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Once We Were Brothers
by Ronald Balson

PBR Review This story moves back and forth between Nazi occupied Poland and present day and is one that will captive and hold your attention right from the start. The present day portion of this story is a legal thriller bringing to light the importance of justice, regardless of how long it takes. The court room drama is terrific and realistic as it should be considering the author is an attorney. The historical fiction portion of tis book is heart wrenching and shows what it was like growing up in Poland and surviving the Holocaust. The book tells the story from the perspective of Ben Solomon, a holocaust survivor who accuses prominent Chicago philanthropists of not just being a former Nazi but the same boy taken in by his parents and raised as his brother. The author keeps the suspense high and the reader guessing right to the end. Is Eliot a former Nazi or is this a case of mistaken identity.Back.
Talking Points: This is a book that you can definitely immerse yourself in. Its emotionally charged dealing with a young German boy who is raised by a Jewish family and what happens when WWII begins and the Nazis occupy Poland. Its a different take on the Holocaust and as with most books on this subject shows the best and worst of humanity. Suspenseful and well paced, it will appeal to those that like a good legal thriller or Holocaust stories.
PBR Reader Comments:
Engaging, nicely paced legal thriller. The story captures your attention right away and holds your interest being hard to put down at times. It moves back and forth between present day and Nazi-occupied Poland. The historical fiction aspect of this book is excellent, well researched and told in an engaging manner. The present day portion is suspenseful and emotionally charged. Recommend for those that a good legal thriller and books with emotional depth.
by-Linda-PBR 2012/05/27, 07:10 PM

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