Book Review: “Surrounded by Enemies” by Bryce Zabel

December 27, 2015 at 11:49 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Bryce Zabel in his new book, “Surrounded by Enemies book coverSurrounded by Enemies” Book One in the Breakpoint series published by Diversion Books gives us What if Kennedy survived Dallas?

From the back cover:  President John F. Kennedy has lived through the ambush in Dealey Plaza. America holds its collective breath, seeing its president nearly executed in broad daylight. But as the country marches on, the office of the President finds itself under a much more insidious type of fire. Political scandal, an endless war, and a country coming apart at the seams take the 1960’s in a terrifying new direction, and both John and his attorney-general brother, Bobby, struggle to stay ahead of their enemies, political and otherwise, and steer America toward a greater future.

Bryce Zabel is a master of the cover-up and the conspiracy, creating the Emmy-award winning series DARK SKIES. SURROUNDED BY ENEMIES is the first novel in the new Breakpoint series—each book exploring seminal moments in popular history and taking readers on a journey into a mirror world where events are both unexpected yet startlingly believable.

This savvy, fiercely intelligent novel, perfect for readers of Harry Turtledove, brings together elements of political thriller and page-turning history, enthralling readers with a sharply written take on the America that was, and the America that could have been.

I think those of us that were alive on November 22, 1963 vividly remember where we were and what we were doing when we received the news that Kennedy had been assassinated. There is a new type of fiction called Alternate History where the author takes an event and alters it significantly. Mr. Zabel has given us a well thought out what would have happened if Kennedy had survived in office? Yes, he was one of our beloved presidents however certain things he was doing politically are going to surface to bite him as well as his womanizing. What is totally fascinating is that everything that Mr. Zabel provides is perfectly believable and probably would have happened. On top of everything this is quite an engrossing thriller that will have you muttering “oh, no” as you are reading as fast as you can to get to the next page. Don’t start this book late at night as it will cost you sleep as you try to finish it before you go to bed. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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