He wasn't supposed to be on the plane. Now Major Faust is a prisoner of the English and he must escape before they break him. But every time he gets away, another woman is raped and murdered. The English need someone to hang. He's the hot suspect.
He's got to catch the killer, even though he's helping the enemy. It's collaboration, almost treason. It's making a Deal with the Devil.
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I live in Humble, Texas, just north of Houston, with four parakeets, the aforementioned husband (who's even more entertaining than the birds), an orange betta fish with no manners, a fig tree, the lawn from the bad place, three armloads of potted plants, and a coffee maker that's likely the most important item we own.
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Purple prose and too many action tags.
If you were to come into my house and look at my bookshelves, you would find exactly one historical fiction. It's one that I bought as a teenager because it was based on the true life story of a young girl kidnapped by Comanche Indians in the 1800's and adopted into their tribe. Needless to say that historical fiction, even though I love history, doesn't seem to be a genre that I typically read. And the world war two era...even less so. You will find nothing from that era on my bookshelves. If I'm being honest, I was actually dreading reading these books a little. I didn't think they would hold my interest. Boy, was I ever wrong! Faust, the captured German soldier, must run the gambit between not committing treason and giving the British enough to save his own neck from being stretched during the interrogation sessions he has with Major Stoner. The problem is, he happens to like the British. He likes England, their customs, their refinement and, in particular, he likes his interrogator and his oldest granddaughter. He is wounded and not dealing with a completely clear head. He is afraid that he is going to slip up, or maybe that he already has. After convincing himself that he is required to at least attempt escape, he takes his every opportunity to do so. That opens the door to other problems presenting themselves. Each time he attempts escape, he not only re-injures himself, but a young girl is also brutally murdered. Naturally, he is the prime suspect. And the first victim is someone close to the situation, making his predicament that much more precarious than it already was. The amount of research that had to go into this novel astounds me. It's easy to tell just by reading it how well researched it is, even without your own knowledge of the era. The knowledge accumulated, and passed on, is simply amazing. The twists and turns in the plot are well thought out and well executed. The head games the two lead characters play with each other is fun to follow but also enough to make you stop and think. You can never be completely sure if the word play is based on animosity, respect, a means to an end for their country or the fact that they genuinely like each other and are enjoying, just a little bit, being pitted against one another. And usually, you're left trying to keep up and figure things out yourself. It definitely keeps you guessing. For most people, thoughts of World War II engenders thoughts of Nazi's and concentration camps. This is not so with this book. Obviously, these things are going to be mentioned but it's not at all what you might imagine. Then, just as you are deeply engrossed in the story...it ends! Luckily for us, part two is already out so you won't have to wait to see what happens. Part puzzle, part head game, part mystery and part suspense, this book kept me entertained for hours. I love puzzles. Definitely an author that is going on my "must read" list. I loved it and immediately started reading part two.
Deal With the Devil by J. Gunnar Grey was a remarkable surprise. After hearing so many wonderful things about it, I was indeed looking forward to reading it. I was also expecting a certain amount of difficulty as it is nowhere near my usual read. Major Faust is intoxicated when he is thrown from a plane and is parachuted to an area that is familiar to him, England, where he had attended the university some number of years prior. Now Faust is captured and interrogated because of his status with the German Army. As I went deeper into this novel, I found myself captivated with Major Faust. He endures much through his time as a captive. He risks his very life to help the English prisoners of war escape when they were being murdered by the Waffen SS and faces many other decisions of the like throughout the novel. Faust does manage escape for himself, but every time he does, someone rapes and murders another woman. He is left with the heart wrenching choice to work with the enemy to catch the killer, which is treason, or save himself. I must admit that I lack a high level of knowledge when it comes to the details of World War II, but author, J. Gunnar Grey, knows plenty and walked me through a beautifully written novel where I felt that I understood the characters and the time perfectly. I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction as well as readers who would like the pleasure of expanding their horizons in a very pleasurable and meaningful way.
I have to admit that I'm a bit surprised, but very pleased that Astrea Press decided to publish this book. I'm surprised because it is not, strictly speaking, a romance novel. In fact, there is only the barest hint of romance in it. I am pleased, though, because this is a thrilling tale full of action, adventure, suspense and mystery that deserves to be published and read, and I couldn't put it down once I started it. (It made me miss my train stop on the way home from work one day.) I would warn the reader, however, that this is only Part 1 of a two-part story, so it does end as a cliff-hanger. Reading this book by itself would be sort of like the equivalent of only reading Book 1 of Lord of the Rings; you have get the set in order to get the whole story, and unlike many other series, this book cannot stand alone. Set in August of 1940, Major Faust is a German army officer, who gets drunk with a "friend" who is a Luftwaffe bomber pilot, and lets this guy talk him into going along on a bombing run with him. Once Faust is lulled to sleep by the plane's droning engines, Erhard straps him into a parachute and throws him out of the plane over England. Severely drunk, and badly injured, Faust does not escape capture for long. The only advantage Faust has is that he spent a year studying at Oxford before the war, so he knows the language, the culture, and the terrain very well. But it also happens that his captor is familiar with him, having been good friends with Faust's professor for many years. Major Stoner is a retired university professor, whose reserve status in the army is reactivated for the duration of the war, and is in charge of an intelligence operation involving several captured Germans. He believes the only reason a German army officer would have for parachuting into England is espionage, but even if Faust is not a spy, Stoner believes he has critical information regarding the expected German invasion of England, and he is determined to break Faust by whatever means necessary. As an officer in the German army, it is Faust's duty to attempt escape whenever the opportunity presents itself. The only problem is, that on the night that Faust's parachute was spotted by English ground crews, Stoner's youngest granddaughter was raped and brutally murdered, not far from where Faust was captured. Not only that, but every time Faust gets loose, another woman is raped and murdered, which makes him the obvious suspect. Faust must solve the mystery and help capture the real killer, even though it means collaberating with the enemy. Must he commit treason to save his own skin? In other words, must he make a Deal With the Devil? J. Gunnar Grey knows her history and does a fantastic job of bringing her characters to life. She leaves no question in the reader's mind as to what anyone is thinking or feeling in any particular situation. She has a very dry sense of humour, which comes out deliciously in the dialogue, when needed. With tongue-in-cheek descriptions and lovable (and not so lovable) characters very well developed, I don't believe the near absence of romance is of any detriment to the story whatsoever.
Deal with the Devil For a German shot down over England during the blitz you'd think he'd be sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Unless, this individual is not only a major but with the Wehrmacht, not the Luftwaffe. Then, as is learned quickly he's familiar with the area he parachuted into. Before the war he'd attended university nearby. All this makes the Brits think and treat him as a spy. J. Gunner Grey has weaved a perfect story fraught with intrigue, mystery and suspense. Then add a touch of romance, not that either party would admit it, and you've got a story guaranteed to keep you glued to your eReader. As you follow Faust, the German major, through the mansion Gunner puts you in his steps. You clearly see his new world through his eyes. The colors and textures of the walls and furniture. She has a way of painting a picture for you so vivid you'd think you were actually there. Then add the dialogue. The British officers sounding like British officers. Soldiers speak as they would depending on their educational level and rank. Even the commanding officer of the post, Stoner, a retired professor reactivated for the war, sounds just like you'd imagine a stuffy professor of the time would. Effortlessly Gunner interjects common British words and phrases, to the point you think the book might have been written sixty to seventy years ago. Before any Americanization of the British language. As you watch Stoner interrogates Faust the subtleness used draws you, the reader, deeper into the developing relationship between the two. Only to see the rapport destroyed when first one body then another is found. The victims and how they die immediately will start you reviewing, pondering and analyzing all the characters you've met. Could they have been killed by someone from the mansion? A soldier or civilian. Or, could the murderer be someone from the village, as yet unmet? Another question you have to ask, will Stoner break Faust and get him to confess? To being a spy or just at the wrong place at the wrong time. And how will Clarke's involvement play out in the end. So many questions to answer. So many questions to ask. But, folks we'll have to wait until this summer to find out all the answers when Part 2 is released. I'm giving Deal With The Devil 4 out of 5 collies only because I have to wait for the conclusion.