Shannon is a book and movie reviewer. She is also a mom, wife, writer and all around fan girl. In February, I discovered her website, Reads & Reels when I was seeking reviews for The Circumstantial Enemy. Being a busy lady with a long reading (and movie) list, I wasn’t sure if or when she would read and review. Her review of the book arrived this week. Here is what Shannon had to say about it:
Amazing! This story was based on the author’s grandfather
Let’s be honest, WW2 thrillers are a dime a dozen now, so it’s very difficult to come across a story that hasn’t been told before. The same goes for the movie industry except the story almost always goes like this, “Americans saved the day and Germans are evil.” That’s why I was intrigued by Bell’s story. Yes, the fact that it happened to his grandfather makes it particularly interesting, but also because it shows us another angle of the war. Something different. Honestly, Hollywood could not have come up with a better plot than this incredible story. It’s gritty, real and at times, shocking. But as they say, truth is stranger than fiction and in this case the truth slaps you in the face and is often difficult to read.
‘The Circumstantial Enemy’ is written very well and you will feel invested in the characters immediately! Especially ‘Tony’. I really enjoyed it and I’m thankful for the opportunity to read such an enthralling story.
If you enjoy war stories but are looking for something unique, then I strongly recommend you give this one a read. Fair warning, it’s hard to read sometimes and the subject matter is not for the faint of heart.
Thank you Shannon for your time and for your thoughtful review — JB