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Once We Were Brothers
Once We Were Brothers
Author: Ronald H. Balson
The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust. — Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, ?the butcher of Zamosc.? Although the...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781250046390
ISBN-10: 1250046394
Publication Date: 10/8/2013
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 29
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Phunter avatar reviewed Once We Were Brothers on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The author had a good plot for the story line based on the experiences of the Polish Jews who suffered under the Nazi regime and his experience as a lawyer no doubt helped with his story line also. The one thing I thought was lacking in the novel was character development. Each of the characters lacked their own voice and seemed more like a sock puppet for the author. It just didn't draw me into the story the way I hoped it might for that reason. A shame really, because it is a good story.
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mom2nine avatar reviewed Once We Were Brothers on + 337 more book reviews
Every so often there are still accounts of Nazi war criminals prosecuted. The question would be, how and who shines a light on their life. This book addresses some of the questions. It is set in modern times and one elderly gentleman is certain that a well known and well respected person has a very dark past. I did not want to set the book down as there are a few different story lines which kept my interest.
I do have a tendency to judge historical fiction a bit harshly, maybe. This book was well researched and I have no disagreement on the facts. The book has chapter headings of a year, to go from modern times back to the 1940's. We are taken back in time as the lawyer, Catherine, interviews Ben. My problem with this is that if we are back in time, she should not have injections, then it is simply an interview. Not only did this make the story a bit disjointed, it would also make Ben's voice not believable. When he is telling about his sister's final days, his explicit, coarse language is not in character. The only way that it would be believable is to be back in time, but it is obviously an interview, hence should have language suitable for Ben.
All in all a good first book, with a different take on the war.
I received an ARC of this book through a goodreads.com contest with the expectation of a fair review.


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