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Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler's Germany? Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler's Germany? Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later has a rib broken when other village boys beat him up. Franz learns he is putting himself in danger for spending so much time with Japhet but continues to stand up for his Jewish friend even at the risk to himself. Then one day their lives are shattered when they see first-hand that the price of being a Jew is dangerously high. With the war now on their doorsteps, Franz and Japhet come up with a desperate plan to save their families and get them out of Germany alive. Leaving behind the lives they've always known, they move into Berlin with nothing to protect them but forged papers and each other. Convinced their friendship can keep them going, the boys try and make a new life for themselves while trying to keep their true identities and Japhet's heritage a secret. Taking his best friend's safety upon himself, Franz joins the Nazis in an attempt to get valuable information. At the same time, Japhet joins the Jewish Resistance, neither friend telling the other of their new occupations. With everyone in their world telling them a Nazi and a Jew can't be friends, it is only a matter of time before they believe all the lies themselves, until neither is certain if they are fighting against a race of people or fighting for their homeland. Somehow they have to survive the horrors of World War II, even when all of Germany seems to be against them.


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Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler's Germany? Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler's Germany? Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later has a rib broken when other village boys beat him up. Franz learns he is putting himself in danger for spending so much time with Japhet but continues to stand up for his Jewish friend even at the risk to himself. Then one day their lives are shattered when they see first-hand that the price of being a Jew is dangerously high. With the war now on their doorsteps, Franz and Japhet come up with a desperate plan to save their families and get them out of Germany alive. Leaving behind the lives they've always known, they move into Berlin with nothing to protect them but forged papers and each other. Convinced their friendship can keep them going, the boys try and make a new life for themselves while trying to keep their true identities and Japhet's heritage a secret. Taking his best friend's safety upon himself, Franz joins the Nazis in an attempt to get valuable information. At the same time, Japhet joins the Jewish Resistance, neither friend telling the other of their new occupations. With everyone in their world telling them a Nazi and a Jew can't be friends, it is only a matter of time before they believe all the lies themselves, until neither is certain if they are fighting against a race of people or fighting for their homeland. Somehow they have to survive the horrors of World War II, even when all of Germany seems to be against them.

30 review for Brothers-in-Arms: A World War II Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Beguerie

    ***** Reaction Pre-Review: I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob. I officially have a book hangover. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to review this book yet, seeing as this version isn't released. But oh. This book deserves ten stars. It made me cry twice, laugh multiple times, and I didn't want it to end (although I wanted a happy ending). It didn't look good for the first 95% of the story. So this isn't a review, but rather a reflection with a review to come. It's a painful and beautiful story, and I ***** Reaction Pre-Review: I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob. I officially have a book hangover. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to review this book yet, seeing as this version isn't released. But oh. This book deserves ten stars. It made me cry twice, laugh multiple times, and I didn't want it to end (although I wanted a happy ending). It didn't look good for the first 95% of the story. So this isn't a review, but rather a reflection with a review to come. It's a painful and beautiful story, and I was so blessed by reading it. Thank you, Jack. Wow. ***** Real Review: 5/5 STARS. I read Brothers-in-Arms a few months ago. All I can say is…WOW. Some books are good books. Four-star books that make you say, “Oh, that’s nice,” as you read them once and decide they were pleasant. There are also some books that are great books, ones that make you want to read them sometime again probably, or at least put them on your bookshelf and pet them as you walk by, remembering the fond memories that went along with reading them. Other books are ones that make your stomach hurt from laughing so hard, shake with sobs until your eyes are dripping and puffy, and demand that all the attention in your mind be given to that book. The ones that are so clever and excruciating and real that you physically feel pain and are distraught over the lives of the characters. Yeah, that was one of those stories. It was heartbreaking – so much death and torture and heartache and agony – and it was beautiful. Oh, so beautiful. I read all four-hundred-ish pages in about three or four days, which is fast for me, seeing as I like to soak in every word and I don’t have much spare time anyway. It’s hard to say that this was a “wonderful” book – it was, and it wasn’t. The dialogue was witty and hilarious and clever and fantastic. The writing was spectacular, and portrayed the story ridiculously well. The characters were four-dimensional, and even though there were many of them, they were executed quite well. (Get it? Executed? Ha ha…never mind.) The worldbuilding was done well too, though not completely what I expected from reading other WWII books, but still, I enjoyed it immensely. But the story killed me. I have no words to describe the way it made me feel. It wasn’t a “God is good, everything’s gonna be alright,” kind of story, by any stretch. It was more of a “I have no idea if we’ll even survive this,” kind of story. It’s about real pain and even getting to the point of seriously doubting God when it gets too hard to breathe. It’s about friendship, brotherly love, coming to a place of learning to trust God, even when life’s a nightmare, and about not giving up hope. The story hurt my heart. It drew me in and I couldn’t put it down. Many parts were hard to read; not that they were really gory, but that they touched my emotions quite deeply, both happy ones and depressed ones. This book has made it onto my favorites list. It’s beautiful, poignant historical fiction, and a book that really opened my eyes to what happened during WWII, from both the Jewish side and the Nazi side. Thank you, Jack, for writing this story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

    3.5 stars. Warning: This review contains spoilers. Personal Pet Peeves: (I don't normally include these! 'hides' but two things really made me stumble a little in the reading of Brothers In Arms) "Japhets last name". I could be wrong, but I didnt think this last name is Jewishit certainly doesnt SOUND Jewish, right off the bat, and yet several times people upon hearing his name immediately say: Oh, a Jewish name. Even if it is Jewish, Buchanan is still a Scottish namebut Japhet is German! "The 3.5 stars. Warning: This review contains spoilers. Personal Pet Peeves: (I don't normally include these! 'hides' but two things really made me stumble a little in the reading of Brothers In Arms) "Japhet’s last name". I could be wrong, but I didn’t think this last name is Jewish—it certainly doesn’t SOUND Jewish, right off the bat, and yet several times people upon hearing his name immediately say: “Oh, a Jewish name.” Even if it is Jewish, Buchanan is still a Scottish name—but Japhet is German! "The Couples" I could be wrong (I have read of exceptions) but I think that inter-ethnic marriages were pretty rare in the 1940s – especially between African Americans and ‘Whites’. Having one couple was enough – but having too seemed too much – too ‘liberal’, it seemed out of place. "Franz’s Hesitation To Shoot Stein": WHY? The guy is a murderer, he tortures people to death, has been caught in the act of torturing Franz’s best friend, Franz KNOWS the guy won’t let him out alive and yet – he hesitates to kill him? Several reason why this doesn’t fly. 1. The whole point of this book is that Franz has been hardened, he has grown accustomed to killing – so why should he show any hesitation to kill Stein? Going with the theory that he has changed because of the work the Holy Spirit has begun in him—he should kill Stein BECAUSE he is different. No longer a bystander, no longer hesitating, no longer giving his tacit consent to a wild animal—he should stop that wild animal by the means possible. But no—he hesitates (as if it was wrong!) and Japhet who has taken unimaginable damage takes ANOTHER bullet because of his friend’s foolishness. I thought Franz was there to save him! His weakness could have gotten Japhet killed; which I thought he had finally resolved not to do. What I Liked: I haven’t read a lot of WW2 fiction but I would say this is one of the better ones I have read – it was really enjoyable to read something that focused on a brother relationship –making it one of the most unique WW2 stories I have read. When I first started this book I was thinking: “Gosh this is long—there must be a lot of buffer in here.” But it was a very compelling and page turning; I fairly flew through it and never felt it was too long after the opening chapter. Again, when I started the opening chapter about the boy’s childhood I was thinking: “Oh boy, here comes the corniness.” But it was very heartwarming and natural. No romance. "HOT DIGGITY SON OF A GUN.". A well written and emotional book full of heartfelt 'feels' and NO romance... it can be done!!! A buddy story! <3 The way the Wizard of Ox and Over the Rainbow is woven throughout the story. "sniff" A very unique, intriguing scenario, story and execution with good characterization and tons of knife twitting moments for the reader. What I Didn’t Like So Much: There seemed like a little TOO much death and horrifying events. Obviously, all this happened in WW2, obviously some people had all this happen to them and more—but somehow it just seemed like TOO much. There was also more torture scenes then I liked and they get pretty wearing. I felt that there was some story material left on the table. People like Japhet’s family (specifically his sisters) and some of the resistance members seemed underused and shuffled about without being fully utilized. I was also felt that Franz’s arc could had been just a tad more fleshed out. I also felt that Stein could have used more development and that all the sections involving Franz's years as a Nazi and Japhet's time as a resistance leader could have been a smidge longer..... or perhaps I just didn't want it to end... 😊...there is a LOT of material in this book. Summary: Though I was nit picking in the review, I did really enjoy this book and flew through it... it is definitely worth a re-read AND worth buying. So why don't you? 😁

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for violence and thematic elements Best for Ages: 15 and up When Baillot asked if I would be an advanced reader for her book, I said yes, because I like most Christian historical fiction. I was not prepared to be totally blown away by the story. It is by far the best book I have read that captures the emotions within Germany during World War II. Right away, this book sets itself apart from most because both of the main characters are boys (one Jew, one non-Jew), and Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for violence and thematic elements Best for Ages: 15 and up When Baillot asked if I would be an advanced reader for her book, I said yes, because I like most Christian historical fiction. I was not prepared to be totally blown away by the story. It is by far the best book I have read that captures the emotions within Germany during World War II. Right away, this book sets itself apart from most because both of the main characters are boys (one Jew, one non-Jew), and the story is about their friendship. Love interests are almost non-existent throughout the whole book. The friendship between the two boys is so deep, the characters so real, that it carries the story to the very ending. The setting and plot of this book made it a heart-pounding gut-wrenching book. I am pretty sure there were a couple of places where I cried, it was such an emotional journey. I had to stop reading it at least an hour before I wanted to go to sleep so that I had plenty of time for my emotions to right themselves. Yes, it was that powerful. The Christian message seemed to be absent from the book in the beginning, and in the middle I felt desperate for it (as the characters were). When it finally appeared, it was that much more powerful. It packed a punch not only for me, but for the characters. It was yet another aspect of the book that I was amazed at. The writing was strong, as strong as any book I have ever read. I can tell that Baillot spent many hours researching because it showed in the story. Everything from major events to tiny details of everyday living in Berlin seemed to make the time come alive. I cannot say enough good about this book and highly recommend it for history lovers, those who love powerful stories, and World War II buffs. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jesseca Wheaton

    Can I give this ten stars? Please? Ahh, I don't even know how to move on with normal life now. This story just ... took a part of you with it. Full review to come, when I can think clearly. And after I sleep. ;)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

    Another book for the "never to read" bin, this time for 3 reasons: historical inaccuracy & implausibility of plotlines (interracial marriages, Jewish name that isn't Jewish, etc.), preachiness (Christian author that takes advantage of fiction to soapbox about their faith and try to pass it off as plot), and poor/clichéd writing (Nazi German-soon-to-be-redeemed-by-the-grace-of-God-and-luuuurve is chummy-chums with Jewish German-who-somehow-has-a-totes-non-Jewish-name-and-is-a-resister). Another book for the "never to read" bin, this time for 3 reasons: historical inaccuracy & implausibility of plotlines (interracial marriages, Jewish name that isn't Jewish, etc.), preachiness (Christian author that takes advantage of fiction to soapbox about their faith and try to pass it off as plot), and poor/clichéd writing (Nazi German-soon-to-be-redeemed-by-the-grace-of-God-and-luuuurve is chummy-chums with Jewish German-who-somehow-has-a-totes-non-Jewish-name-and-is-a-resister). Besides, I already read a book by this author before, one of the worst Beauty & Beast "retellings" I've read, so I was not exactly eager but still wanted to give her another chance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christine Smith

    Ooooh, this book! Will I ever recover from it? Probably not. Some books you read, enjoy, and then move on from. But then there are those books that stick with you. That invade your thoughts, your heart, and refuse to leave. That have events and characters so real you refuse to believe theyre anything but real, and they become imprinted in your heart forever. Brothers-in-Arms was one of those books. Ive been following Jacks blog for many years now and watching her progress of this book. She said it Ooooh, this book! Will I ever recover from it? Probably not. Some books you read, enjoy, and then move on from. But then there are those books that stick with you. That invade your thoughts, your heart, and refuse to leave. That have events and characters so real you refuse to believe they’re anything but real, and they become imprinted in your heart forever. Brothers-in-Arms was one of those books. I’ve been following Jack’s blog for many years now and watching her progress of this book. She said it pained her to write it, I had fair warning it would be emotional, but nothing could have prepared me for the feels-inducing punch that was this book. Now, let it be known I’m not a huge historical fiction reader. On occasion, yes (I was a total American Girls books nerd when I was little), but in general I stick with my weird fantasy books. So just the fact that I loved this one SO MUCH speaks of its amazingness already. What first drew me to this story was the fact that it’s a buddy story. I LOVE buddy stories. You honestly can’t beat a story about two besties being hilarious and awesome together. And there’s something especially appealing about two guys being total buds. I DON’T KNOW WHY. But it’s so FUN. I mean, Shawn and Gus from the TV show Psych, STEVE ROGERS AND BUCKY (*sobs*), Sherlock and John—the list goes on and on. Japhet and Franz, our two protagonists, fit right into that list. This is the type of buddy story that will tug your heart (and by tug I mean rip out into tiny shreds) and stay with you forever. This book had some of the most loveable characters I’ve ever read, and immediately went on my list of favorite-characters-whom-I-will-love-and-squish-and-call-Bob-forever. The story’s core focus is Japhet and Franz. When they were little, their families thrust them together. Once each discovered the other had a ton of older sisters, they immediately formed a bond of sympathy and understanding. And thus the greatest friendship of all time was born. Japhet is the more talkative, outgoing one, while Franz stays a little subdued but is loyal to a fault and has that big brother, protective personality. Together they’re unstoppable. Jack did such a marvelous job of making these two boys through and through. They’re constantly wrestling and causing pranks and getting into all sorts of delightful trouble. I also adored their families and how everyone got along and was so precious and fun. Everything seems fine and wonderful and then. . .World War II breaks loose. Worse yet, Japhet and his family are Jews. And Franz. . .is not. If you can’t guess already, this causes problems. Their lives start deteriorating and just HOLD MY HEART BECAUSE NOT MY BABIES. D: Once they’re teenagers, they decide to move together into Berlin under fake identities to try and raise money and get information that will help get their families out of the country to safety. But the war has already started making its mark. People get in their heads, telling them over and over again a Jew and non-Jew can’t be friends. Life gets steadily worse by the day, until they begin wondering if anything they’re doing is right. At first I found the plot pretty slow and felt like not much was happening. Just the day and life of Japhet and Franz. Then, about halfway through, I realized: That’s the point. This is not an action-packed war book. This is a FRIENDS story. A tale about how a Jew and non-Jew went against everything the world was telling them to keep their friendship. Yes, some parts were a little slow, but you really don’t even care because you love Japhet and Franz so much you want to follow their lives, little events and big. You want to be there as they play pranks on the schoolboys or attempt to cook Christmas dinner. This story is not about the plot, it’s about the characters. The characters are the plot. But don’t get me wrong! There’s still plenty of action and suspense, to the point where I was constantly nervous for my boys. Sometimes I felt like they got out of situations a little too easily, but I was always so relieved I didn’t even care. Delightfully, there are even more loveable characters as well! Such as Jimmy, the American pilot, whom I loved nearly as much as Japhet and Franz. (Seriously, I wanted him to have his own book!) And Sam, Jimmy’s copilot, who was always happy-go-lucky and IRISH. Instant love. Basically every single person in this book was a precious baby I wanted to hug and assure everything would be all right even though everything was most certainly NOT ALL RIGHT. The writing style is very simplistic and easy to read. So even though it’s a 444 page book, you’re flying through the pages so fast it doesn’t seem that thick at all. Sometimes this type of straightforward writing isn’t my favorite, but it perfectly worked for this story. I honestly couldn’t imagine it written any other way. This is also a Christian book, but the Christianity parts were actually few and far between and in no way in your face. It worked very well, because as the war went on, Japhet and Franz began to lose their faith, thus they didn’t think about God much. So you’d often go many, many chapters without any mention of God. But then when God did return. . .oh, the POWER. The Christian message was beautifully done. Content Cautions I’d probably suggest this for ages 15 and up due to some torture scenes. Jack was very good in not getting graphic, and the story didn’t get too deep into the horrors of World War II, but there were still a couple of scenes I’d be a bit iffy about letting a real young person read. Otherwise, it was squeaky clean. No crude language, no inappropriate scenes. In fact, there was next to no romance, which I found rather refreshing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy a sprinkling of romance in my books, but it seems to be the law these days that every story EVER has to have romance all over the place. So it was nice having a story where the focus was friendship, not romances. Conclusion I love stories that make me feel. I crave them! And Brothers-in-Arms. . .wow. It was one of the most emotional books I’ve ever read, and I say that with the highest of compliments. This story made me burst into laughter, and grin to myself, and brought tears to my eyes, and by the climax had me wanting to just lay on the floor and sob for the next 52 years or so. It was painful and powerful and utterly beautiful. Originally I had rated it 4 stars due to the slow plot and simplistic writing, but after much pondering I realized a book with a friendship this amazing, characters this loveable, and with a story that has stuck with me from the moment I closed it, deserves all the stars it can get. Review originally posted on my blog: http://musingsofanelf.blogspot.com/2016/07/brothers-in-arms-book-review.html

  7. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    This is not the type of story I would usually pick up and read. I'm not a fan of historical stories, WW1 or otherwise, and I'm definitely not a fan of Holocaust stories. They just aren't for me, I can't handle the fact that those horrible things actually occurred. I prefer fantasy, so it's a huge testament to the author that I not only read this, but enjoyed it. Franz and Japeth's story was so compelling and suspenseful, that I read this in one sitting. It felt so real. I'm convinced they are This is not the type of story I would usually pick up and read. I'm not a fan of historical stories, WW1 or otherwise, and I'm definitely not a fan of Holocaust stories. They just aren't for me, I can't handle the fact that those horrible things actually occurred. I prefer fantasy, so it's a huge testament to the author that I not only read this, but enjoyed it. Franz and Japeth's story was so compelling and suspenseful, that I read this in one sitting. It felt so real. I'm convinced they are real people. That this is simply a story that got lost in time. The character arcs and journey are brutal, but it makes the end all the more worth it. I love how people's humanity gets dissected in this story. It showed how anyone can do something wrong when they believe they are fighting for good. It's a beautiful story. I loved the inclusion of 'The Wizard of Oz' inaccurate or not it was a great addition.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Wow. I really did not expect to love the book this much. The character building in this book was incredible. Every character that came into the book, I felt like I would be able to recognize them if I passed them on the street. There was positively nothing predictable, or cliche in this book. I thought I knew was going to happen several times, and it always turned out so much different then I imagined. But it was all perfect. It felt like it really could have happened. And wherever the Wow. I really did not expect to love the book this much. The character building in this book was incredible. Every character that came into the book, I felt like I would be able to recognize them if I passed them on the street. There was positively nothing predictable, or cliche in this book. I thought I knew was going to happen several times, and it always turned out so much different then I imagined. But it was all perfect. It felt like it really could have happened. And wherever the characters were, I felt like I was there, and could picture it all perfectly. Some people might think it was kind of sad because of how realistic it was, (They are in a war after all), but to me it felt like someone was finally telling the truth about the war. This was not the romantic war people out to be. This book showed it for what it was, with horrifying, heart wrenching moments, and times of greater freedom then most of us will ever know. There were bright places, and friendships people never would have made otherwise. Even when I wanted to yell at the characters, I sympathized with what they did. If anyone is looking for a clear look at WWII through an amazing fiction book, this is the one for you. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 14 because of violence. I stayed up till midnight reading this, and I really just wanted to open it back to the beginning and start it all over again. Also it made me cry, which is a rare thing for me to find in a book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Claire Banschbach

    This is the type of book where you get like 3 pages in and already want to hug everyone. But really, I enjoyed this book a lot in a weird "this is depressing and will anyone survive?" type of way. I haven't read a whole lot of WWII fiction and am not very acquainted with the period in general, so this was an interesting book to read just from the historical perspective. It's also set in Germany which gives another unique aspect. It centers around two young boys, one a German, the other a This is the type of book where you get like 3 pages in and already want to hug everyone. But really, I enjoyed this book a lot in a weird "this is depressing and will anyone survive?" type of way. I haven't read a whole lot of WWII fiction and am not very acquainted with the period in general, so this was an interesting book to read just from the historical perspective. It's also set in Germany which gives another unique aspect. It centers around two young boys, one a German, the other a German-Jew, and their relationship throughout the war. I loved all the characters - the boys' families, the Resistance fighters, the Americans. Well I didn't exactly love the Nazi characters. ;) The pacing was great. I was never bored, instead reading most of the book in one sitting instead of being productive. Ms. Baillot has a great writing style and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. There's no objectionable content, but there are some pretty intense situations and torture at the hands of the Nazis, so just some caution with that if that's something you look out for. Recommended for anyone who loves historical fiction and stories about family and friendship!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Amazing! I loved this book from beginning to end. WWII has always been one of my favorite topics in history and reading books set in that time is my kryptonite. This book had such an interesting story to tell during WWII and was different from what I had read in this genre before. I loved the friendship between the main characters in this book, and thought the world and character building were on point. Overall, this book was amazing. I read a lot of WWII books and I would have to say this is Amazing! I loved this book from beginning to end. WWII has always been one of my favorite topics in history and reading books set in that time is my kryptonite. This book had such an interesting story to tell during WWII and was different from what I had read in this genre before. I loved the friendship between the main characters in this book, and thought the world and character building were on point. Overall, this book was amazing. I read a lot of WWII books and I would have to say this is one of my top 5.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raechel Lenore

    4.5 Stars Where do I begin? This book was fantastic. Why was it fantastic? Because it was real, it was deep, it was heart-wrenching. In short, it was so good! When I received this book in the mail after winning it in Jacks give-away, I was astounded at the sheer-length of it. Its huge! But it needed every page, and none of it felt like it lasted too long. It was incredibly hard to put down, and I was thinking about when I wasnt reading it. The friendship between Franz and Japhet was nothing short 4.5 Stars Where do I begin? This book was fantastic. Why was it fantastic? Because it was real, it was deep, it was heart-wrenching. In short, it was so good! When I received this book in the mail after winning it in Jack’s give-away, I was astounded at the sheer-length of it. It’s huge! But it needed every page, and none of it felt like it lasted too long. It was incredibly hard to put down, and I was thinking about when I wasn’t reading it. The friendship between Franz and Japhet was nothing short of amazing and just…ah! I loved it. It was so sweet, so innocent, so real. And yet, it made it that much harder when their friendship was strained for a while. But it still lasted. They were still the best friends they were when they were boys. No harsh war, cruelties, or beatings could tear that away from them, and I loved that. The characters were all so well-constructed, and believable. I don’t know if I could choose just one favourite, because I became VERY attached to a few. Especially Franz and Japhet, but I also liked Sam Winters, and Jimmy’s friend Danny, and Odis – we can’t forget Odis. There were characters you absolutely hated. Strongly. But as terrible as they were, they were required in the story to make it what it was and is. This book, though heart-wrenching to its fullest, was engaging – it was not one you slogged through at all. You kept reading even when your eyes are sore. Knowing the subject, at first I was worried it would be hard to read – a bit ‘advanced’ but it wasn’t. Somehow, it was deep, and gritty, and painful, and amazing, without being hard to read. My favourite aspect of the book though, was probably the dedication Franz had towards Japhet and he towards Franz. “I will always catch you” – Franz Kappel. Makes you just…ahhh! And I have to say something about the ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but can I tell you how relieved I was at the end??? I was SOO worried, and SOO tense. But it ended really, really good. (I think Jack should put one of those things in the front of her book – “Dear Reader: don’t worry, it ends happily” :D). But yes, I got so involved in this book, and I am so glad it can sit proudly on my shelf for me to return to many times. There was a fairly significant faith-strand, but sometimes it was missing. It is because of this reason that I rated it 4.5 stars instead of a full five, because I would have liked to see a stronger tie to God in it. I think Jack handled it well for the most part, really. I am not saying writing a book like this would be easy – no – but there were a couple of instinces where I felt it really needed God. For example, there was a part where Japhet was struggling (won’t go into detail there) and he kept calling out for Franz to save him – I was hoping that he would come to realize more strongly than he did that only God can save him, not man. But still, the moment Franz and Japhet re-found God was powerful. So yep. I loved this book. I cannot wait till Jack publishes it because everyone needs to read it. *Nods*. *I received this book in a give-away – I was not required to post a review

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I absolutely love a good World War II novel, but the best ones are few and far between. Brothers-in-Arms is a masterpiece and the best of its genre I have read in years. I very much appreciated its quality and highly enjoyed it. There were so many things I loved about this book, and it was wonderfully well-written. The highlights for me were the masterfully developed characters, the suspenseful and engaging plot, and the beautiful and profound themes. Franz and Japhet were such deep, I absolutely love a good World War II novel, but the best ones are few and far between. Brothers-in-Arms is a masterpiece and the best of its genre I have read in years. I very much appreciated its quality and highly enjoyed it. There were so many things I loved about this book, and it was wonderfully well-written. The highlights for me were the masterfully developed characters, the suspenseful and engaging plot, and the beautiful and profound themes. Franz and Japhet were such deep, well-developed, and lovable characters, and I was riveted by their journey together and apart. I also really enjoyed the supporting characters, especially Jimmy. I loved the themes of friendship, trust, and forgiveness shown in the relationships of the characters, and I especially appreciated the elements of faith and hope for the characters even amid the trials of the characters. The entire book amazed me with its meaningfulness and depth of themes. This is a story full of emotion and heartache, and the author does a wonderful job of making the reader feel what the characters go through. My heart began to break on the second page of the first chapter and only continued on from there! Although this book is quite intense at many points and sometimes painful, the author weaves in themes of hope even in its darkest moments. Because of this, the story was encouraging to me overall despite the many difficulties the characters face. I would definitely recommend this wonderful book to anyone who would enjoy a realistic historical novel with amazing characters, deep themes, and an interesting and incredible story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Keturah Lamb

    A beautiful story of friendship placed in a horrible era of human selfishness. So loved how the author portrayed friendship between the two main characters. It was so out of place in this current day and age where people act as if all affections is taboo or something. This story made me so happy on so many levels. WWII, unique plot twists (showed some interesting things with Nazism vs a Jewish resistance), and character depth and growth. So much grief. So much horrid reality. It makes me look at A beautiful story of friendship placed in a horrible era of human selfishness. So loved how the author portrayed friendship between the two main characters. It was so out of place in this current day and age where people act as if all affections is taboo or something. This story made me so happy on so many levels. WWII, unique plot twists (showed some interesting things with Nazism vs a Jewish resistance), and character depth and growth. So much grief. So much horrid reality. It makes me look at my own life and realize that nothing is quite as terrible as what so many people had to suffer through during Hitler's time. And the time of betrayal - I won't give anything away, but wow. This book does a great job on that subject. And an amazing job on showing some great responses in times that people would have validated as an acceptable time to scream and fall into depression. There were a few minor plot holes and character flaws, but it didn't stand out so strong as to make the book an awkward read. Loved it and most definitely recommended for those that love WWII stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jordy Leigh

    The concept is intriguing: a Jew and a German who are best friends. Who join the Resistance and the Nazis respectively, each keeping it a secret from the other. The cast of characters is diverse, and the way their stories are interwoven is skillfully done. However, I felt like there was so much violence in this book and like it was handled carelessly. Enemies beat each other up (physically and verbally). Thats to be expected. This is war. But friends? In Brothers-in-Arms, rough play and The concept is intriguing: a Jew and a German who are best friends. Who join the Resistance and the Nazi’s respectively, each keeping it a secret from the other. The cast of characters is diverse, and the way their stories are interwoven is skillfully done. However, I felt like there was so much violence in this book and like it was handled carelessly. Enemies beat each other up (physically and verbally). That’s to be expected. This is war. But friends? In Brothers-in-Arms, rough play and one-upping each other seems to be the sign of true friendship. The war doesn’t seem to have much of an impact on the main characters’ views toward violence and gentleness, and it came across, to me, as a little shallow.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annie DeLallo

    This is an amazing book about brotherhood and never ending friendship. Love it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Brothers-In-Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot is a tale that takes readers immediately back into the dark and haunting time for Jews. Even their German friends were in danger. Imagine trying to help a Jewish member escape from the cruelty of the Hitler's Nazis...if caught one's death could be just as bad or much worse than what the Jews received. Sad and troubling times. A moment in history all will never forget. Jack Lewis Baillot has created a fictional world full of suspense, deadly consequences, Brothers-In-Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot is a tale that takes readers immediately back into the dark and haunting time for Jews. Even their German friends were in danger. Imagine trying to help a Jewish member escape from the cruelty of the Hitler's Nazis...if caught one's death could be just as bad or much worse than what the Jews received. Sad and troubling times. A moment in history all will never forget. Jack Lewis Baillot has created a fictional world full of suspense, deadly consequences, and an unforgettable friendship unlike any other. A German Nazis best friends with a Jew. Inside this novel, readers meet two boys who grew up being friends. Times have changed and with it their lives are at stake. Japhet Buchanan is a Jew. For that reason alone he is tormented by all. As war breaks out, he and his family will be in grave danger. His friend Fran's Kappel, a German, works with his friend to get out of Germany with their family. Safety. But getting out will prove most difficult. Brothers-In-Arms had me rooting for both characters and crying too. Both went through so many demons to get to the ending moment. The writing brought back the fears, tears, and memories of WWII. I highly recommend it to all. Plus, the writer has gone even further by breaking more boundaries within this masterpiece. Absolutely, stunning.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Brothers-In-Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot is a tale that takes readers immediately back into the dark and haunting time for Jews. Even their German friends were in danger. Imagine trying to help a Jewish member escape from the cruelty of the Hitler's Nazis...if caught one's death could be just as bad or much worse than what the Jews received. Sad and troubling times. A moment in history all will never forget. Jack Lewis Baillot has created a fictional world full of suspense, deadly consequences, Brothers-In-Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot is a tale that takes readers immediately back into the dark and haunting time for Jews. Even their German friends were in danger. Imagine trying to help a Jewish member escape from the cruelty of the Hitler's Nazis...if caught one's death could be just as bad or much worse than what the Jews received. Sad and troubling times. A moment in history all will never forget. Jack Lewis Baillot has created a fictional world full of suspense, deadly consequences, and an unforgettable friendship unlike any other. A German Nazis best friends with a Jew. Inside this novel, readers meet two boys who grew up being friends. Times have changed and with it their lives are at stake. Japhet Buchanan is a Jew. For that reason alone he is tormented by all. As war breaks out, he and his family will be in grave danger. His friend Fran's Kappel, a German, works with his friend to get out of Germany with their family. Safety. But getting out will prove most difficult. Brothers-In-Arms had me rooting for both characters and crying too. Both went through so many demons to get to the ending moment. The writing brought back the fears, tears, and memories of WWII. I highly recommend it to all. Plus, the writer has gone even further by breaking more boundaries within this masterpiece. Absolutely, stunning.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Micki

    Well researched and skillfully written, Brothers-In-Arms will more than deliver. Jack's fun and light-hearted beginning will draw you into the book, but don't be fooled! This WWII story of two best friends is a heartbreaking example of the way a nation is torn apart, one family, and one friendship at a time. But this is also a story of how loyalty, friendship, and conscience can overcome incredible obstaclesUnique in the way that it touches on so many different aspects of the war in different Well researched and skillfully written, Brothers-In-Arms will more than deliver. Jack's fun and light-hearted beginning will draw you into the book, but don't be fooled! This WWII story of two best friends is a heartbreaking example of the way a nation is torn apart, one family, and one friendship at a time. But this is also a story of how loyalty, friendship, and conscience can overcome incredible obstacles…Unique in the way that it touches on so many different aspects of the war in different countries, charming and real in it's description of boyhood camaraderie, and sobering at it's climax, Brothers-In-Arms is a book I would recommend for any WWII enthusiast, or fans of great books in general (as recommended by another reviewer, best for ages 15 or older).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gail Fenochetti

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Bruce

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Allerding

  24. 4 out of 5

    Reese Whyte

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet Hylton

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brie Donning

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura Guenot

  30. 5 out of 5

    Addyson Huneke

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