author!
I was not expecting a sequel to Voices of the dead so I was quite surprised when I got the review request, don't get me wrong it was a very pleasant surprise. Back from the Dead picks up soon after Voices of the Dead ends. Harry is under the presumption Hess is dead and he is able to pick up his normal life. But it seems faith did not grant Harry the time to grieve over the loss of his daughter. Hess is back and will do anything to finish what he started. Again Peter Leonard has written a strong story. He just knows how far to go without going over the edge. The same characters from Voices of the Dead make their entree in Back from the Dead. Again this story is full of action and the writing makes the story come alive. I very much enjoy Peter Leonard's books and I can honostly say I can not wait to read more books written by him.
Don't waste your time.
Just as in his previous book about Harry Levin, Voices From the Dead, you jump right into the action on the first page. I really liked that this book picked up immediately from where the last one ended. It had been awhile since I read Voices, so it took me some time to get familiar with the characters again. They are all back - even the despicable Ernst Hess - whom we thought we had seen the last of. It was a fast paced story with the characters doing a lot of world traveling in their game of who can kill whom first. I was rooting for Harry, of course, as this all started with the loss of his daughter in the first book. He doesn't mince words when he writes and it is all very much action driven. The characters are all forces to be reckoned with and it is just a matter of time before someone comes out on top. Finding out who that is will keep you on the edge of your seat! I guess you could read this one as a stand-alone - but why would you want too? Pick them both up - you will be glad you did! Read my review of Voices From the Dead.
Peter Leonard in his new book, "Back from the Dead" Book Two in the Harry Levin series published by The Story Plant brings us the conclusion of the conflict between Harry Levin and Ernst Hess. From the back cover: Peter Leonard's jaw-dropping VOICES OF THE DEAD introduced us to two mortal enemies: Holocaust survivor Harry Levin and Nazi death angel Ernst Hess. Now, their struggle reaches its dramatic conclusion in BACK FROM THE DEAD. Bahamas, 1971. Ernst Hess, missing and presumed dead, regains consciousness to find himself stuck in a hospital bed on a strange ward in a foreign country. He must do what he needs to do to get his life back and to finish the job he has been doing for decades. Harry believes he has already stopped Hess. When he finds out that the war criminal has somehow survived, Harry must do the only thing he can do - kill Hess again - even if it means crossing continents and putting his life and the lives of those that matter to him on the line. Action-packed and darkly humorous, BACK FROM THE DEAD is the unforgettable conclusion to a story that launches Peter Leonard into the pantheon of great suspense novelists. I made a mistake because I did not read the first book, "Voices Of The Dead" before reading this sequel. It would have helped if I had read the first one as this book refers back to events that took place previously. Having said that "Back From The Dead" is one exciting thrill ride. Harry Levin survived the Holocaust, despite the actions of Ernst Hess. In the first book their conflict began and ended with Levin believing that Hess was dead. Turns out Hess survived and is returning to finish the job from where we get the title. Once Levin finds out Hess is still alive the conflict begins again with a chase that races from Michigan, the Bahamas, Florida , Germany and France. This is one exciting book. An action, adventure, mystery, suspense thriller as Harry Levin's life is in deadly danger. I do not recommend you drink coffee while reading this book as there is more than enough excitement to keep you going. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy "Back From The Dead" as you will want to finish it before going to bed. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Although I was a bit lost in reading "Back from the Dead" since I didn't read the first book in the series, "Voice of the Dead", which seems to hold a few major key points in the story line, I enjoyed the book. The characters were well written and came to life within Peter's writing. Filled with action and suspense, this book is a must read for all. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Holocaust survivor Harry Levin and Nazi death angel Ernst Hess are back in this conclusion to the story that started in Voices of the Dead. We travel from the Bahamas to Florida, Michigan and Germany as Levin learns that Ness is still alive it is up to him to make sure this time Ness does not come Back from the Dead. Dollycas’s Thoughts I must say I was surprised that this sequel was written because Voices of the Dead was a great stand alone but this book is jammed back with the action and suspense that I expect from this author and it was totally believable the Hess was back. I did feel bad for Harry as it seems he still has not been able to grieve the loss of his daughter. This story picks up shorty after the last one finished in 1971. The characters again came alive on the page and traveled the world at top speed. Quite a game of cat and mouse with the players constantly changing places. The pages kept turning through some mind-boggling incidents. Leonard writes those edge of your seat moments that suspense readers enjoy so much with ease. I recommend you read Voices of the Dead before reading Back from the Dead. I did like the first installment just a bit better than the second.
I will start by saying that I have not read Voices From The Dead. If you have the opportunity it would be great if you could read the first book prior to reading this one - however not essential. In Back from the Dead Harry finds out that when he thought he had killed Hess, it turns out Hess is alive in the Bahamas. Back from the Dead is a good book that reminded me very much of a Die Hard type of book. There is a great deal of action and plenty to keep the reader interested. Hess wants to kill Harry and Harry wants to kill Hess. The book was enjoyable to read and an appropriate length but I did find the storyline to be somewhat predictable. I kept hoping something was going to happen different from what my expectation was. All in all though - well written I just needed some surprises to evoke a little more emotional attachment to the story. I give this book 4 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
WOW!!! Peter Leonard did not disappoint for this anxiously awaited sequel!!! I was first introduced to this author in January, 2012 when I read and reviewed Voices of the Dead and became a fan of his work. Even though it has been a year, within the first few paragraphs, I was drawn back in and buckled up for another fast paced thrill ride. In Voices of the Dead, Nazi war criminal, Ernst Hess, was shot three times by Holocaust survivor and victim of Hess', Harry Levin, who believes the shots were fatal. But were they? Thus begins Back From The Dead. And this time, Hess is back with vengeance leaving innocent bodies in his wake, without a thought. However, Harry Levin is just as determined to hunt him down and make him pay for his sins. Leonard doesn't miss a beat. The same white knuckle read he takes his readers on in Voices of the Dead is as equally suspenseful and action packed in Back From The Dead. Once again, the pages kept turning because I could not put this novel down. I found myself trying to read faster to keep up with the action. The characters come to life. Peter Leonard's writing is nothing short of amazing. The only negative is that now I have to anxiously await his next novel. Highly recommend both Back From The Dead and Voices of the Dead!!!! You won't be disappointed!!