A Premium Novel Worthy of Praise

Today I received a hard copy of one of the best books I have read in twenty years, autographed by the author, Patrick O’Bryon.  “Corridor of Darkness” is a book I highly recommend. I am most pleased to have this book in paperbound version. It is a historical thriller set in what becomes Nazi Germany. Patrick is an Indie author and owner of Brantome Press. His book is most professionally done.

I first read it on digital copy, and knew right away that I wanted a paper copy. It is a moving story filled with characters that you will remember forever. The writing style is phenomenal, and one I would like to study. I loved the vivid imagery of pre-war Germany, the manner in which the character personalities developed depth and evolved over the course of the passages.  The pace changes were perfect reflections of a languid aristocratic existence to one of excitement and adventure, fighting to survive in the most perilous of circumstances.

It is a comprehensive, yet intimate, book covering the life of an American reporter, Ryan Lemmon, who becomes a spy, his lusts and loves, youthful adventures as a student in Germany, his personal experiences in discovering the atrocities of the Nazi regime, the darkness and power of the regime, and the dangerous mission to bring both meaningful people and information out of the country. There are twists and turns throughout the book, that shock you with the unexpected. It is blended with colorful history, as the horror of the Holocaust begins to emerge. In the final chapters, you sit on the edge of your seat in suspense, unable to put the book down, turning quickly through the pages in a race to see what is about to happen next. This is a book that everyone should read at least once. I have already read it twice.

According to the U.S. census, 70% of all Americans can trace their roots back to Germany. Most of these people came to this country long before the Holocaust, settling in places as far south as Florida and as far west as California.  The eastern seaboard was inhabited primarily by those with German/Dutch heritage for a full century. Much of the heart of the country became home to those who settled and farmed here. Click on images to enlarge.

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1900 german nationals

My children’s great-grandparents on their father’s side were all German. Great Grandma Schultz, who lived to be 104 years, had parents who came to this country in the late 1800s. Her father built Victorian houses in Detroit. The Strodthoffs came as individuals in their early twenties on board separate boats that docked at Ellis Island. Great Grandpa Strodthoff , a painter, said he went to the docks with his Uncle and they saw the two sisters, Great Grandma and her sister, and he picked out the one that had the widest hips in hopes of having a wife who could easily bear children. They had immigrated in 1921, and kept their thick accents into their eighties.

View of Ellis Island with Liberty island in the background.

View of Ellis Island with Liberty island in the background.

Partick’s words in “Corridor of Darkness” brought back the stories that I recalled from my children’s immediate ancestors, and those relatives whom we visited with in 1985 that had remained in Germany. The relatives had shared some horrific tales and there was envy by many who resented not having been prepared or allowed to leave that country before and during WW II. Several of the old timers had unwittingly surrendered their souls to Nazi service to prevent perishing in a world that they did not fully understand. Others had Jewish friends who disappeared in the night, never to be heard from again. Many assisted those in need.

My daughter, in college, had opportunity, also, to do a study abroad that took her to visit some of these cousins again, and the younger ones all spoke fluent English and had no recollections of their Great Grandparent’s nightmares. At least, they weren’t spoken about.

I applaud Patrick O’Bryon’s literary work and look forward to his next novel, “Beacon of Vengeance”.

Thank you, Patrick! I will read it again and again, so I don’t expect it to remain in this pristine condition. It will most likely become quite dog-eared as I pass it around. I want my grown children to read it.

Read the stellar reviews and get your copy  here today!

You won’t be disappointed.

18 thoughts on “A Premium Novel Worthy of Praise

  1. Hi Susan

    My most heartfelt thanks for your posting (and a second promotion to your followers from your site!). I am truly grateful for the pleasure you take from the novel, and your reviews capture so well the transitions in both society and individuals that I hoped to convey in writing it. Your comments affect me deeply, coming as they do from a writer whose work I admire so. 

    I loved your sharing your family connections to this period and history, as well. My mother was German on her father’s side–good, solid 18th century farming and construction stock, and her mother was of aristocratic French heritage. Quite a combination. My wife Dani (born Diana and in Heidelberg of a German mother and a half-French, half-American, all European con artist!) remembers the tales of the thirties and forties shared by her grandparents (German) while they were still alive.

    I have a nephew reading Red Clay and Roses at the moment, and hope to see his review posted for you soon.

    Meanwhile, I need to get back to work on Beacon of Vengeance this afternoon. Did manage to write my daily five pages yesterday; I’m trying to stay on track to have Beacon out next November. I hope it will please you just as much as the first Ryan Lemmon volume.

    Looking forward to retiring from real estate to spend more time writing, but the market is so good, I can’t say no. Perhaps next year. Appreciate your insights in how you’re using Scrivener to your advantage. I am thinking I should give it a try.

    My warmest greetings, and again, sincere thanks to you,   Patrick 

  2. Keep doing what you are doing! It is working well. The pleasure of promoting your work is all mine. Looking forward to hearing from your nephew, also 🙂 What a treat 🙂 I am still undecided about Scrivener. There are things I love about it and things I detest.

  3. You are the world’s most energetic blogger, and now I see you are a speed reader too. Impressive. Also impressive are the statistics on German immigrants: nearly 70% of us have German roots. People with Mennonite backgrounds like me, of Swiss-German origin are among that percentage group of course..

    Another mind-broadening post, thanks, SK!

    • I thought about the Pennsylvania Dutch as I wrote this post. I wasn’t sure about the Mennonites though. I learned something new. That’s what makes everyday on WordPress such a joy. Thank you for stopping by.

    • Thanks for the supportive comments. I admire this author. I whole-heartedly agree with you. More than that though, it is a fine example of what ANY book should be, regardless of the method of publishing. It is a great story, well written, and exceptionally well produced.

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