Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were Brothers

Book - 2013
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"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 charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser, Ben Solomon, is convinced he is right. Solomon persuades attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon's family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has he accused the right man? Once We Were Brothers is the compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland and a young love that incredibly endures through the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for an enthralling tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250046390
Characteristics: 394 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 08, 2019

I have read many, many WWII, European Theater of War books, and I think this one was one of the best. I do agree with some of the other commenters that there were a few weak spots here and there. Maybe I should have given it 4 1/2 stars instead of 5. I have to say though, not too far into Part II, I was shamelessly skip reading ahead and hurrying to get to the end! After I read the end, I went back to the beginning of Part II and re-read it word for word. I have read so many books about the atrocious Nazi actions during the war and yet Ben's story still horrified me! I'm telling you, you're gonna cry! AND there was a little surprise at the end of the book.

Dec 02, 2018

A gripping novel. However, the narrative format is so very similar to the author's book " Karolina's Twins" which I had read and enjoyed. I think if this is the only plot line the author is presenting, I wouldn't persue more books by the author.

kkoenigc Jul 10, 2018

Good storytelling. Very compelling. Read straight through.

Jun 05, 2018

Good! Try it!

May 01, 2018

Great read. I got into the characters and enjoyed the historical journey. I've read many WWII historical novels and this one is on top of my favorite lists.

Apr 03, 2018

This story alternates between the current day and a time span around the second World War. My only complaint was a bit of the dialogue in the the current day story felt weak. This was a very limited problem and otherwise the writing felt fine to me. It was a captivating story and offered an involved plot with lots of character engagement. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to be immersed in a good family drama type story.

May 22, 2017

I loved this book. It was very well written with lots of twists & turns. I found it kept me on the edge of my seat. This was the first time reading one of Ronald Balson's books & I just loved it. Found it very interesting from a historical point of view as well. I also found it to be a rather refreshing & new approach to WWII stories. I would recommend it to those who enjoy reading historical fiction books.

athompson10 Feb 18, 2017

Predictable and some painfully bad dialogue; one character actually says, "the suspense is killing me". If you want a well-written, suspenseful is-he-or-isn't-he Nazi war criminal thriller, see Leon Uris's great "QB VII".

Oct 01, 2016

Ben's story about being a Holocaust survivor is very powerful. His emotions from bravery to desperation are felt every time he shares a piece with Catherine.

Catherine's own story is just as compelling as she learns life is more than showing up to work to collect a paycheck. She learns from Ben how living and life should never be without purpose.

I listened to the download audio book narrated by the excellent Fred Berman.

Jul 01, 2015

Excellent read. Highly recommend.

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