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BN ID: 2940150364912
Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 462
Sales rank: 397,957
File size: 609 KB

About the Author

A former U.S. Navy JAG officer, Don is the author of the Navy Justice series and the Pacific Rim series. Paying no homage to political correctness, Don’s writing style is described as “gripping,” casting an entertaining and educational spin on a wide range of current issues, from radical Islamic infiltration of the military, to the explosive issue of gays in the military, to the modern day issues of presidential politics in the early twenty first century.

Don graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1982, and after finishing law school, continued his post-graduate studies through the Naval War College, earning the Navy’s nonresident certificate in International Law. During his five years on active duty in the Navy, Don served in the Pentagon, was published in the Naval Law Review, and was also a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

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Destiny 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
beemama More than 1 year ago
Destiny by Dan Brown Publ: Mountainview Books c.2014 Series: Navy Justice - prequel What do an American Army officer, a Royal Navy commando, and a German SS officer have to do with each other? How are their lived tied together?  Of the three only two of them met in life, then only briefly.  But God used the willingness of two of them to touch the life of the other and ultimately the lives of his family. We are introduced to these three men and their families beginning in the early 1930’s.  We then follow them through the years of World War II.   Heinrick Shultz is the German.  He is married and the father of two daughters.  He is ruled by his fear of what will happen to him and his family is he crosses the Nazi Party.  His fear of the Party takes him to a place in General Erwin Rommel’s senior staff. Darwin McCloud is the son of Captain Edward McCloud and Baroness Juliana McCloud.  He is an actor.  Darwin is a devout Christian who wonders what his part in the war can be since he is a pacifist and a Christian.  Having never met the expectations of his military career father, when he decides to sign on for Naval Commando school he doesn’t tell his father and asks his mother to not tell him.  Since his parents are divorced this isn’t hard to do.  Before he goes into combat he is given a copy of the Bible in German to carry with him in the hopes that he will be able to witness to any Germans that the Lord leads into his path. Walter Brewer is an American mail carrier in rural North Carolina.  He is married with 4 children.  He is exempted from service because of his job.  As the war progresses he losses his exemption because of the need for more men.  Because his brother was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and Walter is helping raise his brother’s children as well as his own, a well-meaning family friend feels led to help him with a medical deferment.  Walter doesn’t feel right about this, tears up the letters and goes to war.  As his life in the Army progresses Walter finds himself in OCS and training to be one of the first paratroopers in the 101st Airborne. Darwin is killed in a military assault on the French coastline.  After his death Heinrick finds the German Bible on his body as he processes the scene.  Against protocol he keeps the Bible. Walter parachutes into France as one of the first wave before the soldiers hit the beaches at Normandy on D-Day.  With assistance from members of the French Resistance he takes out the communications hub manned by Heinrick, killing him in the process.  One of the members of the Resistance takes a letter from Heinrick’s body and gives it to Walter the next morning. Because of the nature of war and a surprising event that sends Walter rushing stateside, he forgets about the letter for awhile.  After he finds it and gets it translated his is unexpectedly allowed to give the letter to Heinrick’s widow.  It is also arranged for him to meet Capt. McCloud and Juliana McCloud and tell them of their son’s influence. This book is an up-close look at the lives of three very different men and the lives led by diverse people in a turbulent time in world history.  It paints a realistic picture of a time many of us alive now didn’t live through.  The picture of war is not painted with a light hand nor is it so graphic that the story of the people is lost in the story of war. You see the hand of God move in the lives of Christians and non-Christians.  You see His care for all men. This book will touch you with poignant moments, make you laugh at the antics of children, encourage you that even in the worst of times God is in control and entertain you with a well laid out story. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
Family_Oriented More than 1 year ago
Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny. Destiny is the prequel to Don Brown’s Navy Justice series of books. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I must say that I didn’t know what I’d been missing. As the book description says, the lives of three soldiers – an American, a German Nazi officer, and a British Royal Naval commando – become entwined, and it is absolutely amazing how the author does the entwining. I received this book in eBook form from The Book Club Network in return for my honest opinion, and I was planning to finish it in four weeks after starting. However, I had trouble putting it down, and ended up finishing it in less than two weeks (which for me, being a slow reader, says a lot about the story). This is a historical novel set around, and during, World War II. So, in addition to being an exciting read, it also was a history lesson. Here, again, the author did some amazing entwining, weaving the story around actual World War II events. This novel’s title definitely suits it. The page before the Table of Contents begins with: “Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny.” You will be kept on the edge of your seat, so to speak, as you read how that all comes to pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Couldn't put it down.
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Marilyn Stogner More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a very nice WWll story.  This story takes in characters from the United States, England  and Germany.  It gives every ones perspective and shows that all people are fairly alike.  Everyone loves their families.  Great story.  I received this from the Book Club network for a fair and honest opinion.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little convoluted and hard to follow. Did not hold my interest.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Destiny is a sweeping novel about the years surrounding WWII. It begins in the early 30s in a small town in North Carolina. Walter Brewer is choosing between two women who vie for his affections – Ellie who is rich, spoiled, and does not know the meaning of “no” and Jessie, the daughter of missionaries. Walter chooses Jessie, but Ellie still has feelings for him. Fast forward several years, we now meet Heinrick Schultz. Heinrick is an up and coming member of Hitler’s SS troops and charged with attacking Jews on Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass. In so doing he inadvertently causes the death of a child and rabbi. Heinrick cannot get their deaths out of his mind. Following the outbreak of war, we meet the third main character, Darwin McCloud. Darwin is the only son of a recently divorced a Royal Navy captain and a baroness. Darwin is a devout Anglican, aspiring actor, and with a secret. As the war progresses, we see death come to Walter’s household; Heinrick become a trusted member of General Rommel’s staff, and Darwin go to extreme measures to gain his father’s approval. When Walter is drafted and ultimately becomes a member of the elite 101st Airborne Division, we see the lives of these three men intersect. The author has done a great deal of research in writing this book. The reader will have a front row seat to many of the major events of WWII as well as some lesser known ones. As a fan of the Navy Justice series, I welcomed the opportunity to read this book. It is essentially a prequel to those books as this is the story of Zach Brewer’s grandfather. Fans of WWII historical fiction will definitely enjoy reading this one. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 stars ***** out of five Historical Fiction With another war being fought across the ocean, and with the fact that it is 100 years since the First World War, it seems like every bookstore has books on war. So why would I choose one over the other? Well, first of all, I like to try authors that I have not read before, and although Don has a series of novels published called The Navy Justice series as well as one called The Pacific Rim series, I have not picked up anything by him. Then, I found out that this book is actually a type of prequel to Treason (of the Navy Justice series) and had actually been written, though not published first, I thought this was the perfect time to start. Don writes a compelling story of a young mail carrier who wants to do his part for his country in the war of 1938. Through the characters eyes, we learn so much about what made the world we live in today, the hardships, the friendships forged and the reasoning especially of the young Germans. Well done, and I really enjoyed it. I'll be looking for Treason to continue the story, albeit two generations later. Thank you to don Brown, Mountainview Books, LLC, and Fred at the Book Club Network for the opportunity to read this great novel. I received the Ebook free in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
War and Redemption Destiny by Don Brown really tells us three separate stories that take place during World War II; told from an American perspective, a British viewpoint, and a German storyline in different segments, at first I was wondering how it would all connect, especially as the men have very brief meetings about midway through the novel.  Once the author linked them all together in a beautiful picture, however, not fully revealed until the last few chapters, I thought it was a nice parallel to life in that we never know how our lives will change the lives of those who seem so far removed from our sphere of influence. Our primary character is Walter Brewer, a man of honor and integrity.  We are also introduced to his growing family over the years, as well as his brother and his family.  The British perspective comes from Darwin McCloud, a young man struggling to find his place in the world.  The German protagonist is Heinrick Schultz and he is largely an unlikeable character, but with a few redeeming qualities that prevent him from becoming a caricature. One of the reasons I like this book is that it did a good job of humanizing who we perceive to be the enemy.  Take Heinrick, for example: at the beginning of the novel, he attacks who he has been told is his enemy.  But something happens in that attack against a Jewish family that changes who he is because he can now relate to his “enemy.”  In the same way, we learn to relate to Heinrick as he grows and changes through the novel, and he is no longer just a Nazi, but a human swept up in events beyond his control as he struggles to figure out what the right thing really is. The other thing I really appreciated was the strong message of redemption, that no matter the horrible things we have done, we are never too far gone for God to redeem.  And He will do it in ways that will surprise those who are watching, maybe even drawing those spectators to Himself as well!  There is one very good theological discussion between Darwin and a pastor as he seeks counsel about how being a military man and his Christian faith can be compatible, and as part of a military family, I found it a beautiful passage. I would recommend this novel to fans of Dan Brown, especially of his Navy Justice series, which this is a prequel to, and to fans of historical fiction that takes place in World War II.  This would be a great book for men as well, as the romance portion is not overdone, merely part of the lives taking place within its pages. I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Take a step back in time with Destiny...  Destiny   By Don Brown   Destiny opens in 1938 on a night when the world once again found itself on the brink of an all encompassing war.  We are then taken back to 1931 - Walter Brewer is returning home with his new wife. World War II has yet to make rumblings of its coming threat to America or Jamesville, North Carolina. Destiny follows the lives of 3 different men and the paths that their lives follow as war slowly engulfs the world in its fever.  Walter Brewer is a simple country postal worker who is about to experience war and its costs.  Meanwhile in England, young Darwin McCloud is faced with his desire to make a difference and earn his father's respect while dealing with his pacifist ideals. And then there is Heinrick Schultz a German who is among the early members of the Nazi party. Destiny covers a period of nearly 15 years - years in which war links 3 lives in ways no one would expect.  And these links would have a profound and lasting effect that would span national boundaries and touch many lives beyond.    This book is a prequel to Don Brown's Navy Justice series and introduces us to Zack Brewer's grandfather - a man of honor and integrity who finds truths and strengths within himself that he never expected to need. Fans of World War II historical fiction will love this book and fans of Don Brown's previous work will not be disappointed in this step into the past.  This is a moving story that will leave you with a greater appreciation for what those who served during this time of uncertainty gave. I was provided a copy of this book through BookFun/TBCN in exchange for my honest review.
DBeason More than 1 year ago
Destiny, by Don Brown When I received this book to review, I wasn’t sure what to think about it. I don’t normally read fiction about military men and war, but I started reading with an open mind and I was pleasantly surprised. This book tells the story of three men in the military in different countries (United States, Germany and England) during World War II and how their lives intersect to change destiny. But there’s also a love story. The writer, Don Brown, is a former U.S. Navy JAG officer and he has definitely done his homework on what the people and the military in each country were doing during World War II. The details added a lot to this story. Part of the way through the book I wondered how the author was going to pull it together and resolve the outstanding questions, and he did it in a satisfying way. I received a free book from Mountainview Books, LLC through The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for an unbiased review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Destiny, the prequel to The Navy Justice Series by Don Brown, is an impressive novel that shows how men and women of faith can respond to war. The spiritual lessons throughout will stay with and encourage the reader long after reading the last page. This is a genre that I typically would not read, automatically assuming that it is a book about war by men for men. In recent months, my appreciation for WWII Christian novels has been kindled, and I am so glad I read this one! While there was much within its pages that I could learn about World War II, it was also a relational novel that might appeal to many women as well as men. There are three primary characters and their families – one German (Nazi), one American, and one British. Heinrick Schultz and his wife, Ingrid, had two young daughters. He was a factory worker when recruited to work for the Party, killing for the first time on the Night of Broken Glass in Nuremburg. Heinrick believed that he would bring “glory to the Fatherland in service to our Fuhrer”. The young girl who died accidentally as a result of his actions tormented his dreams for years, but could the Lord have plans for him through those dreams? Walter Brewer and his wife, Jessica had several children. His brother Billy, who married Walter’s first fiancé, Ellie, had two children before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Both men were good fathers who loved their wives and children. Due to a potential heart problem, Walter could technically have taken a health deferment when he was drafted and had a letter to that effect. Coming from a family history of military service but having a wife and children, could Walter in good conscience take that deferment? Darwin McCloud was the only child of a Royal Navy Captain and a baroness. Darwin was a devout believer, a student of the scriptures. He wanted to be an actor, and he wanted his divorced parents to get back together. His father wanted him to serve in the Royal Navy, but Darwin was a pacifist and struggled to understand how a Christian could serve in the military and kill the enemies of his country – could he be a Christian and still enter the Royal Navy? Character developments were excellent! This reader felt as if she had been given a more than a glimpse of these men and their families, their faith (or lack thereof), and the challenges their families faced. With each change of life circumstances, the novel became more and more compelling. The plot had many unexpected twists. The joys and grief, faith or doubt, and life and death decisions each faced in light of the war was well-defined. While one man served under Hitler and two against, and each came from different countries and backgrounds, World War II had a profound effect on each. The way their lives or the lives of their family members spilled over into the other men’s lives and families was astounding! This novel is about much more than family relationships – it is about the relationship between God and His people, about His will for their lives, and how such varied lives could be intertwined with others for lasting change – including the eternal salvation of a soul. I highly recommend Destiny to adults of any age who appreciate Christian novels about World War II, the decisions and challenges faced as a result of the war, and how those who believe in God respond during wartime. It is an exciting and impressive work, one that shows how the Lord can work all things together for good, even when it doesn’t seem possible. Within its pages are circumstances that can impact the reader’s faith and life long after the last page is finished. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
In Destiny by Don Brown the lives of three courageous men from three different countries through a letter with a powerful message converge during World War II. One man and the message he shares affects not only the other two men but also many others in their families. Brown’s novel is the prequel to an acclaimed published work, featuring Zack Brewer of the book, Treason, in the Navy Justice Series. The focus of Destiny relates the story of his grandfather, Walter Brewer, also an outstanding man and military leader. Due to a careless indiscretion with Walter’s brother, Billy, Ellie Williams loses the man that she really loves. Rich, selfish, and spoiled, Ellie settles for Billy whom she considers beneath her. Yet, through the years, observing his wonderful way with their two children, and his loving attitude toward her, she grows to admire and care for him. Billy’s decision to enlist in the army during World War II disrupts their family and eventually changes the dynamics of the family. Walter Brewer, a rural postal carrier in North Carolina is torn between his love for two women, his family, and his country. Following the horrendous attack on Pearl Harbor, Walter feels compelled to join the war effort against Hitler, even though the family physician would write a deferment for him. Walter declines the offer of deferment and sets out to war, eventually distinguishing himself as a paratrooper. Pacifist Darwin McCloud, a young man more interested in acting on stage than in participating in the conflict, has lived in the shadow of his revered father, Navy Captain Edward McCloud. When a German bomb results in the death of his close friend, Darwin decides to enlist in a rigorous special forces training, partly to prove himself but also to make his father proud of him. Completing this training leads to his inclusion in the Royal Naval Commandos Unit. In the midst of the war one man finds a letter written by Darwin, and he cannot shake the message expressed. This letter changes his life. Furthermore, the letter weaves together the lives of an American paratrooper, a Nazi officer, and a Royal Naval Commando. Destiny is an excellent World War II story that thoroughly engages the reader. The characters and conflict are well delineated and magnetic. I highly recommend this book. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It followed the lives of four men during World War II – two American brothers, an Englishman, and a German. The story begins with the background information as it follows these soldiers from their hometown life, their training, and then their deployment. The reader becomes wrapped up in the action as he/she sees and feels what wartime was like in these three countries during this period in history. Don Brown weaves this fictional story alternating between the four men and eventually ties their lives all together in the end. Added to the plot are the wives and girlfriends which make this book even more interesting. I highly recommend this story of the anguish of war, the lift of family and romance, and the power that comes through faith. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
This is a prequel of the Navy Justice Series by this author. It follows the lives of an English actor, an American mailman and a German factory worker in the 1930s and 1940s. We meet them at home with their families and agonize with them as they are drawn into the war years. Each man has his struggles over fear, guilt over leaving his loved ones behind, and the emotional trauma of killing in the name of their country. The men are changed by their experiences but so are their families. I am looking forward now to reading the Navy Justice books waiting on my bookshelf. This is historical fiction so there are many military details that drew in my nonfiction-only husband; but as a woman, I most enjoyed the human frailties and inner conflicts of the characters. I especially enjoyed seeing how the war changed Ellie, Darwin, and Billy. The hardship of leaving the comfort of home for the harsh reality of the battlefield is poignantly portrayed. Darwin’s counseling session with his priest was a humorous episode of miscommunicating and mistaken assumptions. I enjoyed this story and found myself worrying about the characters as if they were family and mourned the losses.The ending ties together the three story lines in a most satisfying manner. I received this book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions expressed are my own
BMace More than 1 year ago
Can 1 person affect change in many? WW II – a time that intrigues many people. This war affected, and was fought on many fronts, and in many countries. This well written novel gives us some insight into 3 – 3 countries, 3 families, 3 men. Walter is just trying to care for his family as a postal carrier. Heinrich is a factory worker and Darwin is pursuing an acting career. Hitler and the war changed everything for all 3. With careful attention to detail, the author has woven a story that links all of them together. As one grows in his faith, one will volunteer to serve his country, and the other cheerfully accepts an assignment that terrifies him. Follow as the faith of one creates a ripple effect that is felt around the world. I received this book from The Book Club Network in return for my honest review.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
This book by Don Brown begins just prior to World War II. It switches between the stories of two American brothers, a German man, and a British couple. It was somewhat difficult to keep up with the different stories which are all connected in the end. I learned more about the war probably because I do not read a lot of books written by men. A couple of scenes were rather gruesome and I hurried through them! Overall, it was an interesting book that I would recommend to others. I received this book from in exchange for my honest opinion.
Rom1_16 More than 1 year ago
DESTINY is author Don Brown's prequel to the Navy Justice Series. The story is powerful and moving as it follows three men whose lives are turned upside down by World War II. Though they are soldiers from three different armies, American, British, and German, their lives have been divinely orchestrated to intertwine and to impact many others. Walter Brewer, a small-town mail carrier loses his brother when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. He feels responsible to care for not only his wife and four children, but his brother's two children and wife. Tensions lurk under the surface, because Ellie, his brother's wife, was his ex-fiancee. With eight other people to care for, the draft letter Walter receives is a shock. He is torn between caring for his family and fighting for his country. He makes his decision. Because of his abilities, he moves from the rank of lowly soldier to captain of paratroopers. Under heavy German attack, the plane is hit as Walter and his men prepare to jump into Nazi-occupied territory in France. He alone of his men survives. He is picked up by members of the French Resistance. His goal is to knock out communication centers and disrupt Nazi supply lines in preparation for the invasion of Europe by Allied forces. Darwin McCloud, the pacifist son of Baroness Juliana McCloud and British Destroyer Commander Edward McCloud, skirmishes with internal pain. He wants his father's recognition and love, but not at the cost of his faith. When he reconciles his own conflict between being a Christian and being a soldier,   he proves that a man only five-feet-four-inches tall can overcome adversity to the point that he earns the right to wear the insignia of an elite British Commando. He and his team are sent to take Dieppe, France, from the Nazis who are entrenched and waiting. Heinrick Schultz is given the opportunity to prove his loyalty to Adolf Hitler's Nazi party. Though he is given tasks that turn his stomach and bother his conscience, he rises in rank and is rewarded for his faithfulness by being assigned as intelligence officer to military genius Erwin Rommel. His duties with The Desert Fox keep him in the North African desert, miles and months away from his wife and daughters. Time has passed, but he is still haunted by a ghost from his past. When Rommel is finally pressed out of Africa by Generals Patton and Montgomery, Henrick is stationed in France to man a critical communication center. Knowing that he is now on the same continent as his family is little comfort. Allied forces continue to push the Germans back, though the process is slow and deadly. The first words on the back cover of this book truly encompasses its theme:   Three men. Three armies. One letter. One destiny. I received this book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
DESTINY by Don Brown An American serviceman, a Nazi officer and a Royal Naval commando seemingly have nothing in common other than   serving their Country.  This story follows these three men and how they each end up impacting the lives of the others in the course of service to their Countries. This story shows Germany, Britain, Russia, Japan and the United States all  fighting in wars and how it affects the men, their wives, families, children,  friends and their faith. If you like reading about  war, battles, and the men who served, you will enjoy this one!   I was gifted a copy of this book by  The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.