Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 110-115,000 words
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Brown is the author of six mystery and suspense novels as well as being a playwright. For more, visit his website.
“In the closing months of WWII, as the war grinds to an end in the rubble of Nazi Germany, all eyes turn to the next ‘cold’ one. The Americans, the Russians, and the British all know that the future belongs to whomever can grab the new rockets, jet fighters, long-range bombers, synthetic fuels and other ‘wonder weapons’ that Hitler unleashed upon them. They will shape the balance of world power for decades to come. It is also the story of the torrid but impossible love affair between Ed Scanlon, a brilliant, young, American OSS agent and Hanni Steiner, the gritty, street-smart leader of the communist resistance cell in Leipzig. They now find themselves on opposite ends of an international tug of war over the plans for Germany’s revolutionary Me-262 jet fighter and the scientists who designed and built it. To succeed, they must not only outwit each other, they must stay one-step ahead of Otto Dietrich, the sadistic Gestapo Chief of Leipzig, who has plans of his own."
Winner Lose All is an entertaining and engrossing combination of suspense and cold war spy thriller set in a period of history that I don’t know much about. Figures and events, both real and imagined, form the story which is the essence of historical fiction. The historical aspect of the book set it apart from my typical reading fare. Both the different time and places (primarily Germany and Russia immediately before and in the aftermath of WWII) were new settings for me and added to the uniqueness of the story. All in all, a fun read.
A small amount of adult language.
A small number of typos and copy editing misses.
Rating: **** Four stars