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Thursday, May 11, 2017

#Book #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Shadows in the Mist by Brian Moreland @BrianMoreland @samhainpub

TITLE: Shadows in the Mist
AUTHOR: Brian Moreland
PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
PUBLICATION DATE: September 4, 2012 (first published 2006)
FORMAT: Kindle edition
LENGTH: 372 pages
GENRE: Horror
ASIN: B007W4908U
The truth will not stay buried.

During World War II, Germany’s Hürtgen Forest was a killing field. But there was something worse than the enemy in the mist. An ancient power was waiting to prey upon those who opposed the Third Reich.
Jack Chambers survived the war, but even after all these years, he still has nightmares about Hürtgen—and the unholy horrors he battled there. Now he is determined to reveal the truth behind his platoon’s massacre and entrusts the task to his grandson, Sean. But Sean’s quest sets him in a deadly race against those who wish to bury the truth forever—and those who plan to use it to unleash hell on Earth.

I received a complimentary copy for voluntary review consideration.

Lieutenant Jack Chambers has a secret that’s been weighing on his soul. Now an elderly man, he wants to make things right and avoid taking the past with him to his grave. He asks his grandson, Sean, to take his secret War Diary to his trusted ally, General Mason Briggs, across the ocean in Heidelberg, Germany. The matter concerns his platoon, known as The Lucky Seven, whose bodies were never recovered. The official report was that Jack was separated from his platoon and that they were lost in enemy territory. However, that’s not exactly how it happened. Jack has provided a map to Sean, which discloses the location of where his platoon is buried. He wants to bring his men home to their families to give them closure. Jack hands a plane ticket to Sean, and he sets off on this journey. On the plane, Sean is approached by someone claiming to have served with Jack in WWII. His name is Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, and somehow he knows that Jack has betrayed their vow to never speak a word of what really went on during the war. The Rabbi wants Sean to hand over Jack’s diary to him, but Sean has no intention of going against his grandfather’s wishes. The Rabbi is concerned that the diary will trigger a military investigation and that no good will come out of it. He is worried about the information in the diary getting into the wrong hands and that the evil that was buried will become unleashed, resulting in more deaths. Sean is determined to carry out his grandfather’s dying wish.

The majority of the book was told through Jack’s diary, as we stepped back in time to 1944 to the location of where these events took place: The Hürtgen Forest in Germany.

This was very different from any type of horror novel that I’ve read before. I was impressed with the historical detail that the author included, and it made the story seem very plausible! I had no idea that the Nazis had an interest in the occult, and I found that very intriguing. The pace of the story was a little slow in spots, but I enjoyed Moreland’s literary style and plan to read more of his work.


3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it! Thanks again to the author for the opportunity to review this book!

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